Durand Cup: Dempo skip; East Bengal, Chirag will play


New Delhi : Sixteen-time champions East Bengal will open their campaign against Air India in the quarterfinal league stage while Goa’s Dempo Sports Club will be missing in action from the 123rd edition of the Durand Cup football tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here.

Support TwoCircles

East Bengal have been grouped with Salgaocar and Air India in Group 4 while defending champions Churchill Brothers are clubbed with Army Red and a qualifier.

Churchill will face the qualifier in the opening match of the quarterfinal league stage Oct 27.

JCT, Sporting Clube de Goa are in Group 3 with a qualifier while Chirag United, Pune FC and a qualifier are in Group 2.

The semi-finals are slated for Nov 3 and 4 while the final will be played Nov 7

Quarter-final league groupings:

Group 1: Churchill Brothers, Army Red and Qualifier A
Group 2: Chirag United, Pune FC and Qualifier B
Group 3: JCT, Sporting Clube de Goa and Qualifier C
Group 4: East Bengal, Salgaocar SC and Air India

Oct 27: Churchill Bros vs. QF ‘A’
Oct 28: Sporting Clube de Goa vs. QF ‘C’; Air India vs. Salgaocar
Oct 29: Army Red vs. QF ‘A’; Pune FC Vs QF ‘B’
Oct 30: Sporting Clube de Goa vs. JCT Phagwara; East Bengal Club vs. Air India
Oct 31: Churchill Brothers vs. Army Red; Pune FC vs. Chirag United
Nov 1: QF ‘C’ Vs JCT Phagwara; East Bengal vs. Salgaocar SC
Nov 2: Chirag United Vs QF ‘B’;
Nov 3: 1st semi-final
Nov 4: 2nd semi-final
Nov 7: Final