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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is likely to consider a special case regarding Churchill Brothers SC’s inclusion in the I-League ahead of the 2018-19 season of the top-tier of India football. Making waves in Indian football news, Churchill Brothers SC were relegated to the second division of the I-League after losing to Mohun Bagan and subsequently, to the the eventual champions Minerva Punjab FC in March of 2018.
Goa and India’s western region has been a major contributor in the I-League and India football
However, it is being reported in Indian football latest news that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) might hand the Goa-based Churchill Brothers SC a lifeline in the I-League, as after their relegation to the second division, there has been no I-League team left to represent the Western region.
And even if you are a casual football fan, it would be evident that the western region has contributed on a massive scale to India football and the I-League, with the first six titles of the I-League being won by Goa-based football teams. And if you add the now-obsolete Mahindra United team, the collective number of I-League titles won by the west top that of any other region in India and India football.
What adds a morose tint to this story, however, is the fact that with Mumbai FC no longer around in I-League, Pune FC discontinuing their first team and Churchill Brothers SC getting relegated to the second division, the region has been stripped off of any club to represent in the I-League. And it is making waves in Indian football latest news even till today, as this is the first time that the western region would have no representative since the inception of the top-tier of India football in 2007.
In fact, let alone the I-League, should Churchill Brothers SC not make their way back to the I-League first division ahead of the 2018-19 season, Goa would be rendered without a single football club to represent them in the I-League since the AIFF introduced the league format in 1996-97.
Indian football latest news: Churchill Brothers SC plead their case to the AIFF
As reported by the Times of India in Indian football news, Churchill Brothers SC have pleaded their case with the AIFF to let them back in the top-tier of India football. While one may feel sorry for the Goa-based team as promotions and relegations in the I-League are only based on merit, this seems to be a special case with the AIFF calling in a meet of it’s all-powerful I-League Committee on Tuesday (August 28).
It seems that Churchill Brothers SC could be handed a lifeline in the I-League, after all, for the 2018-19 season. Should the move succeed or fail, it would rock up the Indian football latest news all the same.