Dodsal are now Mumbai Tigers

In an attempt to establish a better connect with the city and make it more appealing to its fan base, Dodsal FC have renamed themselves as Mumbai Tigers.

The Dubai-based owners of the club, Dodsal Group, have registered the new name with the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) last week. They have already adopted the new name and will play I-League 2, which begins on March 9, as Mumbai Tigers. The club has also appointed Mukul Choudhari as its new CEO. Choudhari was earlier the head of business development and marketing for Mumbai FC and was the manager of Manchester United Soccer School in Mumbai before accepting the Dodsal offer.

"The idea is to develop a connect with the society. We thought since the club is based in Mumbai, it was necessary to call ourselves that rather than using the name of the parent company. This is one of our many steps to indulge with the city," a club official said.

Choudhari played an instrumental role in developing a strong base for Mumbai FC when the club was launched six years ago by tying up with several schools and educational institutions in order to lay foundations for their youth side.

The club, owned by Dubai-based NRI Rajen Kilachand, was formed last year. With money not an issue and the fact that Kilachand is a close associate of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansoor, hopes are pinned on the Mumbai Tigers to breathe life into city's football scene.

They are looking for a direct entry into the I-League and have approached the AIFF for the same. At the same time, they will also take part in the second division league, which begins on March 9. "If we do not win in the second division and qualify for the I-League, then we are hoping to secure a direct berth into the top division. In return, we will make a commitment to the AIFF of developing world-class infrastructure," the official added.

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