The courts have been kept busy by the football officials while the players, 30 of them sweat it out in the camp called to finally pick the Tamil Nadu team for the Santosh Trophy National football championship, which this year is being held in two states — Uttar Pradesh and Kerala.
Tourney from today
The competition formally gets underway on February 1 in Varanasi while they begin in Kerala thereafter — in Kollam from February 10 and in Kochi from February 13.
As the runner-up of the last edition held in Cuttack, Tamil Nadu has time till February 21 to enter the arena in Kollam and play the quarterfinal league.
But the question is who will certify the team — incumbent President Seeni Mohaideen or President-in-charge N. Balasubramani when it leaves for its campaign on February 17.
While the latter and his office-bearers are clear about their position, the All India Football Federation is not ready to make any move as yet.
The AIFF General Secretary, Kushal Das, speaking from New Delhi, said: “We are watching the situation. We do not want to take any step that will invite action from the court.
“Our only concern is that the players should not suffer. Tamil Nadu is the runner-up and not a small team,” he said.
Given the situation based on the civil court injunction order to the Tamil Nadu Football Association President Seeni Mohaideen from representing the body “in any manner” and “in any capacity” (this is as per Balasubramani’s petition), there is a possibility that the squad now in the camp, called as per the advice of Mohaideen and TFA Secretary Feroze Khan, could undergo some change.
Only time will tell where Tamil Nadu football is heading to but the word from Balasubramani’s camp is that “we will ensure that the players are not affected in any way”.