The reigning I-League champions have cleared their stand on the mooted merger between the Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League.
Bengaluru FC’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Mandar Tamhane has stated that the JSW-owned club would be keen to be a part of the primary league of the country, one which is deemed official by AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA.
With All India Football Federation (AIFF) and their marketing and commercial partners, IMG-Reliance expected to share the roadmap for Indian football on Tuesday, the Blues of Bangalore have shared their thoughts on the possible merger between the Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League.
“The owners (Jindals) of this club started it with the idea to make a fraction of a difference to Indian football. In line with the same vision, whatever is good for Indian football or whatever we feel is right for the progress of the beautiful game in the country, we are very much for it,” Tamhane, who has been a vital cog in Bengaluru FCs success over the last three seasons, told.
After the merger between the two leagues, the winner of the ISL would eventually get an opportunity to represent India at the continental stage.
“We are going to the meeting with an open mind. Whichever product becomes the main league of the country; Bengaluru FC’s would want to be a part of it if given an opportunity. If you tell me that X league will become the main league of the country, we would like to be a part of it. We want to have a chance to represent the country at Asian level,” informed Tamhane.
– Rahul Bali