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After Gokulam, Kerala may get another new team in I-League

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In a period when AIFF is busy in solving the ‘Top League’ dilemma, the attraction for I-League is seemingly on a rise for the investors. Few days ago, the news of Kerala based Gokulam FC bidding for I-League slot came through. Now, if the sources are to be believed then another club may get the nod in the I-League, this one again from Kerala!

MySport Management, this Singapore based concern is interested to field their team in the I-League and sources claim that All India Football Federation has already given the nod to them to be a part of the league ahead of 2018. The organization is interested to field their team from Thiruvananthpuram, the capital of Kerala.

In an interview with Economic Times, Jiri Cerny, the CEO of MySport said,

“We have approval from the Federation and have a five year strategic plan in place.”

Cerny voiced well-prepared regarding the project and said that several European agencies will also help them financially to make their team one of the strongest in the league financially. Cerny said,

“We will be spending close to 20 Crore per season, which is six times more than this year I-League winner Aizawl FC, but at the same time 30% less than what a normal ISL team spends.”

The CEO of MySport reminded that they will only not like to buy players but will also concentrate on building players for making the future concrete and have a strong base. Talking about their plans he said,

“We are coming to develop football in India. We also have plan to start a football academy where we will train young talented kids between 9-16 years.”

Kerala is considered as an epi-centre of Indian football. But since Viva Kerala, the state did not have any representation in the top flight ie. I-League. But as it seems, from 2018 they are set to make a comeback with not only one but two clubs. After Gokulam, the new franchise team from Thiruvananthpuram featuring in the I-League is also seemingly on the cards.