Sunando Dhar: I-League fixtures to be revised within a week

The I-League’s CEO believes that the talented players’ part of the IMG-Reliance set-up could be snapped by the clubs…

Representatives from each of the thirteen I-League clubs are to meet the All India Football Federation (AIFF) officials to work on the revised fixture list for the country’s top division league.  The discussion on the same will be held in Kolkata on Thursday, October 30.

“We will change the fixtures within a week,” informed Sunando Dhar, CEO of the I-League, to Goal.

The month of December shall see most clubs playing as many as seven matches. Dhar stated that they will need to consult with the broadcaster to crosscheck if they have booked the satellite timings for the said games.

“We need to check if satellite timings are booked; and if yes, then it will be difficult to change,” he mentioned.

With the postponement of the IMG-Reliance’s Indian Super League (ISL), Dhar believes that it could turn out to be smart decision by the organisers.

“When a tournament of this magnitude is planned, there are always teething problems. It’s good that these issues have cropped up now, before the start of the event. The postponement could be a blessing in disguise. I-League clubs and IMG-R can sort out the issues. Hopefully we can see more I-League players when the tournament kicks off in September," he told IANS.

Questions are being raised about the future of the players who pledged their alliance with IMG-Reliance at a time when the I-League clubs stated categorically that they wouldn’t associate themselves with those associated with the proposed league. Since then Mohammedan Sporting have broken the embargo and roped in five players, namely Manish Maithani, Syed Nabi, Luis Barretto, Ishfaq Ahmed and Mehrajuddin Wadoo.

"The good and talented players should have no problem in walking into the I-League clubs. The good players will definitely be grabbed by the clubs, the problem is with the fringe players," Dhar said.

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