Srinagar: In a major setback to the J&K Football Association (JKFA) it’s former General Secretary and current Executive Member Bashir Ahmad Malik has announced his resignation from the JKFA and accused JKFA of nepotism and favoritism.
The high profile member of JKFA who has held various posts in the association over years announced his resignation during a seminar on football development held in Srinagar on Wednesday.
The seminar was organized by National and International Footballers Delegation of J&K (NIFDJK) and it was third such seminar organized by the body during last two months.
Speaking on the occasion, Bashir malik said, “Present regime of the JKFA has destroyed the game of football by way of their mis-management, poor governance and lack of future plans in place”.
“I haven’t seen any development initiatives taken by JKFA over the years and though they claim that they are awarded for this and that. JKFA is more involved in politics rather than betterment of football. The qualified persons are sidelined and chance is being given to kith and kins. I have raised my voice time and again against the wrong doings within the Association where few people have hijacked the entire Association for their own interests. The time has come to dissociate myself from these people who have damaged the sport in entire J&K,” Malik said.
Another well-known footballer Nazir Andrabi also spoke during the occasion and said that people who have no knowledge or experience of football are running the affairs of the JKFA.
“These people who have no knowledge about the game and have no football background have been running JKFA affairs unconstitutionally. They are floating the rules and regulations right under the nose of Government and J&K State Sports Council. Time has come that they should go and make JKFA again what it was,” he said.
The seminar was attended by club representatives from all over the Kashmir division who also expressed their grave concern over the issue and urged all club representatives across J&K to come forward to clear up the mess in JKFA.