The Indian Super League (ISL) should help pump up interest in the I-League and both tourneys in tandem could raise football quality in India, promoter of Dempo Sports Club and a director of ISL team FC Goa Shrinivas Dempo claims.
His team`s name etched in the annals of Indian football history, Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri today termed the I-League debutants` triumph one of the most "significant moments" of his illustrious career.
First-timers Bengaluru FC wrote a new chapter in Indian football by clinching the I-League title in their debut season courtesy a 4-2 away win over Dempo Sports Club here, with captain Sunil Chhetri fittingly netting the final goal.
Dempo Sports Club will be looking for their ninth win of the season and a chance to climb further up in the table when they host Mumbai FC on Saturday at the Nehru Stadium here in the 23rd round I-League match.
Dempo Sports Club has roped in Under-19 national team striker Uttam Rai, one of the top prospects in India football.
Rai is currently with the AIFF U-19 Elite Academy in Goa. He chose the 5-time I-League champions after being courted by most of the top ranked clubs in country.
Jeje Lalpekhlua did the star turn for Dempo Sports Club as his first-half strike proved decisive in his team`s 1-0 win over defending champions Churchill Brothers in an I-League match at Duler Stadium in Mapusa on Wednesday.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will be effecting a major reshuffle in its upcoming Anual General Meeting (AGM), which will see induction of three new vice-presidents as well as members from the five zones.