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INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2018 (OCTOBER - 2018)
AIFF Grassroots Course at Leh Ladakh.
30/10/2018 : J&KFA release - 30.10.2018
: In its First Grassroots Course for Physical Teachers & Footballers of District Leh Ladakh, which started from 26th Oct 2018 for 3 days about 24 candidates were provided necessary Practical & Theory training by AIFF Experts S/ Shri Intikhab Alam, GR Instructor & Bilal Ahmad Panjabi as Development Officer of J&K deputed by AIFF
These trained candidates organized and performed two Football Festivals among Boys & Girls of age group 6 to 12 years at two important Venues on 29th Oct 2018 at Kandri Vidayala School & Central Institute of Buddhist Studies Leh Ladakh.
The final function was presided over by District Development Commissioner Leh, Avny Lavasa.
Under FIFA orders much stress is accorded to this age, which shall form the base for a durable and lastly foundation in the Game of Football in Leh in particular & J&K in General.
The District authorities have assured J&K Football Association & All India Football Federation of full co-operation in hosting such Courses & Workshops in future, especially the newly project of Baby league Competition in age group U-6 to U-13 for both boys & girls.
PRESS RELEASE -South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF)
AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 30.10.2018
: The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) comprising Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Sr Lanka and Pakistan unanimously decided to pull out of the South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF) with immediate effect on Tuesday, 30 October 2018, in a meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The withdrawal precedes the expected official recognition of AFC’s five Regional Federations by the AFC Congress on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.
PIFA Women Champions of BWFA Womens League
: The PIFA Sports FC women's team lifted the Bandra West Football Association (BWFA) Women's League Trophy 2018 on Sunday 28 October 2018, while PIFA's Pratima Mukhia was adjudged the Player of the tournament. The league was conducted in Bandra, Mumbai under the auspices of MDFA over a period of 3 months, with 15 teams participating in 4 groups.
In the group stage, PIFA drew their first game to Bodyline Sports Club 0-0, there after they beat India Rush Soccer Club 3-0 (Namrata 2, Radhika 1) and The Soccer Academy 4-0 (Namrata 2, Ananya 1, Sibani 1)..
In the quarter finals they beat Somaiya Sports Academy 7-0 (Muriel 3, Tripti 2, Pratima 1, Sibani 1), while in the semi-finals they beat Future Stars Football Academy 3-1 (Pratima 2, Rani)
The final match was played against Football School Of India (FSI) which was 1-0 (Sibani Sharma). The team conceded only one goal in the entire tournament.
The team also kicked off their participation in the WIFA Women's Championship with resounding 11-0 win over Bombay Gymkhana Club.
PIFA Women off to a roaring start in the WIFA Women's Championship
: PIFA Sports Women's team kicked off their season of the WIFA Women's Championship 2018 being held at the Cooperage Stadium, with an astounding 11-0 win over Bombay Gymkhana. The winner of this tournament will qualify for the AIFF Indian Women's League 2018-19 from Maharashtra.
Ten teams from Maharashtra are participating in this tournament. PIFA is drawn in Group A alongside Future Stars, Bombay Gymkhana, FC Mumbaikars & UPSA-Pune while Group B consists of Kenkre SC, Football Leaders Academy, Bodyline SC, FC Kolhapur City & Football School of India.
Earlier in the month, PIFA announced their Women's Team for the season.
Afshan Ashiq, Ambika Dange, Ananya Thakur, Anjali Barke, Darshna Sanas, Deepika Masurkar, Florian Pereira, Hiba Faquih, Isha Tripathi, Kashmira Pednekar, Muriel Adam, Namrata Thakur, Neelu Tirky, Nikita Jadhav, Nitu Mazumdar, Pratima Mukhia, Priya Tamang, Priyanka Khawas, Radhika Ganega, Rani Bhowmick, Sanam Rathod, Sibani Sharma, Signorina Thapa, Sushmita Lepcha & Tripti Deep.
They are coached by Nirvan Shah (UEFA B) & assisted by Neel Shah (AFC C).
The women's team is currently playing the Bandra West Football Association (BWFA) organised women's League in which they have reached the semifinal having played a goalless match against Bodyline SC, beat India Rush Academy 3-0 & Soccer United 4-0 in the group stage. In the quarterfinals, they beat Somaiya Sports 7-0.
This team will also play the MDFA Women's League due to kick off in December.
INDIA TO PLAY JORDAN IN AN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY FOR FIRST-TIME EVER
24.10.2018.AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: All India Football Federation confirms an International Friendly for the Indian Senior National Team against Jordan. The match will be played in Amman on November 17, 2018 in the scheduled FIFA November 2018 International Friendly window. The match will be played at the King Abdullah II International Stadium and will kick-off at IST 9.30pm.
Jordan who went down 1-2 to World Cup runners-up Croatia in their last Friendly in October 2018 are currently ranked 110 in the September FIFA window in comparison to India who are at 97. The two teams have never met in an International Friendly ever, though the India U-16 National Team did play Jordan twice earlier this year where the Indian colts coached by Bibiano Fernandes won both their encounters.
The November Friendly which comes after India’s goalless draw against PR China in the last International Friendly in October, will further set the pace for the National Team’s preparation for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 which kicks-off in UAE on January 5, 2019. Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Federation referred this forthcoming match as “significant” one.
“The AFC Asian Cup is knocking at the door and as part of our preparation it’s pertinent that the National Team prepares in the best possible fashion by playing against stronger Teams. Jordan are a very tough side who went down to World Cup runners-up Croatia 1-2 in their last match. It will be an acid test for us,” Mr. Das stated.
National Coach Stephen Constantine maintained the match will be a “big test” for the team.
"This is going to be a really good game for several reasons. Firstly, Jordan is a quality team as we saw them in their 1-2 loss to Croatia the other day. We have to understand the level we are going to face in UAE and to be able to deal with it, we have to face tests like this. The game against China was a big test, and Jordan will be another one as well,” Constantine said.
India who have been clubbed in Group A with UAE, Thailand and Bahrain in the Group A in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 play Thailand in their first match on January 6, 2019. The Coach mentioned that the climatic conditions in Amman are very much similar to UAE which will eventually help the team get acclimatised for the Continental championship in January 2019.
"After we secured our qualification we knew we needed to play against those opponents who will put us under pressure from the start. Moreover, we'll play in Amman where the environment is very much similar to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah where we will play in January."
5-STAR PERFORMANCE BY RENU HELPS INDIA THRASH PAKISTAN 18-0
AFC U19 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 QUALIFIERS
24.10.2018 : INDIA
Manisha 2',25',48',Eman (OG), Devneta 9',25',Daya 27',47',Roja 31',Papki 45',Jabamani 45',Renu 52',54', 75', 88',90'+1',Sowmya 77'
: Archana, Papki Devi, Thahenbi, Samiksha, Kanchan Chanu, Jabamani Tudu (C), Grace Lalrampari, Roja Devi, Manisha, Daya Devi, Devneta Roy.
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: The India U-19 Women’s team completed a mammoth victory over Pakistan, as they pumped 18 goals past their neighbours in their opening match of the first round of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers on Wednesday (October 24, 2018). Renu turned in a five-star performance, as she put five past the Pakistan keeper, all in the second half, to help India earn a massive win. The Indians got on the game right from kick-off and maintained the intensity on their opponents right through the match, as they took the scoreline well into double figures.
Manisha opened the scoring in the second minute after a melee inside the box saw her end up with some space from close range as she pulled the trigger. This goal opened the proverbial floodgates, as Manisha scored another (25’), while Devneta also netted twice (9’ and 25’). Daya Devi also got in on the act, scoring in the 27th minute. Meanwhile, Pakistan goalkeeper Eman Fayyaz scored an own goal, to round off the first 30 minutes.
Papki Devi and captain Jabamani Tudu also scored two in injury time, to make it 9-0 at half-time.
The Indian girls picked up right where they left off, as Manisha and Daya Devi scored two more right after the kickoff. Renu produced a five-star performance, as she scored five goals after coming on in the second half. Her supreme form meant that coach Alex Ambrose decided to push Devneta Roy back into the hole while Renu led the line. Roja Devi (59’) Soumyta Guguloth (77’) scored the other two goals, to make it 18-0 for India.
“It was a great result for us. This kind of a win gives a lot of boost to our girls, and hopefully, we can go ahead and do better in the next game as well,” said India head coach Alex Ambrose after the match. Meanwhile, Pakistan gaffer Mohammad Siddique Sheikh opined that it is a learning curve for Pakistan, as their players were on the pitch for the first time after a long gap.
“We were banned by FIFA for three and a half years. So we played absolutely no football back then. Indiahave already started an impressive development of their women’s game. We are just starting out on that front. It will take time, but we have to treat this as a learning experience,” he said.
Ex-Mohun Bagan footballer Manipur based James Lukram Sing now in Coaching.
Former India International as well as ex-Mohun Bagan footballer Manipur based James Lukram Sing is now engaged with Football Coaching in his State Manipur. James was awarded as Most Valuable Player of Santosh Trophy 2002 and won the Trophy for Manipur that year. The 1998 TFA caded James played for Bengal Mumbai FC, ITI, Mahindra United, Indian Bank, Salgaocar, Prayag United, United Sikkim other than Mohun Bagan (1999–2002 and 2007-2010). In 2001 and 2008 Mohun Bagan won AIFF Federation Cup title.
Now James has joined as coach of Imphal based Football club and Academy FC Imphal City who will play in the AIFF u13 and U-15 I-League this year. The Club Chief Koijam Milan Meetei said that the Academy has got 2 star rating from AIFF. It is the first ever professional football academy of Manipur. The academy is residential cum non-residential system.
Bengaluru FC win Puttaiah Memorial Cup
14.10.2018: Bengaluru FC win Puttaiah Memorial Cup. Lalengzama, Myron On Target As Blue Colts Down MEG 2-1 in Summit Clash.
Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC clinched their second Puttaiah Memorial Cup after a 2-1 win over Madras Engineering Group (MEG) in the final of the 2018 edition of the competition at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Sunday. In an entertaining clash, it was Myron Mendes’ (86’) late winner that handed Blue Colts their first piece of silverware this season after MEG’s Rahul (56’) had cancelled out Lalengzama Vangchhia’s (41’) opener.
Going into the decisive game, Coach Naushad Moosa made one change as Altamash Sayed replaced Ajay Chhetri in the starting line-up. The first close chance fell for Bengaluru when defender Parag Shrivas released Edmund Lalrindika clear down the left flank with a quick throw-in. The attacker raced past his marker while controlling the ball but his low left-footed drive across the goal went inches wide at the far post.
Meanwhile, MEG who were restricted to only a few counter attacks throughout the half, had their close moment midway through the first half. A freekick pumped in from the right flank was headed out by Namgyal Bhutia and fell kindly for MEG attacker Leon who’s attempt on the half-volley sailed just over the horizontal.
The Blue Colts finally broke the deadlock five minutes from the break. Midfielder Myron Mendes was fouled right on the edge of the box. Lalengzama stepped up to take the resultant freekick and curled his attempt perfectly at the far post for his first goal of the competition.
The second half was a completely different story as MEG began attacking with intent. A momentary lapse of defence in the BFC backline allowed them to pull level when winger Rahul slotted home Ramu’s neat through pass to make it 1-1 in the 56th minute.
Thereafter it was an end-to-end affair with both sides creating chances. While the Blue Colts created majority of them, the closest they came was in the 68th minute. Substitute Leon Augustine and Naorem Roshan Singh combined well on the right flank before the former chipped in a ball at the far post from inside the box. Biswa Darjee who timed his run well powered the ball goalward with a diving header but his effort was cleared off the line by MEG defender Reagan.
Bengaluru kept their pressure on and had back-to-back chances through Edmund in the final ten minutes who was only denied by the rival custodian Sharath. First, he somehow kept Edmund’s effort out from the edge of the box after BFC attacked on a quick freekick in the 83rd minute, before blocking his shot at the first post from close range a minute later.
As the Blue Colts pushed ahead, left-back Parag Shrivas was fouled on the left earing a freekick in the process. Altamash fired a low effort from the set piece to find Myron who pulled out of the crowd to fire home a first-time left-footer and seal the game in Bengaluru’s favour with five minutes to go on the clock. Bengaluru FC B's Parag Shrivas was among the individual awards as he picked up the best defender of the tournament.
EAST BENGAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COACH SUJIT CHAKRABORTY PASSES AWAY
14.10.2018: Sujit Chakraborty Coach of Quess East Bengal U-15 passed away at a city hospital following cardiac ailments today. He joined East Bengal Club as an Assistant Coach in September, 2014 under Armando Colaco and later Elco Schattorie. He was transferred as a coach to East Bengal's Youth Development from the start of 2015-16 season. As a player he played for East Bengal in 1982 as a striker and won the CFL, Darjeeling Gold Cup (Joint) and Durand Cup (Joint) that season.
Mr. Sujit Chakraborty ('A' License coach) has joined Mohun Bagan Football Team under the Technical Directorship of Mr. Subhash Bhowmick. The ex- East Bengal player, Sujit Chakrabarty who just came from I-League team ONGC was also the coach of IFA-CSF Football Academy, Haldia which was startd in 2004. Sk.Jwell Raja (AIFF XI), Lalrindika (AIFF XI), Mithun Saha (George Tele), Bekhokhei (East Bengal), Beirona (East Bengal), LAL CHHUAN AWMA (JCT), Sayan Roy (Sesa GOa), Riajul Midde (Tollygunge Agragami) etc was his student in IFA CSF Football Academy first batch.
He was also the coach of Kolkata premier league team chirag United ( Ever Ready Association) for several years. Under his coaching ONGC got promotion to first DIvn. I-League froms 2nd Divn. Bengal U-16 team won the Mir Iqbal Hossain Trophy title two times under his coaching.
India played a 0-0 draw against PR China at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium
13.10.2018 : CHINA
: Gurpreet, Narayan, Subhasish, Sandesh, Pritam, Holicharan, Anirudh, Pronoy, Udanta, Sunil, jeje.
PIC: AIFF PRESS RELEASE
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: In what was India’s first-ever official International Friendly on Chinese soil, a gritty India played a 0-0 draw against PR China at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium on Saturday (October 13, 2018). The Blue Tigers, ranked 97 in the world in FIFA rankings held firm against their 76th-ranked opponents, defending with strength and heart. They even created opportunities at regular intervals, including a last-minute one, which if converted by substitute Farukh Choudhary would have India’s first win over China in 18 matches.
The match began as expected with the hosts piling on the early pressure. The first chance came in the 7th minute in the form of a cross from the left side by the Chinese winger which forced Indian captain Sandesh Jhingan into a sliding clearance. The Kerala Blasters man was again called into action some four minutes later as he diverted away a low cross from the right flank for a corner.
Having absorbed the initial pressure, India came out of their shell. In the 13th minute, India entered the penalty box for the first time and after a neat set of passes, Anirudh Thapa played in for Pritam Kotal who was overlapping down the right flank. Kotal’s shot was hit hard and low on target and forced the Chinese keeper into a sharp save. Sandhu, who grew in confidence with every save and punch was on the spot yet again as Gao Lin found space for a free header from a corner. But his effort went straight into the arms of the Bengaluru FC man in the 15th minute.
Just two minutes later, India had a great chance to take the lead. Chhetri earned a free-kick down the left after nutmegging his marker. Thapa's resulting free-kick was a precise one which flew over the defenders for Chhetri to come in on the far post. However, his volley from close range flew over the cross-bar. At the other end, Sandhu was forced into a fine save after Lin found space in the box after being played through down the left in the 24th minute. He aimed for the far right corner, but Sandhu stood tall and blocked the shot with his feet.
As the match looked headed for a stalemate at the break, Jeje Lalpekhlua had half a chance in the 42nd minute as Chhetri showed great presence of mind to take a quick throw-in. But even with the rival Goalkeeper out his line, the Mizo sniper's snap-shot from a tight angle was off target. Marcelo Lippi, Head Coach of China who had won the FIFA World Cup as the Italian Coach in 2006 responded with four substitutions on the resumption of the second half.
Five minutes after the restart, Lin struck the upright of Sandhu's goalpost after connecting with a grounded cross from the right flank. The forward's first-time strike was a sweet one but rattled the post, much to his, and the crowd’s despair. In the 53rd minute, Gao was played in behind the Indian defence with a lifted pass but the Indian custodian was alert again and did well to close down the angle and clear the danger.
After riding the initial waves, the Blue Tigers pushed for an opener and in the 56th minute, Halicharan Narzary dispossessed his Chinese counterpart at the half-way line as he through the centre of the pitch. He laid the ball off to Udanta Singh down the right, whose shot flew over the crossbar.
The hosts continued to pile on the pressure and opted to bombard the Indian defence with aerial balls. A couple of free headers missed the target and forward Xiao Zhi also found the side netting in the 69th minute. Just a minute later, Lippi's boys were denied by the woodwork yet again as Wu Lei's half-volley from eight yards out thundered against the crossbar.
In the 75th minute, Sandhu added another save to his tally as he flung himself across to his left and diverted a header away from goal. Anas Edathodika who came in as a substitute made a timely block off the next attack to deny the Chinese forwards. And after a goalmouth melee from yet another corner, Sandhu and Jhingan produced some effective last-ditch defending on their own goal-line to get the ball away from danger.
Jhingan was in action on the other end of the pitch as well as he leapt highest to head the ball from a corner kick but his effort flew over in the 79th minute. India could have stolen the win in the final minute but even as Farukh Choudhary sneaked in between the two Central defenders, his shot was managed to be kept off by the Goalkeeper.
: India hold China in me lnieinaliohaI Friendly Math held in china
90'+3' : Ball cleared from China box. India's corner
90'+2' : Another corner for India but missed target of Farukh which cleared from China Box.
: Rowllin in place of Anirudh Thapa
90': 5 minutes added time.
: Subhasish Bose in Pronoy Haldar out
79': Sandesh‘s header from a comer, went over the Cross bar of China side.
: Farukh Chowdhury in Jeje out
77': China's chance crowded out for a corner kick of them.
75': India Keeper Gurpreet made a ﬁne save lo deny China once again from a corner.
69': Another shot of China hits the crossbar and finally cleared in Indian delence.
57': Cross of Holicharan from left wing sailed over the China Goal post.
: Anas, Nikhil in and Narayan , Udanta out
55' : Another Chane for India: Udanta's close shot missed the Target.
49' : Another Chance to China: Gao's shot hits the cross bar and finallu cleared by Indian defence.
47' : Free kick for India: Narayan's iree cleared in China defence.
46' : Second half Match resumed.
is the Score Line.
42' Chance for India but missed by Jeie, his shot wen Wide.
33': From left wing cross of Narayn for jeje but he missed to take.
: Attacking wave of China now in India Box.
28': Well Saved by Pritam Kotal off a close shot of China in box.
15': SCORE LINE IS
0': Match starts at China.
MOHAMMEDAN GO DOWN IN INDEPENDENCE CUP FINAL
13.10.2018 : MOHAMMEDAN SC
1-1, 3-4( PEN)
BSF JALANDHAR. (FT)
: Charles Atha.
: Priyant, Debasish, Prosenjit , Ayan y, Kamran , Satyam, Sumit , Prosenjit Chakra, David Asamoah, Philip Adjah, Charles Atcha
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: Mohammedan Sporting Club went down 4-3 on penalties in the final of the 70th Independence Day Cup in Nagaon, Assam on Saturday. Mohammedan took the lead through Charles Atcha in the 14th minute before Jitinder Rawat equalized for BSF in the 43rd minute. BSF attempted to make an early mark on the match with a neat Ramakanta Hembram chip for Jitinder in the first minute signalling their intentions.
It was almost all BSF for the first five minutes really before Mohammedan started to come into their own by starting to contest in the midfield. Having missed some half chances till the 14th minute mark Mohammedan broke the deadlock through Charles who scored from Philip Adjah's pass. Black Panthers then took control of the match. The Kolkata outfit probably should have scored a couple more goals before the break, but their finishing let them down.
Mohammedan SC looked dangerous every time they pushed forward and Sumit Ghosh tried to curl the ball into the top corner but BSF goalkeeper Harpreet Singh produced a fine save to deny the attacker in the 39th minute. While Mohammedan pushed high up BSF managed to restore the parity against the run of the play as Jitinder took advantage of a defensive error to beat Mohammedan custodian Priyant Singh from close range in the 43rd minute as the both teams went into the breather with scores locked 1-1.
BSF came back into the second-half with more purpose and after a couple of changes early on they started to look more threatening out wide. Ramakanta had the best opportunity in the opening minutes of the second-half when his free-kick was tipped over by Priyant. Although Mohammedan dominated possession in the second-half they struggled to get near enough to their opponents goal to really trouble them, managing just two shots in 45 minutes.
But it was hardly much better at the other end with BSF restricted to just three attempts on goal themselves. Meanwhile, Mohammedan suffered a huge blow in the 74th minute when Priyant was forced to leave the field after suffering an injury and replaced by Sourav Chakraborty, who made his first appearance of the season.
Despite the best efforts of both sides it seemed goals weren’t on the agenda for the evening as they went through regulation time with scores locked 1-1. It was nail-biting stuff as the players went through the motions of a penalty shootout taking the crowd packed into the stands at Nurul Amin Stadium on the roller-coaster ride right alongside them.In the end it seems experience paid off with the BSF holding their nerve to slot four goals to Mohammedan’s three.
Sandesh Jhingan will don the captain's armband when India take on PR China
AIFF PRESS RELEASE 12.10.2018
:Sandesh Jhingan will don the captain's armband when India take on PR China in an International Friendly at the picturesque Suzhou Olympic Stadium in Suzhou City on October 13, 2018. The match is slated to kick-off at IST 5.05pm and will be telecast live on Star Sports 1, 2, 3 and 1 Tamil, as well as Hotstar and Jio TV.
At the official pre-match press conference Coach Stephen Constantine said: "I think the captain has to reflect the attitude of the coach. Sandesh first played for me four years ago. He is a fighter and a leader. He gives everything on the pitch which most of the players do.” "I think he is going to be one of the leaders for India going forward. Keeping the magnitude of the game in mind, I believe he deserves to lead the team,” he added.
The newly-appointed skipper thanked the coach for believing in him and handing the captain's armband to him."Thank you, Coach, for entrusting me with the responsibility. As an Indian boy, it was always my dream to represent the country. It's a great feeling that I can't actually express in words,” he stated.
He further added: "In Chhetri-bhai, Gurpreet, Jeje- we have a group of leaders which makes my job easy. We all work together to achieve the goal. The plan for tomorrow is that to stick to the plan and give our best on the pitch. If we are able to do that the result will follow. We're really looking forward to playing in this beautiful stadium."
This is the first meeting among the two teams since they last played in the Nehru Cup in Kochi in 1997. India are yet to win a single match against PR China in the 17 encounters played between the two countries so far.
12.10.2018 : MOHAMMEDAN SC
MINERVA PUNJAB FC (FT).
: PHILIP ADJAH -2
: Priyant, Debasish, Prosenjit, Seydou Maddy, Kamran, Satyam, Sumit, Laltu, Prosenjit Chak, David Asamoah, Adjah.
: Bhaskar, Saurabh, Aimble, Zacharie, Nikhil, Deepak Devrani, Shahjahan, William, Atindar Mani, Manandeep, Hitova
Mohammedan SC will now take on BSF Jalandhar, who beat Oil India 1-0 thanks to Ramakanta Hembram’s 88th minute goal in the first semifinal, in the final tomorrow at 6 pm.
Mohammedan Sporting Club edged past Minerva Punjab FC 2-1 in the second semifinal to book their place into the final of the 70th Independence Day Cup in Nagaon, Assam. Ghanaian goal-machine Phillip Adjah (44th and 61st) scores twice for Black Panthers while Atinder Mani (79th) pulled a goal back for Minerva at Nurul Amin Stadium on Friday.
Mohammedan SC dominated first-half ball possession, but did not do much to threaten the opposition goal, while Minerva, who were pressed back for the majority of the half, did well to absorb the pressure and looked dangerous on the few times they attacked.
The first-half was characterized by a lack of goal scoring opportunities from both sides. In the infant stages of the game, Mohammedan SC had shown promise with some impressive passes, but when they resorted to long balls, Minerva dealt with them with confidence.
However, the Black Panthers were rewarded for their persistent efforts as Adjah ran on to a pass from Prosenjit Chakraborty and rifled a right-foot shot past goalkeeper Bhaskar Roy in the 44th minute to give his side the lead going into the breather.
Mohammedan SC goalkeeper Priyant Singh was a spectator in the first-half, but he saw more action in the second, keeping out an angled drive from William Opoku before twice having to punch away an awkward aerial ball in the 54th minute as Minerva began to put more pressure on the Mohammedan SC defense looking for the equalizer.
On the other hand, Black Panthers, as the half progressed, started to find their rhythm putting Minerva under a sustained period of pressure and after several near misses Adjah put the finishing touch on an organised advance from the team.
Meanwhile, Minerva did not lose hope as they kept attacking with intensity and pulled a goal back through Atinder in the 79th minute. The match started to become a little tenser as the clock counted down with Minerva showing great determination in their pursuit of an equalizer, while Mohammedan SC remained solid at the back.
Minerva, to their credit, never gave up but it appeared as if getting on the score sheet just wasn’t to be for the side today with every shot went anywhere but on target as Mohammedan SC held on on for a well-deserved win.
SONY NORDI SIGNS FOR MOHUN BAGAN
: The drama ends finally. The Haitian striker SONY NORDI signs for Mohun Bagan for 2018-19 season. This was intimated by Swapan Sadhan Bose (Director Mohun Bagan Football Club) in a press release today. This is the forth consecutive year that Sony will going to dawn the green and maroon jersey.
Currently Sony is in Miami, waiting for his employment VISA and is expected to reach Kolkata very shortly. Sony will have to prove his fitness in a medical and physical test before he signs finally at IFA Office.
Sony joins Mohun Bagan in the year 2014-15. The Haitian scored 30 goals in his 47 appreances, proved to be the live wire for the Mariners in the recent past.
Earlier Mohun Bagan selected Mr. Omar Nabil Rashad Elhussieny an attacking midfield player from Eygpt after consultation with Head Coach Mr. Sankarlal Chakraborty as the fifth foreigner. The player will come to Kolkata and shall undergo a complete medical and physical fitness test. During this time the Head Coach will observe him and after successful conclusion of test we will sign him. The player is most likely to come to Kolkata by Saturday, October 13, 2018.
AFC NOMINATES I-LEAGUE FOR BEST DEVELOPING FOOTBALL LEAGUE OF THE YEAR AWARD
11.10.1018 - AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: NEW DELHI, 11th October 2018: The Asian Football Confederation has shortlisted the I-League among the top three nominations for the SPIA Award in the “Best Developing Football League of the Year” category. The SPIA Conference and Awards Gala will take place from November 19-20, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The I-League is the premier league in the country and the next edition will be played among 11 Clubs, the champions of which get a slot for AFC Champions League qualifier.
All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel is his statement said: “It is very encouraging that the work of AIFF and the I-League department has got recognition by being nominated for this prestigious award. I would like to congratulate all stakeholders especially the clubs who have been an integral part of this league.”
Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said: “I am very happy to see that our initiative for developing I-League pan India and introducing the Club Licensing criteria has had the necessary impact, and that the I-League has been nominated for the Award. I would like to congratulate everyone who has been part of the League – FSDL, the Clubs, the sponsors, all other stakeholders and my colleagues in AIFF without whose support this wouldn’t have been possible.”
I-League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar said: “This is excellent news for Indian Football. We have been striving hard over the years and this nomination is only a motivation for us to do better.” The AIFF had earlier won the AFC Developing Member Association of the Year Award in 2016, and the AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football in 2014.
The 2018-19 edition of the Hero I-League kicks-off on October 26, 2018.
10.10.2018: Mohammedan Sporting
: CHARLS ATCHA. 15'
10.10.2018: MSC PRESS RELEASE : Mohammedan Sporting Club played out a 1-1 draw with BSF Jalandhar in their last Group A game of the 70th Independence Day Cup at Nurul Amin Stadium in Nagaon, Assam. Mohammedan SC, who had already secured their place in the final four, made four changes to the side that defeated Morning Star Club in the previous round.
Mohammedan SC will take on Minerva Punjab FC in the second semifinal on October 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm
Despite the changes, Mohammedan SC were quick to settle into their rhythm to dictate the tempo of the game. They also controlled both territory and ball possession for the majority of the game, restricting BSF to counter attacks. Determined to finish the group stage with two wins from as many games, Raghunath Nandi’s charges pressed forward in numbers.
Their persistence paid dividends in the 15th minute when Charles Atcha headed home from close range to put Mohammedan SC ahead. The goal stunned BSF momentarily but they did not lose hope and began attacking with intensity. BSF pulled level in the 38th minute. As they attacked from the left, a failed clearance from the Mohammedan SC back-line allowed the ball to roll into the box and it ended up in the net after a lucky deflection from Kamal Kishore who looked in an offside position.
Hitting their opponents on the break, BSF looked well in control at times giving Mohammedan SC goalkeeper Priyant Singh his best test of the tournament so far. Nonetheless, the Punjab outfit failed to convert as the scoreline remained one-goal-a-piece going into the breather.Mohammedan SC maintained a total control in the second-half but they took their foot of the pedal.
BSF, on the other hand, were lively from the outset as they asserted their dominance for the majority of the half by controlling ball possession.Jitinder Rawat and Kamal Kishore offered BSF some hope with their darting runs in Mohammedan SC’s final third but all their attempts have been stifled by the well organised Mohammedan SC defense.
Mohammedan SC did well to stay in the game and had a few chances through Charles and substitute Sujit Soren but it was the lack of finishing that let them down.Despite creating a number of opportunities to score both sides were unable to add to the first-half tally as the game ended 1-1. The result meant Black Panthers finish on top of Group A with 4 points from 2 games while BSF also go through to the last four with 2 points.
22-member squad for India's first-ever International fixture in China
AIFF PRESS RELEASE - 09.10.2018
: Coach Stephen Constantine announced his 22-member squad for India's first-ever International fixture in China which is scheduled at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in Suzhou City on October 13, 2018. Kick-off is at IST 17:05 Hrs. As informed by coach Constantine earlier this evening, Balwant Singh had to be dropped from the squad because of some unavoidable circumstances. As his passport will expire in less than 6 months, he was denied the Chinese Visa.
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Out of the 17 face-offs between these two sides so far, the Red Dragons have won on 12 occasions. The rest of the five matches ended in a stalemate. During the media interaction at the JLN Stadium before departure on Tuesday night, Constantine mentioned that although the match was labelled as a 'Friendly', it is a serious affair for the entire team.
"Friendly or no-friendly, it’s the India National Team. It’s only a friendly game for the world but not us." Meanwhile, the two national teams are going to lock horns after a prolonged gap of 21 years. In the last meeting, which took place in the Nehru Cup in Kochi in 1997, China pipped India 2-1.
The 22-member squad is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Karanjit Singh.
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das.
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan.
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary.
K.A. Morning Star
: Philip Adjah Tetteh (38')
MOHAMMEDAN SC BEAT MORNING STAR CLUB TO BEGIN INDEPENDENCE CUP CAMPAIGN
06.10.2018: MSC PRESS RELEASE : Mohammedan Sporting Club began their campaign in the 70th All India Independence Cup with a 1-0 win over K.A. Morning Star Club on Saturday at the Nurul Amin Stadium in Nagaon, Assam. Philip Adjah Tetteh scored the only goal in the 38th minute.
Mohammedan SC exerted pressure right from the start while Morning Star took time to settle. Nevertheless, Morning Star had a clear look at the Mohammedan SC goal in the 19th minute but keeper Priyant Singh did well to clear the danger.Black Panthers, on the other hand, were creating some fantastic openings but their attackers ran short of ideas on reaching the Morning Star territory.
Having created some half chances till the half hour mark, Mohammedan SC almost took the lead in the 31st minute when Adjah found himself clear inside the box. The move began with David Asamoah finding Prosenjit Chakraborty clear on the right who cut back outside the box to Adjah. The striker beat his marker to get into the box but fired inches wide from close range. The constant pressure by Mohammedan SC paid off as they finally broke the deadlock through Adjah, who slotted from Mohammad Amirul's to give Mohammedan SC a 1-0 lead at half-time.
The second-half was a similar story as Mohammedan SC dominated majority of the proceedings. While Black Panthers pushed up front, close chances fell for Adjah, Amirul, Snehasish Dutta and Sumit Ghosh but they lacked killer finish in the final third. Despite creating numerous scoring opportunities it was lack of finishing that prevented a bigger scoreline as the game ended 1-0 in Mohammedan SC's favour.
MOHAMMEDAN SC SQUAD FOR 70th All India Independence Cup AT NAOGAON ASSAM
MSC PRESS RELEASE - 05 .10.2018
: Mohammedan Sporting Club has reached Nagaon, Assam to play the 70th All India Independence Cup on Friday (October 5, 2018) afternoon. Although Mohammedan Sporting coach Raghunath Nandi is looking to use this tournament as a platform to try out some new players before the forthcoming 2018/19 2nd Division League, the veteran tactician firmly set his sights on winning the title.
“Here at Mohammedan Sporting Club our aim is to win every tournament where we participate but we also need to remind this is almost a new squad. We have brought some new players and still need to assess them. However, like always my team is going for the win tomorrow,” he said. Black Panthers would open their campaign in the 70th All India Independence Cup against Karbi Anglong Morning Star Club on Saturday (October 6, 2018) at the Nurul Amin Stadium, kick-off 4:30 pm.
List of Players:
GOALKEEPERS: Priyant Singh, Moniruzzaman Ansari, Sourav Chakraborty.
DEFENDERS: Ainish Zamadar, Prosenjit Paul, Kamran Farooque, Seydou Maddy, Debasish Pradhan, Firoz Ali, Snehasish Dutta.
MIDFIELDERS: Rakesh Karmakar, Rinku Kumar Shaw, Sumit Ghosh, Prosenjit Chakraborty, Laltu Hembram, Charles Atcha, Satyam Sharma, Ayan Roy Chowdhury.
FORWARDS: Philip Adjah, Mohammad Amirul, Sujit Soren, David Asamoah.
Coach: Raghunath Nandi
Manager: Belal Ahmed Khan
Indian U-16 National Team went down fighting 0-1 against the Korea Republic in the quarter-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship
01.10.1018: INDIA U16
SOUTH KOREA U16
: Jeong Sangbin 76'
: Niraj Kumar (GK); Thoiba Singh, Shabas Ahammed, Harpreet Singh, Gurkirat Singh; Ravi Rana (69’ – Bhuvnesh Shendre), Ricky Shabong (80’ C. Eric), Bekey Oram, Givson Singh (71’ – L.Sailo), Vikram Partap Singh (C), Ridge De’Mello.
01.10.2018: AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: A valiant Indian U-16 National Team went down fighting 0-1 against the Korea Republic in the quarter-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship at the Petaling Jaya Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today (October 01, 2018). Jeong Sangbin’s strike in the 67th minute for Korea ensured that it was a déjà vu for India from their clash in 2002, when the Colts had lost 1-3 to the same opponents at the same stage. However, the Indian colts on this day fought hard and did not surrender until the final whistle, defending with their lives and committing to every tackle - conceding a goal after 337 minutes of play in the tournament.
The opponents dominated possession from the start but confident defending with organization held them at bay for some time. Compact defending with numbers further frustrated the opponents, who had scored twelve goals in the tournament before coming into this encounter and added to their plight. The Indian side that made it to the quarterfinals for the first time in sixteen years had progressed out of the group stages as runners-up of Group C, with five points in three matches but even after giving Korea Republic a tough challenge and stretching them to the limit, could not emerge victors.
In the 14th minute, Niraj Kumar was called into play and made an excellent save to deny Korea Republic from close range. He then made two back-to-back saves in the 34th and 36th minute to keep India in play as his dives saw the Korean shots from distance thwarted. The Indian Colts defended deep in the first half and pressured the opponents to give away the ball in the defending third.
In the dying embers of the first half, Ravi Rana’s shot from distance forced the Korean custodian to make a decent save as both teams went into the tunnel on level pegging as the half-time scoreline read 0-0. Changing over, the Indian Colts emerged with much vigour and almost caught the Korean defence napping in the 52nd minute when Ridge De’Mello’s first-time volley earned a decent save from the opposition custodian after Vikram had found him just inches outside the box.
Two minutes later, Korea Republic almost gave India a scare when a free-kick attempt rattled the Indian bar and went out of play. In the 64thminute, Niraj Kumar once more made a fantastic diving save to deny the Koreans from close range. After 33 minutes without conceding a goal, the Indian defence finally gave way in the 67th minute when Jeong Sangbin tapped in from close range after Niraj Kumar had palmed a venomous shot away.
Spurred to find the equalizer, the Indian colts initiated attacks of their own but the Korean defence line held firm. Vikram Partap proved to be a threat down the flanks but for all his possession around the box, could not create a clear goal scoring opportunity.
Manipur WIN the 24th Senior Women's National Football Championships TO BEAT ORISSA
: Bala Devi 45', Irom Prameshwori Devi 50'
: Arati Sethi 59'
01.10.2018: AIFF PRESS RELEASE
: Manipur claimed victory in the final of the 24th Senior Women's National Football Championships, defeating hosts Odisha in the summit clash on Monday by a 2-1 margin in Cuttack. The result marked the 19th occasion that the state from the north-east of India won the trophy, having lost out in the final to Tamil Nadu last time around.
Both sides came into the final off the backs of two hard-fought matches in the semifinals. Manipur had got the better of the Railways team 4-3 in a penalty shootout as the match ended goalless after extra time. On the other hand, Odisha defeated defending champions Tamil Nadu in a thrilling match that ended 4-3, with the hosts finding the winner in extra time.
The final, held at the Barabati Stadium, was a nail-biting affair. After a tense start, it appeared as if the first half would end goalless but it was Manipur who took the lead thanks to captain Bala Devi, who found the net in the 45th minute. Soon after the break, Irom Prameshwori Devi doubled her team's lead with a goal in the 50th minute. The hosts continued to strive for a comeback and found a goal with nine minutes to play via midfielder Arati Sethi. However, Manipur defended well to hold on for the win and went on to lift the trophy.
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