The Srinagar-based football club, Downtown Heroes FC has resumed its daily training at Islamia College Ground, Hawal, Srinagar.
The daily training sessions of the club resumed after more than two months due to COVID-19 restrictions. The formal opening of the training session was held in front of Club directors, Mushtaq Bashir and Hinan Bhat.
The new-look team includes some previous season players as well as some new faces. The club is aiming to recruit some more new faces in order to increase the strength of the squad. Already five teams including Downtown Heroes FC are vying for the place in Second Division I League. As JKFA can nominate only two teams, the five teams have to play against each other for the qualification.
Downtown Heroes FC in a statement said the club applied late for participation in the I-League 2nd Division due to which the JKFA missed mentioning their name.
“We had said that we may skip the competition this year and had informed the JKFA verbally about it. However, the club later held a meeting in which it was decided to participate in the I-League 2nd Division,” the club said in the statement. “We applied late on Saturday before the deadline ended. On Sunday, the JKFA office was closed; hence its officials were not fully aware of the development.”
The All India Football Federation had asked the JKFA to nominate two clubs for the I League 2nd Division. In that regard, the JKFA had invited applications. Meanwhile, the JKFA is of the opinion that due to the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, the I-League 2nd Division may be postponed.
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