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Ranjith Rodrigo

Irregularities seem to be a common practice in most sports bodies these days. The recent one was spotted when the accounts were tabled to be passed at the Executive Meeting of the South Asian Football Federation nations held at Jetwing Hotel in Negombo, on August 26.

Sri Lanka’s Ranjith Rodrigo, who is an accountant by profession, pointed out that the accounts submitted were like that obtained from an ordinary wayside boutique without any signatures didn’t look like audited accounts.

“I pointed out that such a report on accounts was not acceptable and audited statements should be submitted in the proper manner. These statements were also not distributed within the time frame as such the accounts cannot be passed,” noted Rodrigo.

“We must have a financial committee to supervise how the monies are spent in the future. The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) should work with transparency and responsibility. I have suggested that we form a committee at the next meeting that is scheduled to be held on 26th September in Goa India,” said Rodrigo who is also a vice president of the SAFF.

Seven countries attended the meeting in Sri Lanka.

The South Asian Federation (SAF) women’s tournament is to be held in December 2016 and to be hosted by India. SAFF is offering US$ 50,000 to conduct this tournament but India has asked for $150,000 to conduct this tournament.

According to Rodrigo the situation has arisen that a host nation will be found through a bidding process.

SAFF has also decided to conduct the first ever club championship on the same line as the UEFA club championship held in Europe. This is to be held in December 2016 and the probable host country will be Bangladesh.

The under-16 and under-19 tournaments will also be conducted in 2017.

The next SAF football championship will be held in 2017 on December 2017 in Bangladesh.