East Bengal start campaign against NBP Rainbow AC
The city heavyweights East Bengal will begin their season against NBP Rainbow AC when they kick off in the 'OC Blue Calcutta Football League Premier Division-A'.
Mohun Bagan will take on Southern Samity to start the campaign.
The Indian Football Association today released fixtures for three rounds and said that the tournament will be over before the Durga Puja festival, which will commence with Mahalaya on September 19.
The much-awaited season's first derby between defending champions East Bengal and Mohun Bagan is likely to be held in Siliguri but the IFA is also mulling Kalyani Stadium as an alternate venue.
"Work is still underway to increase the capacity of the Kalyani stadium to about 23,000. We will decide about the derby after seeing the completion certificate. Either Kalyani or Siliguri will host the match," IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli said.
On the incomplete fixture, Ganguli said: "It's a long league and depending on the weather conditions we will take the call. However the league will be over by Durga Puja."
Eleven teams will vie for top honours in the coveted Kolkata league with Rs. 25 lakh for winners and Rs. 20 lakh for the runners-up.