Eight clubs, including Minerva Punjab, have withdrawn from the upcoming Knowing Cup field to occur in Bhubaneswar this month. While the different seven groups – Mohun Bagan, Chennai Metropolis FC, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC, Gokulam Kerala and NEROCA – remained tight-lipped, Minerva cited the “unfair treatment” meted out by the AIFF to all I-League clubs as the cause dreary their decision. AIFF basic secretary Kushal Das confirmed to ESPN that he had got the withdrawal letter from the eight clubs, nevertheless did no longer account for the board’s future direction of action.
Minerva accused the AIFF of neglecting the I-League clubs in “all aspects”, including the board’s failure to produce financial assistance to groups taking part in the Knowing Cup in spite of getting a title sponsor. And not using a AFC tournaments also on offer by taking part in the Knowing Cup, Minerva felt the competition lacked “any incentive” for the groups.
Minerva also pointed out that they have been but to get a acknowledge from the AIFF relating to the lettereight I-League clubshad written to the board closing month over concerns about their future.
The Knowing Cup is India’s fundamental knockout membership match hosted by the AIFF, pitting I-League and ISL groups against each and each diverse. Minerva have been scheduled to face FC Pune Metropolis in the qualifying round on Friday, March 15.