Churchill Brothers CEO Valanka Alemao has stated that the club wants a unified football league in the country. The CEO of the Goa-based I-League club, amidst all the controversies, has also mentioned that nowhere in the world, football has survived with two different leagues in the same country.
There is a lot of discussions regarding the future of the I-League and there are talks that the final decision will be taken anytime soon. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has already made it clear that the Indian Super League will be the top-most football tournament in the country.
Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers CEO Valanka Alemao has come up with a statement that the club is in favour of having a unified league in Indian football.
“We want a unified league. Because you look anywhere in the world you cannot survive with two leagues,” Alemao told Scroll.in.
“In any ecosystem of football, you need to have grassroots and promote youngsters. So tomorrow when we will all promote the upcoming players and there are just 10 clubs to do this... where are the others going to play? It is like killing the entire ecosystem. So it is not something like that I-League clubs have their own personal or selfish motive but it is for the entire AIFF to look into it. We have to find a way, we cannot afford to be submissive.”
The CEO of the club also mentioned about the football culture associated with the I-League clubs. She also talked about the erstwhile National Football League which was played before 2007.
“There has to be a drive, some type of reward for every match..that is why you play to go there. You just go and play for the heck of it, be it any sport. Before 2007, we had the National Football League which was followed by the I-League. So here you had the culture, fans and tradition and suddenly you create something and then you say we cannot make it a top league as per agreements. I clearly don’t understand how this works,” Alemao questioned.
“All the I-League clubs are great contributors to Indian football. These traditional clubs with legacy have been the torchbearers of Indian football and we have created national heroes.”