Mohun Bagan, East Bengal miss out on AFC License once again

Eight clubs — Aizawl FC, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Bengaluru FC, Shillong Lajong FC, Churchill Brothers, Chennai City FC and Minerva Punjab FC — applied for the AFC and National Licenses for the season 2017-18.

The AIFF’s Club Licensing Committee met here on Monday and evaluated the applications made by license applicants for AFC Club Competitions 2017-18. File photo   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Indian football heavyweights Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were on Monday denied AFC License for this season by the All India Football Federation.

Reigning I-League champion Aizawl FC and Bengaluru FC were awarded the AFC License.

Eight clubs — Aizawl FC, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Bengaluru FC, Shillong Lajong FC, Churchill Brothers, Chennai City FC and Minerva Punjab FC — applied for the AFC and National Licenses for the season 2017-18.

The AIFF’s Club Licensing Committee — First Instance Body — met here on Monday and evaluated the applications made by license applicants for AFC Club Competitions 2017-18.

“After going through the reports, the members of the committee unanimously decided to award the AFC License to Aizawl FC and Bengaluru FC only,” the AIFF said in a statement.

“The committee further decided to convene another meeting in the near future to decide the results of the applications made by the same clubs for National Club Competitions.”

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