Thirty five players can be registered by I-League clubs – AIFF

The Indian FA have altered the rules of registration of players in the country’s top division after nine rounds of games played…

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) have given their consent to Mohammedan Sporting’s request to register more than thirty players for the I-League 2013-14 season which is already underway.

Clubs are now allowed to list thirty five players on their roster after the AIFF Emergency Committee voted in favour of increasing the number.

The Kolkata outfit had registered 23 players with only Collin Abranches and Imran Khan qualifying as the two under-23 players. Of the remaining seven slots, Mohammedan had to register a minimum of three under-23 players.

The Black and Whites roped in five players, namely Manish Maithani, Luis Barretto, Syed Nabi, Ishfaq Ahmed and Mehrajuddin Wadoo, from IMG-Reliance’s bandwagon. However none of them were born on or after January 1st, 1991 and hence only four of the five could make the cut. Mohammedan were forced to request the AIFF to consider their case following which the Emergency Committee, as mentioned in the statutes of the I-League, decided to take up the matter.

“Every club can register 35 players for this season. Because of the unusual circumstances (postponement of Indian Super League (ISL), the biggest stakeholders in football are the players and they should not be compromised upon,” informed Kushal Das, the general secretary of the AIFF.

“The players are already being taken by Mohammedan Sporting and Rangdajied United with others also being interested. The whole idea is to ensure that they (the players) do not miss out on participating in the League,” he mentioned.

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