Mohun Bagan pleased with AFC's stand on century-old clubs

At the meeting, which was convened to discuss the future of I-League and Indian Super League, AFC General Secretary acknowledged the contributions and commitment of old football clubs like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.

Bagan club director Debashis Dutta made a presentation on extending the history and legacy of century-old clubs.   -  BISWARANJAN ROUT

Mohun Bagan on Wednesday was pleased with the fact that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) took note of the significance of century-old clubs, such as Bagan and East Bengal, in Indian football.

Following an Indian football stakeholders’ meeting convened by the AFC at Kuala Lumpur, Bagan said that club director Debashis Dutta made a presentation “elaborating the history and legacy of our club” and stressed “the importance of having one league.”

“The AFC General Secretary (Dato Windsor John) and other members accepted that century-old clubs should be given due respect and diligence. They also agreed that their contributions and commitment to the game for such a long period cannot be ignored.”

“They also accepted the idea of having one league covering the whole of India. One league system would enhance the performance of National team and would help develop players and coaches.”

At the meeting, which was convened to discuss the future of I-League and Indian Super League, the AFC urged the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to finalise this year's league structure. It also said that a road map for next year’s league should be made immediately after the conclusion of the under-17 FIFA World Cup.

“We have requested the AIFF to convene a meeting on June 12, as proposed by AFC, to discuss this year's league structure,” said Bagan.

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