Goan side Salgaocar FC who had issued a press release of their desire to pull out of the I-League remain firm on their stand as the Greens haven't replied to the club licensing documents sent by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) earlier this month.
On the other hand, Sporting Club de Goa who had conveyed similar dissatisfaction surrounding the future of Indian football and the biasness of the governing body towards the Indian Super League (ISL) and thus threatened to pull out of the I-League have now taken a u-turn in signing the club licensing document.
Goal had exclusively reported about the possible change in mind by the Flaming Oranje last month.
When Goal contacted I-League CEO Sunando Dhar, the scenario regarding the Goan clubs was made clear. "We have received the documents for club licensing from all of the nine clubs we had sent except for Salgaocar FC", Dhar revealed.
"The deadline for submitting the necessary paperwork online is 22nd September", he added. Salgaocar meanwhile had chosen not to be a part of the club licensing workshop held in Mumbai on September 2.
However, the financial documents can be submitted at a later date, the deadline being 30th September, confirmed Dhar.
As things stand in it's current scenario, I-League is alll set to have eight participating clubs. From Goa, Dempo and Sporting Clube de Goa make the cut; defending champions Bengaluru FC along with the Kolkata pair of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. Mumbai FC, Shillong Lajong FC and DSK Shivajians make the octet, leaving Salgaocar out of the equation.