Three corporate-backed clubs, who submitted the bid documents for the upcoming I-League season had to face rejection, post their bid evaluation by AIFF.
As per reports, the bid made by Gokulam FC (Kerala), Ozone Group (Bengaluru) and Crown Sports (Rajasthan) could not meet the requirements of the Request for Proposal (RFP) when evaluated by reputed auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The decision was taken at a meeting of bid evaluation committee which took place at the AIFF headquarters on Friday under the chairmanship of Subrata Dutta. AIFF also decided to re-float tenders to admit new teams.
“Representatives of PwC were also present to give their report regarding the evaluation of the bids. Documents related to three bids from three different organisations were placed in front of the committee viz Gokulam FC (Kerala), Ozone Group (Bengaluru) and Crown Sports (Rajasthan),” the AIFF said in a statement.
“It was informed to the house by the representatives of PwC that none of the bidders could meet the requirements of the RFP. Hence, the Committee decided to call a re-tender for inclusion of corporate teams in the ensuing Hero I-League season,” it added.
AIFF had invited bids from new clubs last month from various Indian cities, including Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ranchi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram.
Now, AIFF will give ten working days to the bidders to submit their bid documents. The next evaluation will take in the second week of September.