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JCT disbands football team

New Delhi: A glorious chapter in Indian football came to a close on Monday when JCT decided to disband its team. The Punjab team's folding up comes a year after Mahindra United decided to discontinue its football team.

JCT had not been faring well in recent times and the decision could well have been prompted by the club's relegation this year in the I-League.

It was a sad end to a journey that gave Indian football illustrious players such as Inder Singh, Parminder Singh, G.S. Parmar, Surjit Singh, Kuljeet Singh and Harjinder Singh.

“JCT Limited has taken a strategic decision to pull out for the time being till football in India shows some possibility of generating value for corporates and their brands, besides bringing up popularity of football among youngsters.

“JCT Lt. being a corporate, needs to justify to its stakeholders the effort vs visibility of the Football Team,' said a press release from the club.

Formed in 1971, JCT had grown to be acknowledged as one of the top clubs of the country, throwing up talented players constantly, apart from adding to the lustre of tournaments all over the country. “JCT's football team, since 1971, has worked hard and invested in working at grass-root level in Punjab and building a top class team.

Going unnoticed

“JCT won the inaugural Football League in 1996, where there was high quality TV exposure and widespread public interest. But since then the League has had negligible exposure and the teams have been going almost unnoticed,” the club release said.

JCT had distinguished itself by winning the first National League in 1996-97 and was winner of Durand, Rovers Cup, IFA Shield, among many other tournaments. — Special Correspondent

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