The Executive Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) stated that the fate of Mumbai Tigers playing in I-League division two would depend on whether they can clarify their stance on the complaints lodged by their players of not being paid for the last few months.
“Some players have written to the general secretary (Kushal Das) of the AIFF that they haven’t got salaries for the last three-to-four months. We have to send them the papers. If all the payments are up to date or if they clear it in the next ten days, then they can play in the second division. So principally they are okay to play in the second division,” informed Sunando Dhar, CEO of the I-League.
Mumbai Tigers had earlier bid for an automatic spot into the I-League and had successfully grabbed it along with JSW. However following the announcement of the league fixtures, the club decided to pull out stating that they needed more time to prepare for the top division.
Ten teams, sans Mumbai Tigers, have been selected to play in the division two this term with United Sikkim to join the lot in the final round.
“For now ten teams have been selected for the second division. We have no team from Goa as only Vasco had applied and on performance criterion, they got rejected as they finished last in the Goa League. Around 24 teams had applied to play but when we asked for details and sent out our terms and conditions, most backed out,” Dhar explained.
Teams confirmed to play in second division : Bhowanipore, Kalighat, Royal Wahingdoh, Green Valley, Eagles, Hindustan FC, MP United, Aizwal FC, Kenkre FC, PIFA Colaba.
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