Recently, it was announced that the entire Indian Super League will take place in Goa. Owing to this, there has been concern that the local grounds and facilities will not be available for the locals for their own practice. Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao, the former chief minister of Goa is the vocal representative for the locals. He has raised a grievance forum on behalf of the locals who experienced the same last year.
In response, the current CM of Goa Mr. Pramod Sawant came out with a statement stating that the government is ready to hand out grounds to the locals.
“The government is ready to hand over the grounds with an agreement. It would be great if a club takes responsibility to maintain the ground” – Pramod Sawant.
Alemao also stated that the local teams from the I-League have been lacking behind due to a lack of training grounds. Goa is home to numerous grounds which are not in proper condition for use. The government is in the process of handing over three grounds to the panchayats for maintenance and proper use.
Time will tell if the government makes use of its resources to help the growth of football in Goa. The anticipation for the Indian Super League is massively growing and the growth of local clubs will only build a stronger foundation for the future. It remains to be seen if the government will live up to its promises.
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