Did astrology play a task within the Indian males’s soccer staff’s current success on the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers?
Nicely, it appears the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) did make an effort to have the celebrities aligned.
It has come to mild that AIFF splurged Rs 16 lakh on an astrology company that it had employed to “encourage” the nationwide staff, which confirmed its berth within the 24-team AFC Asian Cup Last.
The Sunil Chhteri-led facet topped the Group to qualify.
“A motivator was appointed for the Nationwide staff forward of the Asian Cup. In a while, it got here to mild that the corporate which was engaged, was an astrological agency,” a staff insider instructed PTI.
“Plainly-speaking, an astrologer was appointed to encourage the staff. Enormous cost to the tune of Rs 16 lakh was made,” the supply claimed.
The astrological agency apparently took three periods with the Blue Tigers however a Kolkata-based participant stated: “Not less than I’ve not heard of this as I joined the staff late.”
Sunando Dhar, who’s the performing AIFF common secretary, was not obtainable for feedback.
Former India goalkeeper Tanumoy Bose ridiculed the concept and hit out on the AIFF for turning into a laughing inventory.
“At a time when the AIFF repeatedly did not conduct correct youth leagues, and lots of prestigious tournaments had been pressured to close down, incidents like it will additional tarnish the picture of Indian soccer,” Bose instructed PTI.
He additional stated it was only a “smoke display” for the reason that AIFF officers are fairly able to utilizing the cash to sponsor their upcoming overseas journeys.
“The CoA (which is working the present in AIFF after the suspension of president Praful Patel) should go deep into this appalling incident and discover out who all are accountable behind it. There are numerous scams ready to see the sunshine of the day,” he added.
The Supreme Court docket had final month appointed a three-member Committee of Directors (CoA) to handle the affairs of AIFF, ending Praful Patel’s lengthy rein on the helm.
Black magic isn’t new to Indian soccer. One Delhi-based membership as soon as had roped in a Meerut-based ‘Baba’ for a key league match and after their triumph, the staff credited its success to him.
The Sunil Chhetri-led facet recorded its best-ever Asian Cup marketing campaign because the talismanic ahead led from the entrance with 4 objectives from three matches to take the nationwide staff to the Finals.
India started their marketing campaign with a 2-0 win over Cambodia after which they secured last-gasp 2-1 victory over Afghanistan earlier than beating Hong Kong 4-0 to qualify as group toppers.