Meghalaya club Ryntih set to fulfil norms for I-League entry

SHILLONG: Ryntih Sports and Cultural Club from Meghalaya are all set to fulfil all criteria laid down by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for direct entry to play in the I-League from the upcoming season.

Apart from other criteria that Ryntih have fulfilled so far, the AIFF has recently sought one clarification from the club on the issue of ownership, Northeast Now

Ryntih along with two other clubs – Sudeva of New Delhi and Sreenidhi of Visakhapatnam – had submitted bids for direct entry to the I-League.

“The AIFF has set a deadline by August 5 that we (Ryntih) should fulfill one more criteria related to ownership. We have all papers and the same would be submitted to the AIFF within the deadline. We have high hopes that we will get through to the I-League,” Ryntih’s managing director Wallambok Kharpran told Northeast Now.

After scrutinising the submitted documents and presentations from the three respective bidders, the AIFF committee, in consultation with representatives of the bidding process consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), will take a final decision after further evaluating the documents.

Ryntih, meaning ‘discipline’, registered officially with the Meghalaya government as a society in 1998, with a focus to open up avenues in football for budding talents of Mawlai Mawdatbaki locality.

Ryntih however started the foundation in football, much earlier than that.

Ryntih have been playing in the top football league of Meghalaya – Shillong Premier League – of the Shillong Sports Association, besides playing in the first division and second division football league for several years.

Kharpran said that Ryntih have also fulfilled one criteria related to international tie-up.

“We have signed an MoU with the Transport United FC from Bhutan. It is a privilege for us to have Transport United FC as our international tie-up and this partnership will further boost football in our state,” Kharpran said.

Transport United FC is a professional football club from Thimphu, Bhutan, currently playing in the Bhutan Premier League, the top level of football in Bhutan.