I-League: Real Kashmir’s pre-season may move out of Srinagar

"We will just wait till the Durand Cup is over. By that time we will decide whether it will be feasible for us to go back and do the pre-season there before the I-League," Real Kashmir FC co-owner and chairman Sandeep Chattoo said.

“We have absolutely no news about Srinagar as of today. We don’t know what’s happening there because we have no means to communicate with anybody there,” Real Kashmir FC co-owner and chairman Sandeep Chattoo said.   -  PTI

Srinagar-based I-League club Real Kashmir FC may hold its pre-season training in either Jamshedpur or Mumbai in the wake of the tense situation in the state, said the team’s co-owner and chairman Sandeep Chattoo.

Despite a tense situation back home after the Centre scrapped Article 370, which gives special status to the state, Real Kashmir FC kept its date with the Durand Cup and began the season with a 1-0 win over I-League champion Chennai City FC here on Wednesday.

“Very happy and excited about the win. We were always confident about the squad and our coach. We were pleased to see the dedication of each and every player. They played with their heart and soul. That’s why we have won today,” Chattoo said.

“We are team from Srinagar, so obviously we will dedicate this win to Srinagar. We will love to go back to Srinagar. But if for any unfortunate reasons, we don’t go back then we have options. We can take the team anywhere and do the pre-season,” he added.

Waiting game

“We will just wait till the Durand Cup is over. By that time we will decide whether it will be feasible for us to go back and do the pre-season there before the I-League.”

“We can go to Mumbai, we can go to Jamshedpur. There was an informal kind of discussion with them (Tata Football Academy) and the Tatas have been gracious enough to extend an invitation if required. Nothing official as of now,” Chattoo said.

With the Valley on complete lockdown, the team members are totally cut off from the region.

“We have absolutely no news about Srinagar as of today. We don’t know what’s happening there because we have no means to communicate with anybody there,” Chattoo said.