The I-League Second Division is scheduled to be held in Febuary but Mumbai based football club Dodsal FC have failed to register themselves as they missed the deadline to submit applications to participate in I-League II was December 21.
AIFF President Praful Patel recently met the owner of Dodsal FC, Rajen Kilachand in Dubai and discussed the possibilities of getting the team a direct entry into next season of the I-League.
It may be mentioned that Dodsal have proposed to construct a stadium, within Mumbai or city’s outskirts by 2017.
Newly-formed football club DSK Shivajians which is from Pune are also hoping to participate in the next season of the I-League directly.
As a norm, teams have to first take part in the second division to attain qualification for the I-League. Dodsal have made no bones about their ambition to compete in the I-League and were hoping to take part in the second division league this season.
“There is a possibility that Dodsal might get direct entry into the I-League. The AIFF has stated before that corporate franchisee teams would be given exception if they earmark a specific amount for infrastructural development. The teams, however, will have to furnish a bank guarantee,” revealed a source.