Happy that a broadly acceptable consensus has been established: Patel on Indian football
Mumbai, November 2 () The president of the Indian Football Federation (AIFF), Praful Patel, expressed on Saturday his happiness that a widely acceptable consensus has been reached on the road map of Indian football.
I am glad that a sustainable, comprehensive and widely acceptable consensus roadmap has now been established that will do much good for Indian football in the future. In general, a good solution has been found for club football in India, Patel told reporters here.
He was speaking after the official emblem of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup was launched in the presence of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
I feel genuinely happy that a broad consensus has been reached on a sensitive issue that has been bothering the entire fraternity of football. What will happen to the ISL, what will happen to League I, what will happen to the future of the clubs, this kind of important questions always kept us engaged, Patel added.
The Indian Super League will replace the I-League as the premier competition in the country after those interested agreed on a proposal from the Asian Football Confederation, ending the process of prolonged and contentious restructuring.
According to the road map, ISL will be the best league in the country from this season, while the I-League will continue as the second level league.
Patel said there were problems between the ISL and I-League clubs, which had to be resolved. There was a meeting and workshop held in Kuala Lumpur under the auspices of the AFC where I-League and ISL clubs were invited. AIFF was represented there and we also had FSDL - our business partners. NRB AH AH