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Real Kashmir football club qualifies for I-League 2nd division

IANS  |  Srinagar 

For the first time in its history, a based club has qualified for the final round of the Hero 2nd Division.

based Real Club did this on Sunday in style after remaining unbeaten and topping their group in Round 1 campaign of 10 matches.

The group had local rivals Lonestar FC, Delhi United, Hindustan FC, Delhi Dynamos (Reserves) and FC Pune City (Reserves).

"Coached by Rangers FC legend, David Robertson, the Real Kashmir team is the most religiously diverse team in and more importantly, in these times, based in of Kashmir," said Shamim Mehraj, of the club.

"We have local Kashmiri Muslims boys, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and also Buddhists. Few other teams in can claim such diversity," he added.

"Real Kashmir going all the way is an achievement as Kashmir is the most difficult place in to run a club because everything is so uncertain here.

"We are only a two-year old club and for a new club to compete with old timers is a huge privilege."

Formed in April 2016 Real Kashmir is one of the two clubs in the Valley.

The final round slated to be held in Bengaluru from 24 May will have old established teams like Ozone FC from Bangalore, TRAU from Northeast and Hindustan FC from apart from Real Kashmir.

The winner will go on to be promoted to the 1 where likes of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan ply their trade.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 14:42 IST