The AIFF hired an astrologer for the good luck of the team: team insider

Did astrology play a role in the recent success of the Indian national football team in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers? Well, it looks like the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has made an effort to align the stars.

AIFF has been revealed to have splurged Rs 16 lakh on an astrology agency it hired to ‘motivate’ the national team, who confirmed their place in the European Cup final. AFC Asia to 24 teams.

The team led by Sunil Chhteri topped the group to qualify.

”A motivator has been appointed for the national team ahead of the Asian Cup. Later it emerged that the company that was engaged was an astrology company,’ a team insider told PTI.

”Clearly, an astrologer has been appointed to motivate the team. A huge payment to the tune of Rs 16 lakh has been made,’ the source said.

The Astrology Society apparently took three sessions with the Blue Tigers, but a Kolkata-based player said: “At least I didn’t hear about it because I joined the team late.” Sunando Dhar, who is the AIFF’s acting general secretary, was not available for comment.

Former India goalkeeper Tanumoy Bose ridiculed the idea and denounced the AIFF for becoming a laughing stock.

“At a time when the AIFF has repeatedly failed to organize proper youth leagues and many prestigious tournaments have been forced to shut down, incidents like this will further tarnish the image of Indian football,” said Bose at PTI.

He added that it was just a “smokescreen” since AIFF officials are fully capable of using the money to sponsor their upcoming overseas trips.

”The CoA (who is leading the AIFF after the suspension of President Praful Patel) needs to dig deeper into this appalling incident and find out who are all responsible behind it. Many scams are waiting to emerge,” he added.

The Supreme Court last month appointed a three-member Committee of Trustees (CoA) to manage AIFF’s affairs, ending Praful Patel’s long rein at the helm.

Black magic is not new to Indian football. A Delhi-based club had already signed a Meerut-based ‘Baba’ for a key league game and after their triumph, the team credited him for their success.

The Sunil Chhetri-led side recorded their best ever Asian Cup campaign as the talismanic striker led from the front with four goals in three matches to take the national side to the final.

India started their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Cambodia, then they claimed a 2-1 victory over Afghanistan before beating Hong Kong 4-0 to qualify as top of the group.

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