AIFF oks Jharkhand for Santosh Trophy, ntl women’s c'ship

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NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to allow the participation of the Jharkhand state team in the senior women’s National Football Championships and the Santosh Trophy.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday had barred the Jharkhand Football Association (JFA)from sending a team to participate in the Santosh Trophy and Women’s championship, citing an internal conflict within the management of the association.
“The AIFF team has agreed to conduct fresh trials of the four teams to pick the sides for the Santosh Trophy and National Women’s Championships,” Khijri MLA Rajesh Kachhap, who has intervened in the matter after the internal fighting came to light.

“Now the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is directly looking into the matter with the AIFF. We don’t want to deprive the talented footballers of the state,” he said.

AIFF said there has also been a request from the Jharkhand government for the participation of the state teams in the coveted National Championships.

“The AIFF thanks the Government of Jharkhand for their highly proactive support, and is grateful for their cooperation in a joint endeavor for the development of women’s football, and drive Indian Football forward together,” said AIFF.