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Dodsal FC fail to register in the Second division I-League, may get direct entry in the next season’s I-League.

Modified 06 Jan 2013, 12:01 IST
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Silvestre to play in India?

Dodsal FC, one of India’s upcoming and most ambitious football clubs, failed to register their name in the second division I-League for the next season. This second division I-League will start from next February. The last day to submit the application form for participating in the second division I-League was last December 21. But as they failed to register their name, their participation in the second division I-League is quite uncertain.

Dodsal owner, Dubai based Rajen Kalichand, has assembled a quality side to compete against the top I-League teams. Apart from some ex-India internationals, there are few foreigners in the team. The club has already in the limelight for their off-field activities as they have already admitted that they are very ambitious, and are confident that they will sign former France and Manchester United player Mikael Silvestre.

Meanwhile AIFF president Praful Patel had a talk with the Dodsal owner about the possibility of getting a direct entry in the next season’s I-League. As Dodsal might get the chance of a direct entry in spite of not filling the required criteria, the Dodsal owner will make a stadium within Mumbai or city’s outskirts by 2017 in return.

“With as many as 4-5 teams being out of the next season’s I-League. There is a possibility that Dodsal might get direct entry into the I-League. The AIFF has stated before that corporate franchisee teams would be given exception if they earmark a specific amount for infrastructural development. The teams, however, will have to furnish a bank guarantee,” a source said.

If Dodsal might get a chance to compete in next season’s I-League then there is a possibility of increasing the number of teams. As a result, AIFF executive committee will take the decision regarding the structure of the league.

Published 06 Jan 2013, 12:00 IST
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