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Rumble in Mumbai’s football jungle

Four MDFA officials approach Charity Commissioner to look into alleged irregularities in the association

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 11, 2013 4:36:04 am

Four officials of the Mumbai District Football Association have taken umbrage over the alleged unreasonable diktats and misdeeds of some of its office-bearers at the helm of affairs and approached the Charity Commissioner in a desperate bid to halt alleged irregularities in the association.

Following the complaint by the applicants,the Charity Commissioner is believed to have observed ‘improper management’ in the association and had passed an order dated 6th June,2013 that a meeting of the executive council of the MDFA,that was scheduled to be held on the same day (6th June,2013),be postponed till the main application under Section 41-A of the Bombay Public Trust is finally decided.

But,according to the four – MDFA Asst. Secretaries Everest Gonsalves of promoted Div. II side Franco Sports and Xavier Faria of Div I side Alphons Sports Academy,and executive committee members James D’Costa of Div I side Village Amboli and Shashank Shah of Div. II side Super Soccer School,who claim to have the support of many disgruntled MDFA members – the meeting was held illegally and conducted contrary to the by-laws and constitution.

The four decided to take the lead when they received a letter signed by MDFA Hon. Gen. Secretary Souter Vaz calling for an Executive Committee Meeting on June 6,at its headquarters,St. Xavier’s ground,Parel.

Gonsalves explains: “The four-year term of the MDFA Executive Committee which began on March 7,2009 ended on March 6,2013. During their term,this Executive Committee consistently flouted the bye-laws and constitution and misinterpreted the rules to suit their needs.”

Taking serious note of the affairs of the association many senior members exercised their right under Section 27 of the Bye Laws and Constitution of MDFA and requested the managing committee to call for a Special General Meeting with the only agenda being the holding of elections,through a letter dated 25th February,2013. The managing committee members at the helm of affairs of the association allegedly disregarded this notice and never tabled it before the Executive Committee.

Gonsalves adds: “This four-year term was the worst in the history of MDFA. It had three presidents. Most of the executive committee meetings were utilized to change the presidents. And very little time was devoted to perform the most important duty – the development of football.”

Among the host of complaints was the permission given by some at the helm of affairs of the MDFA to allow illegal dumping of debris from nearby construction sites at the St. Xavier’s ground.

“Firstly,this has clearly been done for personal gain,” allege Gonsalves and Shah. “For this illegal activity,the BMC has slapped two notices to the MDFA. This fact has also been hidden from the Executive Committee.”

Another cause for concern,they point out,was a long list of tournaments that were not conducted over the last four years. The tournaments include the Nitu Mandke Zonal,Munshi Cup,Callan Cup,Maitra Cup,Guru Nanak Cup,Mussy Cup,Sujit Jog Cup,Air India Cup and the most significant Elite Division,which decides the champions of Mumbai.

“These tournaments which were once conducted without fail kept the sport alive in the city,” reasons Gonsalves. “This reflects complete disregard and lack of interest in conducting the affairs of the association.”

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