Fateh Hyderabad went to Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, to play their last match of the round against Pride Sports FC, which unfortunately did not go underway.
Pride Sports FC, which is facing internal problems, forfeited the match as the players and coach did not show up for the game at the Ordinance Stadium. As a result, Fateh Hyderabad were awarded a 3-0 victory as a walkover. This victory and three points not only ensured they qualify for the national round but also see them as the group leaders at the end of this first round. Fateh Hyderabad ended their first round unbeaten with three wins and three draws.
Two other teams of the group, Ozone FC and Kenkre FC faced off yesterday as well in which Ozone picked up a 3-2 victory. This loss for Kenkre dropped them to second place, making Fateh take over the top spot in their group at the end of this first round.
“A walkover feels a bit hollow as we were up for the game. The flip side is I do not think I am being unfair by saying we fully deserve to win the group based on our performances. We set a goal that our minimum acceptable target was to qualify for the second round and that is satisfying and shows our progress as a club.” says technical and sporting director, Yogesh Maurya.
With this national round qualification, Fateh Hyderabad will start their next round of the 2nd Division sometime in April. Before that, they will have the Rahim League to play in Hyderabad.