Real Kashmir FC Might Create I-League History. But What Are the Club’s Chances of Survival?

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Real Kashmir FC Might Create I-League History. But What Are the Club’s Chances of Survival?

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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n Thursday afternoon, the Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) ground in Srinagar was sun-washed. Perfect setting for football, you would think, but the makeshift venue was covered with snow as well. Sunday’s marquee contest between Real Kashmir FC with East Bengal could not go ahead, a novelty even for the I-League which is not a stranger when it comes to grappling with the elements.

But in recent years, the league has become accustomed to learning new truths. In November, when Mohun Bagan walked away with a narrow win from Srinagar, few would have given RKFC a chance to compete for the title. But the club went on to catch fire even as the temperatures dipped sharply. Since that defeat, RKFC are unbeaten in 12 matches. Once again, in a league defined by its surprises, we have another unlikely contender.

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