Two unnamed clubs have now applied to participate in the league from the National capital.
In a recent turn of events, Delhi based club Hindustan FC have declared that the club will not participate in the 2nd Division I-League in the upcoming season because of the uncertainty around the future of Indian football. The decision comes in the aftermath of the tussle between the FSDL’s Indian Super League and AIFF‘s I-League to become the top division of India.
The decision comes as a shocker, as much was expected from the club in the forthcoming season. Hindustan FC have had a good run in the league lately, especially in the 2017-18 season, when they reached the final round of the 2nd Division. They only lost a single game in the entire season, against Real Kashmir in the final.
Although, the club had an abysmal season last year, when they lost all of their eight games in the preliminary round and conceded the highest number of goals in the 2018-19 campaign. Followed by that, they couldn’t revive their form on the field, as they finished 7th in the Delhi Senior Division’s 2019 season.
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A source close to the Delhi football circuit confirmed the news and further revealed that Hindustan FC will continue to participate in the Delhi Senior Division. The decision will arguably mean that no club from the national capital will play in any of the three top leagues in India.
According to a report by Dulal Dey citing leaks, #indianfootball roadmap will be:
1) @IndSuperLeague top tier from 2019-20
2) Expands to 12 clubs in 2020-21
3) Promotion without relegation from 2022-23
4) 14 club league with pro-rel from 2024-25
Not perfect but I'd take this…
— Chiranjit Ojha (@ChiranjitOjha) October 11, 2019
Earlier this year, Delhi Dynamos shifted their base to Bhubaneswar and formed a fresh team under the name of Odisha FC. As if the ISL team’s migration was not enough, now Hindustan FC pulling out from the 2nd Division has sent a wave of worry through the city’s football scenario.
“Two other clubs from Delhi are understood to have applied to participate in this season,” the source further revealed.