The 2017 Federation Cup will kick-off on Sunday with East Bengal clashing against Churchill Brothers at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Newly crowned I-League champions and runners-up in the yester edition of the Federation Cup, Aizawl FC will face Chennai City FC later in the day.
Groups for the tournament have been chalked out based on a respective team’s position in the final I-league table. Teams finishing first, third, sixth and eighth in the final I-League table have been clubbed in Group A while teams finishing second, fourth, fifth and seventh have been slotted in Group B.
Top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals which are slated to kick-off on May 14.
Aizawl FC, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers, and Chennai City FC comprise Group A while Mohun Bagan, Shillong Lajong, Bengaluru FC and DSK Shivajians make up Group B.
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Head coach of title holders Mohun Bagan, who begin their championship defence against DSK Shivajians on May 8, Sanjoy Sen said, “We have been drawn in a competitive group and will look forward to facing a tough fight from every team. There is pressure when you are the defending champions, but that is football.”
I-League champions Aizawl FC will be looking to add another feather to their cap. “Every tournament is different but we will try to win the championship, as will every team. It is an interesting group and we will see how it fares out,” said Aizawl FC coach.