Shillong, May 31: Boys Sports Company (BSC) of 58 Gorkha Training Centre have pulled out of the upcoming edition of the Shillong Sports Association’s (SSA) First Division football tournament and the organisers have decided to auction the vacant slot.

In a press release today the SSA said that the auction will follow the closed bid system and those interested should contact the body from 4th June for details and terms and conditions. The last date to submit offers is 14th June by 3PM.

BSC were in last season’s Shillong Premier League (SPL) but were relegated after finishing second from the bottom with just 11 points. They had won just two games, lost seven and drawn five. For part of the league they fielded their junior side as the senior team left Shillong to take part in an armed forces tournament.

While they didn’t set the SPL alight on the pitch, Boys Sports were involved in what TSR dubbed Malkigate, the late in the season farce surrounding Malki, BSC, Meghalaya Police and the SSA.

If they want to rejoin the local football scene in future, BSC will have to enter in through the lowest rung on the SSA’s football ladder – currently the Third Division, though it has the intention of creating a Fourth from 2019.

Meanwhile, Bor Diengdoh, the SSA’s Honorary Secretary, informed TSR that a decision on Shillong United’s apparent disbandment and the consequences this will have on SPL 2018 has been reached by the SSA and shall be announced shortly.

(TSR file photo of Boys Sports Company players)

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