Khalid Jamil’s hopes of playing on home soil have been dashed as the I-League clash against Pune FC has been shifted to Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune.
The Maha derby which was scheduled to be held on March 1st at the Cooperage Stadium in Mumbai, will be played in Pune now. This would be an added advantage for Mike Snoei’s side who were defeated 2-1 when the two teams meet earlier in the season.
Cooperage, which has undergone a makeover with an artificial turf replacing the natural one, has been under renovation with FIFA granting 2.5 million USD and hasn’t hosted any I-League game since Mahindra United beat JCT 2-1 on April 27, 2010.
“The stadium should be ready for action by February 14th. However the occupation certificate is yet to be granted and we are informed that it will be obtained before the end of February.
“But the Maha derby is to be televised and hence we need to ensure that the venue is fixed for the game to avoid last minute changes. Hence this game would be shifted to Pune. Mumbai FC’s next two home games are scheduled in April and could possibly be played at Cooperage should the occupation certificate be granted,” informed Sunando Dhar, CEO of the I-League.
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