EB & Bagan may not be part of ISL V

The chances of any of the two Calcutta giants playing in the Indian Super League (ISL) this season is almost next to nothing, a senior All India Football Federation (AIFF) said.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 1.08.18
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New Delhi: The chances of any of the two Calcutta giants playing in the Indian Super League (ISL) this season is almost next to nothing, a senior All India Football Federation (AIFF) said.

"Apart from paucity of time, there are several factors involved in it. It is difficult to see any of the two teams, especially East Bengal, playing the ISL V. Mohun Bagan, we believe, have their own problems. Let them solve those first," the official told The Telegraph.

"East Bengal have spoken to AIFF president Praful Patel. He has been honestly trying for them since the club have roped in a good sponsor a few days back.

"But the problem is that we do not see any chance of ISL organisers opening up the bid this season to accommodate new teams. It would happen but not before the next season," he said.

The official said that East Bengal insisting on playing in Calcutta only is also a major hurdle towards their inclusion in the ISL. Since Atletico de Kolkata enjoy the exclusive rights of being the lone Calcutta franchise in the ISL till this season, it is difficult to raise another outfit from the same city.

"We all appreciate East Bengal's efforts to be a part of ISL but in all probability, it could be from the next season," he said.

The ISL this season will begin in the third week of September, almost immediately after the end of SAFF Championship in Dhaka.