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Top teams set to give Lt Governor’s Cup a miss

With the rescheduled DSA Annual senior division league ending on February 27,the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup starting March 21 would have been just about the perfect time for the city’s top clubs to return to the field.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 18, 2009 11:10:38 pm

With the rescheduled DSA Annual senior division league ending on February 27,the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup starting March 21 would have been just about the perfect time for the city’s top clubs to return to the field. But surprisingly,their absence this year — due to various reasons — is set to take away the sheen from the tournament’s sixth edition.

The top six clubs from the Capital (Hindustan FC,Indian Nationals,New Delhi Heroes,Tarun Sangha,Ahbab FC and Simla Youngs) as per their finish in the DSA League,were invited along with J&K Bank,Punjab Police,BSF,U-21 team from Goa and Amity United.

While preferably the top four from Delhi would have participated,only one has given the nod — Indian Nationals and Simla Youngs have filled in another vacancy from the Capital.

Problems aplenty
Reasons for the skip vary from financial problems to miscommunication. After New Delhi Heroes had clarified their inability to participate saying they need time to restructure the team,third-position holders Tarun Sangha said bringing the players together is unaffordable.

“Almost all our players are from Kolkata and they have left within a couple of days after the DSA League. Bringing them back will cost us a huge sum of money which we can’t afford. Had the DSA League been a bit longer we would’ve played,” said Tarun Sangha general secretary Bivash Chandra Maity.

No invitation
Joint DSA champions Hindustan FC,on the other hand,are still awaiting a formal invitation,with just four days from the kick off.

“We received a letter from the DSA,but no invitation has come from the organisers directly. In invitational tournaments like this,sending a formal invitation is a part of the process. The organisers could’ve easily conveyed the message earlier,with the end of the DSA league. We have 15 outstation players who’re not here right now. Now even if we get the invitation,it’ll be difficult to regroup them,” said DK Bose,general secretary of Hindustan FC.

The organisers,however,confirmed the sending of invitations to everyone and weren’t miffed by the absence of the famous.

“We have sent the invitations to everybody in time. Otherwise,why did the other clubs respond? We can only provide the facilities for the teams and it’s the duty of the players to play. We can’t think of image if the top clubs aren’t playing,we just need teams for participation,the DSA is arranging that,” said SP Thaplial,one of the organisers of Lieutenant Governor’s Cup.

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