Durand Cup 2023: All you need to know about Downtown Heroes FC


Downtown Heroes FC has proudly announced their participation in the 132nd edition of the Durand Cup. The prestigious tournament is to kick off on August 13th. Downtown Heroes FC is ready to showcase their talent and competitive spirit at Kokhrajhar.

The team has performed well under the Chairman, Irfan Shahmiri and reached remarkable heights. Expressing his gratitude, Irfan Shahmiri stated,

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our incredible fans, dedicated players, exceptional coaches, tireless technical staff, honourable group of advisors, and esteemed technical board members.

We are also deeply thankful to our valued partners, whose support has been instrumental in our journey. Our goal is to use the powerful medium of sports for social development and uplift youth and communities.”


The club came into existence with three buddies of Srinagar – NGO owner Irfan Shahmiri, ad man Mushtaq Bashir and Kaiser Bhat. What started as a rag-tag team i.e., consisting mostly of local players from the region is currently leading the Jammu & Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) Professional League. Next month, the Srinagar would be participating in the Durand Cup in Guwahati. The debutants finished the group in second position below Delhi FC with 14 points in I-League 2. The club, however, missed out on qualifying for the final round but made their mark in Indian football.

Downtown Heroes FC coach Hilal Rasool says,

“The region has the potential to become feeder for Indian Football. We are a community-driven club. There is massive talent here and it is still untapped.

In anticipation of the upcoming tournament, Kaiser Bhat, the Vice Chairman of Downtown Heroes FC, shared his optimism and excitement.

“We are dedicated to ensuring the happiness of our passionate fans through exceptional performances on the field,” states Kaiser Bhat.

“The Durand Cup holds great significance, and we promise to deliver a thrilling and memorable experience to our supporters.”

Indeed, tournament will give exposure to the young players from the Kashmir Valley.

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