6/27/2019 8:00:27 PM (GMT+3)

Chennaiyin ouster raises question on ISL's standard

Chennaiyin ouster raises question on ISL

NEW DELHI, India: Indian football fans took to the social media on Wednesday to blast All India Football Federation after Indian Super League (ISL) side Chennayin FC failed to progress to the next round at the 2019 AFC Cup. 

Chennaiyin defeated Nepal’s Manang Marshyangdi Club 3-2 in Group E match in Kathmandu (NEP), but the victory wasn’t good enough to take them to the next round.

This is the first time since 2012 an Indian club has failed to progress past the AFC Cup group stage.

"Dempo, East Bengal and Bengaluru with half of ISL clubs budget have reached semifinals and final," tweeted senior football journalist Novy Kapadia. 

Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka, who overcame I-League side Minerva Punjab 1-0 in the other group game in Guwahati, progressed to the Inter-Zone semifinals as Group E toppers with 13 points while Chennaiyin ended their debut campaign on second place with 11 points.

"It shows how good the indiansuperbot is. Glitz & glamour can't win matches. Hard word, loyal fans & tactical nouse will. But who will explain this to Neeta Ambani who thinks Indian football is like Bollywood which can run with tadka of Mumbai actors," wrote one twitterati by the name of save football from Ambani's

Dempo was the first Indian club to reach AFC Cup semifinal in 2008, with Brazilian Beto scored twice in second-leg of quarterfinal to seal a spectacular 4-3 win over Home United in Singapore.

"So ChennaiyinFC, the first IndSuperLeague representative & the richest Indian team ever to play in AFCCup, couldn't clear group stage ILeagueOfficial clubs have reached semifinals & final, regularly qualified for knockout stages Money outweighs merit eh #indianfootball...?", tweeted Chiranjit Ojha, whose twitter profile reads Born into Mohun Bagan. Fell in love with Arsenal.

On Monday, the I-League clubs have threatened to move court protesting against AIFF's intention to declare ISL as the top league in its meeting on July 3. 

What lies ahead of Indian football nobody has any clue but the intense battle between the country's parent body and I-League clubs, who are being strangulated, is definitely not a good advert for the sport in India.