By Our Sports Reporter
IMPHAL, Aug 5 : United Veteran Football Association (UVFA) has organised a reception programme for the All Manipur Football Association's (AMFA) newly elected president M Ratankumar and treasurer H Chetanchandra at the conference hall of All Manipur Sports Association today with Ng Brajakumar, president, UVFA; H Meghachandra, vice president, UVFA and L Jyotirmoy Roy, general secretary in-charge, AMFA gracing the function as dignitaries besides other officials and members of UVFA.
Speaking on the occasion, All Manipur Football Association's newly elected president, M Ratankumar has maintained that the association has not received any form of assistance from the State Government so far. The association is working at its level best despite its insufficient and scanty fund and it is really saddening to see "misappropriation charges" being hurled at varying media platforms, M Ratankumar said while clarifying that fees generated from players transfer (Inter club and inter district) as the only source of fund for the apex body and everything has to be managed on the basis of it.
Players who have been groomed and scouted from the State are doing quite well for various firms and clubs but there is a visible decline in the quality and performance of the State team in almost every competitions when other States are making more progress, Ratankumar lamented. He also expressed concern over the ill practises carried out by big firms, institutes and academies which came to the State in the name of scouting talents from the State and promised them to train them at leading football academies in Europe.
Some firms even "collaborate with the State Government" but hardly translate their promises made at the time of selection, Ratankumar added while urging the parents to be very careful in leaving their wards in the hand of such firms as their careers can be ruined.