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I-League Division 2: Did Royal Wahingdoh FC play 4 Foreigners?

It seems that the second division of the I-League is tainted by controversies this season, but are the necessary actions being taken? Earlier there had been allegations of match fixing in the preliminary round groups in Silchar and Cuttack with Gauhati...

It seems that the second division of the I-League is tainted by controversies this season, but are the necessary actions being taken? Earlier there had been allegations of match fixing in the preliminary round groups in Silchar and Cuttack with Gauhati Town Club taking the drastic step of disbanding their senior team.

Now in yesterday’s match between Royal Wahingdoh FC from Shillong and Mumbai‘s ONGC which RWFC won 4-1 the side from Meghalaya made a late substitution with African striker Perry S. Koli coming on for I. Seityasen Singh from Manipur. That meant that four foreigners where on the field in injury time of the game with Africans Kareem Omolaja Nurain and Beekay Bawar along with Bhutanese striker Chencho C. already on the pitch.

ONGC had to complain to the fourth official and the match commissioner M.G Suvarna about the incidence who like the RWFC officials did not realise the mistake. ONGC also made a written complaint post-match to the match commissioner.

An interesting fact is that the official website of Royal Wahingdoh FC lists Chencho as an Indian national born in Sikkim. But the striker Chencho has surely represented Bhutan in international competitions.

The rule for the I-League Division 2 like in the top tier of the I-League is that clubs can sign 3 foreigners from anywhere in the world plus one Asian with three of these four foreigners allowed to be on the pitch at any given time, meaning if a foreigner from the 3+1 comes on, another one has to go off.

The question is under what nationality did RWFC register Chencho with the AIFF for the I-League Division 2? What passport or passports does the striker current hold? And have RWFC play foreigners in earlier matches?

Loads of questions to be answered…

Published with permission from Arunava Chaudhuri.

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