This year the JSW Elite Division Football Tournament, the premier event of Nagpur District Football Association (NDFA), will be played with out star players from November 12 at its Suyog Nagar ground.
The reason behind it is the suspension of around 100 players by the NDFA clubs for their participation unau thorised leagues.
Addressing media persons NDFA president Haresh Vora said, “We know that number of teams will miss the star players but we had no option but to take strict action to bring discipline among the players.”
Interestingly last year’s best player of the losing side Junaid Fahad (Young Muslim) and one another prominent playr Sorab Akhter will not be seen in action. Apart from them, there are several players who had performed well last year will not there in the team this season. The action has been taken against the maximum MOIL XI players. Vora said ten teams including Ansar Club, Rabbani Club, Young Muslim Football Club, Nagpur Blues, Rahul Sankritayan, Big Ben, SE Railway (HQ), MOIL XI, and IFC Chankapur will vie for the top honours. Top four teams will qualify for the super league. Vora also in formed that this year there would be no relegation.
JSW vice-president and plant head Rajesh Jain, NDFA secretary Iqbal Kashmiri. vice-president Atmaram Pande, Salim Baig and others were present at the press con ference.