Hero I leage 2015/16 has been officially launched in Kolkata in the presence of players from all nine competing clubs, along with Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Federation (AIFF) and representative from Hero Motocorp.
Debutant DSK Shivajians FC and Aizawl FC will be up against experienced seven teams so everyone will be expecting a good fight for the top spot.
The first match of the Hero I-League 2015-16 season will see defending champions Mohun Bagan take on Aizawl FC in Kolkata on 9th January, 2016.
Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said, “We have witnessed an enthralling Hero I-League last season which kept us captivated till the final whistle on 31st May, 2015. Definitely the teams will try to push their limits this season too and strive hard to win the silverware. Champions Mohun Bagan cant show any signs of complacency as all eight teams will play out of their skins to dethrone them.”
Mr. Pawal Munjal, Chairman, MD & CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., said “This will be the second year of our association with the I-League and after the exemplary show last season, we are all eagerly looking forward to the upcoming season which kicks off in three days. Over the years we have continued to support various sporting events in the country and it gives us immense pleasure to be associated with both the Hero ISL as well as the Hero I-League. Football is fast emerging as one of the most popular sports among youngsters in the country and we are indeed happy to support the game. After the grand conclusion of the Hero ISL season 2, it is now time for Hero I-League to take centre stage.”
Match between Mohan Bagan and East Bengal has been scheduled on the 23d of January and on the 2nd of April.
“We will have to be on our toes right from the start to win the league again, theres absolutely no other choice,” Mohun Bagan skipper Shilton Paul stated.
The Hero I-League 2015-16 champions will receive INR One crore 30 Lakh more than last season. The teams finishing second and third will win INR 60 lakhs and INR 40 lakhs respectively. Additionally, winners of every game will win INR 50,000. If this was not enough, travel subsidy has been raised to INR 45 lakhs with the match day subsidy hiked to INR One lakh.
2015/16 I league has been hoped to be a promising one for Indian football.
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