New Delhi, Nov 29, 2008: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) today made minor changes in the fixtures of December 4-21 Federation Cup in Kolkata due to non-availability of the Salt Lake Stadium there for most part of the football tournament.
Earlier, the group matches of the tournament were to be held in both the Barasat and Salt Lake stadia in Kolkata while the two semifinals and final were to be played at Salt Lake.But now, Salt Lake Stadium will host only three matches -- two semifinals and final -- while Barasat Stadium will host all the group matches, an AIFF release said.
This was necessitated after the Indian Football Association (state association of West Bengal) informed the AIFF that the Salt Lake Stadium will not be available before the semifinals.Moreover, the two Group A matches -- between Dempo and Chirag United, and Mumbai FC and State Bank of Travancore -- which was earlier scheduled to be played on December 6 will now be held the next day.
State Bank of Travancore, New Delhi Heroes, Oil India (Assam) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited had made it to the 16-team main round from the qualifiers.The 16 teams have been divided into four groups of four teams each to play a round-robin league and the winners of each group will make it to the semifinals to be held on December 18. The final will be played on December 21. (Agencies)