According to sources, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), organizers of the ISL, are likely to open bids for a Siliguri franchisee for the upcoming season.
ISL had recently sent a team to recce the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri, a city in northern West Bengal, sources revealed.
This is not the first time that Siliguri has surfaced as an option to be the base for a new Indian Super League franchise. For the last two seasons, it has been mentioned time and again as an option for the Kolkata clubs to base themselves outside Kolkata, keeping in mind the ´ One city, one team´ rule.
As ATK already holds the Kolkata franchise, other clubs have no option other than to consider options in other cities of West Bengal.
Siliguri is a prominent fan base for the Red and Golds. The club enjoys immense support in the northwestern city of the state and the city has regularly hosted important matches of I-League and especially the Kolkata derby.
As such, a consideration to move to Siliguri would not be a very difficult idea for East Bengal, if the bid is opened for the franchise in the coming days.
However, given the fact that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has already directed to scrap the ´ one city, one team´ rule, the club may have a free choice.
The Chairman and Managing Director of Quess Corp, Ajit Isaac, have spoken with Goal correspondent and said that the East Bengal is ready to bid for a place in the ISL, but haven´t considered any options so far for the selection of their base.
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