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We will try to get East Bengal into ISL this year - FSDL'S Tarun Jhunjhunwala

We will try to get East Bengal into ISL this year - FSDLS Tarun Jhunjhunwala

The Bridge Desk

Published: 2 Sep 2020 12:33 PM GMT

Kolkata giants East Bengal have finally found an investor after months of speculations and uncertainty surrounding the club following the exit of Quess. Around the time when their fiercest rivals Mohun Bagan joined forces with Indian Super League (ISL) club ATK to form ATK Mohun Bagan and enter the top-division league of the country, East Bengal had been working to survive. On Wednesday, it was announced that they had found an investor and were looking to still make it into the ISL.

Kolkata-based Shree Cement have acquired majority stakes in the club, and the centenary old club now has until 4th September to put pen to paper and announce the deal to have a shot at entering the Indian Super League (ISL) in the 2020-21 season.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a press conference: “I was worried about the crisis which Bengal football was going through but we are all relieved now. The problem has now been solved. Now East Bengal will play in ISL,"

East bengal's senior official Debabrata Sarkar thanked top Reliance official Tarun Jhunjhunwala and West Bengal minister Arup Biswas for their complete support.

“I want to thank Arup Biswas (Minister of Public Works and Youth Services & Sports of West Bengal), Tarun Jhunjhunwala (Chief Executive, Reliance) who have constantly supported us during our fight. I also want to thank the representatives of Shree Cement who are present here today," he said.

“We will now appeal to ISL. There were some minor problems after our meeting which was held yesterday. Didi has helped us to find all solutions.”

Tarun Jhunjhunwala said that there are just a few formalities that needs to be completed before East Bengal can play in the ISL. He also stated that the induction of two Kolkata giants into the ISL is a landmark for Indian football.

"We would not have reached this stage without the blessing of Didi (Mamata Banerjee). It is a new beginning of East Bengal.

"We will try that East Bengal will play in ISL this year. There are some formalities which need to be completed. With East Bengal and Mohun Bagan together in ISL, this will be a new beginning of Indian football."

Also read: Inside Story: How Mamata Banerjee pioneered East Bengal’s ‘possible’ entry into ISL

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