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The duo are willing to stay with the I-League champions should they get a license to ply their trade in the top division league...


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Churchill Brothers’ fate will be decided when the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Appeals Committee meets on Tuesday in order to hear the Goan club’s appeal to grant them a license for the 2014-15 season of the I-League.

The Red Machines, who have reportedly passed just 13 of the 42 licensing criteria as specified by Indian football’s governing body are pinning their hopes on AIFF to show leniency.

However until then, the players of the Goan side wait in anxious anticipation to know what their future holds given that Churchill Alemao has threatened to disband the club should they not be given the license.

Bineesh Balan has been subject to offers from a couple of Goan clubs but has another year left on his contract with Churchill.


Bineesh Balan hopes for the best

"I signed a two-year contract last year, so I have one more year with Churchill Brothers. Some problems are going on, but I hope everything goes okay," said the former Tata Football Academy (TFA) product.

"If I get offers from other clubs I can't go because of the one year remaining on my contract. The club believes in me so I am also waiting for my time. Definitely, I believe in the Churchill family as they love football," he added.

Lenny Rodrigues has already experienced moving out of a disbanded outfit when he left Fransa-Pax as a youngster when the owner Micky Pacheco dissolved his side after claiming that the Indian FA were trying to get them relegated.

"I have one more year [with Churchill Brothers]. The club knows about the offers that I'm getting, but I think it's better to stay with the club in their difficult times too," stated the India international.

"I had earned a captaincy in the team and also won the championship with Churchill Brothers. So let's see what happens in the meeting."

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