After news of two teams from Kerala expressing their interest was confirmed by I-League CEO Sunando Dhar to Sportstar, Kushal Das, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary informed that there are keen to also add a team from Bangalore.
“Yes, there has been an interest from two parties, one from Trivandrum and the other from Malappuram,” said Das.
Meanwhile, Mumbai FC haven’t yet made a plea to the AIFF to include them back in the I-League, as was the case with Aizawl FC.
The north-eastern club got relegated in the I-League 2015-16 season before being given a backdoor entry by the AIFF Executive Committee. Aizawl, under the guidance of Khalid Jamil, went on to memorably win the competition, much to the surprise of many.
Having set a precedent earlier, it is likely that Essel Group-owned Mumbai FC might approach the Indian FA to let them field the team in the I-League despite them having finished at the bottom of the table.
“For now, we haven’t been approached by Mumbai FC yet,” informed Das.