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01.10.2015: AIFF PRESS RELEASE All India Football Federation has taken another step to vindicate the idea of broad basing the game throughout the nation. Along with copious worthwhile strides, Second Division League has been expanded and integrated to darn the entire country. Eleven teams, situated at different corners of India, are going to lock their horns to cement their berth in I-League, the premier football competition of India.

Second Division League 2015-16 will see another major change in the format as it’s going to be played home & away basis, unlike last season. Eleven teams are divided in two conferences according to their geographical location; three teams from each conference would qualify to the final stage which would decide the eventual winner of Second Division League 2015-16.

Gangtok Himalayan SC (Sikkim), Mohammedan SC (West Bengal), Guwahati FC (Assam), Neroca FC (Manipur) and Fateh Hyderabad (Telangana) will scuffle off in the Eastern conference while Lonestar Kashmir FC (Jammu & Kashmir), Minerva AFC (Chandigarh), PIFA, Kenkre FC, DSK Shivajians (Maharashtra) and Dempo SC (Goa) would ply their trade from Western conference. Gangtok Himalayan SC, Guwahati FC, Neroca FC, Fateh Hyderabad and Minerva AFC are going to debut in this season and rubbing their shoulders along with Mohammedan SC and other veteran football clubs.

A workshop on ‘Match Organisation’ and other minute details is slated on 7th October, where the Second Division League fixture will be finalised. The league, where matches are going to be played over the weekends, is expected to start on 14th November, 2015.

Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League, looking forward to the date and he is expecting nothing less than a suave Second Division League, “Spreading out the Second Division League is one of the major steps taken by AIFF to hone the national football. Second Division League with five debutants, ten venues are no less than a great message to Indian football lovers. Fellow football lovers, strewn all over the country, would surely soak in the thrill of the league and pour in their passion to cheer their team heart out.”


Second Division League Club Officials Meet At AIFF Football House

07.10.2015 :AIFF PRESS RELEASE :Second Division League clubs, including five debutants, met the I-League officials today at AIFF Football House, New Delhi to discuss the nitty-gritty of upcoming Second Division League 2015-16.

Taha Azeem, B.A. Shah (Lonestar Kashmir FC); Surinder Singh, Henna Singh, Ranjit Bajaj (Minerva AFC); Anjali Shah, Nirvan Shah (PIFA); Rohit Kamble, Piyush Algude, Amit Vanjari (DSK Shivajians FC); Wilfried D Souza, Nicholas Falcao (Dempo SC); Belal Ahmed, Gabriel Gomes (Mohammedan SC); Joshua Lewis (Kenkre); Vikram Rajkumar, Rahul Choudhury (Fateh Hyderabad); Tenzing Lamtha, Tenzing Denzongpa (Gangtok Himalayan SC); Dayal Mazumdar, Abhishek (Guwahati FC); Thangjam Arun Kumar (Neroca FC) attended the workshop on behalf of their respective club.

While veterans akin to Mohammedan SC, Dempo SC are going to ply their trade in the league, the debutants are leaving no stones unturned to make a mark in their inaugural season as well. Minerva AFC, pitted in the Western conference with Dempo SC, Kenkre FC, PIFA, Lonestar Kashmir FC and DSK Shivajians, are vying not only for a top three spot but to cement their spot in Hero I-League 2016-17. Ranjit Bajaj, Director, Minerva AFC, an eloquent person by nature, has been extremely vocal during the session, “We’re fighting it out to clinch the silverware and seal the I-League berth. Anything less than that won’t serve the purpose at all. We assure that fans would surely love our game.”

Wilfried D Souza, General Secretary, Dempo SC sounded a little skeptical though motivated to make the cut, “We have a good number of players loaned out to various franchisees as well as some are committed to U18 league. Certainly it’ll be a hard nut to crack but none can write Dempo off before the whistle.” Albeit the experienced bloke is eyeing to an outright win, he couldn’t hide his disappointment while discussing their relegation, “We were hurt by so many factors, surviving all of them was quite a hard job but it’s part and parcel of football.”

The Eastern Conference, which comprises of four debutants, is going to host no less than a thriller as well. Guwahati FC, Fateh Hyderabad FC, Gangtok Himalayans FC and Neroca FC are not going to throw the towel a second before the final whistle. Mohammedan SC, unarguably the Indian club with richest history, are set to make their second consecutive appearance in Second Division League. Belal Ahmed, Team Manager, Mohammedan SC is quite focussed and stated their intention clearly, “It hurts playing in the Second Division year after year. We have to fasten our belt and put an extra effort to crack it this season. Mohammedan Sporting can’t afford to let the opportunity go this time.”

Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League addressed the club dignitaries and he fathomed the idea of hosting home matches would be of great value in near future, “Second Division League with five debutants is nothing less than a perfect endeavour towards the next step. Playing in front of the home crowd would certainly prove to be more motivating and it’s going be the perfect stage rehearsal for the team whoever gets qualified to Hero I-League 2016-17.”

The league is going to kick-off on 14th November, 2015 with a double header while Neroca FC take on Hyderabad FC and Mohammedan Sporting Club lock their horns with another debutant Guwahati FC.