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TFA mentor quits

A better offer has forced coach Shakti Chauhan to bid good-bye to Tata Football Academy (TFA).

Thursday will be the last working day for the Gujarat-based mentor who joined the academy in August last year. Chauhan, who was on a three-year contract, has already put in his papers and is leaving for Ahmedabad on August 17.

“I have been appointed assistant coach of Delhi Dynamos, one of the outfits of Indian Super League. I will stay in Ahmedabad and join Delhi Dynamos on August 26,” the 34-year-old coach said.

Pre-season preparations of Delhi Dynamos kick off on September 7 and the maiden Indian Super League starts on October 12.

The TFA management has already started looking for a replacement. TFA head Charles Borromeo and director of the technical wing Gordon Young was in Delhi on Tuesday to talk to All India Football Federation (AIFF) officials.

“We wanted the national soccer federation to recommend a coach to us. We want a mentor as Chauhan will not be with us,” said a TFA official.

Borromeo said they had some names in mind.

Besides the visiting faculty from Sheffield United Football Club, TFA cadets are presently trained under Faruk Ahmad and goalkeeping coach Gumpe Rime. Former international P. Vijay Kumar and Ashok Tudu look after the grassroots programme.

Chauhan, an Asian Football Confederation licensed coach, said he had a good time at the Tata soccer cradle.

“I am leaving TFA because I have got a better offer from Delhi Dynamos. But I must say I got very good support from the TFA management. I learnt a lot during my stint. I would love to be back to Jamshedpur if the cradle sets up a professional club,” he said.

Chauhan had also worked as state coach with Sports Authority of Gujarat.

He was also the coach of the India under-16 girls’ squad for the Asia Cup qualifiers in Colombo in November 2012.