Kolkata: The football fans of Jammu and Kashmir are all set to get a taste of top quality Indian club football as premier clubs like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Dempo will be vying for the top honours in the Federation Cup which will be held in the state in August, next year.
"Next year`s Federation Cup will be held in Jammu and Kashmir in August," AIFF general secretary Kushal Das told reporters here.
As the inaugural franchise league ISL had to be re-scheduled thrice, the AIFF had to postpone the blue-riband tourney Fed Cup to December and and I-League to January.
"There`s no (further) change in the dates of this year`s Federation Cup which will be held from December 28-January 10 in Goa this year," he said.
The AIFF general secretary further admitted that they did not have enough resources to hold the prestigious Nehru Cup, the only international tournament that was last held in 2012.
"Frankly speaking, we don`t have sponsors for the Nehru Cup which requires a huge budget. It`s difficult for the Federation to organise this until we get sponsors.
"Earlier ONGC sponsored but with the resources that we have it`s difficult to hold such a big tournament. We`re trying our best."
On the Indian Super Cup which too has been all but scrapped, he said: "We don`t think there`s much value left for the Super Cup. If the executive committee decides then we may organise again."
Cricket is a religion in India but we will grow very fast and we will go a long way. I am happy to be playing with some of the best Indian players in ISL.