The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and I-League department have revised the final fixtures of the 2017/18 I-League season with NEROCA FC, Minerva Punjab FC and East Bengal Club all still in contention for this season league title.
On March 8, East Bengal would host NEROCA in a potential win it all encounter in Kolkata instead of the original date of February 27, while Minerva Punjab FC would host Churchill Brothers in Panchkula on the same day instead of March 6.
To avoid any manipulation and in the name of fairplay, both the matches will kick-off at the same time.
Also East Bengal’s penultimate encounter at Shillong Lajong FC in Meghalaya has been pushed back by a day from March 4 to 5 with the kick-off time also changed from 2pm to 5.30pm.
As things stand at the moment, NEROCA FC are top of the I-League with 31 points from 17 matches with only the match against East Bengal remaining, while long-time league leaders Minerva Punjab FC are in second place with 29 points from 15 matches and East Bengal are third with 26 points from 15 matches with both clubs still to play three matches each, while Mohun Bagan have an outside chance with their 24 points from also 15 matches, but then the top three would have to drop a lot of points.