The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Bid Evaluation Committee could possibly meet next week to take stock of the three bids and select the bid(s) worthy of a direct entry into the I-League.
“The Bid Evaluation Committee was to meet on the 15th of this month but then there was a suggestion that it could convene on the 16th morning. However, now it has been pushed back to next week,” informed an AIFF official.
Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) are the independent auditors who go through the bid documents of each interested party and place their thoughts in front of the Bid Evaluation Committee.
Although earlier the meeting was to convene on the 15th of this month, an AIFF official informed that PwC received the documents only earlier this week and hence, would need more time to evaluate.
Bengaluru-based Ozone FC, Gokulam FC (based in Manjeri) and a Rajasthan-based group have submitted the bids for a spot in the league. The Indian FA had extended the deadline to table the bids to September 8 last week and are now left with three bids to evaluate.
It is to be noted that the AIFF had rejected the initial bids from Gokulam FC, Ozone FC and another Rajasthan-based group early last month because of incomplete and unsatisfactory bids.
The governing body went on to invite bids again and Gokulam FC and Ozone FC have re-submitted their bids while the third bid was submitted by another Rajasthan-based group.
It will be interesting to see whether the AIFF decides to add any team into the I-League for the 2017-18 season.