Baichung may have to miss Bayern tie

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Kolkata, Mar 24: Indian soccer captain Baichung Bhutia may well have to miss Mohun Bagan's tie against Bayern Munich.

''The national team's camp starts in Goa on May 30 and so the players in the national squad will have to miss the May 27 encounter between Mohun Bagan and Bayern Munich. I don't know how many players, it could be any number depending on Chief Coach Bob Houghton's choice,'' Das Munshi said here today. The national team's camp and the Santosh Trophy coincided with the exhibition tie that raising doubts over the holding of the match.However, Dasmunshi said, ''The match will be held. Peerless is trying to do something good and they have admitted that they were not aware of the rules or the national calendar, so we need to help them.'' ''The tie cannot be cancelled since its Oliver Kahn's last professional match for Bayern. The match will be conducted by the Indian Football Association,'' he said.

At the same time, he laid out four obligations which have to be complied with while staging the match, ''First, the national association of the visiting team needs to be intimated. Second, financial terms and conditions have to be transparent. Third, it should be stated whether the match is being organized for the purpose of charity, social cause or for commercial benefits, and fourth, the national/state association of the home side too has to be intimated. These four obligations are integral since it's the state association of the home team that will have to face any complaint or mishap.'' Asked about Lalit Modi's comments in the media on approaching AIFF with an idea for football akin to the upcoming IPL, Dasmunshi said, ''Football in India will not follow cricket's footsteps.

Footballers have no chance of being auctioned. Football in India will develop in its own way.'' He also announced partnership arrangements with top English Premier League clubs--Chelsea and Everton--with two Indian clubs that could be a major boost for Indian football. The name of the two clubs would be revealed later, he said.

Meanwhile, the AFC inspection team has preferred Hyderabad over Delhi for the Asian Champions League. ''The venue will be decided by tomorrow,'' Dasmunsi confirmed, adding that the Indian Under-17 side would travel to the United States first and then, might visit Portugal and Germany as part of its preparatory tour. However, he claimed that the proposed football academy of 30 acres of land in Goa is well on its way and would be financed by the state government. ''The matter will be finalised with Airtel within a day or two,'' Dasmunshi stated.

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