New Delhi: Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia`s
team United Sikkim FC and last season`s I-League first
division demotees Sporting Clube-de-Goa and Shillong Lajong FC
will be among the 21 teams participating in the second
division preliminary round matches next month.
Five teams from Kerala and four from Meghalaya including
Shillong Lajong FC, who were relegated from the
first division last year, will feature in the league.
Mohammedan Sporting, Southern Samity and Techno Aryan are
the three sides from West Bengal. Goa has two other teams,
apart from relegated Sporting Clube-de-Goa.
Sikkim also has another team in Denzong Boys while
Manipur and Assam will be represented by NISA and Gauhati Town
Bhutia is unlikely to play for United Sikkim FC as he is
yet to fully recover from his hamstring injury, which he
suffered last year, but his national teammate Renedy Singh
has confirmed playing for the side.
Indian team goal-keeping coach Marcus Pacheco is likely
to be roped in as coach of the side, which will be based at
Paljor Stadium in Gangtok.
The preliminary round matches will start from the middle
of next month. The exact date and venues will be confirmed
later. The final round will be held at Shillong, Meghalaya.
The top two teams from the second division will be
promoted to the I-League first division for 2011-12 season.
The Teams: Royal Wahingdoh (Meghalaya), Lansing Sports
Club (Meghalaya), Ar-Hima Football Club (Meghalaya), Shillong
Lajong FC (Meghalaya), PIFA (Maharashtra), Kenkre Football
Association (Maharashtra), Southern Samity (West Bengal),
Techno Aryan (West Bengal), Mohammedan Sporting (West Bengal),
Gauhati Town Club (Assam), Vasco Sports Club (Goa), Sporting
Clube-de Goa (Goa), Sesa Football Academy (Goa), Jasco FC
(Kerala), Chandni FC (Kerala), Eagles FC, Cochin (Kerala),
Golden Threads (Kerala), Malabar United (Kerala), United
Sikkim FC (Sikkim), Denzong Boys (Sikkim) and NISA (Manipur).