At a time when uncertainty looms large on the participation of Pune FC and Kalyani Bharat FC in the forthcoming I-League, scheduled to kick off from January 2016, the All India Football Federation officials might get some relief as another franchise club has shown their desire to join the elite I-League as a franchise team.
They are DSK Shivajians, the Pune based club who had participated in the I-League second division two years ago, has already submitted a bid to the AIFF very recently. And the federation top brass who are also happy with the club’s commitment in fulfilling all the eligibilities to appear in the I-league as a franchise club, is likely to announce Shivajians as the 10th team of the League at the end of this month.
The Chief Executive Officer of Shivajians, Mr Ardeshir Gigiboy, while commenting on the issue said on Sunday, “When we participated in the I-league second division two years ago, we were not prepared to take part in the elite I League. But now we are ready to play in the competitive League.”
Shivajians, as a part of its preparation for the I-League, has already roped in country’s one of the most experienced coaches, Derrick Pereira. At the same time, the club has made sign tie-up with Liverpool Football Club for the youth development programmes where potential under-15 footballer might go to train at Liverpool academy in near future.
Derrick Pereira is also satisfied with the infrastructure and the club executives’ willingness to progress in the League in the coming season.
The former Pune FC coach said, “They have been doing excellent job for last couple of years. I hope we will perform in the forthcoming League.” Shivajians which won DSK Cup recently defeating Dempo SC has roped in one prolific striker, Dipanda from Cameroon who has been the top scorer in the tournament.