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Sikkim: Football players to boycott Santosh Trophy camp; alleges negligence of SFA

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Many state and national level footballers have decided to boycott the annually held Santosh Trophy camp alleging regression of the football game in Sikkim due to inefficiency and negligence of the Sikkim Football Association (SFA).

The footballers under the banner Football Players Association of Sikkim (FPAS) while talking to media have demanded the immediate resignation of the executive committee of SFA stating that the organization has used the footballers as a cash cow.

Over 120 players from Sikkim have decided to support the FPAS which included noted footballer Nirmal Chettri. He stated that SFA executive members must resign and give way to younger players to check the regression state football has been going into.

The players have alleged that SFA has not been able to arrange proper camps for footballers at all levels also blasting them of not able to hold local league matches including the State league which barely lasted a month.

“We demand proper democratic elections in the SFA,” said Nirmal Chettri, President, FPAs.

Further footballers have lashed out against SFA for an ill-timed call for Santosh Trophy camp “despite knowing that most players and clubs are engaged in the on-going Sikkim Premier League.

They also alleged that SFA has been threatening clubs and players with a ban if they do not comply with the orders while stating that FPAS will do everything it can to protect the interests of players.

Sikkim football has been going through a bad phase with humiliating defeats in the Under 19 category and the absence of state women’s team in the national championship this year.

Updated by: News Sources 2019-09-11 5:36 PM