MDFA is responsible for organising association football in and around Mumbai. The body is around 33 years old and has five divisions – elite, senior, first, second and third. According to sources, Thackeray wishes to be a part of the football organisation.
“Though he has not yet decided the panel from which he wants to contest the election, it will be good for the game if he is involved in the association,” said a source at the football association. The last date for filing nominations for the post is tomorrow. Elections will be held on November 16 and about 350 members from the city will be involved in the voting process.
Thackeray met a group of panels coordinated by a former football player Uday Konar at his residence Matoshree and had a discussion about football. “It was a healthy discussion and he wants to change the scenario of football in the city. He has a good vision and it will also benefit the game if young dynamic politicians join the association,” said Konar, who is a former player of Mahindra and Mahindra, and is associated with the body.
“We approached him to contest the polls from our panel for the post of Chairman. We haven’t received any reply from him yet,” added Konar. But a close aide of Thackeray said they wanted him to be a Presidential candidate.
“We are discussing it, as we want him to be president only. It is too early to comment on this issue,” said the source. Digambar Kandarkar, a former footballer, and president of the MDFA, also felt that the young politician’s entry would improve the city’s football scene. “If he becomes the president of MDFA, the condition of playgrounds will be better. Football needs good infrastructure and sponsorship as well,” said Kandarkar. Thackeray was not available for comment.