Pune FC will be eager to kick off their Durand Cup campaign with a win when they face Goan side Churchill Brothers in their quarterfinal stage Group-IV opener at the Raia Sports Complex here on Friday.
Kerala Blasters on Thursday arrived in Goa to train on natural turf till October 10 and will play four friendlies before they leave for Guwahati for their first ISL match on October 13 against North East United FC.
After getting barred from I League`s first division for failing AIFF`s licensing criteria, the footballing federation has made it a compulsion for the clubs to have licenses for the second division too.
In a stunning development in Indian football, two-time champions Churchill Brothers were today thrown out of the I-League along with three other teams for failing to fulfil the AIFF`s club licensing criteria.
Churchill Brothers forward Balwant Singh and Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood were adjudged the Best Indian Player and Best Coach respectively in the sixth edition of Football Players` Association of India Awards.
Having missed the crown narrowly, East Bengal will look to finish runners-up for a third time in four seasons when they conclude their I-League campaign against United SC at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Monday.
Defending champions Churchill Brothers will be looking to seal their place in next season’s I-League football with a victory against United Sports Club here Saturday, and not leave it for their concluding clash.