IT'S NOT SOCCER

The faction-ridden

Andhra Pradesh Football Association (APFA) has come in for sharp criticism. Even India's coach Nayeemuddin recently appealed to the warring factions to bury their differences and work together. Thanks to the squabbling, football has been in the doldrums for many years. Hyderabad, which produced great players such as Noor Mohammed, Moin, Aziz, Yusuf Khan, Salaam, Kannan and Thangaraj in the 1950s and 60s, does not have a single noteworthy player now. There are no national level champion-ships either, while local tour-neys are few and far between. A few organisers are, however, trying to keep the game alive by conducting inter-club tour-neys in Trimulgherry in the city. But it would be better still if the APFA gets its act toge-ther and takes steps to recap-ture Hyderabad's past glory.

— Abhijit Sen Gupta/Hyderabad