The All India Football Federation (AIFF) supposedly spent lavishly 16 Lakh rupees to work with an astrology firm to encourage the Indian males’s nationwide side ahead of their just recently concluded 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
Igor Stimac’s side measured up to their favourites tag in the Asian Cup qualifiers, beating Cambodia, Afghanistan and Hong Kong to stay unbeaten and therefore get approved for the 2023 Asian Cup on succeeding events for the very first time in their history.
“A motivator was appointed for the National team ahead of the Asian Cup. Later on, it came to light that the company which was engaged, was an astrological firm. Plainly-speaking, an astrologer was appointed to motivate the team. Huge payment to the tune of Rs 16 lakh was made,” PTI declared in a report.
Former India goalkeeper, Tanumoy Bose was not too happy with such an action by the AIFF and struck out at the federation for ending up being a chuckling stock.
“At a time when the AIFF repeatedly failed to conduct proper youth leagues, and many prestigious tournaments were forced to shut down, incidents like this will further tarnish the image of Indian football,” he stated to PTI.
“The CoA (which is running the show in AIFF after the suspension of president Praful Patel) must go deep into this appalling incident and find out who all are responsible behind it. There are many scams waiting to see the light of the day,” Bose included.