Bengaluru FC to Host Shillong Lajong FC in I-League Season Opener

Updated: 20 December 2016 20:38 IST

All the ten teams in I-League will be in action on the opening week of January 7-8, with reigning champions Bengaluru FC hosting Shillong Lajong FC in the season's inaugural match

Bengaluru FC to Host Shillong Lajong FC in I-League Season Opener
Bengaluru FC will hope to start the new season with a win against Shillong Lajong FC. © NDTV

Reigning champions Bengaluru FC will host Shillong Lajong FC at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru in the opening match of the 2016-17 I-League season on January 7, as per fixtures released by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The fixtures pertain to the first half of the new top-flight season, which will feature a total of ten clubs from across the country. Kolkata giants East Bengal will face Aizawl FC at the Barasat Stadium on the opening day of the season.

All the ten teams will be in action on the opening weekend of January 7-8. Former champions Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers will clash in Kolkata on January 8, while Mumbai FC will face DSK Shivajians on the same day.

Newbies Chennai City FC and Minerva Punjab FC will meet each other in what will be both clubs' first ever I-League game.

Both Chennai City and Minerva have entered the I-League through the bidding process, while last year's relegated side Aizawl FC and former champions Churchill Brothers were recently reinstated to the top-flight by the AIFF.

Goan clubs Salgaocar FC, Sporting Goa and Dempo SC will not be part of the league after they decided to withdraw ahead of the new season.

Topics : Football
Highlights
  • Bengaluru FC will host Shillong Lajong in the 2016-17 I-League opener
  • East Bengal and Aizawl FC will also be in action on the opening day
  • A total of ten teams will feature in the 2016-17 I-League season
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