PANAJI: Goa Football Association has announced title sponsor for Professional League and future boost for other competitions as Kolkata-based Selvel Group becomes it’s new partner with a Memorandum of Understanding for the promotion of football in the state.

The Selvel Goa Pro league will kick off on January 15 and will run till April end. The action will also be streamed live, courtesy Parallel Thinkers.

“I want to host the league in a big way. We must understand and request all 12 clubs to support and host this league in the best way. I am delighted that Selvel have decided to associate with us and will play a major role in helping Goan football at large. This year it will be just the Professional League but in coming years we are expected to get support for the other GFA leagues too,” stated GFA President, Churchill Alemao in a press release.

“We need to maintain good relations with Government and AIFF. Because of our good relationship with such bodies, we managed to get aid from the Govt this time. Our CM had promised Rs 2cr for our association of which 50 lakhs have been sanctioned and we shall receive it shortly,” revealed Alemao.

Selvel Group CEO Rajiv Ghosh was delighted to be part of GFA and said:  “It’s a privilege to be associated with GFA and on behalf of the company I can assure you that this journey will actually unfold into many dreams being made true. Selvel and sports go hand in hand as we are associated with many sports. We as a company would like to be associated to the grassroots football and do our but so that the budding stars can attain basic requirements.

“The GFA Professional league telecast is interesting for all of us as it’s required in today’s world. We will try to work together. The matches will be streamed live giving opportunity to plenty of people to check and watch the Goan football. We will try to support GFA in every possible way and we hope we would be asked to stay longer,” he added.

Gosh stated that he would give his best to make this event a grand success. “We want to expand our reach and we want to cover everything including the first division to age-group matches and that also will be endeavoured.”

Domnic Pereira, GFA competition’s committee chairman, said:  “The Goa Pro-League will kick off on January 15 and shall continue till the April end. The tournament shall be played on single-leg system due to  pandemic. There will be just 66 games. Our partnership with Selvel and Parallel sports will help us in organising the league in the best manner.”

GFA Vice-presidents, Executive members and Pro League club officials, Parallel Thinkers official Partha Acharya and others were present for the Selvel Goa Pro-League launch function.


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