Tuesday, August 5, 2014

SFA president and gen secy dismiss calls for resignation

GANGTOK, 04 Aug: Sikkim Football Association convened a special general body meeting at Football House here on 02 August 2014 to discuss at length the ongoing impasse in Sikkim’s football scenario with the football clubs ganged up against it and calls having been raised for the resignation of the association’s president, vice-president and general secretary. The meeting, an SFA press release issued jointly by the president BK Roka and general secretary Menla Ethenpa informs, “witnessed a full house attendance”.
After a three-hour deliberation, the special General Body of SFA unanimously resolved that there was “no question of the president BK Roka, vice president Karma Yougyal and general secretary Menla Ethenpa resigning  since they were elected to the respective posts with the full mandate and confidence of SFA members to govern the body till the next election”.
Football Club Association of Sikkim [FCAS] had earlier demanded the resignation of the three SFA office bearers for “failing to deliver anything concrete for the development of football in Sikkim”. FCAS had also demanded that SFA conduct football tournaments for Under-14, U-16 and U-19 at the district and then at the state level immediately after 15 August. The association had threatened to boycott Second Division and Senior Division Sikkim-League and Governor’s Gold Cup if these two demands were not met.
The SFA meeting, meanwhile, “once again resolved” to give membership with voting rights to all the eight SFA Premier Division Football Clubs viz. D’zongri SC, Boys Club, Sikkim Police FC, State Sports Academy of Sikkim, SAI Namchi, Siniolchu FC, Sikkim Himalayan SC and United Sikkim FC.
However, the clubs will automatically cease to be members of SFA once they are relegated to 2nd Division. Likewise teams promoted from 2nd Division to Premier Division every year will automatically gain membership and voting rights. This will require a constitution amendment in the next AGM, the release adds.
SFA, vide its letter [no. SFA/ADM/142/2013-14/532 Dated 28th Feb 2014] had written to the clubs offering membership and advising them to nominate their representatives. Only two clubs viz. Sikkim Police FC and SAI Namchi responded positively, the release states.
SFA once again, on 14 June, reminded the clubs of the offer, the release adds, stating that FCAS president, Bhaichung Bhutia had proposed in a meeting held at Paljor Stadium Conference Hall chaired by then Sports Minister, NK Pradhan, to give membership to those clubs only who have participated continuously for the last five years in SFA-organised Senior Division League.
Subject to ratification in the next AGM of SFA, the meeting unanimously resolved to appoint Bhaichung Bhutia as Chairman, Technical Committee of SFA and that granting of membership with or without voting right to any other clubs etc. will be taken up in the next Annual General Meeting of SFA.
It was also decided to hold a meeting with all these clubs at 2 PM on 10 August 2014.
SFA, meanwhile, also declared that the Independence Day Football Championship for Chogyal Sir Tashi Namgyal Memorial Cup will be organised from 06 August 2014 at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok.

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