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In a short chat with Goal, the General Secretary of the newly promoted I-League club informed about their plans for the new season...

Rangdajied FC, the Shillong side, who have earned a promotion this year to the top-notch league of the nation, is not going all guns blazing in the transfer market.

"We have signed Santosh Kashyap as our new manager. I hope he will be successful with us. Right now, we have not fixed any move for any player. We hope to start signing players by the next week," said Karsing Kurbah, the general secretary of the North-East club.

Kashyap started the last season as the coach of Mohun Bagan but following a poor Federation Cup campaign and losing the opening two matches in the I-League, he was handed the pink slip. Thereafter he took over reins at ONGC and once again proved his mettle by transforming the relegation-threatened Oilmen into a formidable outfit.

Kurbah mentioned that he shall take Kashyap's opinion on all matters relating to the signings.

With IMG-Reliance keen on starting a new tournament next January along the lines of Indian Premier League (IPL), Kurbah stated that his club will stick to the decisions taken at the I-League Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) meeting last week. It was decided that none of the clubs from the top division shall deal with any player associated with the said tournament.

"This (IPL-style tournament) will make life difficult for clubs like us. We have taken a unanimous decision in the IPFCA meeting last week regarding the new tournament. Rangdajied FC will abide by the decisions," he remarked.

Rangdajied United are based out of Shillong which also plays host to one of the most well supported teams in Shillong Lajong.

"Shillong is very much like Kolkata. People here are football fanatics and come in numbers to watch the I-League matches. Shillong has been a local favourite since they have played a few seasons in the I-League and everybody from our state supported them whole-heartedly. We also share a very good relation with them and there is no question of creating a seperate fan base. I hope people of Shillong will come in to watch our matches too," he signed off.


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