Press Esc to close
Saturday 05 September 2015
News updated at 7:44 PM IST
Weather
Max: 31.7°C
Min : 21.3°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

KGF return to 2nd Div I-League

Bangalore, Feb 1, 2013, DHNS:

KGF Academy has become the second Karnataka team to be included in next month’s I-League Second Division after the I-League Committee on Friday decided to redraft the team into the competition.

“KGF meets the AFC guidelines of being a separate corporate entity. They played last season under the name KGF Academy, which was changed to KGF-BEML Sports Club this season and that was the main reason for them being disqualified in the first place. Now the team management has agreed to revert to the old name,” said I-League Chairman AR Khaleel.

South United FC are the other Karnataka team in the fray, while the prospects of another Bangalore outfit Hindustan Aeronautics Sports Club making it looks rather bleak since they have not formed a separate corporate entity.

I-League CEO Sunando Dhar and Khaleel, who is also the KSFA President, decided to give a fresh lease of life to KGF after the team management decided to rectify the mistakes. “We are all for promoting the game. The KGF management will be sending a letter by next weekend including the final list of players and contract details,” added Khaleel.

Meanwhile, P Murugesan, KGF Academy president (football), and KGF coach Manoj Kumar, who was in charge during the recent BDFA Super Division League, expressed happiness over the development.  “I am elated. We have roped in three new Nigerian players and are looking to sign five or six Indian players. We are confident of making it to the main round (of qualifiers). The team management is also on the lookout for an AFC ‘A’ or ‘B’ licence holder as the new coach for the bigger challenges,” said Manoj.

A depleted KGF, after many of their top players moved over to the newly-formed South United, had finished fifth in the BDFA Super Division. Brothers Inola David and Inola Ifieyme will now add firepower to the KGF forward line, while Tamba Ibrahim will boost the side’s midfield in the Second Division matches.

South United will be playing their Second Division matches in Bangalore, while KGF is likely to play either in Kerala or in Tamil Nadu.

The AIFF had initially listed 21 clubs for the Second Division but three more teams were added earlier this week. It is reliably learnt that another club from Bengal is also likely to make the list.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
One horned rhinoceros at a submerged area of the Kaziranga National Park...

One horned rhinoceros at a submerged area of the Kaziranga National Park...

Widows dance as they participate in a programme organized by Sulabh International on the...

Widows dance as they participate in a programme organized by Sulabh International on the...

People from different religious communities participate in a peace rally to observe the death...

People from different religious communities participate in a peace rally to observe the death...

Kashmiri pandits dance in a procession as they celebrate Janamashtami in Srinagar...

Kashmiri pandits dance in a procession as they celebrate Janamashtami in Srinagar...

An Artist giving final touch to Lord Ganesh idols at a workshop for upcoming Ganesh...

An Artist giving final touch to Lord Ganesh idols at a workshop for upcoming Ganesh...

Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Athiya Shetty at a promotional event of their upcoming film...

Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Athiya Shetty at a promotional event of their upcoming film...

Schoolchildren dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna wait to perform during the celebrations...

Schoolchildren dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna wait to perform during the celebrations...

Ex-servicemen celebrate at the India Gate after the government announced the implementation...

Ex-servicemen celebrate at the India Gate after the government announced the implementation...

People travelling on the roof a passenger train to particapte in Janmashtami festival in Mathura...

People travelling on the roof a passenger train to particapte in Janmashtami festival in Mathura...

Sachin Tendulkar attends the Isha Gramothsavam, a rural revitalization programme in Coimbatore...

Sachin Tendulkar attends the Isha Gramothsavam, a rural revitalization programme in Coimbatore...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523