Thursday, August 29, 2013

AIFF to discontinue Pailan Arrows

All India Football Federation's (AIFF) developmental side, Pailan Arrows is soon going to be history. 

The governing body today decided to discontinue Pailan Arrows owing to Pailan group’s financial and infrastructural distress, resulted in failing contractual payments to AIFF and players salary for couple of months. Also, the speculation of IMG-R taking over the youth team looks remote.

This can be termed as a one of the biggest setback of Indian football in recent times. What would be more appalling are the young Pailan players, who will now be looking for I-League clubs. 

GCSStars spoke to Pailan's only Bangalore connection, junior India international, Shankar. He too is perplexed and troubled with the recent development. Shankar has not received salary regularly. 

Shankar was all set to join Bengaluru FC, until AIFF took the decision to continue Pailan Arrows last month Shankar was contracted by AIFF till 2014 season -

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