KOLKATA: Less than 48 hours after East Bengal announced their partnership with a new investor, Indian Super League organisers on Friday officially opened the door for the red-and-gold camp’s entry into the country’s top football league.
The Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), which organises the tournament, floated the tender notice, inviting bids from “interested parties”, in order to add one more team to the seventh edition of the league.
The organisers have picked Goa as the solitary hosts for the ISL-7, which is scheduled to kick-start from November 21.
“FSDL invites bids from interested parties for the award of one additional team to enrol and participate in the Hero Indian Super League, from its seventh edition to be staged in 2020-2021… Under and subject to the Invitation To Bid (ITB), one new winning bidder and accordingly one new team shall be enrolled and awarded the right to participate,” read the tender.
Although New Delhi, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad, Siliguri, Bhopal and Kolkata have been earmarked as six cities from where the bid would be accepted, that East Bengal are set to be the only team to submit the bid paper, making their switch over from I-League to ISL a mere formality. The “interested parties” have been asked to submit the soft bid document by September 14th and the hard copy by September 17th. The FSDL is likely to complete the process by the end of this time.