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Eight clubs 'seek answers' from AIFF on future of I-League

Of the eight clubs, Real Kashmir and Chennai City (pictured), as well as East Bengal are in contention for the I-League title.
Of the eight clubs, Real Kashmir and Chennai City (pictured), as well as East Bengal are in contention for the I-League title.

Even as the I-League season heads towards a close finish -- with three teams still in contention for the 2018-19 title -- eight of 11 clubs have written to All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel requesting a meeting on February 20 to "seek answers" regarding the league's future.

The letter -- bearing the names of top office-bearers of Aizawl FC, Chennai City, Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala, reigning champions Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, NEROCA and East Bengal -- says...

I-League predictions: Mohun Bagan to pip East Bengal; difficult season for Aizawl

The I-League, still India's top club competition and qualifier for the AFC Champions League slot in early 2020, begins on October 26 with Chennai City FC hosting Indian Arrows.

The highlights of this season include a debut for the first team from Jammu and Kashmir in India's top-flight, the abolition of the mandatory Asian player quota, and a field of 11 teams that will include Churchill Brothers, who had their relegation overturned. Impressive individual performances will also keep India coach...

Aizawl brace for 'biggest match' in freezing Isfahan

Aizawl qualified for the ACL playoffs on the basis of their I-League title win.
Aizawl qualified for the ACL playoffs on the basis of their I-League title win.

Paulo Meneses is a very tired man. The coach of the Aizawl FC football team is currently in Isfahan where his side will be playing Zob Ahan Esfahan FC in a qualifying playoff of the AFC Champions League. It's bitterly cold, less than two degrees below freezing, in this central Iranian city and Meneses has had a long journey.

His trip began after Aizawl's 1-1 draw on January 25 against Mohun Bagan in the I-League. The team travelled to Delhi where they endured a two-day wait in order to get their...

How champions Aizawl got their groove back

File pic: Against Minerva, Leonce Dodoz dropped wide to support the Aizawl forwards

In 2016-17, Aizawl FC showed that sometimes it is the best-prepared team, and not necessarily the strongest ones on paper, that wins leagues. 

On Wednesday, Minerva Punjab traveled to Aizawl for only their second away match of the season, and looked like they might come away with a valuable point, before Aizawl showed their tactical flexibility to swing the match decisively in their favour. Kareem Omoloja (72nd minute) and Andrei Ionescu (85th) took Aizawl two-up before Girik Khosla got a consolation...

Sen: Aizawl lack Jaryan's spark in midfield

Aizawl had 33 shots against Churchill Brothers, but could get only three of them on target

Defending I-League champions Aizawl FC have begun the new season with four points from two games, following a 1-0 win against Churchill Brothers and a 2-2 draw against East Bengal.

Their performance against Churchill, while dominant, would worry coach Paulo Meneses in terms of the lack of finishing. Aizawl had 33 shots but could only get three of them on target. They also left gaping holes at the back for Churchill to exploit. 

The key to Aizawl controlling games better last season was Liberian...