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Southern Samity’s future in CFL in dark clouds

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The new season of the much anticipated Calcutta Premier Division Football League(Group A) is going to kick start from 7th of next month. While the three giants have already started their pre-season training, the picture in the other end is not so bright.

Southern Samity has been a prominent name in Calcutta football for last few years. In the last season of CFL they finished in fourth spot just behind the three giants and thus booked their place in the I-League 2nd Division. They performance in the second division of I-League also won much plaudits but they finally fell short in qualifying for the elite division as Neroca FC did the trick.

Southern is all scheduled to take part in the upcoming CFL which is going to be a ten team affair. But a recent string of events has clouded the future of the club, at least for the time being.

The club was established back in 1945 and got registered in IFA in 1959, but it came into the footballing scenes prominently after it got owned by Frontlink International. But recently, a leading official of the club has been found guilty in a financial conspiracy. He is accused accused of utilising club fund in havoc in personal purpose.

As a consequence, the club has got financially doomed off late. They are not in a state to pay their players and may have to release some off them or field a second stream side in the tournament. An withdrawal of participation is seemingly on the cards as well.

Although, the officials or the players are reluctant to comment on the issue publicly, but any negative outcome will obviously result in a face loss for the club. Previously Army XI also withdrew their name from CFL Premier Division.