Herald: Churchill Bros get Trinity ground on lease
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Churchill Bros get Trinity ground on lease

28 Oct 2010 12:00am IST
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28 Oct 2010 12:00am IST

MARGAO, OCT 27 Churchill Bros can be termed as one of India's high standard football teams which need to develop football on professional lines so as to meet the AFC criteria for Professional Clubs, stated Tokuaki Suziki, AFC Director of Competitions at Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.

Churchill Bros get Trinity ground on lease
AFC team’s inspection successful, says Joaquim
HERALD CORRESPONDENT
MARGAO, OCT 27
Churchill Bros can be termed as one of India’s high standard football teams which need to develop football on professional lines so as to meet the AFC criteria for Professional Clubs, stated Tokuaki Suziki, AFC Director of Competitions at Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.
Kuala Lumpur based Suziki, alongwith five other AFC delegates inspected the Nehru stadium and Churchill Bros’ training grounds at Varca and Benaulim besides the office here for providing an assessment on the criteria for club professionalism in India.
The AFC team alongwith AIFF CEO I-League Sunando Dar and Suresh Rajan, Sr Manager I-League and GFA Executive Committee member Schubert Furtado had a two-hour inspection at Churchill Bros’ office, having one-to-one talks with president Joaquim Alemao, CEO Macario Rodrigues, competition manager Teotonio D’Silva, marketing manager Peter Figueredo, Youth Development coaches Avinash Fernandes, Augustin Antao and Alfred Fernandes, financial and legal adviser A V Nayak and the media department officials in order to evaluate the present structure and functioning.
The report will be presented in New Delhi on November 2 so that the club undertakes remedial measures, if need be, to meet the deadline of December 31.
The AFC officials suggested several changes at Nehru Stadium with special provision for doping room, security chief, TV, mixed zone for interviews, hospitality.
Floodlights occupied the centrestage of the discussions, with the AFC delegates insisting that 1200 lux illumination is mandatory with provision for backup generators.
AIFF vice-president, Joaquim Alemao, Urban Development Minister, stated that the Government had given the Holy Trinity ground at Benaulim on a 33-year lease to Churchill Bros on a payment of an annual rent of Rs 20,000.
“Our club will develop the ground into a full-fledged stadium with all facilities. We have already approached a Delhi-based firm for laying turf,” Joaquim disclosed.
PWD Minister, Churchill Alemao who was present at the Benaulim ground unfolded the details for building a modern stadium on the site admeasuring nearly 20,000 square metres. “It will be the home stadium for our matches,” Churchill added.
Joaquim disclosed that the AFC team was provided with all details as sought under the club licencing criteria and that the Malaysian team had appreciated the presentations made by the club officials which were backed with documentary proof.
The AFC team will inspect the Salgaocar and Dempo clubs on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Dempo secretary Armando Colaco, Salgaocar secretary RAJ Gomes, Peter Vales met the AFC delegation at Fatorda.

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