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Sporting Clube clear AFC licence criteria

Sporting Clube de Goa's place in the next season's I-League is assured after the newly promoted club passed the Asian Football Confederation's strict licensing criteria.

sports Updated: Jun 13, 2011 00:17 IST

Sporting Clube de Goa's place in the next season's I-League is assured after the newly promoted club passed the Asian Football Confederation's strict licensing criteria.

A high profile AFC delegation led by Competition Director Tokuaki Suzuki and I-League CEO Sunando Dhar who arrived in Goa on Saturday expressed satisfaction over the club's infrastructure.

"Sporting Clube had submitted all of their papers prior to the Second Division I-League. We are here for physical verification," said Sunando.

"We have passed the I-League licensing criteria. The delegation inspected all our documents, spoke to our staffers, committees and were generally pleased with the set-up," stated CEO of the club Victor Fernandes.

Glitzy opening plans
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is planning to kickstart the next I-League with a bang, so as to give a boost to the 4-year-old tournament.

"We are planning to start the I-League with a bang. We would be promoting the opener in a big way with help from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)," said Sunando Dhar.