After impressive debut in I-League: RKFC to take part in Hero Super Cup
Srinagar, Mar 20: After a splendid performance in the recently concluded I-League in which it finished third, Real Kashmir FC on Wednesday agreed to take part in Hero Super Cup 2019. Earlier, RKFC had joined eight other clubs and written to All India Football Federation (AIFF) seeking a clear roadmap on future of football. On Wednesday though RKFC withdrew its earlier stand and decided to take part in the Super Cup. Nine I-League clubs including RKFC had written to the AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das expressing their desire to participate in the Super Cup. The letter was in response to the letter sent by Das to six I-League clubs — Quess East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, NEROCA, Churchill Brothers, Real Kashmir FC and Chennai City FC. The teams were expected to be a part of the Super Cup which starts on March 29 in Bhubaneswar. In the letter, the signatories conveyed to the federation their intention to participate in the Super Cup subject to AIFF President Praful Patel giving them time to address the issues they are been looking to discuss with him. The Super Cup is a knockout tournament run by AIFF that features teams from the ISL and the I-League. Real Kashmir FC had a dream debut in the I-League and were firmly in the title picture until the penultimate round. However, a 2-1 loss to fellow title contenders East Bengal dashed their hopes of lifting the trophy in their very first attempt. Although the Snow Leopards failed to win the prized trophy, their performances impressed one and all. Among their notable results, David Robertson’s team managed to beat champions Chennai City twice, held East Bengal to a 1-1 draw in Kolkata, and edged out former champions Mohun Bagan 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium. It was the first time a club from Jammu and Kashmir played in the I-League, and it’s safe to say that the club from the northern-most state of India gave a good account of themselves as they finished third with a game in hand.