The All India Football Federation's bid evaluation committee met at the AIFF headquarters on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016.
The committee, which comprised of Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF, Mr. Subrata Dutt, Senior Vice President, AIFF and Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League, evaluated and discussed at length about the three bids from Minerva Academy FC, FC Bardez Goa and Chennai City FC who has wholeheartedly shown the interest to play in the upcoming season of the Hero I-League.
Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF expressed that it's really encouraging to see clubs showing their interest to appear in the top-tier club competition of the Indian Football.
As Das said in an interview with the www.the-aiff.com,
"It's truly heartening to see these three clubs, that too from different states across the Nation, showing their enthusiasm to play in the Hero I-League. This actually highlights that we're heading towards a bright future of Indian Football, involving every nook and corner of the country",
After evaluation the bid evaluation committee, has decided to go for a fresh round of tendering.
And the I-League side club Sporting Clube de Goa has officially pulled out themselves from the next edition of Hero I-League.
On that Mr. Das stated it as "very unfortunate and sad."
"Sporting Clube de Goa have contributed significantly to Indian Football since their inception. It's really sad to see them withdrawing from Hero I-League now", Das concluded.