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Cash crunch forces reduced budget for ND Heroes

Among the most consistent football teams from the Capital over the last five years,New Delhi Heroes might not be the same unit in the upcoming season.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 11, 2009 1:30:15 am

Among the most consistent football teams from the Capital over the last five years,New Delhi Heroes might not be the same unit in the upcoming season. Hit by recession at the fag end of last season,the team management is yet to draw a picture for next year and a budget cut looks imminent.

“We haven’t finalised anything as of now,but will chalk out the plan in another three-four days. Some potential investors are outside India and we are waiting for them. This year we are going to crunch the budget and have to make the team accordingly,” Neerav Tomar,managing director of New Delhi Heroes Football Private Limited,told Sportline.

Ten days into the month-long first transfer window and a few players having already signed for other clubs,the management is looking towards a different kind of composition. The squad might not figure as many as nine former I-League players as last year,but the lapse,Tomar says,would still match their priorities. In that case the club is banking the second transfer window to build on the strengths.

“We may have lost a few players into the first transfer window but our focus is still the second division I-League which will be held in March next year. For that we have to make use of the November transfer window. In between we would look to strengthen the team,pulling in big players and foreigners on loans. By that time we can sort out the financial issues which will decide the composition of the team,” Tomar said.

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The expected budget for the next season will be around Rs 1 crore,at least Rs 50 lakh less than last season’s budget.

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First published on: 11-06-2009 at 01:30:15 am

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