“People don’t always get what they deserve in this world.”
The story dates back to the year 1979 of All-India Football Federation (AIFF) which acted very unreasonable in omitting Titanium, the then reigning champion Club of Kerala, from the list of invitees to the Federation Cup Football tournament held at Guwahati.
The first and foremost blunder the Federation committed was that it did not consult the Kerala Football Association before sending an invitation to the Premier Tyres, the runners-up club.
When the Federation announced the fixtures, the soccer fans of Kerala were surprised by the omission of Titanium.
Mr Bhodanandan, Secretary, K.F.A, said he too was surprised and had taken up the matter with the Federation. Mr Sukumaran Nair, Sports Officer, Trivandrum Titanium Product, said he had lodged a protest with the Federation with a copy to the K.F.A.
Titanium had beaten Premier Tyres in the inter-club final held at Malappuram previous year i.e. 1978. The victory was all the more creditable because at that time Premier Tyres had four of its stalwarts- Premnath Philip, Najeeb, Xavier Pius and Dinkar, who later joined Calcutta teams.
By any standard, Titanium, a popular and a sought-after team in South India, was much better than some of the teams invited to the Federation Cup.
Many in Kerala felt that if the Federation could invite three teams from Bengal why it couldn`t invite two teams from Kerala where soccer is a popular game.
An official said it was a pity the K.F.A. had no voice in the Federation. The irony was that Titanium, which was runner-up in the previous year, was invited to the Federation Cup held at Coimbatore.
But Strange are the ways and laws of the A.I.F.F.