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The Hero Federation Cup for 2017 will kick-off tomorrow (May 07, 2017) with East Bengal clashing swords against Churchill Brothers at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha at 4 PM IST.

Hero Federation Cup have been chalked out based on a respective Team’s position in the final Hero I-league table. Teams finishing 1st, 3rd, 6th and 8th in the final table of the Hero I-League have been clubbed in Group A, while Teams finishing 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th have been slotted in Group B. Top two Teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals which are slated to kick-off on May 14.

Aizawl FC, Kingfisher East Bengal, Churchill Brothers FC Goa, and Chennai City FC comprise Group A for the Hero Federation Cup while Mohun Bagan, Shillong Lajong, Bengaluru FC and DSK Shivajians make up Group B.

Speaking at the Official Pre-Tournament Press Conference, Head Coach of defending Champions Mohun Bagan, who begin their Championship defence against DSK Shivajians on May 08, Sanjoy Sen said, “We have been drawn in a competitive group and we will look forward to facing a tough fight from every Team. There is pressure when you are the defending Champions, but that is Football.”

Champions of India Aizawl FC will be looking to add another feather to their cap. Khalid Jamil stated, “Every Tournament is different but we will try to win the Championship, as will every Team. It is an interesting group and we will see how it fares out”

Kingfisher East Bengal’s Ranjan Choudhary said, “Every match is important against every opponent. Churchill Brothers will certainly prove a tough challenge for us, but that is Football. We will give it our all and try to win”

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