TC Sports Club of Maldives, the defending champions of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, have officially given their consent to participate in the third edition of the tournament, claimed host club Chittagong Abahani’s and tournament’s chief coordinator Tarafder Ruhul Amin.
The Maldivian outfit beat Pocheon FC of South Korea on penalties in the final of the second edition in 2017, and will be one of the eight teams to take part in the third edition, which is likely to be held in Chattogram between October 19 and November 2.
Mohun Bagan and Kolkata Mohammedan Sporting Club have already signed a written agreement with the organisers regarding their participation while another Kolkata giants -- East Bengal -- have only given verbal assurance over the issue.
“TC Sports Club have confirmed us, filling up form, for their participation. East Bengal management have given verbal assurance, but they need to get approval from their sponsor company. If all the three Kolkata giants take part, we have seven teams now including the three Bangladesh teams – hosts Chittagong Abahani, Federation Cup winners Abahani and Bangladesh Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings,” Ruhul Amin told The Daily Star over phone yesterday.
Although some media reports suggested Bangkok United could be the eighth team, Ruhul Amin said they have spoken to the Thai club, but their participation is not confirmed.
“We are also thinking whether Mohammedan Sporting Club of Dhaka could be included as they are a popular side in the country and played in the tournament earlier. We will decide whether they would be included later,” he added.
The football organiser also informed that they are already taking steps to make the tournament a colourful one, starting with a promotional video featuring the past two editions and publicity campaigns on mainstream media and social media.