Bengaluru FC defeated Hong Kong side Kitchee SC on Wednesday evening in an AFC Cup Round of 16 match to make it to the last eight of the prestigious continental competition. The quarter-finals are scheduled to be played on 13th/14th and 20th/21st September.
The club officals however have pulled off a real coup as they have ensured that their best players extend their contracts and shall only join the Indian Super League (ISL) franchises on loan. Most of the players have already agreed terms with Indian Super League (ISL) franchises but will now join them only after the I-League club's Asian sojourn is over.
If the South Indian club makes it to the last four, their campaign will be extended until 19th October, which would mean several of the star players shall miss the opening two weeks of the ISL.
Mumbai City FC will be the most affected as they have the likes of Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Kumam, Amrinder Singh and Lalchhuan Mawia on their rosters.