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.
In a relief to All India Football Federation, the Sports Ministry today cleared the country's men and women teams at no cost to the federation for the Asian Games, but delay in getting accreditation has forced the AIFF to cancel tickets to Incheon for the second time.
Indian Super League franchise outfit FC Pune City have signed up former Juventus striker and France`s World Cup winner in 1998, David Trezeguet, as their marquee player for the upcoming first season of the IPL-style football league.
National football team captain Sunil Chhetri`s participation in the much-anticipated Indian Super League still remains doubtful as the organisers of the new tournament are unlikely to extend the June 30 deadline set for signing India players under the central player pool draft.
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.
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.