After shining the name of club level JK football in national arena by becoming first I-League level club of J&K, Kashmir FC football side formerly Lone Star Kashmir FC is fighting for its existence as the owner has expressed his inability to carry on the team.
The club that helped to revive football in State by bringing in top sides like Dempo Sporting, Mohammedan Club Kolkatta to Kashmir for playing I-league level football is known as peoples club in the State. Its performance at in second division I-League and playing home matches in Srinagar made it instantly popular among the football crazy fans of valley.
The popular success of club also encouraged other corporate to float their team with second I-League club of State, Real Kashmir FC coming into existence.
Recently the owner of the club, informed the coaching staff of the club that he will not be able to carry on expenses of the team from here on.
The contributions for U-16 level participation was her as under , 50,000 from J&K Football Association, Coach Hilal Rasool Parray donated 60,000, Mehraj ud Din Wadoo 10,000, former footballer Tariq 30,000 and some of the club outstanding balance was also used to field the team.
Though club managed to field Under-16 team in I-League event with the help of these supporters, the future looks bleak for popular football side of the Valley.
During last three seasons owners of the club have spent around 2 crores that included adoption of SP Higher Secondary ground.
Within only few years of its existence club has managed to garner huge fan base owing to its success in national football arena. From last two seasons the I-League matches were being played in Kashmir due to the existence of this club. On its home turf club played matches against teams like, Muhammedan Sporting, Dempo Sports in Srinagar.
The club management has pleaded Government to come forward and help in its revival and existence.
“It is people’s Club that is on the verge of extinction. Due to financial downfall owners are unable to take its mission forward. We have managed to depute our junior team in junior I-League due to support of some well wisher’s. However, for longer run we need proper mechanism and for that we think Government and Sports Council can help us,” club spokesperson said.
The Kashmir FC spokesperson said that, the club has helped revive the football in Kashmir and the full house capacity stadiums even during winter season are testimony to that.
“Kashmir FC has helped revive football in Kashmir by bringing in top quality football in front of the football crazy fans of Valley. The level of teams that Kashmir FC has been able to rope into Kashmir FC is unparalleled till date. To bring in same teams to play exhibition matches in Kashmir has cost Government lot of money in past. However, we brought same teams to play competitive event and went in to beat team like Dempo in front of our home crowd,” spokesperson said.