The AIFF bid evaluation committee accepted the bid of Kalyani Group to participate in 2014-15 I-League which commences from January 17 next year.

 "Members of the All India Football Federation bid evaluation committee met at the AIFF Headquarters here today to take a call on the proposed bids for the upcoming I-League 2014/15 season onwards," the AIFF said in a release.
"The corporate giant will be fielding their team from their base in Pune. The premier league competition of the country will now comprise of 11 teams," it said.
The city of Pune will now have two teams in the I-League, Pune FC being the other side.
Welcoming the club, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said, "It's great to have a reputed corporate like Kalyani Group on board. We have seen Bengaluru FC scale great heights last season, and I am sure Kalyani Group would also be very enterprising in their endeavour".
I-League CEO Sunando Dhar added, "Following BFC's success last year, we wanted more such enthusiasts to come into Indian Football to promote I-league.
"It's great to have Kalyani to be part of I-League. On behalf of AIFF and I-League I would like to take this opportunity to welcome them on board and wish them all the best for their road ahead."
The group said it was "excited about the opportunity provided by the AIFF to participate in the I-League".
"The group's football club from Pune will be a 'People's club' that will ... also promote it at the grass root level. Through I-League, Kalyani Group aims to create further interest in football by bringing people who love football together across age groups.
"Sports like football is much needed for the people of Pune and will connect youth at grassroot level through various youth development programs. This initiative will give people of Pune access to world class infrastructure and facilities.
"The group will build a pipeline of talent not only for the club but also for Indian football. They are committed to building a team that will compete for top honors and set the benchmark of being a professional Football Club."
The industrial house said it will announce the name of the club, players and coach shortly.

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