The long Indian domestic football calendar has already begun with Asia’s oldest football tournament, Durand Cup 2023. The event is now in its last group stage round before the elimination rounds start in the upcoming week.
With all the Indian Super League (ISL) teams along with a few I-league teams and Army teams from India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, the cup has witnessed 24 teams split up into six groups, each with four teams. We’ve had a few weeks of excellent football matches and are now in the closing stretch of the competition. The ISL teams have dominated the competition, which was to be expected.
The Durand Cup 2023 group stages also featured the first Kolkata Derby of the 2023/24 Indian Football season when rivals Mohun Bagan Super Giant (MBSG) clashed against East Bengal last evening. The event saw almost a full stadium packed where East Bengal got away with the winning points.
With such enthusiasm from fans, viewers, and teams, there was no doubt that the historic competition would attract sponsors from all around the nation. Let’s take a look at the sponsors of the Durand Cup 2023:
Indian Oil: Indian Oil is a worldwide oil and gas business that is owned by the Indian government’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. As Indian Oil is involved in every step of the hydrocarbon value chain, it can produce profitable results that are sustainable.
Coal India Limited: The Ministry of Coal, Government of India, is the owner of the central public sector enterprise, Coal India Limited. It has its main office in Kolkata. It is the world’s biggest privately owned producer of coal. With over 272,000 people, it is also India’s eighth-largest employer.
State Bank of India: State Bank of India (SBI), a Fortune 500 firm, is an official organisation for public sector banking and financial services in India with its headquarters in Mumbai.
SITI Networks: One of India’s leading digital TV networks, SITI Network has its corporate headquarters in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, and offers digital cable television services throughout India.
Nivia: The Indian sporting goods sector has been shaped truly well by Nivia, a famous brand in the industry. Nivia creates ground-breaking technology and produces top-notch sporting gear.
Cherry Tree: Cherry Tree is an experienced event management and brand activation firm founded in Kolkata more than ten years ago.
JIS Group: By working with 550+ Industries, 11 Chambers, 73 institutions, and 21 nations, JIS Group has become one of India’s major educational groups and aspires to propagate a heritage that dates back more than 20 years.
Amul: Amul is an abbreviation for the Gujarat Milk Marketing Federation, an Indian cooperative society with headquarters in Anand, Gujarat. 79 sales offices, 10,000 dealers, and more than one million merchants make up the Amul network, which serves all of India. The company provides dairy goods that are regularly consumed such as milk, milk powder, dietary supplements, cottage cheese, butter, ghee, ice cream, etc.