AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan narrow down on Rabindra Sarobar for the qualifiers pending AFC inspection

The reigning Federation champions have failed to find an accredited stadium and might run into trouble with AFC...

Mohun Bagan might be flying in the I-League, having won their first four encounters, and are sitting pretty atop the table but there are problems creeping up elsewhere. 

Lackadaisical attitude from the officials of the century old club have meant that the 2nd leg of their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Preliminary Round match can be hosted nowhere but at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata. 

This was after the AFC pointed out their objections with the stadium which is not AFC approved. The club are in a desperate search for a location with the Salt Lake Stadium out of bounds due to renovation work. 

Last season the team had played their continental matches in Guwahati but along with that, the likes of Balewadi Stadium in Pune and the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru were in contention for hosting the match on 7th February. But the delay in the decision making process by the officials meant that the venues have already been booked. 

With no alternative in place, the club have rounded back to the Rabindra Sarobar and the AFC have agreed to send an inspection team to the venue on 27th January.

The Mariners lost out in the Round of 16 stages in last season's competition and will be placed in Group E alongside the other Indian team if they traverse qualifcation successfully.

The first leg of the preliminary qualifiers is an away tie against Colombo FC on 31st January.


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