Aspiring 2nd Division I-League club Dodsal FC have renamed themselves to Mumbai Tigers for a better connect to the football fans in the financial capital of India.The Mumbai-based professional side Mumbai Tigers, who were formed as Dodsal FC in May 2012, have in the last few months shown their intent to push the limits in Indian football, which the Dubai-based Dodsal Group chairman Rajen Kilachand has given out as the ultimate goal of the club.
The big aim of the season for Mumbai Tigers is to qualify for the I-League next season and then the club aims to play in the AFC Asian Champions League over the next five years. A very ambitious plan but surely a possible target.
Last week, the new club name of Mumbai Tigers was registered with the national body, All India Football Federation, and the local body, Mumbai District Football Association, in a step towards a better connect with the Mumbai football fans.
Mumbai Tigers had signed seasoned coach Bimal Ghosh and ex-internationals like N.P. Pradeep, Surkumar Singh and Mohammed Rafi besides other established I-League players to show their serious intent in the transfer market with even talk of signing ex-Manchester United Mikael Silvestre of France late last year.Published 09 Mar 2013, 12:18 IST