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31. December
6th National League - Kochi: FC Kochin 2-0 Punjab Police - Goals: 1:0 Sushanth Mathew (42'), 2:0 VP Shaji (60').
FC Kochin won their first match of this National League with a 2-0 victory against Punjab Police, who lost their fifth match in a row, at the Nehru Stadium, Kochi. The goals were scored by Sushanth Mathew and VP Shaji on eather side of the lemon break.

6th National League - Mumbai: Mahindra United 0-0 Salgaocar SC - Goals: none.
Mahindra United and Salgaocar SC played out a dull goalless draw in the National League at the Cooperage Ground, Mumbai. Both sides had their chances but for a match from which a lot was expected it was a quiet encounter on New Years eve.

6th National League - Bangalore: Indian Telephone Industries 0-0 Mohun Bagan AC - Goals: none.
ITI held their more fancied rivals Mohun Bagan to a goalless draw in a National League match at the Bangalore Football Stadium. ITI could even won today had their strikers not messed up the chances while Bagan seemed unsure after their loss against HAl over the weekend.
ITI: Narshiman Balaji, Syed Hussain, AS Firoze, John Ugwu, CK Jiteesh (Santosh Kumar), Zaheer Abbas (Raghuveer Singh), Mohammed Salissu, KV Dhanesh, Sheikh Sanjeeb (Andrew Louis), George Ekeh, Kenneth Onu.
MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Dulal Biswas, Hussain Mustafi, Debjit Ghosh, Rishi Kapoor, James Singh (Amar Ganguly), Abdul Wastu Saliu, Jose Barreto, Lolendro Singh (Uday Konar), RC Prakash (Basudeb Mondal), Abdulatif Seriki.

37.BC Roy Trophy - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Manipur 0-0 Goa - Goal: none.
37.BC Roy Trophy - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Rajasthan 1-2 Kerala - Goals: 0:1 MA Nadir, 0:2 KP Sherfeed, 1:2 Tasleem.
Delhi Senior Division: Indian Nationals FC 3-0 Youngsters Club

30. December
Delhi Senior Division: Garhwal Heroes 0-0 Indian Air Force (New Delhi)

Note-1: The AIFF today held its Annual General Meeting in New Delhi. A lot of important decisions were taken after an eventful year 2001.
INDIA and East Bengal midfielder Jo Paul Ancheri has been named as "Player of the Year 2001", while O. Bem Bem of Manipur has been named the first-ever "Women's Player of the Year". AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco said both Ancheri and Bem Bem will be given cash prizes of Rs 15,000 each. Mr Colaco said the AIFF also praised the performance of the first female FIFA referee from India, Bentla D'Couth.
Mr. Colaco further informed the press on a number of things surrounding the national team. He said that at the moment it was not clear if the SAFF Cup will be held or not next month in Dhaka, due to change in the leadership in the Bangladesh Football Federation. Also India has been invited to a four-nation tournament in South Africa in April-May 2002. Also India has plans to organise an own four-nation tournament.
The most important decision taken in Delhi was the status and transfer of players in India as per FIFA rules. The regulations will come into force in the season 2002/03. The new rules will seperate amateurs from professionals. Teams engaging a professional will henceforth be required to have a written contract with the concerned player, which will be at least of a year and maximum of three years duration. The player will have to undergo fitness and medical tests before finalising the contract. Also there will be regulations on players provided on loan. Under the new system the player will have to be taken on loan for the whole season and cannot be released after a short period. The rule says that a club cannot keep a player if he is not fielded for matches. Also a club cannot deny salary to a player by not playing him on grounds of injury. Also there will be a new rule on state representation, which will see players returning to their states to compete in the Santosh Trophy. The new rule will take into account the registration of a player at the age of 17. The AIFF is also set to introduce a player's passport which will record the career of a player from the age of 12 until his retirement.
The other decisions taken:

  • The second Division National League will start on February 15, 2002 and will be played under a new format. The league will be held in three stages and states which have stronger leagues will be allowed to send two teams. The six zonal champions and four other seeded teams, to be decided by a second division league committee will compete in the second phase. The final stage will have eight teams in the final stage. Relegated National League sides State Bank of Travancore and Air India have been seeded directly into the final phase along with Dempo SC and Indian Bank.
  • Under-21 Nationals to be held in April 2002 in Mandya, Karnataka.
  • Women's Nationals will be held from February 15, 2002 in Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • India will host the under-17 qualifiers from May 5, 2002. Participating teams Maldives, Bhutan and India.
  • INDIA will host the under-20 qualifiers from July 10, 2002. Participating teams Krygystan, Tadjikistan, Bhutan and India.
  • The Santosh Trophy will be held from October 15 to 31, 2002 in Manipur.
  • The first division National (under-19) League will be held from November 10.
  • 29. December
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Rajasthan 0-3 Manipur - Goals: 0:1 Dijendra Singh (12'), 0:2 Hemin Guite (35'), 0:3 MS Genuius (37').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Kerala 0-0 Goa - Goals: none.
    Delhi Senior Division: Youngmen Club - Frontier Club
    Delhi Senior Division: Goans Sports Club - Tarun Sangha

    28. December
    6th National League - Goa: Vasco SC 1-1 Churchill Brothers SC - Goals: 0:1 Yakubu Yusif (37'), 1:1 Riu Wanderley Weis (90').
    Vasco SC held fancied Churchill Brothers to a 1-1 draw in a Goa derby in a National League match at the Nehru Stadium, Goa. Churchill Brothers took the lead in the 37.minute through a goal by Ghanian striker Yakubu Yusif and after that Vasco went into attack to equalise but only late in the match did the attacks bear fruits. Brazilian striker Riu Wanderley Weis scored the equaliser in injury time to make the Vasco fans happy.
    VASCO: Rogerio Ramos, Seby Dias, Sanjay Parte, Denzil Coutinho, Agnelo Colaco, Kashimov Avazbek, Satish Minz (Khogen Singh), Marcos Pereira, Peter Rodrigues (CV Hemanathan), Agnelo Gomes (Daniel Colaco), Rui Wanderly Weis.
    CHURCHILL: Edward Ansah, Rajesh Meetei, Francis Coelho, Osumanu Husseini, Jaspreet Singh (Denzil Ferrao), Ratan Singh, Aqeel Ansari (Tejinder Kumar), Noel Wilson, Roque Barreto, Abdul Ganiyu Saley, Yakubu Yusif.

    Delhi Senior Division: Shahdara Club 0-0 Garhwal Heroes

    27. December
    6th National League - Kochi: FC Kochin 0-2 Indian Telephone Industries - Goals: 0:1,0:2 Kenneth Onu (62',65')
    FC Kochin remained winless in the National League after their 0-2 defeat at the hands of ITI, Bangalore at the Nehru Stadium, Kochi. The hero of the day for the Telephonemen was Nigerian striker Kenneth Onu, who scored both goals in quick succession in the second half. The win for ITI was even more memorable, as it was their first win of this National League and just a few days ago Krishnaji Rao had replaced Mohammed Habib as coach.

    6th National League - Goa: Salgaocar SC 2-0 Punjab Police - Goals: 1:0 Eugene Gray (44'), 2:0 Bruno Coutinho (71').
    Salgaocar SC returned to winning ways in the National League with a 2-0 victory against promoted Punjab Police in the Nehru Stadium, Goa. Salgaocar scored on either side of the lemon break, through Liberian Eugene Gray in the 44.minute and substitute Bruno Coutinho in the 71.minute. For Punjab Police it was the fourth loss in their fourth match and it is already a fight for survival for them.
    SALGAOCAR: Kalyan Chaubey (Juje Siddi), Roberto Fernandes, Majekodunmi Bolaji, Franky Barreto, Bello Rasaq, Dennis Cabral, Eugene Gray, Dharamjit Singh, Alvito D'Cunha, Climax Lawrence, Glador Oscar Zaire (Bruno Coutinho).
    PUNJAB POLICE: Satish Kumar, Balwinder Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Sumit Balli (Gurbinder Singh), Gurjit Singh, Kuldip Singh, Gurpreet Singh (Jr), Harnek Singh (Gurpreet Singh, Sr), Gurinder Pal Singh, Sher Singh (Manjinder Singh), Praveen Kumar.

    6th National League - Bangalore: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited 3-1 Mohun Bagan AC - Goals: 1:0 Rajendra Prasad (18'), 2:0,3:1 Raja Baliev Nurlan (29',90'), 2:1 Jose Barreto (35').
    Newly promoted HAL created one of the biggest ever upsets in the history of the National League by beating Calcutta giants Mohun Bagan 3-1 at the Bangalore Football Stadium. HAL went into the lead through a Rajendra Prasad header of a cross from Sunil Kumar in the 20.minute. HAL consolidated its lead after a corner from Gregory Clark in the 29.minute, when Bagan keeper Rajat Ghosh Dastidar fumbled the ball and Kyrgystan striker Raja Baliev Nurlan headed the ball in. Bagan reduced the deficit through Brazilian star Jose Barreto in the 35.minute through a header after Seriki had played the ball onto the crossbar. In the reminder of the match Mohun Bagan tried hard to get the equaliser but that was not to be and then in injury time Nurlan scored his second and HAL's third to seal the victory.
    HAL: Gumpe Rime, Santhosh Kiran, Parmeswaran, Sunil Kumar, Gnanaprakash, Sunil Kumar, Gregory Clarke (Jaiker), Kenathbeck Mamatov, Rajendra Prasad, Dayananda, Raja Baliev Nurlan.
    MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Dulal Biswas, Hussain Mustafi, (Abdul Wastu Saliu, Amar Ganguly), Amauri da Silva, Lolendra Singh, James Singh, Basudeb Mondal, Debjit Ghosh, RC Prakash (Uday Konar), Jose Barreto, Abdulatif Seriki.

    6th National League - Calcutta: East Bengal Club 2-1 JCT Mills - Goals: 0:1 Hardip Singh Saini (17'), 1:1 Omolaja Olalekan (23'), 2:1 Dipendu Biswas (68').
    East Bengal returned to winning ways in the National League with a 2-1 victory against JCT Mills at the Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta. JCT took the lead through a long-ranger from Hardip Singh Saini in the 17.minute, which East Bengal's Nigerian striker Omolaja Olalekan equalised six minutes later. East Bengal went ahead through a header from substitute Dipendu Biswas in the 68.minute but they could have won by a bigger margin had the strikers scored of their chances.
    EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee, Falguni Dutta, Suley Musah, Jackson Egypong, Ratan Singh, Isiaka Awoyemi, IM Vijayan (Chandan Das ), Anit Ghosh, Dipankar Roy (Dipendu Biswas), Omoloja Olalekan, Bijen Singh (Tushar Rakshit).
    JCT: Arvind Kumar, Ranjit Singh, Pawan Kumar, Balkar Singh, Daljit Singh, Stephen Abarowei (Sukhjit Singh), Hardip Singh Saini, Ram Pal, Hardip Singh Sangha (Jaswant Singh), Harvinder Singh Jr (Jaspreet Singh), Hardip Singh Gill.

    37.BC Roy Trophy - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Manipur 1-0 Kerala - Goal: 1:0 Nishal Thapa (15').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Quarterfinal League - Group B: Rajasthan 1-2 Goa - Goals: 0:1 Joe Rodrigues (4'), 1:1 Rakesh Kumar (47'), 1:2 Meviton Fernandes (90').
    Delhi Senior Division: Goans SC 0-1 Indian Air Force (New Delhi)

    26. December
    Delhi Senior Division: Mughals Club 0-0 Youngsters Club

    Note-1: Syed Nayeemuddin has been appointed coach for the first camp for the SAFF Cup to start on December 28 in Patiala. 37 players have been called for the camp but mainly junior and back-up players. The second camp will be of a shorter duration, when national level players will be choosen, all at the moment busy in the National League.

    25. December

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    Delhi Senior Division: Hindustan Club 6-0 Frontier Club
    Mumbai Harwood League - Super 5: Air-India 2-1 Bengal Mumbai FC

    24. December
    6th National League - Mumbai: Mahindra United 2-1 Tollygunge Agragami - Goals: 0:1 Akeem Abul Alem (20), 1:1 Mohammed Najeeb (54'), 2:1 Khalid Jamil (90').
    Mahindra United were lucky to walk away as 2-1 winners in their National League match against Tollygunge Agragami at the Cooperage Ground, as Khalid Jamil scored the winner in stopage time. Tollygunge went ahead through their lone striker Akeem Abul Alem in the 20.minute, their only chance in the first half and Mahindra needed until the 54.minute to equalise through striker Mohammed Najeeb. After the equaliser Mahindra had numerous chances to settle the match in their favour but when it did happen it was rather as surprise as it came so late in the match. Tollygunge goalie Sandip Nandy had a great day under the bar and he was well supported by his defence but due to the defensive strategy Tollygunge had to settle for the defeat.
    MAHINDRA: Virender Singh, Tapan Ghosh, M Suresh (Khalid Siddique), Anthony Pereira, Bernard Operanozie (Raman Vijayan), Habib Adenkule, Jules Alberto, Khalid Jamil, Shanmugam Venkatesh, Austin Okolo, Mohammed Najeeb.
    TOLLYGUNGE: Sandip Nandy, Reazul Mustafa, Amitava Chanda, Satish Bharti, Biswanath Mondal, Mehtab Hossain, Sandip Das, Khemthang Paite (Srikrishna Ghosh), Sasthi Duley (Subhasis Roy Choudhury), Adeola Adeyeri, Akeem Abul Alem (Prahlad Rawat).

    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster III: Tamil Nadu 1-2 Andhra Pradesh - Goals: 0:1 Alfred Tennyson (35'), 0:2 Mohammed Arif (65'), 1:2 Senthil Kumar (75').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster III: Maharashtra 0-2 Uttar Pradesh - Goals: 0:1 Mangleshwar, 0:2 Nitin Bist.
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster VI: Rajasthan 2-2 Madhya Pradesh - Goals: 0:1 Roopesh Kumar (18'), 0:2 Vikas Kumar (58'), 1:2 Irshad Khan (64'), 2:2 Sanjeev (66').
    Delhi Senior Division: City Club 0-0 Delhi Police

    23. December
    6th National League - Kochi: FC Kochin 0-0 Mohun Bagan AC - Goals: none.
    FC Kochin held their much famed Calcutta rivals Mohun Bagan to a goalless draw in a National League match at the Nehru Stadium, Kochi. Kochin put up a much better display than in their first two outings, while Mohun Bagan played their worst match of the short campaign. While Kochin's foreign recruits Seton, Shevchenko and Winners had a good outing, Bagan's star Brazilian Jose Barreto was off colout today.
    FCK: Ali Abubakkar, Martin C Mathew (Rajesh Pandey), Obinna Winners, Lionel Suresh, T Roopesh, Niyaz Rahaman, Mikola Shevchenko, Mohammed Shafeeq, K Noushad, Josiah Seton, VP Shaji (KM Sajeer, Sushanth Mathew).
    MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Dulal Biswas, Amauri da Silva, Hussain Mustafi, Lorendra Singh, James Singh, Basudeb Mondal, Debjit Ghosh, Jose Barreto, RC Prakash, Abdullatif Seriki.

    6th National League - Goa: Salgaocar SC 0-0 JCT Mills - Goals: none.
    In a match of former National League champions Salgaocar SC drew goalless against JCT Mills at the Nehru Stadium, Goa. The Punjabi outfit was the better team on display in a front of a good Sunday crowd but they were not able to score of the chance which came their way. Salgaocar also had their chances but it wasn't up to the mark for a team of their caliber.
    SALGAOCAR: Kalyan Chaubey (Juje Siddi), Robert Fernandes, Majekodunmi Bolaji, Franky Barretto, Bello Razaq, Dennis Cabral, Eugene Gray, J Muralidharan (Climax Lawrence), Dharamjit Singh, Alvito D'Cunha, Glador Oscar Zaire (Bruno Coutinho).
    JCT: Arvind Kumar, Ranjit Singh, Balkar Singh, Pawan Kumar, Daljit Singh, Sameer (Jaswant Singh), Hardip Singh Saini, Ram Pal, Hardip Singh Sangha, Stephen Abarowei, Hardip Singh Gill.

    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster I: Nagaland 1-1 Haryana - Goals: 0:1 Manoj Kumar (47'), 1:1 Vibeizotuo Solo (71').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Goa 1-0 Pondicherry - Goal: 1:0 Joe Rodrigues (17').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Karnataka 1-0 Chandigarh - Goal: 1:0 Clarence (74').

    Note-1: The AIFF has selected 37 probables for a national camp in preparation for the SAF-Games and the Pusan Asian Games 2002. The camp was originally scheduled to commence at the NIS - Patiala from December 22 but was postponed and now will be held from December 28 to January 15 at the same venue.
    The probables were selected on the basis of their performance in the recently held Santosh Trophy. None of the Indian internationals have been included for the camp as the National League is running at the moment. Since SAI has sanctioned the camp for 28 probables, the expenses for the rest of the nine footballers will be borne by the AIFF.
    The probables list: Felix D'Souza, Samir Naik, Wilton Gomes, Clifford Mirinda, Francis Andrane (Goa), Tomba Singh, Samson Singh, Narender Meetei ( WIFA), Sukhjit Singh, Jaswinder Singh (Punjab), Asif Saheer, Abdul Hakkim, Vinu Jose, Abdul Naushad, Binsiha (Kerala), Birjab Sheshkari, Tiaakum Ao (Assam), Vinay Singh, Parveen Arora (Delhi), Pardeep Indu, Sandeep Ghosh (Bengal), Narain Singh, Kiran Singh (Manipur), Gopi, Javier Vijay Singh, Mahendra Mani (Karnataka), VK Mishra, BK Deech, Abhyugobi Singh (Services), I Anthony, Syed Sabir Pasha (Tamil Nadu), Satish Bharti, Janak Basumatary, Kasif Jamaal, Surjit Tigga (Railways), Afroz Ahmed (UP).

    22. December
    6th National League - Goa: Churchill Brothers SC 1-1 Indian Telephone Industries - Goals: 1:0 Roque Barreto (48'), 1:1 Kenneth Onu (51').
    Churchill Brothers lost their points of the National League with a 1-1 draw against ITI at the Nehru Stadium, Goa. Churchill Bros controlled the proceedings in the first half but were unable to score. That changed in the third minute of the second half as Churchill Bros captain Roque Barreto scored with a right footer but the lead didn't last long as ITIs Nigerian striker Kenneth Onu equalised just three minutes later. After the equaliser both teams tried to score the winner but weren't able to.
    CHURCHILL: Edward Ansah, Francis Coelho, Mahesh Gawli (Denzil Ferrao), Osumanu Husseini, Rajesh Meetei, Aqeel Ansari, Tejinder Kumar, Noel Wilson, Roque Barreto, Abdul Saley, Peter Mascarenhas (Francis Silveira).
    ITI: N Balaji, Syed Hussain (Amandeep Singh), AS Firoze, John Ugwu, CK Jiteesh, Trijit Das (Shamshi Raza), Mohammed Salissu, Dhanesh, Raghuveer Singh, George Ekeh, Kenneth Onu (Nitin Pradhan).

    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster III: Tamil Nadu 1-0 Maharashtra - Goal: 1:0 Sendhil Kumar (42').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster III: Andhra Pradesh 1-0 Uttar Pradesh - Goal: 1:0 K Kiran (26').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster VI: Rajasthan 5-0 Himachal Pradesh - Goals: 1:0 Irshad Khan (15'), 2:0,3:0 Tasleen (?',48), 4:0,5:0 Govind (58',70').

    21. December
    6th National League - Mumbai: Mahindra United 1-1 East Bengal Club - Goals: 1:0 Musa Isa Eroje (14'), 1:1 Omolaja Olalekan (80').
    Mahindra United held defending champions East Bengal to a 1-1 draw in a National League match at the Cooperage Ground, Mumbai. In a match which Mahindra should have won, the jeepmen opened the scoring in the 14.minute through new Nigerian defender Musa Isa Eroje. After that Mahindra controlled the match but didn't score of its chances. After Eroje, a superb new acquisition for Mahindra's, was substituted due to injury East Bengal's forwardline woke up and scored the equaliser in the 80.minute through Omolaja Olalekan. This saved the day for East Bengal.

    6th National League - Goa: Vasco SC 2-1 Punjab Police - Goals: 1:0 Satish Minz (15'), 1:1 Praveen Kumar (41'), 2:1 Rui Wanderley Weis (84').
    Vasco SC earned their first win in this seasons National League with a late winner by Brazilian striker Rui Wanderley Weis to be able to beat new entrants Punjab Police 2-1 at the Nehru Stadium, Goa. Vasco opened the scoring through Satish Minz in the 16.minute, which Praveen Kumar equalised in the 41.minute, while Weis scored the winner in the 84.minute.
    VASCO: Rogerio Ramos, VB Santosh, Denzil Coutinho, Agnelo Colaco, Peter Rodrigues, Santa Singh (Agnelo Gomes), Bhola Dey (Sanjay Patre), Kashimov Avazbek, Satish Minz, Marcos Pereira, Rui Wanderley Weis.
    PUNJAB POLICE: Satish Kumar, Balwinder Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Sumit Balli, Gurjit Singh (Naresh Kumar), Kuldip Singh, Harnek Singh (Manjinder Singh), Gurpreet Singh (Gurbinder Singh), Gurinder Pal Singh, Sher Singh, Praveen Kumar.

    6th National League - Bangalore: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited 0-0 Tollygunge Agragami - Goals: none.
    Only three days ago HAL dished out a superb performance in the victory against Salgaocar but today against Tollygunge Agragami they were lucky to get away with a draw in a National League match at the Bangalore Football Stadium. Tollygunge, to the surprise of the Bangalore crowd, was the better team today and after solid defending in the first half they went into the offensive gear. The best chance came of Nigerian striker Akeem in the 68.minute, when his header hit the crossbar.

    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster I: Meghalaya 3-0 Haryana - Goals: 1:0 Shakkan Mingap (17'), 2:0 Diboklang Kharpren, 3:0 Building Pynglope.
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Goa 1-0 Chandigarh - Goal: 1:0 Irenio Fernandes (5').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Delhi 4-0 Pondicherry - Goals: 1:0 Parminder Singh (39'), 2:0 G Ninja Kubui (43'), 3:0 Christopher D'Costa (54'), 4:0 Ravinder Mohan Bist (59').

    20. December
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster III: Tamil Nadu 3-0 Uttar Pradesh - Goals: 1:0,2:0 Senthil Kumar, 3:0 Satish Kumar (79').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster III: Maharashtra 1-1 Andhra Pradesh - Goals: 0:1 Vaibhav Kadam (4' - own goal), 1:1 Abhishek Yadav (14').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster VI: Madhya Pradesh 3-0 Himachal Pradesh - Goals: 1:0 Dhiraj Mathuria (24'), 2:0 Ibrahim Box (25'), 3:0 Shailendra (38').

    Note-1: Today the Delhi Soccer Association released a revised schedule for the Delhi Senior Division league. The preliminary league begins on December 24, will be completed before the Durand Cup, while the Super League would re-start after the Durand final on February 16. A total of 18 teams are participating in the Senior Division league. The teams have been divided into two groups and the top six teams from each group would qualify for the super league.
    Groupings: Group A: Hindustan Club, Youngmen Club, Shastri Club, Moonlight Club, City Club, Delhi Police, New Delhi Heroes, Frontiers, Collegians || Group B: Indian National FC, Shahdara FC, Tarun Sangha, India Air Force (New Delhi), Mughals, Youngsters, Garhwal Heroes, Goans SC, Jat Heroes.

    Note-2: In a turnaround, manager of the Delhi team, Nagendra Singh, withdrew the written protest filed against the Goa team for allegedly fielding overage players. In a letter to the organisers, he apologised for the inconveniences caused.
    The Goa FA meanwhile has send its executive member, Jaju Fernandes with the original certificates of the Goa under-19 football players participating in the national junior football championship to Jaipur.

    19. December
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster I: Kerala 2-2 Meghalaya - Goals: 1:0,2:1 M Dileep (1',54'), 1:1 Perry (21'), 2:2 William Umwi (77').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Karnataka 1-0 Delhi - Goal: 1:0 Senthil Kumar.
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Pondicherry 1-1 Chandigarh

    Note-1: Bengal Mumbai FC might be in for a change in the position of coaching. Jamshed Nassiri, the former Iranian star of the Calcutta Maidan is likely to end his association with BMFC after four years, in which the club has been unable to get the self set target of getting promoted into the National League.
    Former India and Mahindras coach Dereck D'Souza as been appointed as technical director but he will not become coach due to lack of time. Likely replacements of Nassiri are either Calcutta Port Trust coach Johar Das or former India goalkeeper Bandya Kadke but so far Nassir has not been fired by BMFC nor has he stepped down.

    Note-2: The controversy over the age of some members of Goa team has marred the Junior National Football Championship in Jaipur. Interestingly, the reply from the chief co-ordinator of the championship, Hardev Jadeja, has done little to solve the matter. In fact, it has added further to the controversy .Delhi had filed a complaint on Tuesday, soon after their match against Goa, saying several Goa players are over aged. In fact, the decision of disciplinary committee has raised the issue whether the AIFF has two sets of norms - one for the states belonging to powerful officials of AIFF and the other for the smaller units. The organising committee has asked Goa to provide original birth certificates of its players by December 23.

    18. December
    6th National League - Bangalore: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited 2-1 Salgaocar SC - Goals: 1:0,2:1 Raja Baliev Nurlan (60',77'), 1:1 Dennis Cabral (66'). Two goals by Kyrgystan import Raja Baliev Nurlan helped debutants Hindustan Aeronautics Limited beat former champions Salgaocar 2-1 at the Bangalore Football Stadium. In a match which could have gone either way, HAL keeper Gumpe Rime saved a penalty from Dharamjit Singh by diving to his left at the stroke of halftime. HAL went ahead through Nurlan in the 60.minute, Dennis Cabral equalised just six minutes later but the decider was left again to Nurlan, who made it a successful NFL home debut for HAL.

    6th National League - Kochin: FC Kochin 1-1 JCT Mills - Goals: 0:1 Hardip Singh Sangha (17'), 1:1 VP Shaji (53').
    In a National League match FC Kochin played a 1-1 draw against JCT Mills at the Nehru Stadium, Kochin. JCT went ahead through a freekick from Hardip Singh Sangha in the 17.minute, while VP Shaji equalised for Kochin in the 53.minute.
    FCK: Ali Abubakker, T Roopesh, Obinna Winners, L Suresh, Niaz Rahman, Jamshed Khan (E Mohammed, Suresh Babu), Mikola Shevchenko, K Noushad, Mohammed Shafeeq, VP Shaji (Sushanth Mathew).
    JCT: Arvind Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Balkar Singh, Pawan Kumar, Daljit Singh, Stephen Abarowei, Hardip Singh Saini, Ram Pal, Hardip Singh Sangha, Harvinder Singh Jr, Sukhjit Singh.

    Mumbai Harwood League - Super 5: Central Railway 0-0 Western Railway

    Note-1: The Indian Olympic Association has once again left out football from the 25 preferred disciplines list for the 2002 Asian Games to be held in Pusan, South Korea which was released by Minister of Sports, Ms. Uma Bharti.
    It is scandalous in my opinion that the IOA and the sports ministry have left out football from the, as they call it, preferred disciplines list. The list contains numerous sports which if football is left out, should also not feature in the list. & what is the criteria of this assessment???

    17. December
    6th National League - Mumbai: Mahindra United 2-0 Vasco SC - Goals: 1:0 Austin Akolo (10'), 2:0 Bala Usman (54').
    Mahindra United had reasons to smile despite a hard-earned, almost scrappy 2-0 victory over Vasco SC in a National League match at the Cooperage. Besides the three points, the other positive aspect was the successful debut performance of the three new Nigerians - Austin Akolo, Bala Usman and Musa Eroje. The strikers Austin Akolo in the first half and Bala Usman in the second half got on the score sheet, while Musa Eroje played a stellar role in defence. With these incusions Mahindra has become an even bigger threat for the other teams in the National League.

    6th National League - Bangalore: Indian Telephone Industries 1-1 Tollygunge Agragami - Goals: 1:0 CK Jiteesh (43'), 1:1 Pralad Singh Rawat (90').
    In a National League match at the Bangalore Football Stadium Indian Telephone Industries played out a 1-1 draw against Tollygunge Agragami. Wingback CK Jiteesh opened the scoring for ITI in the 43.minute through a fierce left-footer, while substitute Pralad Singh Rawat slammed in the equalised for Tollygunge Agragami in the dying moments of the match.

    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster I: Kerala 3-1 Haryana
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster I: Nagaland 2-1 Meghalaya
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Goa 1-0 Delhi - Goal: 1:0 Bernardo Pires (39').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Karnataka 3-0 Pondicherry - Goals: 1:0 Roy (46'), 2:0,3:0 Clarence (70',86').

    16. December
    6th National League - Calcutta: East Bengal Club 0-1 Mohun Bagan AC - Goal: 0:1 Jose Barreto (26').
    The brilliance of Brazilian Jose Barreto, the highest paid footballer in India at the moment and superstar at Mohun Bagan was the difference in an otherwise mediocre Calcutta derby. Jose Barreto scored the goal of the day in the 26.minute after a deflection from Nigerian Abdullatif Seriki. A worry for the Indian national team ahead of the SAFF Cup next month was the injury to Deepak Mondal, which will keep him out for three weeks. His replacement Ranjan Dey also didn't last the match as he received marching orders only 13 minutes after coming on.
    EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee, Suley Musah, Jackson Egypong, Deepak Mondal (Ranjan Dey), Surya Bikash Chakraborty (Ratan Singh), Isiaka, IM Vijayan, Anit Ghosh, Dipankar Roy (Dipendu Biswas), Omolaja Olalekan, Bijen Singh.
    MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Dulal Biswas, Amauri da Silva, Hussain Mustafi, Lolendra Singh, James Singh, Basudeb Mondal (Sumit Sengupta), Debjit Ghosh, Ajay Singh, Jose Barreto, Abdullatif Seriki (Uday Konar).

    6th National League - Ludhiana: Punjab Police 3-0 Churchill Brothers SC - Goals: 0:1 Abdul Ganiyu Saley (24'), 0:2 Noel Wilson (57'), 0:3 Somatai Shaiza (70').
    Punjab Police was again comprehensively beaten by superior opposition in the National League. This time Churchill Brothers won 3-0 at the Guru Gobind Stadium, Jalandhar with Gurinder Pal Singh being the main culprit as he caused two penalties for the Goans through handball. Churchill Brothers took some time to settle down and then opened the scoring in the 24.minute through Ghanian striker Abdul Ganiyu Saley. This lead was increased in the second half through Noel Wilson and Somatai Shaiza of the two penalties caused by Gurinder Pal Singh.

    15. December
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster I: Kerala 1-0 Nagaland - Goal: 1:0 Rajieve (56').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Karnataka 0-2 Goa - Goals: 0.1,0:2 Trenio Fernandes (64',73').
    37.BC Roy Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal - Cluster IV: Delhi 0-0 Chandigarh - Goals: none.
    Calcutta Super Division - relegation playoff: Food Corporation of India 0-0,5-4 BNR (after penalties) - BNR relegated
    Calcutta Super Division - relegation playoff: SAIL 1-0 George Telegraph - George Telegraph relegated

    14. December
    indianfootball.com has put together some specials for the just started National League:

  • A round by round review exclusively by Sunil Warrier. click here
  • Team lists of all 12 NFL teams. click here
  • Note-1: Referee Debak Guha passed away at a Calcutta hospital. He was 38. Guha, a bachelor, succumbed to severe burn injuries received on the night of December 4. A stove burst while he was cooking at a get-together near his home at Baranagar. A national panel referee for the last four years, Guha officiated in the under-19 nationals. He also did duty in two Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal matches. Out of action the whole of this year following an operation on his right heel, Guha was gearing up to return with the whistle.

    13. December
    6th National League - Calcutta: Mohun Bagan AC 2-0 Tollygunge Agragami - Goals: 1:0 Abdullatif Seriki (47'), 2:0 James Singh (50').
    Title aspirants Mohun Bagan opened their campaign on a winning note with a 2-0 victory against city rivals Tollygunge Agragami at the Saltlake stadium. The goals were scored in a three minute period early in the second-half by Abdullatif Seriki and James Singh after Mohun Bagan's star Brazilian Jose Barreto had done the spadework.
    MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Dulal Biswas, Amauri da Silva, Hussain Mustafi, Lolendra Singh, James Singh, Basudeb Mondal (RP Singh), Debjit Ghosh, RC Prakash (Ajay Singh), Jose Barreto (Uday Konar), Abdullatif Seriki.
    TOLLYGUNGE: Sandip Nandy, Reazul Mustafa, Subhashis Roy Chowdhury, Satish Bharti, Amitava Chandra, Mehtab Hossain (Ashim Biswas), Sandip Das, Adeola Adeyeri, Akem Abul Alem, Khemthang Paite (Sri Krishna Ghosh), Moses Owira (Sasthi Duley).

    6th National League - Ludhiana: JCT Mills 1-2 Churchill Brothers SC - Goals: 0:1 Osumanu Husseini (41'), 1:1 Hardip Singh Gill (55'), 1:2 Francis Coelho (75').
    Churchill Brothers started their National League campaign on a positive note with a 2-1 victory against JCT Mills at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. The Churchill Bros opened the scoring through a free-kick from Ghanian defender Osumanu Husseini in the 41.minute but JCT Mills equalised through a long-ranger from Hardip Gill in the 55.minute. The decider was scored by Francis Coelho in the 75.minute after a corner.

    6th National League - Bangalore: Indian Telephone Industries 0-0 Mahindra United - Goals: none.
    ITI held one of the National League title favourites Mahindra United to a goalless draw in their opening match at the Bangalore Football Stadium. The incident which led to the sending off of ITI's Zaheer Abbas and Mir Farooq Hyder was the most interesting one for the spectators, not speeking for the standard of the game.

    6th National League - Goa: Vasco SC 1-1 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited - Goals: 1:0 Peter Rodrigues (25'), 1:1 Sunil Kumar (36').
    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited started their first-ever campaign in the National League on a positive note with a 1-1 draw away against Vasco SC at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda. Vasco took the lead in the 25.minute through striker Peter Rodrigues but HAl equalised in the 36.minute through Sunil Kumar and held the upper hand in the second half and could have even won the match.
    VASCO: Rogerio Ramos, Sanjay Parte, Agnelo Colaco, Denzil Coutinho, Bhola Dey, Daniel Colaco (Santa Singh), Marcos Pereira, Kashimov Awazbek (CV Hemanathan), Satish Minz (Agnelo Gomes), Peter Rodrigues, Rui Wanderley Weis.
    HAL: Gumpe Rime, Santosh Kiran, Sunil Kumar, S Paramesh, Gyana Prakash, Kanatbeck Mamatov, S Sunil, Xavier Vijaykumar (V Jaikar), Rajendra Prasad, Norullah Rajabaliev, Jimmy Mulisa.

    Calcutta Super Division - relegation playoff: Food Corporation of India 0-0 BNR
    Calcutta Super Division - relegation playoff: George Telegraph 0-0 SAIL

    12. December
    6th National League - Jalandhar: Punjab Police 1-3 East Bengal Club - Goals: 1:0 Praveen Kumar (2'), 1:1,1:2 Suley Musah (20',69'), 1:3 IM Vijayan (89').
    Defending champions started their National League campaign in style, after an early shock goal by new entrants Punjab Police at the Guru Gobid Stadium, Jalandhar. Punjab Police took an early lead through Praveen Kumar's goal in the 2.minute. But after that is was East Bengal all the way, as the champions asserted their supremacy. Two goals from Ghanian defender Suley Musah and a late consolidation goal from India star IM Vijayan was all they needed.

    6th National League - Goa: Salgaocar SC 1-0 FC Kochin - Goal: 1:0 Glador Zaire (47').
    Salgaocar, who had lost both their matches against Kochin in last seasons National League, opened their account on a high note with a convincing 1-0 victory against Kochin at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. The goal of the day was scored by new Liberian striker Gladon Zaire in the 47.minute.
    SALGAOCAR: Kalyan Chaubey, Roberto Fernandes, Franky Barreto, Covan Lawerence (Akshay Das), Bello Rasaq, Dennis Cabral (Jos Esteves), Eugene Gray, Majekodunmi Bolaji (Bruno Coutinho), Dharamjit Singh, Alvito D'Cunha, Glador Zaire.
    FCK: Ali Abubakker, Martin Matthew, Obinna Winners, L Suresh, Md Shafeeq, E Mohammed (Jamsheed Ghan), Mikola Shevchenko, Josiah Seton, K Noushad, Niaz Rehman, VP Shaji.

    13.Asian Women's Championships - Group A: INDIA 3-0 Malaysia - Goals: 1:0,2:0 Sujata Kar (21',22'), 3:0 Shadokpam Shanti Devi (27').
    Junior Subroto Mukherjee Cup - Final: Government Boys High School, MIZORAM 2-0 Army Boys, Bangalore, KARNATAKA - Goals: 1:0,2:0 Danny (3',36').

    11. December
    Subjunior Subroto Mukherjee Cup - Final: St John Bosco Boy's School, Sohra, MEGHALAYA 1-0 St Ignatius High School, Gumla, JHARKHAND - Goal: 1:0 Baistarred Majaw (29').

    Note-1: Strata Sports Marketing, a London-based sports management group, have been appointed the marketing agents of the AIFF for all domestic tournaments but mainly for the National League. The AIFF president PR DasMunshi and Strata managing director Alamgir Kashmiri disclosed this today at a press conference in Delhi. Among other things, Strata would be paying a guarantee amount of Rs. 220 million in the next five years. The deal also makes sure that Strata would stand guarantee not only for the financially lucrative National League, but also for the 2.division NFL, Federation Cup, Santosh Trophy and the three age-group National championships.

    10. December
    indianfootball.com is offering a number of new features and specials! Here a list of the new features & specials:

  • we have opened our new section "indianfootball.com eMail interviews". The first interview is with Stephen Constantine, a serious candidate for the Indian national team coach job. click here
  • The SAFF Cup 2002 draw was carried out a few weeks ago. We now have a special on the tournament ready for you. click here
  • we have included in our download section, an Indian patch for the very popular computer football game FIFA2002. click here
  • Note-1: The world football governing body FIFA will be granting $ 400.000 for the construction of a full fledged "Football House" as the headquarters of the AIFF at Dwarka in the Capital, New Delhi. This was announced by V Manilal Fernando, the Asian Football Confederation vice-president and the FIFA Goal Project Development Officer at a press conference in the presence of the AIFF president Priyan Ranjan Dasmunshi and secretary Albert Colaco in Delhi.
    The grant is part of the FIFA "Goal Project", which would be in addition to the annual sanction of $ 250.000 being given to the AIFF. The yearly sanction will be utilised for the development of a training centre and hostel, adjacent to the Karnataka Football Association Stadium in Ashok Nagar, Bangalore.
    Fernando had been inspecting sites in Delhi and Bangalore for the project. Meanwhile, Das Munshi informed that plans for a National Football Academy in Delhi are afoot.

    13.Asian Women's Championships - Group A: INDIA 0-1 Thailand
    Calcutta Super Division - relegation leg: Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-1 BNR - with this win Mohammedan Sporting avoid relegation from the Calcutta Super Division.

    8. December
    Calcutta Super Division - relegation leg: Food Corporation of India 1-0 BNR

    6. December
    13.Asian Women's Championships - Group A: Chinese Taipei 5-0 INDIA - Goals: 1:0,4:0 Lee Ming-Shu (12',61'), 2:0 Liao Ying-Wan, 3:0 Huang Chun-Lan, 5:0 Lin Chi-i (85').

    Note-1: A sad story from England:
    The English football league on Wednesday apologised to Gurnam Singh, an Asian referee, after it was found guilty of racially discriminating against him and preventing him from being promoted to Premier League matches.
    In an 80-page written judgment, an employment tribunal in Birmingham found that Gurnam Singh had been the victim of racial discrimination and unfair dismissal. His lawyer said the football league, the National Review Board, which oversees promotion and demotion of referees, and two officials had been found to have racially discriminated against him, according to media reports. The football league said it would set up an international investigation in the wake of the Birmingham hearing.
    Gurnam Singh claimed he was continually overlooked for promotion to the Premiership, despite good assessment marks and a high position in the merit list of officials. Gurnam Singh, whose case was backed by the Commission of Racial Equality also said he had been unfairly dropped from the Football Association register of officials in May 1999 after 22 years in the job.
    The league was also found to have unfairly dismissed Gurnam Singh, 47, from Wolverhampton and he is set to win damages from the league after being overlooked for promotion, excluded from important matches and sacked.
    A hearing will be held in the next few moths to determine the damages which should be paid to Gurnam Singh, his lawyer said. Gurnam Singh a former non-league player, was one of three non-white referees across the professional leagues.

    5. December
    Calcutta Super Division - relegation leg: Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-0 Food Corporation of India

    4. December
    13.Asian Women's Championships - Group A: INDIA 0-7 Korea Republic - Goals: 0:1 Yoo Young-Sil, 0:2 Lee Myung-Hwa, 0:3,0:7 Koak Mi-Hi, 0:4 Kong Sun-Mi, 0:5,0:6 Cha Sung-Mi.
    Calcutta Super Division - relegation leg: Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-1 SAIL

    Note-1: The National League hasn't even started yet and already two matches supposed to be held in Calcutta # are in jeopardy. IFA officials have been informed by the Calcutta Police that enough personnel cannot be deployed for the December 13 and 16 matches in view of the Prime Minister's trip to Bengal. The schedules matches were Calcutta derbies between Mohun Bagan vs Tollygunge Agragami and Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal. IFA officials said the AIFF officials would be informed of the latest after a meeting with the police officials.

    3. December
    Calcutta Super Division - relegation leg: Food Corporation of India 1-0 George Telegraph

    Note-1: The 6th Assam Club Football tournament originally scheduled to be held from December 26 at Biswanath Chariali has been postponed due to the ensuing Assam State panchayat polls. Now the tournament will be held from January 5, 2002.

    1. December
    The AIFF has released the Indian women's national football team list to represent the country at the Asian Women's football championships in Taiwan. The captain will be Maria Rebello (Maharashtra)
    The squad: T Tababi Devi (vice-captain), C Binashori Devi, L Ronibala Chanu, Kumari S Devi, Geeta K Devi, S Chanu Rani, O Bembem Devi, R Sulochana Devi, S Shanti Devi (all Manipur), Rehana Khatun, Alpana Shil, Sujata Kar, Sayanti Nandi (all Bengal), Ranjeeta Mohanty, Samantaray Sradhanjali (both Orissa), Madhu Kumari (Bihar), Gurmeer Kaur (Punjab).
    Officials: Chief coach: Mr PK Kabui (Manipur). Assistant coach: Ms Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar (Bengal). Technical Director: Mr Birumal Sharma (NIS Patiala). Manager: Ms Juliana Colaco (Goa). Doctor: Dr SR Sarala.


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