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Dark cloud pursuits over second edition of Hero Super Cup
Sportslogon Team March 14th 2019

Bhubaneswar : A huge dark cloud of uncertainty pursuits over the fate of the second edition of Hero Super Cup scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium here on March 15. The Minerva Punjab FC who was suppose to take part in the pre-match conference on Thursday before the qualification match against Pune City FC, despite the team present in the city was missed the customary conference.

In this context AIFF official statement was “In case of Minerva Punjab FC not taking the field on Friday in the opening match of the Qualifiers of the Hero Super Cup against FC Pune City slated to kick-off at 5pm at the Kalinga Stadium, the rules and regulations of the tournament will be invoked, and the matter forwarded to the relevant authority for further action and decision”.

A cloud of uncertainty hung over the fate of the tournament after seven I-League clubs Tuesday pulled out citing unfair treatment by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

“While representatives from three clubs FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC and Indian Arrows were present on both occasions. “This is extremely disappointing, and a blatant disregard for the federation,” the apex body added.

“ Our team is a professional one, we had done our home work with utmost care to reach the main draw of the tournament. Prior to the qualification match, I had a talk with individual as well as collectively with the team members to make positive move to prove our stand in Super Cup, said Pune City coach Phil Brown who took the charge of the team just six games before.

Indian Arrows is a good young team, but we belive in our strategy and concept our team will try to win tomorrow. Always we are respecting the next match without thinking who will be our opponent, said Kerala Blaster Fc coach Nelo Vingada in the Pre-match Press Meet here on Thursday.

In the first edition of Super Cup, we missed the chance to enter the main draw as we lost the qualification round match against Mumbai FC. But now its all together a different team who believe to beat any good teams. 11 member of our players were the part of the Indian U-23 team, that speaks the volume of our team, said Indian Arrows coach Floyd Pinto.

In the qualification round matches on Friday, FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters both super league teams will face Minerva Punjab FC and Indian Arrows the I League teams respectively. .
This news was added and updated on : March 14th 2019
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