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INDIA FOOTBALL NEWS - AUGUST 2017 :: NEWS GALLERY - YEAR (2013-2017)


India U-15 won SAFF U-15 Championships 2017

 India U-15 won SAFF U-15 Championships 2017

27.08.2017: The India U-15 won SAFF U-15 Championships 2017 defeating hosts Nepal 2-1 in an exciting encounter played at the ANFA Complex, Lalitpur Nepal. Lalrokima scored the first goal for the Indian colts and Minervan playmaker and Indian U15 team Captain Vikram Partap added another to seal the victory for the Blues.

As India outplayed the hosts Nepal, Brijesh Choudhary of Nepal scored the first goal for Nepal in the first half thru a penalty shoot to give the hosts the lead in the game. as the host team went into the break with a 1-0 lead.

In the second half India colts Lalrokima gave the breakthrough by scoring the first goal for India to equalise. With a Dominating ball possession and skilful display Indian colts were all over their opponents as Minervan & India's Captain Vikram scored a beautiful goal in the 75th minute to give the Indian colts the lead, as the scoreboard remained unchanged as the colts emerged winners defeating their opponents 2-1 in Nepal.

With an amazing display the blue colts made the country proud as they lifted SAFF Championship Cup 2017.


 India U-15 won SAFF U-15 Championships 2017
Minerva Punjab FC playmaker and India U15 Captain Vikram Partap was awarded The Best Player of the Tournament for his scoring abilities and leading the team from the front as he pumped in a wooping 4 goals in a row in this Tournament helping his team retain the title

23 August 2017: Nepal 1-2 India
IND : Vikram Pratap Singh 64' Ravi Bahadur Rana 64'

19 August 2017 : India 9–0 Maldives
IND : Ravi Bahadur Rana 20', 26', Ibrahim 22', 89' (o.g.), M. Thoiba Singh 41', Vikram Pratap Singh 48', 70', Ricky John Shabong 7', Lalrokima 80'.

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Legendary Footballer Ahmed Khan - No more

Legendary Footballer Ahmed Khan - No more

27.08.2017 ( KEB PRESS RELEASE) : East Bengal is sad to announce the passing away of Ahmed Khan at Bengaluru today. He was nearly 91 years old. A legend in his own right and a Double Olympian was perhaps one of the greatest footballer the country has ever produced. Last of the VADAS (nicknamed Pancha Pandavas) was a doyen of the footballing fraternity both home and abroad.A barefooted genius he played for East Bengal Club from 1949-59 winning a number of trophies for the Club.

Captain in 1954 also led the team to its tour of USSR and Romania in 1953.One also recalls the spectacular goal he scored vs Yugoslavia playing barefeet in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Spotted by the club supremo JC Guha in 1948 Rovers Cup he also excelled even after the boots were made mandatory.East Bengal Club mourns his demise.

Kalyan Majumder General Secretary in a statement has said "Theclub has been orphaned following Ahmed Khan's death perhaps the greatest footballer the club has ever seen. With outstanding individual brilliance the barefooted Khan was capable of deciding the fate of any match all by himself. Kalyan Mazumder alos remembered "Even after boots were made mandatory I recall his outstanding performance in the 1958 IFA Shield final when he along with Balaram destroyed Mohun Bagan to win the Trophy.

He was bestowed by East Bengal with Bharat Gaurav Award in 2012 Foundation Day and that was the last time he visited the Club. A heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and son and hope that they would be able to withstand the loss. May his soul Rest in Peace".

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Bhaichung Bhutia is attending the AFC C License course by (FPAI)

Bhaichung Bhutia is attending the AFC C License course by (FPAI)

22.08.2017 ( AIFF PRESS RELEASE) : Former Indian captain and international footballer Bhaichung Bhutia is attending the AFC C License course being conducted by the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) in Siliguri, West Bengal. The duration of the course is from August 20 till 1st September 1, 2017.

Bhaichug Bhutia the sole Indian player to play over 100 international matches is attending the course as part of his quest to help the growth of Indian football. AFC Instructor Mr. Mariano Dias is conducting the course with Mr. Parthasarathy Thulasi is assisting him.

The AFC C License Course aims at training Coaches and developing their basic techniques and skills in football. It is designed to teach the Coaches to organise, direct and conduct basic Coaching practices targeting especially young players.

The following participants are attending the course -
1. Bhaichung Bhutia (ex-international player & India captain)
2. Afzol Hussain Barbhuiya
3. Nganingmi Shimrah
4. Sultan Moidunny
5. Salman Farris Kalathil Puthiyapurayil
6. Sage Bhushan Pradhan
7. Sanjeev Kumar Maria
8. Vikash Panthi
9. Vatsal Bhatia
10. Xavier Vijay Kumar
11. Dipankar Debnath

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Oinam Bemdem Devi named the winner of the prestigious Arjuna Award 2017.

Oinam Bemdem Devi named the winner of the prestigious Arjuna Award 2017

20.08.2017 ( AIFF PRESS RELEASE) : Oinam Bemdem Devi, the flag bearer of Indian Women’s Football over the past two decades was on August 18, 2017 named the winner of the prestigious Arjuna Award. Bembem becomes the second Indian Woman Footballer to win the Award, the first being Shanti Mullick in 1983.

Bembem, nicknamed the ‘Durga of Indian Football,’ who had made her International debut in 1995 bowed out on a high after winning the SAF Games Gold Medal in Shillong in February 2015. She has hence been closely associated with All India Football Federation in spreading awareness about Women’s Football in India and actively involved as a scout and Brand Ambassador for FIFA Live Your Goals, India. Bembem said that she expects the Award will “motivate millions of girls to take up Football.”

She is the 25th Footballer to have won the Award, the last being Subrata Paul in 2016. In addition, she was also awarded the AIFF Woman Footballer Award twice, in 2001 and 2013.

ARJUNA IN FOOTBALL

 Year 	Name
 1961 	P. K. Banerjee
 1962 	Tulsidas Balaram
 1963 	Chuni Goswami
 1964 	Jarnail Singh
 1965 	Arun Lal Ghosh
 1966 	Yousuf Khan
 1967 	Peter Thangaraj
 1969 	Inder Singh
 1970 	Syed Naeemuddin
 1971 	C. P. Singh
 1973 	Magan Singh
 1978   Gurdev Singh Gill
 1979   Prasun Banerjee
 1980   Mohammed Habib
 1981 	Sudhir Karmakar
 1983 	Shanti Mullick
 1989 	Subrata Bhattacharya
 1997 	Brahmanand Sankhwalkar
 1998 	Baichung Bhutia
 2002 	Bruno Coutinho
 2003 	I. M. Vijayan
 2010 	Deepak Kumar Mondal
 2011 	Sunil Chhetri
 2016 	Subrata Paul

“This is an Award for Indian Women’s Football,” she stated. “I hope this Award will help remove the mental block and inspire all girls in the society to take up the sport,” she added. “It gives me immense satisfaction to see my name in the same list with the greatest Indian sportspersons across all fields. My sacrifice over the past two decades has not gone waste.”

“I need to thank all teammates, my Coaches, AIFF and the entire Football fraternity along with my family for their support.”

All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel congratulated Bembem on her achievement. “Bembem has been an inspiration to all women in the Country. Her contribution to Indian Women’s Football has been exceptional. She deserves the Award. Congratulations,” he said in his message.

AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das mentioned that Bembem has been a “role model for so many youngsters.” “She has played for India for over two decades and has been a top performer. She is a role model for all budding women footballers. Congratulations,” Mr. Das stated.

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BID EVALUATION COMMITTEE MEETS AT FOOTBALL HOUSE

18.008.2017 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The bid evaluation committee meeting took place today (August 18, 2017) at the AIFF Headquarters in Football House, New Delhi. The meeting was attended by the members of the Committee and was chaired by Mr. Subrata Dutta, Vice President of AIFF.

Representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were also present to give their report regarding the evaluation of the bids. Documents related to three bids from three different organizations were placed in front of the committee viz Gokulam FC (Kerala), Ozone Group (Bengaluru) and Crown Sports (Rajasthan).

It was informed to the house by the representatives of PwC that none of the bidders could meet the requirements of the RFP. Hence, the Committee decided to call a retender for inclusion of corporate teams in the ensuing Hero I-League season.

Ten working days will be given to the bidders to submit their bids. The next meeting of the bid evaluation committee to evaluate the fresh bids would take place in the second week on September.

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IFA OBSERBED 37TH FOOTBALLL LOVERS DAY - BLOOD DONATION CAMP 2017

IFA OBSERVED  37th Football Lovers Day 2015

16.08.2017 : Indian Football Association ( IFA) observed thee 37th edition of Football Lovers Day in cooperation with the Association of Voluntary Blood Doners at Kshudiram anushilan Kendra- Kolkata. A blood donation camp was organized to remember the 16 football lovers who had to sacrifice their lives in a Kolkata Derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan on 16th August 1980. 615 Football Fans donated their blood in memories of those victims who died in the Kolkata derby at Eden Garden on 16th august 1980. Ex-India International footballer Alok Mukherjee will sign the citation certificate for the Donors.

The 16 ill fated Fans who died on 16th August 1980

Dhananjoy Das, Uttam Chawule, Asim Chatterjee, Alok Das, Prasanta Dutta, Sanat Basu, Rabin Adak, Kartik Majhi, Samir Das, Nabin Naskar, Shayamal Biswas, Kalyan Samanta, Biswajit Kar, Madan Mohon Bagli, Kartik Maity, Himangshu Sekhar Das

IFA OBSERVED  37th Football Lovers Day 2015

The Two Giant Teams of the Day 16th August 1980 at Eden garden

East Bengal : Dilip Paul, Dilip Palit, Monoranjan Bhattacharyya, Samar Bhattacharyya, Satyajit Mitra (Captain), MD. Habib (Harjinder Singh), Sudhir Karmakar, Khabaji (Kajal Chatterjee), Tapan Das, Jamsid Nasiri, Majid Baskar.

Extras : Nasir Ahmed, Md. Najib, Subhash Roy, Amit Guha, Somnath Banerjee, Lafituddin, Sumit Bagchi, Tomas Mathuz, Bibhas Sarkar.

Mohun Bagan: Sibaji Banerjee, Compton Dutta (Captain), Subrata Bhattacharyya, Pradip Chowdhury, Shyamal Banerjee, Goutam Sarkar, Prasun Banerjee, Manas Bhattacharyya, Mihir Bose, Xavier Payas ( Ulga Nathan), Bidesh Bose.

Extras : Jagadish Ghosh, Pratap Ghosh, Francis D' Souza, Shyam Thapa, Ranjit Mukherjee, Kesto Mitra, Munish Manna, Sanjib Chowdhury, Ashok Chakrabarty

Year No. of Donors Signatories 
Stats : Laltu Chakrabarty : KOLKATAFOOTBALL.COM
1981 - Sailen Manna 
1982 - Sri Umapati Kumar 
1983 - Sri Tejesh Ch. (Bagha) Shome 
1984 - Sri Chuni Goswami 
1985 - Sri Sahoo Mewalal 
1986 - Sri Tulsidas Balaram 
1987 - Sri Pradip Kumar Banerjee 
1988 - Sri Subhas Bhowmick 
1989 - Sri Samar (Badru) Banerjee 
1990 - Sri Shyam Thapa 
1991 - Sri Ahmed Khan 
1992 - Syed Naimuddin 
1993 - Sri Byomkesh Bose 
1994 - Sri Sukumar Samajpati 
1995 - Sri Arun Ghosh 
1996 - Md. Habib 
1997 - Md. M.A. Sattar 
1998 - Sri Prodyut Barman 
1999 - Sri Amal Dutta 
2000 - Sri Sanat Seth 
2001 - Sri Nikhil Nandy 
2002 - Sri Santo Mitra 
2003 - Sri Surajit Sengupta 
2004 - Sri Subrata Bhattacharyya 
2005 - Sri Baichung Bhutia 
2006 - Sri Goutam Sarkar 
2007 - Sri Peter Thangaraj 
2008 - Sri Parimal Dey 
2009 - Sri Prasun Banerjee 
2010 - Sri Atanu Bhattachariya 
2011 - Sri Sudhir Karmakar 
2012 - Sri Bhaskar Gunguly 
2013 - Sri Mrityunjoy Banerjee
2014 - Sri Manas Kumar Bhattacharyya
2015 - Sri Sibaji Banerjee
2016 - Sri Pradip chowdhuri.

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Chhinga Veng FC lift I-Day trophy
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Great Sports Independence Day Celebration Football Tournament 2017
Chhinga Veng FC lift I-Day trophy
SCORE: Chanmari FC 1-2 Chhinga Veng FC
(Jacob Lalhlimpuia 2') ( Lalrammuanpuia 56', MS Dawngliana 101')

15.08.2017 : An even final battle saw Chhinga Veng FC overcome a fight from Chanmari FC to win the Great Sports Independence Day Football Cup 2017 with a 2-1 in victory after extra-time. The match was played at Lammual ground, Aizawl in front of a vocal crowd.

Chanmari FC began on the front foot and got their breakthrough right at the start when Jacob Lalhlimpuia struck in the 2nd minute. PC Zosanga'n fine delivery was finished off by Jacob to give his side the lead.

Chhinga Veng FC tried in vain to find an equaliser as their frontline of MS Dawngliana, Malsawmfela and Laldingngheta failed to find clear cut chances.Chanmari FC almost doubled their lead in the second half as Muanzova forced a save from Chhinga Veng FC goalkeeper T Mawia.

And CVFC finally got their equaliser on the 56th minute when Laldinliana's corner delivery was met by Lalrammuanpuia. The goal gave Chhinga Veng FC renewed vigour as Laldampuia and Malsawmfela looked threatening in the second half. After both teams ended 90 minutes with a goal a piece, it was Chhinga Veng FC who struck in the 101st minute with striker MS Dawngliana scoring the all-important winning goal.

Champions Chhinga Veng FC took home Rs. 1 lac as prize money with Chanmari FC pocketing Rs. 50,000. Chhinga Veng FC also took home the Fair Play Award while striker Malsawmfela was named Top Scorer with 6 goals and midfield maestro R. Malsawmtluanga bagged the Best Player Award. Semi-finalists Bethlehem Vengthlang FC and Aizawl FC both received Rs. 10,000 as well.

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Lajong U-12 To Represent India In BRICS International Youth Football Tournament

SHILLONG Lajong U-12 To Represent India In BRICS International Youth Football Tournament

13.08.2017:SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Shillong 10th August: Shillong Lajong Under-12 youth team will be participating in the very first edition of BRICS International Youth Football Tournament to be held in Putian, China on August 16, 2017. The games will be held at the Putian Sports Center and is hosted by the local government of Putian and the General Administration of Sport of Putian, operated by Fujian Aoxuan Football club and Quansheng International Sports Management Co. Ltd.

Shillong Lajong FC Academy will be the only team to represent India in the tournament.

Other teams participating are: Fujian Outshion FC (China), Fluminense FC (Brazil), Luch-Energia Vladivostok FC (Russia), Panorama FC (South Africa), Beijing FA National Games U12 Team (China), Chongqing Yangjiaping Middle School Football Team (China), Dongguan Machong FC (China), Guangzhou R&F Football Club (China), UPBOX GZ Football Academy (China), Luoyang Xigong Fanglin Primary School Team (China), Changsha Yuhua Dexinyuan Primary School (China), Baotou Hadadao Primary School (China), Qingdao Kunpeng FC (China), Shannxi Wave FC (China), GreenTown Yuhua Taohuayuan School (China).

The 16 youth teams will be divided into four groups for group stage matches. The 2 top teams will then join the champion group to play for the title, while the other two teams of the group will continue to play the ranking round with the teams from other group. Each team will play at least five games.

Many other activities will be organised at the same time including friendly games for coaches, coaching conference, cultural exchange program and a tourism program.

Shillong Lajong General Manager, Habamutlang Lyngdoh said, ““We are extremely pleased that these young and talented players hailing from different parts of Meghalaya will be able to represent the country in the tournament. This tournament will definitely provide a good platform for our youngsters to showcase their talent and they will benefit immensely from their exposure in China. It is an important step and a great opportunity for their development and we wish all the players and officials the very best in this tournament.”

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13-year-old RF Young Champs’ Kshitij Kumar joins
Dutch Club NEC Nijmegen U15 squad

13-year-old RF Young Champs’ Kshitij Kumar joins Dutch Club NEC Nijmegen U15 squad

13.08.2017: RELIANCE - PRESS RELEASE : Delhi lad Kshitij Kumar Singh, a prodigy of Reliance Foundation Young Champs has join the Holland based NEC Nijmegen club for its Under-15 youth squad. NEC Nijmegen is a professional football club which competes in the Dutch Eerste Divisie. Its youth teams features at the highest level in Dutch Youth Leagues and competes against top European clubs in international tournaments.

Kshitij, a second year batch student of Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) residential football program, had been to the Netherlands for two rounds of trials with PSV Eindhoven and NEC Nijmegen earlier this year before his selection in the NEC youth team.

The 13-year-old started playing football at the age of 6 initially with Bhaichung Bhutia Academy and then at FCB Escola. The forward was an early talent to be spotted by Piet Hubers, Technical Director of ISL Grassroots at the Delhi Dynamos Scouting Festival for RFYC scholarship in 2016. Since last June with RFYC, Kshitij has participated in 29 competitive and friendly games, scoring 31 goals and provided 25 assists. Mrs. Nita Ambani, Founder Chairperson,

Reliance Foundation termed Kshitij’s selection at NEC youth team to be a bench mark for more opportunities for India talents.

“We are extremely proud of the progress made by the 48 champions. Children like Kshitij Kumar are the future of Indian football. He is dedicated and disciplined at this young age which makes him a force to reckon with on the ground. We are sure he will pave a way for more scouting from foreign countries in India as well as increase the belief among players here to play in the best leagues in the World.”

RFYC, started in 2015 has amplified ISL clubs’ grassroots initiatives to spot talented children across the country between the ages of 11 and 14. Through robust talent scouting system, the deserving children are offered full-time residential scholarships by RFYC at Navi Mumbai. Today there are 48 scholars in the RFYC Programme.

Speaking on his selection, Kshitij said, “I’m very excited to join NEC Youth team. I want to thank all my coaches and fellow players at RF Young Champs who have motivated me to perform better continuously. I want to thank Mrs. Ambani especially for all her support, and for providing me the opportunity and belief to be the best. I would love to play for the Indian National Team in the future.”

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Chhinga Veng FC to face Chanmari FC in final
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Great Sports Independence Day Celebration Football Tournament 2017

11.08.2017- Chhinga Veng FC to face Chanmari FC in final
August 15, Tuesday Final : 3:00 PM Chanmari FC vs Chhinga Veng FC

Chhinga Veng FC came out on top of an evenly matched up semi-final with a 2-1 victory over Bethlehem Vengthlang FC.Star striker Malsawmfela scored the all important goal to take his side through to the semi-finals. In a rain-soaked match at AR Lammual today, it was Chhinga Veng FC who took the lead on the 16th minute through R. Malsawmtluanga.

BVT FC came close to equalising on numerous occasions with Rammawia and Ramenga missing chances and Tluanga forcing a save from Chhibga Veng FC goalkeeper T Mawia. The second half saw play halted twice due to bad weather as in the first half and both teams found it hard to find a consistent tempo in their play.

But it was Chhinga Veng FC who found the winning goal when Malsawmfela applied the finishing touches to a freekick from R. Malsawmtluanga.

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Tri-nation Football series to start at Mumbai
10.08.2017 : AIFF PRESS RELEASE : India begin their campaign against Mauritius on August 19 at the Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai in the Hero Tri-nation Football Series. India will play their second match against St. Kitts & Nevis on August 24.

The Tri-nation Football series is part of the National Team’s preparatory process for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying away match against Macau which is scheduled for September 5.

Thanking WIFA and MDFA for their cooperation, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said the “sporting culture” of Mumbai makes it stand out amongst others.

“We are overwhelmed by the eagerness of the authorities in Mumbai to host the three International matches in Mumbai. Mumbai has been the venue for the National Team since September 2016 when we hosted Puerto Rico,” he stated.

India are currently ranked 97 as per August 2017 FIFA Rankings. Indian Football and the National Team have been on the upsurge with a string of good results leading to a climb of 77 places in FIFA Rankings over the last two years. The Team has now won 13 of their 15 International matches having won their last 8 fixtures (including the unofficial match against Bhutan).

FIXTURES:
August 19: India vs Mauritius
August 22: St Kitts & Nevis vs Mauritius
August 22: St Kitts & Nevis vs Mauritius

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Chanmari FC ousted I League champions Aizawl FC to seal place in the final
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Great Sports Independence Day Celebration Football Tournament 2017
Chanmari FC ousted I League champions Aizawl FC to seal place in the final

10.082017: Aizawl FC 1-2 Chanmari FC

(AZ-Rochharzela 17') (CF-Thomas Lalengkima 90-4', Thasiama 103')


10.08.2017 : I-League champions Aizawl FC and current Mizoram Premier League champions Chanmari FC engaged in a gruelling battle today for a final spot in the Great Sports Independence Day Football Tournament.The MPL champions rallied themselves very well to come from behind most of the match and come out winners with a 2-1 victory after extra-time.

Aizawl FC began on a positive note and after some back and forth action they took the lead when Rochharzela was the quickest to react after Chanmari FC keeper Muanawma had failed to safely collect his shot. Muanzuala and Muanzova tried in vain to find an equaliser for Chanmari FC while Lalmuankima and David Lalrinmuana also came close for Aizawl FC.

The I-League champions again came out on top in the early stages of the second half and could have scored through Rinzuala, David Rinmuana and Liberian midfielder Alfred - they struck the woodwork twice. Mizo foootball legend S. Malsawmtluanga was making his debut for Aizawl FC late in the second half, but his lack of match fitness could not make him the player he used to be.

Chanmari FC shook things up later in the second half with Thasiama and Zohera entering the fray, and the move paid dividends when Thomas Lalengkima scored their equaliser four minutes into stoppage time from a keeping - Aizawl FC goalkeeper could have done better.

And it was Chanmari FC who carried the momentum in extra time and they got their winner on the 103rd minute. Substitute Thasiama got on the end and applied the finishing touches on a corner delivered by Thomas Lalengkima.

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Mizoram Premier League season 6 to start from August 31
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Mizoram Premier League season 6 to start from August 31
09.08.2017 : The sixth edition of the Mizoram Premier League, the top flight in local football, will be played from the 31st of this month. The MPL Board and representatives of MPL clubs had a meeting today at Tourist Lodge, Chaltlang regarding the upcoming season.

MPL six will have 8 teams as in recent seasons, teams will face each other twice in the course of the league with the top four teams earning a place in the semi-finals.

The semi-finals will be a double-leg tie.

As it was done last season, this season's edition of the MPL will also have a round of matches played outside Aizawl. Last year Champhai had hosted a round of MPL5 matches. MPL6 Kick off will be held on the 25th of August. There will be a briefing for clubs and players in the programme.

MPL Under 18

The Under 18 teams of MPL clubs will start their league in the month of October. Players born after January 1, 1999 will be eligible to play in the tournament.

Registration for this league will start from September 1-15. Teams will face each other once in the league with the top four earning semi-final spots.

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Bethlehem Vengthlang FC seal last semi-final spot
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Great Sports Independence Day Celebration Football Tournament 2017
Bethlehem Vengthlang FC seal last semi-final spot

07.08.2017 : The final group A fixtures of the Great Sports Independence Day Football 2017 were played today and MPL club Bethlehem Vengthlang FC sealed their place in the last four. The first fixture of the day saw AIFF U-19 sign off with a win over Dinthar FC. Edmund Lalrindika scored a brace to hand the Indian Colts a 2-1 victory, their first of the tournament.

AIFF boys went ahead in the fourth minute when Edmund tapped it home from a well-executed pass by Suraj. They went on pressing hard to double the lead but Dinthar FC contained well until the half-time.Edmund then cut through from the left side of the box and blasted the back of the net to double the lead in the 67th minute.

Dinthar FC came back strongly and halved the gap eleven minutes to the final whistle with a strike from Jackson Ochuko.After AIFF U-19 had grabbed their final three points, the last fixture of the group would decide the fate of three teams as Bethlehem Vengthlang FC and Ramhlun North FC squared off.

With both teams on four points, a win would see them through to the semi-finals while a draw would mean the Indian colts complete the last four.Bethlehem Vengthlang FC gained the upper hand in the first half and missed chances to take the lead as Rammawia leh VL Thanga went close.

At the other end, Bethlehem Vengthlang FC keeper Ruatpuia also saved a great effort from Rinfela.BVT FC kept pressing in the second half with B. Zoramthara forcing a save from Ramhlun North FC goalkeeper Rinhlua. They finally got their breakthrough when Laldinpuia headed in a well struck freekick from Vanlalthanga on the 61st minute.

Last season's MPL finalist Bethlehem Vengthlang FC then made sure of all three points when Vanlalthanga finished off a cross from Rammawia six minutes from time.

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4 Minervans and 3 City Boys in India Senior Football Team
4 Minervans and 3 City Boys in India Senior Football Team
06.08.2017 - MPFC Press RELEASE : After the recent good show of Minerva boys in the AFC Cup U-23 Qualifiers in Qatar, 4 Minervans namely, Germanpreet Singh, Manvir Singh, Davinder Singh and Anirudh Thapa have now been called by Stephan Constantine for the senior India squad. Both Germanpreet and Manvir Singh managed to get their names on the score sheet against Singapore and Turkmenistan respectively, and Davinder Singh proved to be a great defender and Thapa commanded the midfield during the recently concluded AFC Cup U-23 qualifiers in Qatar.

Apart from the Minervans, 3 city boys namely Sandesh Jhingan, Sumit Passi and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu have also been called up for the Senior team. These 3 city boys are products of St. Stephan's Academy in Chandigarh and are regulars in India teams and have once again been called up by Stephan Constantine.

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Chanmari FC seal place in the semifinals
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Great Sports Independence Day Celebration Football Tournament 2017
Chanmari FC seal place in the semifinals

06.08.2017 : Neighbours Chanmari FC and Chanmari West FC battled for a place in the semi-finals today with Chanmari FC edging out their rivals with a 1-0 victory. The solitary goal came from an own goal by R. Lalthanmawia on the 47th minute.

The second fixture of the day saw Mizoram Police FC beat Rhino Charge 6-0. Lalfakawma scored a hattrick for MPFC and Lalruatpuia, Lalbiakhlua and F. Zosangliana each found the net as well.

Group B Points Table   
Team             P   Pts
Chhinga Veng     3   9*
Chanmari         4   9*
Chanmari West    3   3
Mizoram Police   3   3
Rhino Charge     3   0


*The top two teams have qualified for the semi finals where Chhinga Veng FC are the group winner as they have a better head to head record over Chanmari FC. Chanmari FC finished their group fixtures today, the other four teams still have one match to play with the top two spot already decided.

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Kishi brace gives Fukuoka 2-1 win over BFC Reserves
Kishi brace gives Fukuoka 2-1 win over BFC Reserves
05.08.2017 - BFC Press RELEASE : Striker Jinya Kishi scored twice as Bengaluru FC Reserves went down 2-1 to Avispa Fukuoka U18s in a friendly held at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday. Vice-captain Prashanth Kalinga’s 86th minute effort was a consolation in a clash that saw Blue Colts’ custodian Jafar Mondal named Man-of-the-match for an inspired show in goal.

The Blues started cautiously, keeping possession in midfield as Head Coach John Kenneth Raj started with Robinson Singh in midfield alongside Biswa as captain Leon Augustine and Nonganba Singh manned the flanks.

Shots from Leon and Isak Vanlalrutfela went inches wide of the target before Jafar stepped up to pull saves off strikes from Minato Kai and Kojito Omori in the first. Despite some fine build up play, both sides lacked the finishing touch required as half-time arrived with the scores unchanged.

Kenneth sent on Alwyn George on in the second half as he joined Robinson in midfield for the Blue Colts, adding more solidarity to the attack. However, it was the Japanese side that took the lead early in the second half. After a stubborn run and cross from Yuji Kitajima, Kishi found himself in space to slot home from close.

A tense final ten minutes saw BFC fight back as Lalrintluanga’s effort was saved by Ryuya before Avispa extended their lead in the 82nd. Poking past the slide of Tonmay Saha, Kishi advanced into the Blues’ area and sent his shot into the far corner to make it 2-0.

There was to be more drama as Jafar brought down Kitajima in the area with seven minutes to play. The midfielder stepped up to take the spot-kick but Jafar was equal to it, as the scores remained level.

Refusing to back down, a short corner collected by Kalinga was curled in off the upright, as BFC cut the deficit with five minutes left to play. But it wasn't to be the comeback that the young Blues wanted as Avispa claimed the narrow victory.

“I saw a good effort from our boys today. They’ve only had a few sessions together and I’m happy with the performance they put out. Avispa were technically very good and I’m sure the boys have learned a lot from this experience,” said Kenneth following the clash.

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 Great Sports Independence Day Celebration Football Tournament 2017
MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Great Sports Independence Day Celebration Football Tournament 2017
Aizawl FC beat Ramhlun North FC to book their place in semis , Bethlehem Vengthlang FC held by Indian colts

04.08.2017: Bethlehem Vengthlang FC 1-1 AIFF U 19
(Vanlalthanga 48') (Lalawmpuia 56')

04.08.2017: Aizawl FC 2-1 Ramhlun North FC
(Rochharzela 20', Kareem Omlaja 59',(p) (Lalliansanga 64')

I-League champions Aizawl FC played their final Group A fixture against group leaders Ramhlun North FC today and came out victors with a 2-1 win to book their place in the semi finals. Aizawl FC took the lead on the 20th minute with a strike from Rochharzela. They doubled their lead in the second half when Kareem Omlaja struck from the penalty spot.

Ramhlun North FC battled back and scored through Lalliansanga but their efforts were not enough for them to secure a point. Aizawl finished their four group games at the top of the table with seven points, Ramhlun North FC remained second on four points with one more game to go.

The second match of the day saw an entertaining encounter between Bethlehem Vengthlang FC and the AIFF Under 19 team. A goalless first half saw plenty of action with the MPL club edging the Indian youngsters and even missing a penalty. BVT FC scored right after the restart through Vanlalthanga but the Indian colts equalised 8 minutes laters with Lalawmpuia finding the net finishing a beautiful cross from Edmund Lalrindika. Bethlehem Vengthlang FC are on four points where AIFF U 19 on three points from three games each.

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MIZORAM FOOTBALL - Great Sports Independence Day Celebration Football Tournament 2017
Goals galore as Chanmari West FC and Chhinga Veng FC see off their opposition

03.08.2017: Rhino Charge 2-5 Chanmari West FC
(L Zama 52', Jessy Sailo 87') (Calvin Zosiamliana 4',7', Lallianzama 38', Vanlalthlamuana 59', Lalromawia 70')

03.08.2017: Chhinga Veng FC 5-1 Chanmari FC
(Malsawmfela 11', MS Dawngliana 21', 45+1', Laldampuia 61', 86') (Rochhingpuia 75' (pen)

03.08.2017 : Chanmari West FC beat Rhino Charge 5-2 in their second group match today grabbing their first 3 points in the tournament. The West Warriors took an early two goal lead as Calvin Zosiamliana scored twice in the opening 7 minutes. They grabbed their third before halftime through Lallianzama.

GROUP TABLE
Team	        M W  D	L  GF  GA  GD	Pts
Chhinga Veng 	3 3  0	0  15   4  +11	9
Chanmari FC	3 2  0	1  6	5  +1	6
Chanmari West	2 1  0	1  6	7  -1	3
Rhino Charge	3 0  0	3  1	5  -4	0
Mizoram Police	2 0  0	2  2	9  -7	0

Rhino Charge pulled one back throuh L. Zama after the restart but Chanmari West FC struck again with goals from Vanlalthlamuana and Lalromawia. Jessy Sailo then scored a second for Rhino Charge three minutes from time.

The second match of the day saw Chhinga Veng FC score five in three consecutive matches as they beat Chanmari FC 5-1 in a resounding victory to book their place in the semi finals. The MFA Super Cup champions were 3 goal up by halftime with a strike from Malsawmfela and a brace from MS Dawngliana.

Laldampuia made it four in the second half and added their fifth 11 minutes after Rochhingpuia scored a consolation goal for Chanmari FC from the spot. Chhinga Veng FC are on 9 points from three matches.

Aug 4, Friday fixtures.

12:15 PM Aizawl FC vs Ramhlun North FC

02:30 PM Bethlehem Vengthlang FC vs AIFF U 19

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Ramhlun North FC were held by AIFF Under 19 team today

02.08.2017 : Ramhlun North FC were held by AIFF Under 19 team today at the Great Sports Independence Day Cup 2017 played in Lammual. Ramhlun North FC had found an early goal but could not see off their opponents in the second half.

Ramhlun North FC hit the defending U-18 I-League champions in the first minute and took the lead through a strike from Lalliansanga. RNFC had several opportunities to double their lead but they could not add to the scoreline, twice missing glorious opportunities.

The AIFF boys bustled to find the equaliser and they succeeded in the 78th minute when Lalawmpuia headed to give the Indian youngster some respite. The second match of the day saw former MPL champions Dinthar FC beat I-League champions with a dramatic late winner.

Aizawl FC had taken the lead through a beautiful freekick from defender Kareem Omolaja on the 16th minute. Dinthar FC refused to lay quiet and struck back through Lalbiakhlua's sweet effort from outside the box on the 27th minute.

The second half saw some back and forth action as both teams looked for the winner. And it was Lalnunsanga who struck for Dinthar FC two minutes into stoppage time to give his side all three points.

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Chhinga Veng FC pull off stunning comeback in day 3

01.08.2017 : MFA Super Cup champions Chhinga Veng FC came from two goals down to win 5-2 against Mizoram Police FC to make it two wins in two matches. Mizoram Police FC took an early two goal lead through Lalsangbera and B. Zoramthanga within the first 10 minutes.

Chhinga Veng FC responded with a strike from Malsawmfela but were still 2-1 down at halftime.Chhinga Veng FC shook things up in the second half with Laldampuia and Lalkhawpuimawia entering the fray. And the result was evident.

R. Laldinliana equalised on the 52nd minute and M.S. Dawngliana scored for Chhinga Veng FC to take the lead 10 minutes later.And it wasn't enough for the Super Cup champions as Malsawmfela scored his second on the 75th minute and Lalkhawpuimawia scoring their fifth four minutes later.

The second fixture of the day saw Chanmari FC come up against Assam army's team Rhino Charge. Rhino Charge fielded 8 Mizo players in their starting line up but were unfortunate to lose the match 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Vanlalbiaa two minutes before halftime.

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