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Soccer cradle gets new boss

Former Olympian and renowned sports mentor Charles Borromeo, who is the head of Tata Steel Sports Department, has now been given the additional charge of handling the activities of Tata Football Academy (TFA).

Fifty-six-year-old Borromeo will assume charge of the soccer cradle on June 1. Incumbent M.R. Bhalla will retire as senior manager of TFA on May 31.

“I will start handling TFA affairs from June 1. I will try my best to fulfil my responsibility efficiently,” Borromeo told The Telegraph.

When asked what his priorities would after he takes over the reins of TFA, a soccer cradle that has of late lost sheen performance-wise, Borromeo said he was trying to get a feel of its work culture.

“I’ll prioritise things once I settle down,” he said.

Padma Shri awardee Borromeo has a challenging task ahead of him.

Besides handling the administration of the TFA, he will also need to streamline the soccer cradle’s training apparatus that has taken a beating over the past few years.

State soccer functionaries are happy with Borromeo’s entry into the TFA. “It’s a positive development that will help the cradle regain its old glory. I am sure Borromeo will do a good job,” said Ramesh Mehta, vice-president of Jharkhand Football Association.

Borromeo retired from athletics in 1984 but continued to work in developing sports at national level. He is also the secretary of state boxing association.