The Indian Super League (ISL), the brand new football league set to kick off in September in India, is getting some much needed help as dozens of top-level domestic talent are traveling to Mumbai to complete their physicals and have clearance to join a team.
According to the report released by Times of India, Salgaocar Football Club striker Milagres Gonsalves and Mohun Bagan midfielder Adil Khan are some of the most recent Indian footballers who are signing with the IMG–Reliance sponsored league. As of now, there are 79 players signed to the league that needs a total of 84 domestic athletes.
“Each Indian Super League franchise is required to have 14 Indian players which means we will need hundred-odd footballers,” one spokesperson said to the Times of India. “But with the Goa and Guwahati franchise signing players from their own teams (Dempo SC and Shillong Lajong FC), a total of 84 domestic players should be enough.”
Subhash Singh (Shillong Lajong), Lester Fernandez (Pune FC), Deepak Devrani (Sporting Clube de Goa), Godwin Franco (Dempo SC) and Asif Kottayil (United SC) are all players that have been rumored to sign with the league by the end of this weekend. With them on board, the ISL will have the necessary group of domestic players to get the league started.
With top-level domestic talent excited for the start of the ISL, and the league recently securing a partnership with the English Premier League, the future of football looks bright in India.