Having won the I-League crown in their debut season, Bengaluru Football Club have now set their sights on becoming the first Indian club to qualify for the prestigious AFC Champions League.
India gets a play-off slot for the AFC Champions League and I-League champions Bengaluru FC will have a chance to have a shot at taking part in the continent’s top-flight club tournament.
Last year Pune FC lost in the first of the three-round play-off competition.
“We want to continue to dream big and want to be the first Indian Club to ever qualify for the AFC Champions League,” BFC CEO Parth Jindal told reporters when asked about the future aim of his club.
Jindal said the club’s another target is to try and retain the trophy next year also.
“Once we have won this (I-League), we are not going to let it go very easily, and in order to do that we will have to improve; we will have to get some new players in; we will have to reshuffle some of the things because football is a very ruthless game and if you stand still somebody is going to run past you,” he said.
On Indian Super League (ISL) which is scheduled to be held in September-October, Jindal said “it caters to different market and wish good luck to them”.