Monday, April 19, 2010

Bangalore to Host I-League 2nd Division Final Round

After successfully hosting the group A qualifying matches of the I-League 2nd division, it is now the turn of the same host to carry the final round matches. So a month-long non-stop football bonanza is waiting for football loving fans of Bangalore.

I-League CEO, Sunanda Dhar, in his last month visit during the ongoing Group A qualifiers suggested the probable venue could be either Delhi or Bangalore. The latter was favored because of the better weather conditions during summer.

6 teams from 3 groups who have qualified from the previous round plus last years I-League 1st division relegated team Mohammedan Sporting and Vasco will be playing in the round robin format. The matches will be played from April 30 thru May 25.

Malabar United and HAL have been qualified from Group A, Sesa Football Academy (Goa) and ONGC (Mumbai) have been qualified from Group B, and NISA (Manipur) and Oil India Limited (Assam) have been qualified from Group C.

Each round consisting of 4 matches will be played in 2 days time. There will be a rest of 2 days between each round. Match timings are not yet confirmed by the AIFF. But looking at the way it was followed during the qualifying matches, the first match of the day will be played at 2 pm followed by the second match at 4 pm. All the matches will be played in the Bangalore Football Stadium.

Round 1
  • Friday, April 30, 2010: Vasco Sports Club versus Sesa Football Academy
  • Friday, April 30, 2010: HAL versus Malabar United
  • Saturday, May 1, 2010: Mohammedan Sporting Club versus ONGC
  • Saturday, May 1, 2010: NISA, Manipur versus Oil India

Round 2
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2010: Malabar United versus Sesa Football Academy
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2010: HAL versus Oil India
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2010: Vasco Sports Club versus ONGC
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2010: NISA, Manipur versus Mohammedan Sporting Club

Round 3
  • Saturday, May 8, 2010: Sesa Football Academy versus Oil India
  • Saturday, May 8, 2010: Malabar United versus ONGC
  • Sunday, May 9, 2010: Vasco Sports Club versus NISA, Manipur
  • Sunday, May 9, 2010: HAL versus Mohammedan Sporting Club

Round 4
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2010: Oil India versus ONGC
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2010: Sesa Football Academy versus Mohammedan Sporting Club
  • Thursday, May 13, 2010: Malabar United versus NISA, Manipur
  • Thursday, May 13, 2010: HAL versus Vasco Sports Club
 

Round 5
  • Sunday, May 16, 2010: Mohammedan Sporting Club versus Oil India      
  • Sunday, May 16, 2010: Vasco Sports Club versus Malabar United    
  • Monday, May 17, 2010: HAL versus ONGC     
  • Monday, May 17, 2010: NISA, Manipur versus Sesa Football Academy     

Round 6
  • Thursday, May 20, 2010: HAL versus NISA, Manipur      
  • Thursday, May 20, 2010: Vasco Sports Club versus Oil India    
  • Friday, May 21, 2010: Mohammedan Sporting Club versus Malabar United    
  • Friday, May 21, 2010: ONGC versus Sesa Football Academy     

Round 7
  • Monday, May 24, 2010: HAL versus Sesa Football Academy    
  • Monday, May 24, 2010: Vasco Sports Club versus Mohammedan Sporting Club    
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2010: Oil India versus Malabar United     
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2010: NISA, Manipur versus ONGC