AIFF asks row members to accommodate Luis Norton de Matos


luis-norton-de-matos-m A member of a cabinet constituted by a AIFF has purported that a association has ‘bypassed’ a row in fixing Luis Norton de Matos as a ‘number one choice’ (Source: Twitter)

Unfazed by a critique of a member of a cabinet tasked to suggest a manager for a Indian U-17 team, All India Football Federation on Friday asked all a members of a row to accommodate Portuguese Luis Norton de Matos who has emerged as a “number one choice” for a job.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das pronounced all a members of a advisory cabinet constituted to suggest Indian team’s conduct manager for a U-17 World Cup to be hold in 6 cities from Oct 6-28 has been told to accommodate de Matos who is approaching to be in India on Feb 28.

“All a advisory cabinet members have now been told to accommodate Luis Norton (when he is here in India),” Das said.

Indian football legends Baichung Bhutia and we M Vijayan, another former India general Abhishek Yadav (also Chief Operating Officer of a U-17 team) and AIFF Technical Director Savio Madiera. Other members are Das and Kishore Taid, Head of Operations and Strategy of a AIFF.

De Matos, a former Portugal general and ex-coach of Benfica haven side as good of Guinea-Bissau inhabitant team, has been announced by a AIFF as a “number one choice” from among a shortlisted possibilities and he is approaching to accommodate Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas and AIFF President Praful Patel on Feb 28 to marker out his agreement details.

A member of a cabinet constituted by a AIFF to suggest a U-17 group manager has purported that a association has “bypassed” a row in fixing de Matos as a “number one choice”. The AIFF, however, shielded a preference with Das observant that he (de Matos) was best matched for a job.

“We have never endorsed any manager as series one choice. AIFF has bypassed a cabinet constituted by a boss to name a manager of India U-17 team,” a member of a cabinet had said.

“There were some-more than 70 applications and we had pruned it down to 8 and afterwards to three-four candidates. We were to have a final assembly to name a coach. But this final assembly never happened and a AIFF on a possess has now named one manager (de Matos) as their series one choice though consulting a committee. This is not right,” he added.

Defending a AIFF’s decision, Das said, “It’s an advisory committee, not a preference committee. We identified 7-8 possibilities and we were asked to do skype interviews. The interviews were finished by me, Kishore and Abhishek. After a interviews, we identified Luis Norton de Matos as a many suitable claimant to come for a talk in India with Secretary Sports and a AIFF President.”

Das pronounced de Matos will come for an talk around Feb 28 though no preference of a manager has been done yet.

“The kind of form this chairman (de Matos) has, he is a best choice for us. We talked to Portugal inhabitant manager Fernando Santos and asked him about de Matos. Santos pronounced he (de Matos) is not a good manager though a really good coach. We asked a Portugal FA and they also endorsed him (de Matos) really strongly. We went to FIFA and a technical side gave a recommendation.”

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