Juan Marcos Troia: Came, Coached & Is Hounded Out

Srinagar: Argentine coach Juan Marcos Troia has won hearts in Kashmir football with his verve and dedication, but has run afoul of the sports establishment which wants to see the last of him now.
Having spent six long years in Kashmir and bringing up fresh talent in football, Troai is leaving the state with a heavy heart, the India Today news magazine has reported.
Troia has become a familiar name in Kashmir football and has been responsible in sending players and coaches abroad for training stints. But now he has been debarred from conducting his activities.
“My (football) association has been banned by the Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA). My players, clubs and I myself cannot coach anyone. I am banned as a human being. I have no alternative but to leave Kashmir,” Troia told the India Today.
The Argentine has been a professional coach for more than 10 years. Troia came to India in 2002 under International Sports Academy Trust’s (ISAT) football development programme. ISAT is a sports entity recognized by the government of India.
Before coming to Kashmir in 2007, he had worked in Delhi and coached in DDA Sports Complex at Sarita Vihar and Jamia Milia Islamia University football field.
In 2010, Marcos sent two Kashmiris to Brazil for higher training. Subsequently, a second group of six Kashmiris went to Brazil and got official coaching degrees from the Brazilian sports ministry and the Sao Paulo Football Federation.
The situation has now changed for Troia. The JKFA accused him of not providing even a single player who could play at the national level. The association also charged him of creating a chaotic situation, conducting tournaments and other activities beyond his mandate, sending boys abroad without JKFA’s permission and not disclosing his financial resources.
Subsequently, JKFA banned his clubs. “He approached us and volunteered himself for coaching young boys. First year he did good work and confined himself to his academy. But later he tried to politicize football in Kashmir,” said Fayaz Ahmad Sofi, treasurer, JKFA.
Sofi added that Troia registered teams himself, involved ministers and police officials and sidelined the JKFA. “He filed false and fabricated cases against footballers who would argue during matches with his players. He sent six boys abroad without the consent of the JKFA. He was violating all norms of JKFA,” said Sofi.
On March 15, this year, Troia wrote a long response to the allegations. “JKFA said that we had not provided a single player. We had worked from April 2007 to November 2011, when we were banned,” he said.
“Only in less than four years we produced 14 players, amongst others, who had gone for foreign programmes. (We have conducted) three winter tournaments in three years in five districts,” his letter reads.
He also said he did not violate any financial code and his financial sources are known to the government. His response did not break the ice and the ban continues.

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