Founder & Chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) Nita Ambani on Sunday announced the expansion of Hero Indian Super League by welcoming East Bengal FC into the seventh edition of India’s top-flight football league.

Following Shree Cement East Bengal Foundation’s acquisition of majority stake in East Bengal Club and their successful bid, the club will embark on its maiden Hero ISL journey as the eleventh team in the competition.

“It is such a happy and proud moment for ISL as we welcome East Bengal FC and their millions of fans into the League,” Ambani said.

“The inclusion of both legacy clubs, i.e. East Bengal and Mohun Bagan (now ATK Mohun Bagan) opens limitless possibilities for Indian football, especially for talent development in the state,” she added.

“West Bengal has made an immense contribution to the growth of the beautiful game in India,” she further said.

ISL’s growing footprint in the state and across India is yet another step towards our mission of building a competitive and robust football ecosystem in the country,” she added.

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