Gokulam Kerala FC to represent India in AFC Women’s Club Championship 2020-21

Gokulam Kerala, who was nominated by AIFF, was the champion of the fourth edition of the Indian Women's League, held in 2019-20.

Gokulam Kerala FC players celebrate their Hero Indian Women’s League triumph, after beating Krypsha football team in the finals at Bangalore Football Stadium in Bengaluru on February 14, 2020. Photo: K. Murali Kumar   -  The Hindu

All India Football Federation (AIFF) has nominated Gokulam Kerala FC (GKFC), the champion of the 4th edition of the Hero Indian Women’s League to represent India in the AFC Women’s Club Championship 2020-21 – Pilot tournament.

Gokulam Kerala FC became the first team from Kerala to win a national title when they defeated Kryphsa FC in the 2019-20 Indian Women’s League (IWL) finals in Bengaluru.

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AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, in a letter to AFC General Secretary Dato Windsor John wrote: "We would like to inform you that after having a discussion with the local organising committee (Odisha Sports), AIFF has decided to postpone the 5th edition of the Hero Indian Women’s League (HIWL) for a few months keeping in mind the monsoon, and an expected third wave of infections."

The 5th edition was originally supposed to be held in Bhubaneswar by Odisha Sports in close coordination with AIFF.

But it had to be postponed owing to the second wave of the pandemic which hit hard.

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Keeping options open, the League Committee, had taken a decision to conduct it later in a proposed new window subject to health parameters.

“We are honoured to be nominated by the AIFF,” said Gokulam Gopalan, the club’s chairman. “We are happy that our women’s team will play the continental championship before our men’s team. We will be starting our camp soon and we will try to bring the first AFC cup to India.”

He added the management would continue to invest in women’s football. “We want our women team to lift the AFC trophy first and set an example for our men’s team,” he said.

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