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September 30
    RESULTS & NEWS

Mumbai Super Division: Rizvi Mumbai Muslims 3-1 Income Tax
7th NSF Martyr Trophy - Round 1: New Reserve YO 1-0 United Bros
7th NSF Martyr Trophy - Round 1: Chumukedima SU 3-1 Cahoot Forte Club

29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - NorthEast Zone qualifiers - Final: Assam 0-1 Arunachal Pradesh


September 29
    RESULTS & NEWS

61st Santosh Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal Playoffs: Chhattisgarh 1-1,2-4 Karnataka [penalties] - Goals: 1-0 Ramchandra Murmu (14'), 1-1 Nanjangud Shivananju Manju (45'+2').
61st Santosh Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal Playoffs: Delhi 0-0,0-1 Tamil Nadu [extratime] - Goal: 0-1 Raman Vijayan (108').
Detailed match information are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group A: Maharashtra State Police 0-1 Air-India - Goal: 0-1 Alex Ambrose (50').
MSP: Shitap Sudhakar; Vaibhav Kadam, Rajesh Jagdankar, Utpal Kadam, Santaji Chauhan, Santosh Telang (84' Datta Thorat), Faraz Sheikh, Parag Sawant, Pankaj Deshmukh (73' Vrushankh Wagh), Uday Badkar, Sandeep Badkar (50' Riaz Sheikh).
AIR-INDIA: Raju Ekka; Hamza Zaheer Abbas (78' Samson Singh), Uttam Leishangthem Singh, Nepoleon Singh, Santosh Koli, Subash Mondal, Gautam Debnath, Hringsolal Thomte, Javed Ansari, Paresh Shivalkar, Alex Ambrose (81' Noel Fernandes).
YELLOW CARDS: Faraz Sheikh (17'), Santaji Chauhan (39', both MSP); Alex Ambrose (26'), Javed Ansari (88', both Air-India).
YELLOW-RED CARD: Santaji Chauhan (88', MSP).
REFEREE: Walter Pereira.

Goan Professional League: Raia Sporting Club 0-2 Dempo SC - Goals: 0-1 Peter Carvalho (1'), 0-2 Anthony Pereira (46').
Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Peter Carvalho (Dempo).

Goan Professional League: Corps of Signals 0-2 Sporting Club de Goa - Goals: 0-1,0-2 MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi (55',65').
Hutch Man-of-the-Match: MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi (Sporting Clube).

Goan Professional League: Velsao Pale SC 0-0 Vasco SC - Goals: none.
Mumbai Super Division: Sea View SC 0-2 Mumbai Port Trust
7th NSF Martyr Trophy - Round 1: Meram SC 1-0 Rainbow SC
7th NSF Martyr Trophy - Round 1: Botsa SU 1-2 Anchor Club

29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - NorthEast Zone qualifiers - Semifinal: Assam 3-1 Nagaland

::: New pictures from Calcutta and Mumbai online :::
IndianFootball.Com has added several new pictures to the Calcutta Premier League and the Mumbai Elite Division picture galleries!
IFC's Mumbai-based editor Sujay Sharma attended todays Mumbai Elite Division match Maharashtra State Police vs Air-India, while our friends at kolkatafootball.com passed on some pictures of the Mohun Bagan AC vs East Bengal Club clash earlier this week!
Go here for Mumbai Football League pictures
Go here for Calcutta Premier League pictures

::: Goa U21 squad for Lusofonia Games announced. :::
The Goa Fa has named their final squad for the 1st Lusofonia Games (Games for the former Portuguese colonies) to be held in Macau next month. The Goa U21 team has been undergoing preparations under Portuguese coach Rui Manuel Pedro.
GOA U21: Goalkeepers: Gerard Francis D'Mello, Luis Xavier Barreto. Defenders: Denzil Franco, Philip Gomes, Rowilson Rodrigues, Raymond Marques, Samson Fernandes. Midfielders: Francisco Fernandes, Godwin Diego Franco, Cedric Fernandes, Cavin Lobo, Stanley Carvalho, Donald Rocha, Agnelo D'Souza, Quiterio Pango. Forwards: Wesley Coutinho, Milagres Gonsalves, Joaquim Abranches, Nicholas Rodrigues, Drupesh Desai.
Officials - Coach: Rui Manuel Pedro; Assistant Coach: Mauricio Afonso; Manager: Henry Brito; Physio: Dr Sachin Saren: Chef de Mission: Savio Messias.

::: PIFA ties up with Akanksha Foundation :::
The Premier India Football Academy has officially announced a tie-up with the Akanksha Foundation.
Official PIFA press release:
PIFA will coach young adults from Akanksha Foundation to become football coaches
The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of less privileged children, enabling them to maximise their potential and change their lives. Akanksha works primarily in the field of education, addressing non formal education through the Akanksha centre and also formal education by initiating school reform.
Premier India Football Academy (PIFA) Director - Nirvan Shah is a FA qualified coach and has initiated the FA coaching program in the football academy with great success to show from the results of the current MSSA football tournament.
PIFA runs 4 football training centers in Mumbai and believes that India's success in football will only begin from grassroot football training of children. They believe that the drive, passion and the hunger to succeed is in the less privileged children.
This partnership is ideal for the development of football as well as creating a job opportunity for these children.
Glenn Feranandes of Akanksha Foundation has quoted "we are very happy and interested in networking with an organization like Premier India Football Academy that supports football and basically supports the development of the young through sports."
PIFA will train talented young players form the Akanksha foundation to become coaches. These coaches will work for PIFA and at the same time work towards the development of Akanksha football team.
PIFA will also help with organising tournaments for the foundation, one being the Mumbai NGO football Tournament at the St Xavier's Ground, Parel.on January 7, 2007.



September 28
    IndianFootball.Com wishes you all a Happy Festive season on the occasion of Durga Puja!

::: IFC Feature Series on football Youth Development projects in India continues :::
IndianFootball.Com today continues it's Feature Series on football Youth Development projects in India, where we look at different projects across India. As part of the series we will bring you stories, interviews and more from these youth football projects.
At IndianFootball.Com since our founding, we have been an ardent supporter of the view point that youth development is the key to Indian football's future success. In keeping with our stand, we chose to be active participants in the development of football talent in India, rather than just objective, third party reporters.
IndianFootball.Com's Harmit Singh Kamboe conducted an interview with Swapneel Khare, the President and founder of Khare's Football and Rugby Academy, a project in Pune.
Click here to read the complete >>Swapneel Khare interview

Calcutta Premier League: Railway FC - Calcutta Port Trust SC = match abandoned due to bad light and rains
Calcutta Super Division: West Bengal Police - Tollygunge Agragami = match abandoned
Calcutta Super Division: Howrah Union 1-2 Calcutta Customs
Calcutta Super Division: Police AC 0-1 Peerless SC
Calcutta Super Division: SAIL 3-0 Calcutta FC
Mumbai Super Division: Central Bank of India 0-1 Central Railway (Mumbai Division)
7th NSF Martyr Trophy - Round 1: Pusolieba YS 3-0 Tuophema SU
7th NSF Martyr Trophy - Round 1: Alder College , Kohima 2-2,3-2 Spartan Club [penalties]

13th Upendra Nath Brahma Gold Cup, Kokrajhar - Final: Assam Rifles 1-0 Food Corporation of India, Guwahati - Goal: 1-0 Bindeswar Das (89').

29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - NorthEast Zone qualifiers - Semifinal: Manipur 2-7 Arunachal Pradesh

::: HC directs WIFA to leave Cooperage Ground open for the public :::
UNI report: The Bombay High Court has directed the Western India Football Association (WIFA) to leave the northern and southern sides of the on-lease Cooperage ground, open for the public except when a football or hockey match or a recreational or entertainment activity is in progress.
A division bench comprising Justices R M Lodha and S A Bobde were hearing a public interest litigation filed by Jamsheed Kanga, praying for the preservation of the Cooperage grounds, measuring approximately seven acres.
Of the seven acres, 30,000 sq yards has been leased to WIFA.
The court also held that there was no justification for closing the entry to the public.
The petitioner's counsel sought further time to amend the petition taking into consideration recent changes in the Municipal Corporation Act. The case will come up for further hearing on October 11.

::: 11th Assam Club Championships in November :::
The 11th Assam Club Championships 2006/07 will be held in Dibrugarh from November 8 with the champion clubs of all Districts FAs invited to take part in the Assam FA organised state club championship. Guwahati side Assam Police Blues will be defending their title.

::: Goa FA find sponsor for it's Third Division League :::
The Goa FA have found a sponsor in the UB Group's Honey Bee brand for it's Goa Third Division League. The deal between the GFA and the UB Group will work to promote football at the grassroot levels with the deal being worth Rs 300,000. For the first time the Honey Bee Friendship Cup champions team of Goa will be played out as the champions of the different regions of the state will fight it out for the title and also a place in the Goa Governor's Cup.

::: When Durga is nail, maize and soccer :::
IANS report: From wacky themes to the traditional, Kolkata's Durga Puja marquees this year are designed with pearls and footballs while the idols of the mother goddess range from the conventional clay ones to even of those decorated with maize corns and buttons. With novelty and bizarre being the buzzwords to pull crowds, organisers have run riot with new ideas in Kolkata. And vying with them are the old traditional pujas where auspiciousness is still the focal point.
With the beating of drums and crowds thronging the marquees, the four-day Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the Bengalis, begins in West Bengal Friday - the seventh day or Mahasaptami of the nine-day Navaratri. Festivities usually begin a day earlier on Mahashashti Thursday.
From themes like sand sculptures to havelis and hill stations, Durga Puja marquees in this West Bengal capital are vying to outdo one another in uniqueness and ideas.
In the puja on south Kolkata's Sarat Ghosh Garden Road, pearls have been used to decorate the marquee, known as pandal.
"The pearls have been brought from Puri, Orissa. We got the idea from a visit to Hyderabad in 2003," said the puja's organiser Rana Basu.
"The pearls from Puri cost one-fifth of what they do here," said Michael Bose, the brain behind the theme. His students are busy pasting the gleaming white orbs on Jamini Roy recreations, which have been printed digitally.
In Kasba not far away, a pandal is adorned with white sweet corns. Every part of the maize has been put to use after being treated with chemicals. While the raw corns are used to form the ornaments and sari border of the idol of Durga, the hairy ends of the corn have been used for the hair.
"We have used up 8,500 bhuttas (maize)," says a member of the club.
Despite India's abysmal world ranking in soccer, Kolkata is a city of football fever and one pandal in south Kolkata reflects that craze. At Deshapriya Park, the theme this year is a continuation of the World Cup frenzy. The pandal is decorated with footballs and nets. The ceiling of the marquee even reflects a football ground. A well-known Bengali song on football from a black-and-white film of actress Jaya Bhaduri will be played in the pandal. "We wanted to showcase the passion that brings Bengal closer to Brazil," said a member of the puja club.
In another puja at Chaltabagan in north Kolkata, buttons are being used to decorate the idols.
"We are using shirt buttons to depict the glory of Shiva. His tiger skin has yellow buttons punctuated by black ones," said Gopal De, an official of the Kailash Bose Street Sarbojanin Puja society.
While some pujas have called Bollywood stars like John Abraham and Nana Patekar to do the inauguration honours, one puja organiser in Behala has chosen to bring five-year-old Prince of Kurkshetra in Haryana instead. The boy had miraculously survived a fall in a 60-foot-deep well.
The ostensible reason for the organisers, Behala Young Men's Association, is the theme of its puja this year: children. "Prince was the best choice for this. His survival is a miracle. He is a child celebrity now," said one of the organisers.
While some chose unusual items to decorate the pandals or the idols, many chose to depict various other Indian states as theme or their and art and architecture.
A trip to Suruchi Sangha of New Alipore would take pandal hoppers to the hills, rivers and water falls of Himachal Pradesh. Here Durga has been modelled after a Himachali idol while the marquee looks like the temple at Chamba in the state. The compound of the pandal has been made to resemble mountains with artificially created streams and real pebbles and stones.
An old favourite theme of Indian temples is also in vogue. The Ekdalia puja of the Gariahat area in south Kolkata, organised by Congress leader and former city mayor Subrata Mukherjee, is based on the Khajuraho temple of Madhya Pradesh.
"Our lighting will add to the ambience of the puja and play a vital role," said Mukherjee.
In the much-visited Babubagan puja at Dhakuria, south Kolkata, the organisers have taken the Mangeshji temple of Goa as the theme this year and used plywood, cloth and fibre to recreate the structure. The pandal reflects the original temple structure with a natmandir (small temple) at the entrance, a Shiv temple beyond that and the main temple at the end.
Many puja organisers this year have even created websites of their pujas and held press conferences to give Power Point presentations of their creations and ideas. But theme-pujas apart, traditional pujas are also very much part of Kolkata this year too. Many puja pandals have been inspired by rural and tribal themes.
For the Kolkatans and the millions of visitors to the city, the puja days - September 29 - October 2 - will be a time when they are transported to fairyland.


September 27
    RESULTS & NEWS

61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VI Karnataka 4-0 Nagaland - Goals: 1-0,2-0,4-0 Sampath Kumar Kuttimani (35',53',74'), 3-0 D Raju (57').
61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VIII: Tripura 2-1 Uttaranchal - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Kiran Chettri (65',76'), 2-1 Rakesh Shah (83').
61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VIII: Tamil Nadu 2-1 Jharkhand - Goals: 1-0 Kalia Kulothungan (27'), 2-0 A Gestaf Antony (72'), 2-1 Lal Mohan Hansda (90+2').
Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

Mumbai Super Division: Rizvi Mumbai Muslims 3-0 Dena Bank
7th NSF Martyr Trophy - Round 1: Puliebadze Club 9-0 Elev Club, Kohima

::: India probables for Bangalore camp :::
The INDIA camp ahead the Asia Cup qualification match against Japan in Bangalore on October 11 will be held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore. 26 probables have been invited by national coach Bob Houghton to the camp, which will be held from October 1 to 10.
INDIA Probables: Goalkeepers: Sandip Nandy, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (both Mahindra United), Subrata Pal (Mohun Bagan AC). Defenders: Irungbam Surkumar Singh, Manju Nanjangud Shivananju, Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, Mahesh Gawli (all Mahindra United), Deepak Kumar Mondal, Sanjeev Kumar Maria (both Mohun Bagan AC), Anupam Sarkar (East Bengal Club), Samir Naik (Dempo SC), Narinder Singh (JCT Mills), Habibur Rehman Mondal (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Jo Paul Ancheri. Midfielders: Shanmugam Venkatesh, Steven Dias (both Mahindra United), Bibiano Fernandes, Alvito D'Cunha (both East Bengal Club), Mehraj Din Wadoo (both Mohun Bagan AC), Renedy Singh (JCT Mills), Micky Fernandes (Salgaocar SC), Manjit Singh. Forwards: Syed Rahim Nabi, Freddy Mascarenhas (both East Bengal Club), Baichung Bhutia (Mohun Bagan AC), Sunil Chetri (JCT Mills).
Chief Coach: Bob Houghton (England). Assistant Coaches: Stanley Rozario, Aslam Ahmed Khan (both Karnataka). Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Marcos Pacheco (Goa). Manager: Krishnaji Rao (Karnataka). Team Doctor: Dr. Manabendra Bhattacharya. Physical Trainer: Pradeep Dutta. Physio: Tapan Bhattacharya.

::: AIFF decides on uncleared transfers :::
The AIFF's Chairman of the Players Status Committee has decided on the following transfers are examining the provided documents and getting in the opinions of the other members of the Players Status Committee.

  • Nicholas Rodrigues (Sporting Clube de Goa/GFA to Mahindra United/WIFA): Inter-state Transfer cannot be allowed.
  • Jatin Singh Bisht & Arun Malhotra (Mohammedan Sporting Club/IFA to ONGC/WIFA): Inter-state Transfer cleared.
  • Altafuddin Khan (Central Railway, Mumbai/WIFA to Mohammedan Sporting Club/IFA): Inter-state Transfer is cleared.
  • Naseem Akhtar (East Bengal Club/IFA to Western Railway, Mumbai/WIFA): Inter-state Transfer stands rejected.

    ::: Dhorasoo suspended by his club PSG :::
    "Player of Indian Origin" Vikash Dhorasoo has been suspended by his club Paris Saint-Germain after he publically challenged coach Guy Lacombe. In an interview published by French newspaper L'Equipe last week, Dhorasoo disputed Lacombe's tactics after he was dropped from the professional squad and was send back to play for PSG's amateur team. Dhorasoo, who has not played in PSG's last four outings, said he felt humiliated and called the coach "a liar". If Dhorasoo has a future at PSG has to be seen.
    Dhorasoo has been facing hectic times after the World Cup. He first retired from the French national team and then wanted to release a copy of footage he shot of the French national team at the World Cup in Germany this summer against the will of coach Raymong Domenech and some of his former teammates.

    ::: Spanish football coach on hunger strike in Pushkar :::
    UNI report: A football lover and coach from Spain has begun an indefinite hunger strike in the holy city of Pushkar to get a playground registered in the name of his trust. His friend, also a foreigner, is supporting his cause by joining him in the dharna.
    John Manuel Rojas, a native of Spain and his friend Anthony have been teaching football to young boys from Pushkar and the surrounding villagers for the last four years. They are supposed to have trained around 200 youths and formed formidable football teams.
    Rojas has recently formed a trust Wege Pojo Rojas Padila Trust and has also signed a Rs 40 lakh contract for four bigha land, which he hoped to convert into a football playground.
    When he approached the sub-tehsil office in Pushkar for registration of the said land yesterday, he was told that no land can be registered in the name of a trust run by a foreigner, or any foreign organisation. A disheartened Rojas has vowed to get the land registered in the name of his trust and has gone on indefinite hunger strike since yesterday outside the sub-tehsil office.
    The district administration has informed the Embassy of Spain and the state government about the issue.

    ::: Goan tournament in Dubai :::
    An all-Goan football tournament, the third All Goa Inter-village Invitation Soccer Tournament, will be held at the Iranian Soccer Stadium in Dubai. The 12 team tournament, organised by United Goans and All Star Entertainment, kicked-off yesterday.
    Group A: Vaxim Divar, Fr.Agnel Pilar Emirates Flight Catering, Zuari, St.Estevam, Colva Jebel Ali Hotel, St.Anthony's Pernem.
    Group B: SFX Old Goa, CAC Cansaulim, Raia, F.C.Siolim, Aldona United, Morjim.


    September 26
        RESULTS & NEWS

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster V: Andhra Pradesh 4-0 Himachal Pradesh - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Ayaz Bin Abdul Haq (26',34'), 3-0 Syed Altafuddin Ahmed (38'), 4-0 Mohammad Fareed (87').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster V: Manipur 0-0 Chhattisgarh - Goals: none.
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VII: Orissa 0-0 Jammu&Kashmir - Goals: none.
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VII: Delhi 3-0 Railways - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0 Sunil Chetri (57',60',78').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Calcutta Premier League: Mohun Bagan AC - East Bengal Club - Goal: 1-0 Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve (49').
    Mohun Bagan AC defeated arch rivals East Bengal Club for the second time in the Sahara Calcutta Football League 2006 as a superb goal by Ndem Guy Kiyeck Herve in the 49th minute was enough to bring home three points for Mohun Bagan. The final outcome of the match was overshadowed by the controversial sending off of Mohun Bagan striker Baichung Bhutia and East Bengal defender Muttath Suresh in the dying minutes. In the 87th minute, Baichung Bhutia made a good run and had only the goalkeeper to beat but Rajat Ghosh Dastidar came up with a crunching tackle. There was an uproar from the Mohun Bagan bench demanding a penalty but the referee did not blow his whistle. Baichung Bhutia was furious and pushed Gurpreet Singh in retaliation. The referee awarded a free-kick to East Bengal which irked the Bagan players. Baichung Bhutia confronted the referee and was seen to tug at the referee's jersey. This led to his immediate dismissal and hell broke loose inside the Saltlake Stadium as Mohun Bagan officials went berserk and the crowd added to the commotion by throwing bottles onto the ground. Much to the amazement of the people present around the stadium, Baichung made his way to the Bagan bench and sat down completely disregarding the fourth official's instructions to leave the ground. The fourth official was heard to plead, "Sir, please leave the ground." As Mohun Bagan officials rained unprintable abuses on the officials, the matter was further complicated when East Bengal defender Muttath Suresh was shown his second yellow card of the match and was sent off as well in the 3rd minute of added time. The East Bengal players were confident that the red card was actually given to level things out but to be honest, the challenge deserved a booking. Amidst all the ruckus, the referee blew the final whistle and confirmed three important points for Mohun Bagan.
    The first half of the match did not live up to the expectations as inaccurate passes and wild shots were the only items on display. Marcio looked slow and far from 100% fit. Baichung showed some flashes of brilliance in front of goal but the overall progress of the match inspired somnolence rather than excitement! The second half, in contrast, got off to an electrifying start as Mohun Bagan took the lead through an Ndem goal. Lal Kamal Bhowmick threaded in a pass past Gurpreet and Ndem latched onto the ball at the edge of the penalty box. He followed up with a powerful shot to the far corner of the net that left Rajat Ghosh Dastidar absolutely helpless. Mohun Bagan missed an opportunity to move further ahead when a shot from Dulal Biswas from the right flank rattled the East Bengal crossbar. Dipankar Roy came on for the hapless Marcio in the 70th minute and should have grabbed the equaliser in the 73rd minute but his shot from point blank range hit Sangram Mukherjee's legs. Lal Kamal Bhowmick showed his lack of experience as he decided to do a solo act inside the East Bengal penalty box which denied an unmarked Dipendu Biswas a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
    However, all in all, it was an impressive performance from Mohun Bagan and they certainly deserved the victory. Whether they can still challenge East Bengal for the title remains to be seen. East Bengal are only 1 point ahead with a game in hand. Of course, East Bengal still have an important match to play against mutual city rivals Mohammedan Sporting.
    MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 28-Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda, 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria, 26-Mehraj Din Wadoo (81' 2-Bijay Basfore), 17-Dulal Biswas (86' 16-Goutam Debnath), 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 29-Chinmoy Sarkar, 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 32-Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Harvey, 15-Baichung Bhutia, 30-Ayan Chowdhury (64' 8-Dipendu Biswas).
    EAST BENGAL: 24-Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, 20-Vincent Brice Pires, 12-Anupam Sarkar (46' 27-Gurpreet Singh), 2-Muttath Suresh, 29-Soumik Dey, 3-Luiz Octavio De Souza, 14-Chandan Das, 30-Snehashish Chakrabarty, 5-Debabrata Roy (57' 23-Vimal Pariyar), 10-Mario Fernandes Tomaz (70' 6-Dipankar Roy), 19-Syed Rahim Nabi.
    YELLOW-RED CARD: Muttath Suresh (90+3', East Bengal).
    RED CARD: Baichung Bhutia (88', Mohun Bagan).
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Sanjeev Kumar Maria (Mohun Bagan).
    REFEREE: Debashish Mishra.
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: Subrata Das, Pradip Mukherjee.
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: Biswajit Guha.

    POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
    Carlos Alberto Pereira, East Bengal Club:

  • This is football. We didn't play well. So we lost the match.
  • Playing Marcio was a big mistake. I thought he was in a good condition but he was not.
  • I am not thinking only about this match but about the championship as a whole. If we manage two or three wins, we will be champions.
  • Anupam Sarkar was injured. He tried to continue but could not. Even Marcio was not well. So we had to change our formation and that was a big problem.
  • Winning the league is most important for me it is more important than the two Derby losses the supporter should be happy.
  • Of course, the league is still open. Any other team can become champions too.
  • Of course, I'm disappointed with the loss.
  • I never comment on the performance of the referees.
  • This defeat will certainly affect the confidence of my players.
  • My players will not be given Puja holidays. We will have training sessions during the Pujas.

    Biswajit Bhattacharjee, Mohun Bagan:

  • Not winning the league is a failure for me as a coach.
  • The officials and I had decided that the league would be a testing ground for newer recruits.
  • We had a setback with the loss to Calcutta Port Trust and Mohammedan Sporting.
  • Only since the last week, we could have two teams of 11 players each playing during practice.
  • Earlier, Atanu, Robson and I had to play in one team during practice.
  • I want to thank my players for today's victory.
  • We have two wins over East Bengal but not the league. The spectators may think that they have won the league but I have nothing to show for my efforts.
  • Amidst all the criticism, I told my players to keep their mouths shut and prove themselves on the field.
  • I want to thank the senior players because they have boosted the morale of the entire team.
  • The draw against George Telegraph was also a setback.
  • After winning today's match, I can say that I am free to smile. Otherwise, I would have been alone. I would have had to spend the entire Puja indoors.
  • I didn't think that my players would betray the trust I had in them and they proved me right. I want to thank them for this performance!
  • This was the worst refereeing I have ever seen in a match. The red card shown to Baichung was totally unjustified. It should have been a penalty for us. The referee should have been shown a yellow card for his decision.
  • Even after getting sent off, Baichung decided to stay on the field as the referee had not made a correct decision.
  • In the first leg of the derby, we were not prepared. Before today's match, we analysed each of their players. I think that helped us in today's match.

    Man of the Match Sanjeev Kumar Maria, Mohun Bagan:

  • This is my first Man-of-the-Match award for Mohun Bagan.
  • We had no other option but to win today's match.
  • All the players played well today. It was a victory for our team.
  • Marcio is a very good player.

    Match winner Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve, Mohun Bagan:

  • It was one of the best goals I have ever scored. I'm happy and satisfied.
  • I had no problem playing behind Baichung. It was a part of the team tactics and all players have to adjust to the position they are played in.
  • My goal was not a proof for East Bengal that I am a good player

    Baichung Bhutia, Mohun Bagan:

  • The red card shown to me was totally unjustified. There was no exchange of words between the referee and me. I know it was a genuine penalty.
  • It is very sad. Before the start of the game, I think it was decided which team would win the league. I am not saying who decided it; maybe God decided it. However, all the decisions in the league have gone against us.
  • People say that the condition of Indian football is bad. I think the condition of refereeing is pathetic. We do not expect favours from the referee but the refereeing has to be genuinely honest. I think referees from outside will help improve Indian football.
  • Actually, the league is already over. I congratulate East Bengal; they are clear winners.
  • If Bagan wins the league, it is going to be a miracle.
  • I was sitting on the bench after being sent off because if leaving the field after being shown a red card is a rule, the referee must also know what the rule is when giving that red card. But it was not a form of protest.
  • We played very well. Our defence was very strong. What was important was that we played as a team. Now, you cannot say that we had luck on our side.
  • There are two different tournaments - one is the actual tournament and other one is a separate tournament between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

    ::: Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal Match Preview :::
    It is the biggest football match in Calcutta, unsurpassed in the amount of passion and honour related to its outcome. Mohun Bagan take on league leaders East Bengal in the second leg of the Sahara Calcutta Football League 2006 at the Saltlake Stadium this afternoon. With the weather back at its sunny best and the festive season just around the corner, the outcome of this match is as important for the fans as it is for the teams concerned. After all, who wouldn't like to enjoy the bragging rights during the Durga Pujas?
    East Bengal are the runaway leaders with 22 points from 9 matches. Mohun Bagan are currently third with 18 points from 10 matches. So, if East Bengal can manage a win today, the title should be in their bag barring major hiccups. For Mohun Bagan, a victory is absolutely essential to have any chance of challenging their arch rivals for the title. In the first leg of the tournament, Mohun Bagan emerged victorious thanks to a first half goal by their inspirational striker, Baichung Bhutia, in a match that was otherwise dominated by East Bengal. East Bengal coach Carlos Pereira would like to set the records straight as it is certain that even winning the league title will not minimise the sorrow of losing to Mohun Bagan twice in the league. Mohun Bagan coach Biswajit Bhattacharjee will have to face selection problems as some of his key players are not available due to injuries and the exertions of the Santosh Trophy. He will also miss the impressive Dharamjit Singh who was sent off in the match against Mohammedan Sporting last Wednesday. With an interesting match in prospect, the stands are bound to be packed to the limit as the Bengali holiday season is already under way.

    Goan Professional League: Dempo SC 7-0 Velsao Pale SC - Goals: 1-0 Clifford Miranda (14'), 2-0,6-0 Anthony Pereira (18',48'), 3-0 Marcus Peixoto (4?'), 4-0 Peter Carvalho (4?'), 5-0 Climax Lawrence (45'), 7-0 Lester Mark Fernandez (87').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Lester Mark Fernandez (Dempo).

    Goan Professional League: Salgaocar SC 1-1 Corps of Signals - Goals: 0-1 Moiramthem Budhi Singh (79'), 1-1 Patrick Okonji Onyelo (90+').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Avijit Biswas (Corps of Signals).

    Goan Professional League: Vasco SC 2-1 Raia Sporting Club - Goals: 0-1 Agnelo Colaco (8'), 1-1 Henry Mna Ezeh, 2-1 Alvito Rodrigues.
    Mumbai Super Division: Mumbai Port Trust 6-0 Income Tax

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - NorthEast Zone qualifiers: Manipur 0-4 Assam

    ::: Football field a victim of PM's visit :::
    PTI report: Various sports organisations have voiced their serious concern over the damage caused to the lush green football grounds in Ludhiana for the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit scheduled on tomorrow.
    The local administration has dug out the lush green turf on the football ground to erect canopies and put up a stage for the PM's function.
    As if to add insult to injury to the youngsters and others who practice at the grounds, they have been debarred from entering the stadium due to the ongoing preparations for PM visit.
    "We are glad about the PM visiting our town but it would have been great if the organisers had cared to keep this event somewhere else. It disturbs the practice sessions," General Secretary of Judo Association of Ludhiana OS Negi said.
    However, the sole solace as viewed by a couple of sportspersons is the construction of public conveniences at the stadium.
    "I think it is an opportunity to renovate the public utilities in the stadium. It will provide public conveniences, water facilities and good seats to sports person, which have been ignored and pending for the last four years," a veteran sportsperson, Ashok Gupta, said.
    According to the sports fraternity for public meetings and similar functions involving VIPs in the state, they are numerous other places with ample space and playgrounds are not the only venues.
    What has irritated the local soccer players is that the destruction of football turf is a matter of shame since it is the single football field of international standards in the entire Punjab state.
    "The government must look at the sports person of the smallest countries, who bring Olympic medals and facilities provided to them. India stands nowhere in the sports arena. The sports persons are sentimentally attached to the football ground. The destruction will surely hurt them. There are other places to organise such events. I think sports person should protest and pressurise the government to recover the loss immediately," President, District Football Association of Ludhiana, Shivtar Bajwa said.
    It is said that it would take at least six months to restore the football ground to its original form.

    ::: 50 teams vying in 7th NSF Martyr's Memorial Trophy :::
    by Xavier Rutsa: 50 teams from Kohima, Phek, Dimapur, Peren, Mokokchung, Wokha, Zunheboto and Manipur will be vying in the 7th edition of the NSF Martyr's Memorial Trophy would take place at Kohima local ground from September 27 to October 28. The Championship is being organised by the Angami Students' Union
    The winner will get cash Rs.70,000 , running trophy and certificates; runner-up will get Rs.35,000 running trophy and certificates; losing semifinalists and losing quarterfinalist Rs.8,000 and Rs.4,000 respectively. The individual prizes of the tournament are: Player of the tournament - golden ball, cash award and certificate; Highest scorer - golden boot, cash award and certificate; Best goalkeeper; Best defender; Best midfielder and Best striker - a trophy, cash and a certificate each.
    Mr. Kuzholuzo Nienu, Minister for Agriculture, Printing and Stationary; and Lahuma, IAS chief secretary, will be the chief guest and guest of honour respectively in the inaugural function on September 27 at 12 noon at the local ground, Kohima.
    The inaugural match to be played between Puliebadze Club and Elev Club, Kohima, the organizing committee will offer free entry to all. Further all schools within Kohima town are requested to send their students to the inaugural function positively.
    Other Participating teams includes - Pusolieba YS ,Tuophema SU, Alder College , Kohima, Spartan Club, Merama SC, Rainbow SC, Botsa SU, Anchor Club, New Reserve YO, United Bros, Chumukedima SU, Cahoot Forte Club, St Joseph College, Tribal Spirit, Baptist College, Naga Hospital Colony, New Market XI, Yippee SC, Tsiemekhu Basa SA, United Haka Chedema, Chakhesang SU, D'Block XI, Kandinu SU, Victor Club, Khriekesa Club, Pavoma SU, Ehunu &Yikhanu SU, Kensubo Chabon Club, Junior Naga Boys, Paopong Club, Mission Hostel, Ziekezou SC, 90's Footprint, Kohima, Sendenyu Union Team, Puomai SU, Adroit Kohima , Tseminyu United XI, Exotic Boys FC, Maram, Fatio SC, LSU Wokha, Thoudel YC - Manipur, Dorians Dimapur, 21st Millennium SC, Lerie FC ,AKM, Naga Boys Club, Rangers SC.
    Meanwhile the Organizing Committee said that the tournament will be graced with the lightning of a torch on September 27 in a bid to promote and popularize the event vis--vis, introducing a significant impact of the tournament with a special addition.
    The torch will be lit-up at the NSF Martyr's Park by the resident of Angami Public Organization and subsequently relayed on to Local Ground, Kohima by the torch-bearers. It also informed that the following sports personalities will carry the torch through handing over the torch at different junctions as per this scheduled: Kenei Nakhro - Martyrs' Park to SKV; Roko Angami - SKV to War Cemetery; Vibeizotuo Solo - War Cemetery to MLA junction; Azo Sophie - MLA junction to Southern Gate (Local Ground); and Khriesaneilie - Southern Gate to Torch Stand. Finally, the lightning of the torch will be done by the Convenor of the Organizing Committee, Z Neikuo Lhousa. Meanwhile the organizing committee urged to all the public to bear with the inconveniences to be created during the relay of the torch, as vehicular movements will be halted for a while during the relay.


    September 25
        RESULTS & NEWS

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VI Gujarat 0-0 Nagaland - Goals: none.
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VIII: Tamil Nadu 1-0 Uttaranchal - Goal: 1-0 Raman Vijayan (56').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VIII: Jharkhand 5-1 Tripura - Goals: 1-0 CM Soren (5'), 2-0,5-1 Lal Mohan Hansda (18',88'), 3-0 Sakla Mardi (37'), 4-0 Dharmendra Deogam (51'), 4-1 Utpal Chowdhary (60').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Calcutta Premier League: Mohammedan Sporting Club 3-0 Eastern Railway SC - Goals: 1-0,3-0 Mike Okoro (3',67'), 2-0 Jamir Ali Mondal (45').
    MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Gopal Das (78' Nasibul Haque); Rajib Ahmed, Madhab Das, Anbalath Suliman Firoze, Habibur Rehman Mondal; Amjad Hussain (28' Jamir Ali Mondal), Subrata Guha (66' Subhashish Roy Chowdhury), Noel Anthony Wilson, Surojit Roy, Muttath Sudheesh; Mike Okoro.
    EASTERN RAILWAY: Tapan Kumar Karmakar; Babun Kar, Barun Kundu, Santanu Bit (21' Hemant Chetri), Bijoy Das, Niladri Shekar Chakraborty (45' Somnath Das), Pervez Alam, Subhankar Maity, Saikat Mondal, Samrat Roy Choudhuri, Henry Chukwukeri (71' Amit Das).
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Jamir Ali Mondal (Mohammedan Sporting).
    REFEREE: Kalikinkar Banerjee.

    Calcutta Super Division: West Bengal Police 2-0 Calcutta FC
    Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami 1-3 Howrah Union
    Calcutta Super Division: Police AC 3-1 SAIL
    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC 2-1 Calcutta Customs
    Mumbai Super Division: Central Bank of India 1-1 Sea View SC

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers - Final: Punjab 1-1,2-4 Chandigarh [penalties]
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - NorthEast Zone qualifiers: Nagaland 1-2 Arunachal Pradesh

    ::: Bollywood comes to Chelsea FC :::
    Chelsea Football Club are to play a leading part in one of the biggest Bollywood films of next year.
    The double Premiership champions have teamed up with Yash Raj Films, the top production house of the Indian film industry. The film, Jhoom, stars two of Bollywood's biggest names, Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta (both pictured).
    Bachchan, a Chelsea FC fan in real life, plays a character called Rikki who supports the club. The film is partially shot in London. His father Amitabh Bachchan, arguably Bollywood's biggest ever star, also has a cameo role. Priety Zinta, Bollywood's leading lady and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta all visited Stamford Bridge recently to attend matches against Charlton and Liverpool.
    Abhishek said: "The character I play in the film is a very loyal Chelsea fan. I have now had the chance to see Chelsea live after following them over the last few years and the club have given me a jersey with my character's name Rikki on it, so that was fun."
    "A friend of mine introduced me to Chelsea, I enjoy their football and the way they play. The Premier League is very popular in India and Chelsea has a huge support over there and it is growing all the time."
    Chelsea was approached by Yash Raj earlier this year with the story line for Jhoom which will be released next May. This could coincide with a possible Premiership "triple" if Chelsea successfully defends the title this season.
    Chelsea's Business Affairs Director Paul Smith said: "Naturally we are delighted to be involved in a Bollywood movie and we take it as a big compliment to be approached with this story line and to be associated with this calibre of actors and actresses."
    "Bollywood is not just one of the most successful movie genres in the world, it is also one of the most successful art forms as it has a unique character and popularity."
    "From a Chelsea perspective, we have been looking at ways to reach out to the Brit-Asian community and play a leading role by involving them more in football."

    ::: 29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy: Zonal Qualifiers found :::
    The winners of the three of the five zones where found over the last 10 days in the West, South and East Zone qualifiers of the U16 Nationals for the 29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy. The West Zone qualifiers where held in Betul, Madhya Pradesh and the hosts upset the more fancied Maharashtra and Goa. In the South Zone qualifiers in Nagarcoil in Tamil Nadu, the hosts just made it with a thrilling 4-3 win against Karnataka. Had Karnataka been able to score the equaliser then they would have moved on. In the East Zone qualifiers held in Gangtok, Sikkim the boys from Jharkhand where unchallenged with four wins from four matches.
    In today's final of the North Zone qualifiers Chandigarh defeated Punjab in a penalty shootout to make it to the finals. The only zonal qualifier left is the NorthEast Zone, where the winner will be decided by September 30.
    The eight team final round will be held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu from October 16.


    September 24
        RESULTS & NEWS

    On the occasion of the Germany premiere of the "Bollywood - The Show" musical we would like to officially announce the partnership between IndianFootball.Com and "Bollywood - The Show". The poster of "Bollywood - The Show" has been online at IndianFootball.Com for some time. Now you can also win tickets for the Musical!
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    Our IndianFootball.Com Team has not been covering matches in the Mumbai Football League and the Calcutta Premier League to get you detailed stats, match reports and further infos. Also pictures where taken as some matches. We have put some pictures online, more especially from Mumbai are to go online in the coming days.
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    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster V: Manipur 0-0 Andhra Pradesh - Goals: none.
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster V: Chhattisgarh 7-0 Himachal Pradesh - Goals: 1-0 Abid Khan (24'), 2-0,7-0 Kulwant Singh (35',88'), 3-0 Subir Maji (40'), 4-0 Tajuddin (42'), 5-0,6-0 Ramchandra Murmu (53',61').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VII: Delhi 4-2 Orissa - Goals: 1-0,2-1,4-2 Sunil Chetri (18',52',76'), 1-1 Antu Murmu (44'), 2-2 Manesh Mohanty (65'), 3-2 Praveen Rawat (69').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VII: Jammu&Kashmir 0-0 Railways - Goals: none.
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    58th Independence Day Cup - Final: Assam Police Blues 1-4 Border Security Force - Goals: 0-1 Gurjit Singh Atwal (18'), 0-2 PH Boy Singh (26'), 0-3,0-4 Gurjeet Singh (70',71'), 1-4 Madhusudan Hazarika (86').
    Jalandhar's Border Security Force won the 58th Independence Day Cup in Nagaon, their sixth overall title in the tournament in Assam!

    Mumbai Super Division: Rizvi Mumbai Muslims 2-0 Central Railway (Mumbai Division)

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Madhya Pradesh 1-0 Goa
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Tamil Nadu 4-3 Karnataka
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Sikkim 7-0 Chhatisgarh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - NorthEast Zone qualifiers: Meghalaya 1-3 Assam

    ::: India may be spared full Japanese artillery for Asian Cup :::
    PTI report: Still smarting under the 1-7 humiliation inflicted by Saudi Arabia in their last match, the Indian football team could find some relief if the Japan FA sticks to its stand of not including any Europe-based players for the remaining matches this year. However, what difference it would make to the eventual result of their match at Bangalore on October 11, is a moot point.
    Japan, who are the defending champions, have already qualified for next year's Asian Cup finals and JFA President Saburo Kawabuchi has said national team coach Ivica Osim was unlikely to include any Europe-based players in his squad this year.
    "I think Europe-based players believe that if they play regularly in their team overseas they will be called up for the national team," said Kawabuchi.
    He, however, said that JFA technical director Takeshi Ono would travel to Europe and see the Japanese players in action for himself and all call-up decisions would be based on his assessment.
    Nine Japanese stars ply their trade with European sides. They are Mitsuo Ogasawara (Messina), Masashi Oguro (Torino), Takayuki Morimoto (Catania), Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic), Koji Nakata (Basel), Naohiro Takahara (Frankfurt), Daisuke Matsui (Le Mans), Junichi Inamoto (Galatasaray) and Takayuki Suzuki (Red Star Belgrade).


    September 23
        RESULTS & NEWS

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VI Karnataka 0-0 Gujarat - Goals: none.
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VII: Orissa 0-1 Railways - Goal: 0-1 PV Vinoy (13').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VIII: Tamil Nadu 4-0 Tripura - Goals: 1-0 J Auxiano (22'), 2-0,4-0 Raman Vijayan (47',67'), 3-0 Kalia Kulothungan (63').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VIII: Jharkhand 1-1 Uttaranchal - Goals: 1-0 Budh Ram Soren (23'), 1-1 Rakesh Shah (61').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Calcutta Premier League: East Bengal Club 2-0 United SC - Goals: 1-0 Syed Rahim Nabi (54'), 2-0 Wajid Ali (68', own Goal).
    EAST BENGAL: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar; Vincent Brice Pires, Covan Lawrence, Muttath Suresh, Soumik Dey; Syed Rahim Nabi, Luiz Octavio Alvez de Souza, Chandan Das (68' Debabrata Roy), Snehashish Chakraborty; Freddy Mascarenhas (65' Mohammed Mukhtar), Ashim Biswas (32' Dipankar Roy).
    UNITED SC: Shibram Dey; Muzaffar Rehman, Sheikh Azim (32' Sajal Saha), Wajid Ali, Narugopal Hait; Ratan Das, Sankha Roy Chowdhury, Abhishek Aich, Crispen Chetri, Francis (61' Ashim Das), Georji Ventseslavov Bizev.
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: not handed out.
    REFEREE: Minangshu Bhattacharya.

    Calcutta Premier League: Mohun Bagan AC 0-0 George Telegraph SC - Goals: none.
    MOHUN BAGAN: Sangram Mukherjee; Dulal Biswas, 28-Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda, Bijay Basfore (46' Lorendra Singh), Manas Das, Gautam Debnath; Basudeb Mondal (55' Lal Kamal Bhowmick), Suman Datta, Surajit Bose (46' Baichung Bhutia); Dipendu Biswas, Ayan Chowdhury.
    GEORGE TELEGRAPH: Swarup Das; Sanjay Mallick, Gour Naskar, Shyam Mondal, Dipak Singh, Manik Burman (72' Sheikh Sanjib), Amit Biswas, Achintya Saha, Ashim Das, Gautam Thakur (88' Binod Mal), Bolwe Mputu.
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Shyam Mondal (George Telegraph).
    REFEREE: Kashinath Sen.

    Goan Professional League: Salgaocar SC 3-1 Dempo SC - Goals: 1-0 Jerose Oliveira (11'), 2-0 Rocus Lamare (45+'), 2-1 Peter Carvalho (54'), 3-1 Premjit Singh (74').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Bento Vaz (Salgaocar).

    Goan Professional League: Raia Sporting Club 1-3 Churchill Brothers SC - Goals: 0-1,1-2,1-3 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (24',68',81'), 1-1 Roque Barreto (52').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Odafe Onyeka Okolie (Churchill Brothers).

    Goan Professional League: Corps of Signals 0-0 Velsao Pale SC - Goals: none.
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Lalit Thapa (Corps of Signals).

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers - Semifinal: Uttar Pradesh 0-1 Chandigarh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Gujarat 4-1 Rajasthan
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Kerala 4-0 Pondicherry
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Orissa 3-2 Bihar
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - NorthEast Zone qualifiers: Nagaland 3-1 Tripura


    September 22
        RESULTS & NEWS

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster V: Manipur 3-0 Himachal Pradesh - Goals: 1-0 T Narender Meetei (14'), 2-0 Bungo Singh (31'), 3-0 Bijen Singh (90+1').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster V: Chhattisgarh 1-1 Andhra Pradesh - Goals: 1-0 Deepangshu Mazumder (18'), 1-1 Mohammed Quizar (43').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VII: Delhi 1-3 Jammu&Kashmir - Goals: 0-1,1-2,1-3 Ishfaq Ahmed (9',44',90'), 1-1 Trilok Singh Bisht (41').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster VII: Orissa - Railways = match abandoned due to heavy rain and wet ground conditions; to be replayed tomorrow
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Calcutta Premier League: East Bengal Club - United SC = match abandoned due to heavy rain and wet ground conditions
    Calcutta Super Division: West Bengal Police - Calcutta FC = match abandoned due to heavy rain
    Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami - Howrah Union = match abandoned due to heavy rain
    Calcutta Super Division: Police AC - SAIL = match abandoned due to heavy rain
    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC - Calcutta Customs = match abandoned due to heavy rain
    58th Independence Day Cup - Semifinal: Assam Police Blues 1-0 Royal SC, Guwahati - Goal: 1-0 Anuj Gogoi (74').
    58th Independence Day Cup - Semifinal: Border Security Force 7-0 Langsning SC, Shillong - Goals: 1-0 Santosh Kujur (16'), 2-0 SP Singh (35'), 3-0,4-0,7-0 Gurjit Singh Atwal (48',54',88'), 5-0 Banti Singh (67'), 6-0 PH Boy Singh (80').
    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group A: Air-India - Maharashtra State Police = match postponed

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers - Semifinal: Uttaranchal 2-2,2-4 Punjab [penalties]
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Maharashtra 3-0 Goa
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Andhra Pradesh 1-5 Karnataka
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Jharkhand 18-0 Chhatisgarh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - NorthEast Zone qualifiers: Manipur 2-1 Meghalaya


    September 21
        RESULTS & NEWS

    61st Santosh Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal Playoffs: Haryana 1-0 Meghalaya - Goal: 1-0 Pradeep Kumar (88').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal Playoffs: West Bengal 0-0,1-0 Services [extra time] - Goal: 1-0 Vimal Pariyar (120').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group B: Mahindra United 1-0 Akbar Travels - Goal: 1-0 Mohammed Rafi (50').
    MAHINDRA UNITED: Subhashish Roy Chowdhury; C Appa Rao, Othalo Tabia, NP Pradeep, Rauf Khan (73' Ujjal Ghosh), Samson Fernandes, Bhola Prasad, Sushanth Mathew, Steven Dias, Krishnan Nair Ajayan (90' K Karunakaran), Mohammed Rafi.
    AKBAR TRAVELS: Nisarulla Khan; Vijesh P Vijayan, Liliyan Kenneth, Anoop Kumar (46' Mujeeb Rehman), Salim Parrekad, Bijumon Kaiparath, Jobish Thuvashari (72' Abdul Ganiy), Sunil Kumar, Sumesh T, Jafar Illikal, Dhanraj Sumesh KR (88' Joseph Pereira).
    YELLOW CARDS: Sushanth Mathew (57'), Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (66'), Steven Dias (83'), Krishnan Nair Ajayan (88', all Mahindra United); Jobish Thuvashari (64', Akbar Travels).
    REFEREE: Walter Pereira.

    58th Independence Day Cup - Quarterfinal League Group B: Border Security Force 4-0 Royal SC, Guwahati - Goals: 1-0 J Ouseph (7'), 2-0 PH Boy Singh (23'), 3-0 Banti Singh (31'), 4-0 TK Srinivasan (72').

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Madhya Pradesh 6-0 Gujarat
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Tamil Nadu 4-2 Kerala
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Sikkim 2-0 Bihar
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - NorthEast Zone qualifiers: Tripura 0-2 Arunachal Pradesh

    ::: INDIA U20 camp in Shillong not going according to plans :::
    INDIA U20 national coach Islam Akhmedov is uphappy with the ways the local authorities in Shillong are handling the camp for his side ahead of the Asian Youth Championships to be hosted by India in October/November 2006.
    Akhmedov told UNI, "I am surprised to see the lackadaisical attitude of sports officials."
    The INDIA U20 camp has so far not been provided with a suitable football ground, so they are forced to train on an open space at the Golflink in Shillong. While one ground has been found unsuitable as it could cause injury, another ground is being used by the Meghalaya FA.
    Akhmedov had decided to hold a high altitude camp ahead of the tournament and preferred Shillong as he had had good experiences with his INDIA U17 boys team in 2002. The AIFF meanwhile had recommended Sikkim as the high altitude training venue.

    ::: Asian Olympic Football Qualifiers :::
    If the INDIA U23 Men's national team can beat Myanmar in the preliminary round qualifiers to be held home-and-away on February 7 and 14, then INDIA would be placed in Group F of the Second Round Group Stage. Seeded into the Group are Iraq, who were impressive at the Athens Olympics and North Korea. The fourth team in the group would be decided between Turkmenistan and Thailand.
    The 24-team second round qualifying, which has been split into six groups of four each, runs through February 28 to June 6, 2007, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the Final round which will be played in three groups of four teams each. The Final home-and-away round will be held from August 22 till November 21, 2007, with the three group winners representing Asia at the Beijing Olympic Games. China have automatic qualification as hosts.
    SECOND ROUND GROUPING:
    Group A: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Singapore or Pakistan; Group B: Japan, Malaysia, Syria, Hong Kong or Bangladesh; Group C: Oman, Lebanon, Vietnam or Afghanistan, Indonesia or Maldives; Group D: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Kyrgyzstan, Australia or Chinese Taipei; Group E: Iraq, DPR Korea, Turkmenistan or Thailand, Myanmar or India; Group F: Korea Republic, UAE, Uzbekistan or Tajikistan, Yemen or Palestine.

    ::: 28th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup next month :::
    The 28th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup will be held in the Himalayan state from October 5 to 12. The Paljor stadium in the capital Gangtok will host the tournament. The Sikkim FA hosted tournament will have Rs 300,000 as prize money for the champions and Rs 200,000 for the runners-up.


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    Calcutta Premier League: Mohammedan Sporting Club 0-1 Mohun Bagan AC - Goal: 0-1 Baichung Bhutia (8').
    Mohun Bagan AC drove the final nail into Mohammedan Sporting Club's coffin as a solitary goal from Baichung Bhutia in the 8th minute all but ended Mohammedan Sporting's title aspirations in the Sahara Calcutta Football League 2006. It was a great result for Mohun Bagan but was marred by the sending off of one of their best players on the field today. Dharamjit Singh raised questions about his temperament once again as he lashed out at Bijen Singh in the 90th minute and left the referee with no option but to send him off. There was a high chance of the match being abandoned after heavy rains lashed the city. A fresh downpour minutes before the scheduled kick-off left the pitch waterlogged and quite unsuitable for a game of football. Both sets of players wanted the match to be abandoned but the referee was determined to get the match underway. After a delay of about 15 minutes, the match finally started.
    The match started off at a clumsy pace but the players could not be blamed as the ground conditions hampered any form of football. The players were still struggling to come to terms with the conditions when Mohun Bagan took the lead through a brilliant goal by Baichung Bhutia. Dharamjit made a brilliant run down the left and sent in a cross for Baichung. A thunderous left footer from the prolific striker beat Gopal Das all ends up. The match was a struggle for the players and there was hardly any action worth noting. In the 20th minute, Ndem made a brilliant run down the left and crossed the ball for Dipendu but the Mohammedan custodian pulled off a remarkable save. Mohammedan Sporting seemed to lack an effective gameplan. They were too narrow for most of the match and Mike Okoro had to keep coming back to deeper positions to try and make a scoring opportunity. Ndem had another opportunity in the 86th minute when a thunderous shot from him was saved marvellously by a diving Gopal Das. Mohun Bagan created most of the chances. Eduardo (Du) came close in the 57th minute when his powerful header was cleared off the line by a vigilant Firoze. Ayan Chowdhury squandered a golden opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet in the 78th minute when he failed to score with only the goalkeeper to beat. Mohammedan Sporting had only one clear-cut chance and that came from an ambitious backvolley. So, all in all, it was a match that was certainly not a visual treat but it was three important points for Mohun Bagan anyway. With the return leg against East Bengal to be played probably on September 26, this win will certainly act as a morale booster for Biswajit Bhattacharjee's team.
    MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 1-Gopal Das; 6-Rajiv Ahmed, 5-Habibur Rehman Mondal, 3-Madhab Kumar Das, 30-Anbalath Suliman Firoze; 22-Surojit Roy (68' 29-Jamir Ali Mondal), 15-Douglas Silva Dos Santos (60' 9-Raman Vijayan), 33-Muttath Sudheesh, 19-Kalia Kulothungan (46' 8-Noel Anthony Wilson); 7-Bijen Singh, 10-Mike Okoro
    MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 6-Manas Das, 28-Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda, 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria; 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 32-Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Harvey, 29-Chinmoy Sarkar (75' 17-Dulal Biswas), 18-Dharamjit Singh; 15-Baichung Bhutia, 8-Dipendu Biswas (73' 30-Ayan Chowdhury).
    YELLOW CARDS: Madhab Kumar Das (24'), Douglas Silva Dos Santos (41', both Mohammedan Sporting); Nden A Guy Kiyeck Harvey (25'), Sanjeev Kumar Maria (63', Mohun Bagan AC).
    RED CARD: Dharamjit Singh (90', Mohun Bagan).
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Lal Kamal Bhowmick (Mohun Bagan).
    REFEREE: Udayan Halder.
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: Kalikinkar Banerjee, Barun Saha.
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: Sambhu Nath Shaw.

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    POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
    Subhas Bhowmick, Mohammedan Sporting:

  • We don't have any chance of winning the league now.
  • We dominated possession. How many times were they able to reach our penalty box?
  • Baichung Bhutia made the difference.
  • My team lacked wing play. I want some wingers.
  • I am not satisfied with the performance of Douglas.
  • Mike Okoro was frustrated with no ball supply.
  • I wanted to test some new players in the midfield.
  • I have no idea about the future tournaments.

    Biswajit Bhattacharjee, Mohun Bagan:

  • We should have won the match by more goals, at least four more.
  • We made several openings but those weren't fruitful.
  • The only chance they got was the backvolley.
  • I can't do anything about Dharamjit. We have already cautioned him but I can't say anything severe to him as a teacher.
  • We have to make some more preparations for the next match against East Bengal. Satyajit Bose is injured. Dharamjit will be suspended. So I have some problems regarding my squad.
  • I hope the referees favour us with their decisions. Referees cannot be neutral. That is why I'm saying that their decisions should go in our favour.
  • Lal Kamal Bhowmick has to be more serious.
  • After the heavy showers, we did not want to play. The field was waterlogged and the ball was not rolling. Even our opponents did not want to play. However, the referee wanted the match to start and so we had to play the game.

    ::: Mohammedan Sporting vs Mohun Bagan Match Preview :::
    Mohammedan Sporting will face Mohun Bagan today in the return-leg of the Sahara Calcutta Football League 2006. Mohammedan Sporting had beaten Mohun Bagan 2-1 last month in the first leg of the tournament. However, the circumstances have undergone a sea change since then. A week has not passed since Mohammedan Sporting suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of city rivals East Bengal. Today, they'll face an opposition which will be trying hard for full three points to keep their own title hopes alive. However, Subhas Bhowmick's Mohammedan Sporting must win today against Mohun Bagan to have a realistic chance of catching up with runaway leaders East Bengal who are three points ahead with a game in hand.
    Mohammedan Sporting's recent form hasn't been anything to write home about. They followed-up the lacklustre display against East Bengal with an appalling 1-1 draw against Calcutta Port Trust. Mohun Bagan had beaten the same opposition 2-1 ten days back. After a dismal start to their season, Mohun Bagan have won their last three games, including the much-coveted victory over arch rivals East Bengal. The morale of Biswajit Bhattacharya's men is at an all-time high and Mohammedan Sporting players will find it far from easy to outplay them. More often than not, these crucial matches are decided by matters of the mind rather than matters on the field. It will be evident today how good the coaches are in motivating their respective teams. Of course, for a match of this magnitude, a professional player should hardly require any extra motivation. It should be a thrilling encounter as a win is essential for both teams while a loss could be catastrophic. What drama will unfold at the Saltlake Stadium, only time will tell.

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group B: Union Bank of India 0-0 Mumbai Customs - Goals: none.
    UBI: Kunal Sawant; Rohit Kajania, Vijay Thapa, Asif Ansari, Shahabaz Patel, Dujon Koli, Avinash Puthran, Dhananjay Yesare, Nilesh Rao, Chetan Waghela (58' Sushil Kawde), Ryan D'Souza (89' Sunil Coelho).
    MUMBAI CUSTOMS: Sukhdev Ghosh; Hekmat Singh, Nelson Cardoz (87' Ajit Shinde), Jitin Sahi, Chandramurthy Bharti, Omkar Sawant, Nigel D'Souza, Jose Colaco, Ashish Bhoir, Nitin Shetty, Jinto Jose.
    YELLOW CARDS: Avinash Puthran (65', UBI); Ashish Bhoir (58', Mumbai Customs).
    REFEREE: Nagesh Shetty

    Goan Professional League: Churchill Brothers SC 1-0 Dempo SC - Goal: 1-0 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (45+).
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Khemtang Paite (Churchill Brothers).

    Goan Professional League: Raia Sporting Club 1-0 Salgaocar SC - Goal: 1-0 Santan D'Cruz (65').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Peter Pereira (Raia Sporting).

    Goan Professional League: Corps of Signals 0-1 Vasco SC - Goal: 0-1 Alvito Rodrigues (38').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Alvito Rodrigues (Vasco).

    58th Independence Day Cup - Quarterfinal League Group A: Assam Police Blues 3-1 Langsning SC, Shillong - Goals: 1-0 Ratul Barua (33'), 1-1 Barister Rimbai (34'), 2-1 Kunjoy Goyari (64'), 3-1 Subir Goswami (90+').

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Haryana 10-1 Himachal Pradesh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Uttaranchal 1-1 Chandigarh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Maharashtra 6-0 Rajasthan
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Andhra Pradesh 10-0 Pondicherry
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Jharkhand 7-1 Orissa


    September 19
        RESULTS & NEWS

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster II: Uttar Pradesh 1-5 Meghalaya - Goals: 0-1,0-3 Newan-o-Gathpoh (13',29'), 0-2 Marlanki Suting (22'), 0-4 Romeo Sukhlein (61'), 1-4 Amit Singh (76'), 1-5 Roland Pyngrope (80').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster II: Mizoram 5-0 Andaman&Nicobar Islands - Goals: 1-0,4-0 Sochungmi Releng (12',58'), 2-0 Jerry Zirsanga (25'), 3-0,5-0 Shylo Malswam Tulunga (29',63').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster IV: Chandigarh 4-1 Sikkim - Goals: 1-0 Sameer Singh (16'), 1-1 Tenzing Chepel (23'), 2-1 Bhupender Gosain (55'), 3-1 Harminder Singh (71'), 4-1 Karthik Bhardwaj (78').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster IV: Assam 1-1 Services - Goals: 1-0 Sanjiva Rongpi (62'), 1-1 CT Sajith (90+3').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Calcutta Premier League: East Bengal Club - Railway FC - Goal: 1-0 Ashim Biswas (58').
    EAST BENGAL: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar; Vincent Brice Pires, Gurpreet Singh, Muttath Suresh, Soumik Dey; Syed Rahim Nabi, Luiz Octavio Alvez de Souza, Chandan Das (79' Bibiano Fernandez), Snehashish Chakraborty (46' Dipankar Roy), Freddy Mascarenhas (46' Mohammed Mukhtar), Ashim Biswas.
    RAILWAY FC: Somnath Khara; Tapan Das, Sundar Mandi, Abhijit Dutta, Dipayan Majumdar (71' Hiranmoy Mistry), Bablu Banik (17' Dulal Patra), Sandip Karmakar, Tarak Nath, Biplab Naskar, Swarnava Barua, Sanjib Mishra.
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Syed Rahim Nabi (East Bengal).
    REFEREE: Subrata Das.

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group B: Akbar Travels 1-3 Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers - Goals: 1-0 Jobish Thuvashary (10'), 1-1,1-2 Lawrence Dias (13',53'), 1-3 Allan Dias (58').
    AKBAR TRAVELS: Abdul Salim (45+3' Sumesh Tachapilly); Vijesh P Vijayan, Liliyan Kenneth, Anoop Kumar, Salim Parrekad, Bijumon Kaiparath, Jobish Thuvashari (73' Nizam Meledath), Sunil Kumar, Binoop M Kumar, Jafar Illikal, Dhanraj Sumesh KR (67' Abdul Ganijj).
    RCF: Suhas Patil; Ashirwad Hedge, Baleshwar Sharma, Bhagwan Padhi (52' Sayed Rizvi), Monish Bhamre, Manoj Adhikari, Souvaid Ansari, Allan Dias (76' Douglas D'Sena), Sardar Ram Dulal (46' Prosenjit Barua), Shayresh Bawkar, Lawrence Dias.
    YELLOW CARDS: Sardar Ram Dulal (45+6'), Manoj Adhikari (80', both RCF).
    REFEREE: Austin Coutinho.

    Goan Professional League: Velsao Pale SC 1-5 Sporting Club de Goa - Goals: 0-1,1-2,1-3,1-5 MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi (21',51',59',86'), 1-1 Domingos Fernandes (31'), 1-4 Joe Rodrigues (71').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi (Sporting Clube).

    Calcutta Super Division: West Bengal Police 0-0 Howrah Union
    Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta FC 1-1 Police AC
    Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami 1-0 Peerless SC
    Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta Customs 2-0 SAIL
    58th Independence Day Cup - Quarterfinal League Group B: Royal SC, Guwahati 1-0 CRPF, Jalandhar - Goal: 1-0 Zenith Sharma (18').

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Delhi 1-1 Uttar Pradesh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Punjab 6-2 Jammu&Kashmir
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Goa 8-1 Gujarat
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Karnataka 13-0 Kerala
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Chhatisgarh 1-6 Bihar

    ::: Delhi name Santosh Trophy squad :::
    The Delhi Soccer Association has named it's state senior team for the 61st Santosh Trophy. India international striker Sunil Chetri has been named captain of the Delhi state team.
    DELHI: Goalkeepers: Ujjwal Baruah, Vikrant Sharma. Defenders: Pushpender Kundu, Sanjay Kumar, Prashant Jaggi, Bijendra Kumar, Manish Kumar, Manoj Joshi. Midfielders: Trilok Singh Bisht, Sumit Thapa, Mohammed Irfan Zuma Khan (vice-Captain), Arjun Pandit, Praveen Rawat. Forwards: Naresh Mann, Sunil Chetri (Captain), Sanjeev Sharma, Thoiba Singh, Ashish Ghildyial, Shervesh Supar, Anil Bara. Stand-by: Sujit Roy, Paritosh Sharma, Ishan Rawlley Singh, Amit Sharma, Adnan Rahimtullah, Shekhar Khanna, Bulbul.
    Chief coach: Anadi Barua; Assistant Coach: Krishan Avtar.

    ::: Andhra Pradesh name Santosh Trophy squad :::
    The Andhra Pradesh Football Association has named it's state senior team for the 61st Santosh Trophy. Striker Mohammed Quizar has been named captain of the Andhra Pradesh state team.
    ANDHRA PRADESH: Mohammed Quizar (Captain), Mohammed Ali, Mohammed Asif, Murali, Mohammed Aslam, Johnson Xavier, Aiyaza, Farooq, Roch Xavier, Altaf, Sailesh, Alfred Xavier, Akbar Ali, Ashok, Mishra, Shabuddin Quadri, T John Edison. Stand-by: Tirupati, Shamson.
    Chief coach: V Ratnababu; Manager: S Sobhanraj.

    ::: Naga players to represent NorthEast in national SAI meet :::
    by Xavier Rutsa: In a rare honour to the State, Naga players will represent the Northeast for the first time in the All-India SAI Inter-Regional Football Tournament slated for September 25-27 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
    18 Naga boys from various parts of the State have been selected to play for Sports Authority of India, Dimapur in the Gandhinagar football meet. They will represent the Northeast Regional Centre, SAI; covering the states of Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. No players from Mizoram and Manipur are in the SAI team chosen for the national event. SAI Sub-centre, Guwahati is the only other team from the Northeast to compete in the SAI tournament. The 18 member SAI contingent, led by Bipul Kumar Ganguly as coach and O Chaoba Singh as team manager, will leave for Gandhinagar, Gujarat on Sunday night.
    "We are confident of doing well. The boys are in good form. Our aim is to reach the finals," SAI coach Bipul Kumar Ganguly told Nagaland Post.
    He said, "It's a matter for prestige not only for SAI, Dimapur and Northeast but also for Nagaland because Naga players are going to represent the region in the national championship for the first time. This is a golden opportunity for the Naga boys to show that they can also shine at the national level," he said. Mr. Ganguly also said Nagaland could produce talented football players. "I'm sure AIFF will one day choose Naga players to represent the country at the international level," he added. SAI official and team manager O Chaoba Singh said, "It's a good chance for the Nagaland players to showcase their talents at the national level."
    Eight teams will participate in the national level SAI football event at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
    SAI, Dimapur: Khanengoan Gonmei (Captain), Akhavi Shohe (GK, vice-Captain), Namdaibonang, Rokozhakho, Lipoksashi, Tiasunep, Keviheizo, Kavito Awomi, Kedithungbo, Benathung Kikon, Ireusing, Kaithungbo, Beseneituo, Chingwang, Khongjai, Kheshito, Sentimeren, Arock. Coach: Bipul Kumar Ganguly. Manager: O Chaoba Singh.


    September 18
        RESULTS & NEWS

    ::: Sudip Chatterjee no more :::
    Former Indian football captain Sudip Chatterjee died of a heart attack at the Kothari Medical Centre, Calcutta today. He was 47 and is survived by wife, son and daughter.
    Sudip had been a reliable defender in the 1980s. He played for both Maidan giants - East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, also represented Bengal in the Santosh Trophy before going on to play for India and even captain the national team.
    It is the sad end of another former Indian football captain. IndianFootball.Com's thoughts are with the family, friends and fans of Sudip Chatterjee.

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster I: Haryana 0-0 Bihar - Goals: none
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster III: West Bengal 5-0 Madhya Pradesh - Goals: 1-0 Avinash Thapa (9'), 2-0,3-0,5-0 Vimal Pariyar (11',34',66'), 4-0 Lalhmang Zuala (45+1').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group A: Bengal Mumbai FC 2-4 Maharashtra State Police - Goals: 0-1 Pankaj Deshmukh (37'), 0-2 Uday Badkar (40'), 1-2 Khalid Siddique (45+2', penalty), 1-3,2-4 Faraz Sheikh (56', 90+2'), 2-3 Nagesh Swamy (65').
    BMFC: Biswanath Bauri; Aloke Thakkar, Imran Javed, Reza Mohammed (46' Siddharth Srivastava), Naved Akhtar, KV Lalu, Nagesh Swamy, Shabab Athar (90+3' Atish Ruke), Khalid Siddique, Shinoj P Chandran, Mohammed Ali (75' Arshad Ansari).
    MSP: Shitap Sudhakar; Vaibhav Kadam, Sameer Sheikh, Utpal Kadam, Santaji Chauhan, Santosh Telang (76' Datta Thorat), Faras Sheikh, Parag Sawant (70' Ramdas Wagh), Pankaj Deshmukh, Uday Badkar (88' Riaz Sheikh), Sandeep Badkar.
    YELLOW CARDS: Aloke Thakkar (6'), Naved Akhtar (55', both BMFC); Faraz Sheikh (51', MSP).
    REFEREE: Victor D'Souza.

    58th Independence Day Cup - Quarterfinal League Group A: Assam Police Blues 5-1 Khidderpore Sports Club, Calcutta
    58th Independence Day Cup - Quarterfinal League Group B: Border Security Force 1-1 CRPF, Jalandhar - Goals: 0-1 Ajit Kumar Singh (53'), 1-1 Gurmindar Singh (73').

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Chandigarh 4-0 Haryana
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Uttaranchal 10-0 Himachal Pradesh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Madhya Pradesh 1-0 Maharashtra
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Tamil Nadu 10-0 Pondicherry
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Jharkhand 10-1 Sikkim

    ::: Air-India lift Aurungabad Mayor's Trophy; Paresh Shivalkar shines again :::
    Air-India of Mumbai continued their good run in the All-India Football Tournament in Aurungabad for the Mayor's Trophy, right uptil the end, winning the final 2-0 against JCT Mills of Phagwara. Once again, it were the goalscoring instincts of captain Paresh Shivalkar that proved crucial, as the left-wingers' goals in the 59th and 75th minutes sealed victory for the Mumbai NFL outfit. Thus Shivalkar finished with five goals in all in the tourney, and also bagged the 'Golden Boot' and the best player awards. Earlier on the 16th, the Mohun Bagan-SAIL Football Academy beat the Tata Football Academy in the match for 3rd place, 1-0, following a 36th minute goal by captain and midfielder Suman Dey. Bagan held on to their advantage depite playing the final 50 minutes of the game with 10 men.

    ::: Goa FA release schedule of Goa Pro League return-leg :::
    The Goa FA today released the fixtures of the Goa Professional League return-leg. Matches from Round 8 to 14 will be held from wednesday, September 20 upto December 3.
    Here the released >>Goa Pro League - Return-leg fixtures

    ::: Ernakulam have won Kerala U13 Inter-District Tournament :::
    The Ernakulam U13 boys won the Kerala U13 Inter-District Tournament today in a thrilling finale beating Malapurram 6-3 in the 70 minute match at the Aluva Municipal Ground.
    Here the complete results of the >>Under-13 Kerala Inter-District Football Tournament


    September 17
        RESULTS & NEWS

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster II: Uttar Pradesh 3-1 Mizoram - Goals: 0-1 Lalsangliana (48'), 1-1 Amit Singh (??'), 2-1 Pralad Singh Rawat (76'), 3-1 Jatin Singh Bisht (80').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster II: Meghalaya 5-0 Andaman&Nicobar Islands - Goals: 1-0 Roland Pyngrope (32'), 2-0,3-0 Rocus Lamare (56',67'), 4-0,5-0 Niwamo Gaiphoh (80',82').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster IV: Chandigarh 0-1 Assam - Goal: 0-1 Bulu Jindung (37').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster IV: Services 7-1 Sikkim - Goals: 1-0,3-0,6-0 Ngurneilal (3',21',44'), 2-0 Shaji D' Silva (11'), 4-0 Trvdaya Raj (22'), 5-0 Vivek Venu Gopal (39'), 6-1 Sanju Pradhan (53'), 7-1 A Thirunavakarsu (67').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Calcutta Premier League: Mohammedan Sporting 1-1 Calcutta Port Trust SC - Goals: 1-0 Rajib Ahmed (17'), 1-1 Pradip Indu (22').
    MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Gopal Das; Rajib Ahmed, Madhab Das (44' Anbalath Suliman Firoze), Douglas da Silva, Mir Farooq Hyder (62' Subhashish Roy Chowdhury); Bijen Singh, Debjit Ghosh (68' Kalia Kulothungan), M Sudheesh, Sheikh Shahnawaz, Mike Okoro; Raman Vijayan.
    CALCUTTA PORT TRUST: Sandip Guha; Rajib Ghosh, Rabindranath Karmakar, Chanchal Saha, Akshay Das (90+' Soumen Sarkar); Mithun Naha (62' Srikanta Das), Stanley Cyprian, Sanjib Santra (76' Swarup Dey), Pradip Indu, Shimanta Das, Felix Chimaokwu.
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Felix Chimaokwu (Calcutta Port Trust).
    REFEREE: Pradip Mukherjee.

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group B: Mahindra United 3-0 Bank of India - Goals: 1-0,3-0 Mohammed Rafi (36',45'), 2-0 Sushanth Mathew (39').
    MAHINDRA UNITED: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury; C Appa Rao, I Surkumar Singh, NP Pradeep, Rauf Khan (83' Keegan Pereira), Bhola Prasad, Sushanth Mathew, Lazarus Fernandes (46' Ujjal Ghosh), Steven Dias, Krishnan Nair Ajayan, Mohammed Rafi (74' Dane Pereira).
    BANK OF INDIA: Sanjeev Verma; Rateesh Chandran (46' Sanjay Hazare), Amit Yadav, Prakash Mehra, Irfan Sheikh, Munir Sheikh, Shahnawaz Ansari, Velu Karmagulam, Shankar Thakur, Harish Bhoir (66' Reegan Pitanbaram), Hasan Rizvi (70' Stephen Gupta).
    YELLOW CARDS: Krishnan Nair Ajayan (82', Mahindra United); Irfan Sheikh (27', Bank of India).
    REFEREE: Trevor Carvalho.

    Goan Professional League: Churchill Brothers SC 4-1 Velsao Pale SC - Goals: 1-0 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (20'), 2-0,4-0 D Raju (28',89'), 3-0 Nicholas Muyoti (33'), 4-1 Peter Rodrigues (90+').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: D Raju (Churchill Brothers).

    Goan Professional League: Raia Sporting Club 2-0 Corps of Signals - Goals: 1-0 Peter Costa (13'), 2-0 Santan D'Cruz (65').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Roque Barreto (Raia Sporting).

    58th Independence Day Cup - Pre-Quarterfinal: Royal SC, Guwahati 3-1 Assam State Electricity Board - Goals: 0-1 Zimi Singh (27'), 1-1 Abdul Khan (45'), 2-1,3-1 Aronjit Brahma (73',83').
    Mumbai Super Division: Sea View SC 1-1 Dena Bank

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Delhi 5-0 Jammu&Kashmir
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Uttar Pradesh 2-0 Punjab
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Goa 7-1 Rajasthan
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Kerala 0-4 Andhra Pradesh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Chhatisgarh 0-7 Orissa

    ::: Karnataka name Santosh Trophy squad :::
    The Karnataka State Football Association has named it's state senior team for the 61st Santosh Trophy. The team will be led by goalkeeper Gumpe Rime.
    KARNATAKA: Gumpe Rime (Captain), N Venkatesh, Sunil Kumar, Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, Pradeep, Raghuveer Singh, Chandrashekar, Sunil, A Xavier Vijay Kumar, Rajendra Prasad, J Muralidharan, B Prakash, Sampath Kumar Kuttimani, Jonny Freedy, Gyan Moin Thapa, D Raju, Satish Kumar, Arun Kumar, Einstein, Venkatesh.
    Chief coach: R Thyagaraj; Assistant coach: D Manivannan; Manager: Kantharaj.

    ::: PIFA & Nike tie-up for 2nd PIFA Skills Contest & the 3rd BCSSA camps In India :::
    The Premier India Football Academy, Mumbai and Nike India have tied-up which results in Nike Footballs being used for the 2nd PIFA Skills Contest and the upcoming PIFA-Bobby Charlton Soccer & Sports Academy football camps in India. The winners of the 2nd PIFA Skills Contest will get a full Nike training kit that would include jerseys, shorts, socks, boot, shoe, cap, bag and accessories.


    September 16
        RESULTS & NEWS

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster I: Bihar 1-0 Pondicherry - Goal: 1-0 Niranjan Kumar Patel (70').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster III: Rajasthan 0-8 Madhya Pradesh - Goals 0-1,5-0,8-0 Rahmat Beg (2',71',90'+1'), 2-0,3-0 V. Shibu (18',50'), 4-0 Praveen Nair (62'), 6-0,7-0 Suresh Rajak (73',77').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group B: Akbar Travels 1-2 Mumbai Customs - Goals: 1-0 Jafar Illikal (64'), 1-1 Hekmat Singh (70'), 1-2 Jose Colaco (79').
    MUMBAI CUSTOMS: Sukhdev Ghosh; Hekmat Singh, Jatin Sahi, Krishnamurthy Bharathi, Omkar Sawant, Nigel D'Souza (87' Vikas Mangela), Stalin Mathew (75' Sajid Ansari), Jose Colaco, Ashish Bhoir, Nitin Shetty, Jinto Jose.
    AKBAR TRAVELS: Abdul Salim; Vijesh P Vijayan, Liliyan Kenneth, Sunil Kumar, Salim Parrekad (80' Anoop Kumar), Bijumon Kaiparath, Jobish Thuvasari, Sumesh Tachapilli, Binoop M Kumar, Joseph Pereira (63' Jafar Illikal), Dhanraj Sumesh.
    YELLOW CARDS: Bijumon Kaiparath (65'), Sunil Kumar (77'), Binoop M Kumar (90+2', all Akbar Travels); Jinto Jose (55', Mumbai Customs).
    REFEREE: Manuel Pereira.

    Goan Professional League: Dempo SC 1-2 Sporting Club de Goa - Goals: 0-1 Joe Rodrigues (46'), 1-1 Joaquim Abranches (52'), 1-2 Dudu Macpherlin Omagbemi (87').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Philip Gomes (Sporting Clube).

    Goan Professional League: Salgaocar SC 1-0 Vasco SC - Goal: 1-0 Patrick Okonji Onyelo (80').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Micky Fernandes (Salgaocar).

    Calcutta Premier League: United SC 2-1 George Telegraph SC
    58th Independence Day Cup - Quarterfinal League Group A: Langsning SC, Shillong 1-1 Khidderpore SC, Calcutta - Goals: 0-1 Sudip Roy (3'), 1-1 Barister Rimba (27').
    58th Independence Day Cup - Pre-Quarterfinal: CRPF, Jalandhar 3-1 Tarun Sangha, Burdwan - Goals: 1-0 HS Jena (28'), 2-0 Dev Raj (41'), 2-1 SB Sarkar (57'),3-1 LR Singh (90').

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Chandigarh 7-0 Himachal Pradesh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Uttaranchal 3-1 Haryana
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Maharashtra 12-0 Gujarat
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Karnataka 14-0 Pondicherry
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Jharkhand 3-0 Bihar

    ::: Asian Women's Qualifying draw for 2008 Beijing Olympics out :::
    The Indian Women have been given a tricky qualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. India face South Korea, Hongkong and Jordan in the first round qualifying competition for the 2008 Beijing Olympics women's football tournament. The first round will be play at a centralised venue between February 17-25, 2007. Should there be no host for the group, participating teams will be subjected to playing home-and-away. The first two teams of the three preliminary round groups would move into the final round qualifiers, where those six teams plus Japan and North Korea would play in two four team groups to play out the two Asian qualifiers. China is qualified as hosts
    FIRST ROUND GROUPING: Group A: Korea Republic, Hong Kong, Jordan, India; Group B: Thailand, Maldives, Singapore, Vietnam; Group C: Chinese Taipei, Australia, Myanmar, Uzbekistan.
    FINAL ROUND GROUPING: Group A: Japan, Winner B, Runners-up A, Runners-up B; Group B: DPR Korea, Winner A, Winner C, Runners-up C.


    September 15
        RESULTS & NEWS

    ::: FIFA Women Rankings: INDIA down one place :::
    In the latest FIFA Women Rankings released today by the world football governing today INDIA lost a place to now lie joint 56th amongst 134 ranked countries along with Greece with 1443 points.

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster II: Meghalaya 1-0 Mizoram - Goal: 1-0 Rocus Lamare (70').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster II: Uttar Pradesh 3-0 Andaman&Nicobar Islands - Goals: 1-0 Mohammed Hadi Hassan Khan (12'), 2-0 Peter Siddiqui (63'), 3-0 Jatin Singh Bisht (89').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster IV: Assam 5-3 Sikkim - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Robijit Jigdung (5',14'), 3-0 Abel Sema (30'), 4-0 Birjab Mushahary (38'), 4-1 Bir Bahadur Pradhan (48'), 4-2 Chunku Sherpa (72'), 4-3 Ruben Rai (81'), 5-3 Akum Ao (90').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster IV: Chandigarh 1-4 Services - Goals: 0-1 MG Ramachandran (42'), 0-2 N Gerneilal (53'), 0-3 A Thirunavakarasu (63'), 0-4 Shaji A D'Silva (70'), 1-4 Deepak Hooda (89').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    47th ATPA Shield - Final: Kuki FC, Kohima 0-2 Assam State Electricity Board - Goals: 0-1 Birendra Narzary (5'), 0-2 Zimi Singh (75').
    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC 1-0 Howrah Union
    58th Independence Day Cup - Pre-Quarterfinal: Assam Police Blues 3-1 Balughat Town Club, West Bengal - Goals: 1-0 Anuj Gogoi (10'), 1-1 Swapan Hansda (15'), 2-1 Sanjay Brahma (64'), 3-1 Amulya Das (88').
    58th Independence Day Cup - Round 2: Royal SC, Guwahati 2-0 FCI, Guwahati - Goals: 1-0 Zenith Sharma (23'), 2-0 Khemrah Sang Aah (90+1').
    Mumbai Super Division: Central Bank of India 2-1 Kenkre Football Academy

    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Jammu&Kashmir 0-8 Uttar Pradesh
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - North Zone qualifiers: Punjab 1-0 Delhi - Goal: 1-0 Satpal Singh (85').
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - West Zone qualifiers: Madhya Pradesh 10-1 Rajasthan
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - South Zone qualifiers: Tamil Nadu 1-1 Andhra Pradesh - Goals: 1-0 Reegan (21'), 1-1 Rafeeq (46').
    29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (U16) - East Zone qualifiers: Sikkim 6-1 Orissa

    ::: Aurungabad Mayor's Trophy Final Line-up :::
    NFL sides JCT Mills and Air-India will face each other in the final of the inaugural Aurungabad Mayor's Trophy. JCT Mills beat Mohun Bagan-SAIL Football Academy 2-1 in the first semifinal. Indian international striker Sunil Chetri scored a brace in the 10. and 30.minute for the Phagwara Millmen. The Academy boys where only able to reduce the margin a minute from the end. Mumbai's Air-India meanwhile scored an easy 3-0 victory against the youngsters from the Tata Football Academy. Striker Samson Singh scored a brace, while Paresh Shivalkar scored the other goal.

    ::: Manipur name Santosh Trophy squad :::
    The All-Manipur Football Association has named it's state senior team for the 61st Santosh Trophy. The India U20 trio of keeper Gobin Singh plus strikers Ch Sushil Kumar Singh and Reisangmi Vasum could not be called-up due to the India U20 camp in Shillong. Seasoned striker Bijen Singh has been called-up as a replacement.
    MANIPUR: Goalkeepers: Lalit Thapa (NEROCA), S Narakanta Singh (Southern Sporting Union); Defenders: Irungbam Surkumar Singh (Mahindra United), Yulembu Raju Singh (East Bengal Club), N Samananda Singh (Sporting Clube de Goa), Benjamin Kamson (YWC, Thambalkhong), H Devan Singh (USA), Y Priyo Singh (Southern Sporting Union); Midfielders: Bungo Thokchom Singh, Chitrasen Chandam Singh (both Churchill Brothers SC), Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh (Sporting Clube de Goa), Potsangbam Renedy Singh (JCT Mills), David Kamson (Southern Sporting Union), S Manimohon Singh (NEROCA), Ninja Kabui (TRAU), S Manglemjao Singh (NEROCA); Forwards: Samson Kumar Singh, T Narendra Meetei (both Air-India), Mutum Bijen Singh (Mohammedan Sporting Club), Luminlal Khongsai (TRAU).

    ::: Airtel Corporate Futsal League in Bangalore :::
    The Airtel Corporate Futsal League organised by Bangalore-based SPT Sports ended last weekend after three weekends of action and 441 goals in total. The A Division title went to HP with 28 points from 10 matches closely followed by On Mobile with 26 points. The league title was decided in the final league match with On Mobile needing a win in their match against HP, but they could only manage a draw. Next in the table are Accenture (22 pts), Fidelity (19 pts), Airtel - A (17 pts), Progeon (15 pts), E&Y (12 pts), Metlife (9 pts), FCG (6 pts), Adobe (3 pts) and ING Vysya (1 pt).
    In the B Division TESCO and Genpact where tied on 15 points each, but TESCO topped the Division with a much better goal difference. Next in the table are Cognizant (13 pts), CITRIX (9 pts), Spheris (7 pts), RELQ (3 pts) and Airtel - B (0 pts).


    September 14
        RESULTS & NEWS

    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster I: Haryana 3-0 Pondicherry - Goals: 1-0 Habeeb Khan (10'), 2-0 Sunit Mishra (32'), 3-0 Praveen Arora (54').
    61st Santosh Trophy - Preliminary League Cluster III: West Bengal 8-1 Rajasthan - Goals: 1-0 Sasthi Duley (8'), 2-0 Suman Datta (15'), 3-0,4-0 Tarif Ahmed (26',34'), 4-1 Shakir Ahmed (42'), 5-1,6-1,7-1,8-1 Vimal Pariyar (47',56',66',88').
    Detailed match information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com SANTOSH TROPHY special

    Calcutta Premier League: East Bengal Club 4-2 Mohammedan Sporting Club - Goals: 1-0 Ashim Biswas (1'), 1-1 Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (5'), 1-2 Kalia Kulothungan (13'), 2-2 Marcio Fernandes Tomaz (19'), 3-2 Syed Rahim Nabi (32'), 4-2 Chandan Das (45+1').
    East Bengal Club defeated Mohammedan Sporting Club in a fiery encounter at the Saltlake Stadium today to attain pole position in the Sahara Calcutta Football League 2006. The events on the field lived up to all the pre-match hype as six goals were scored in the first half itself. The referee had hardly got the match started when East Bengal took the lead through Ashim Biswas. The first minute goal must have jolted the Mohammedan players but they returned the favour in style four minutes later as a Subhashish Roy Choudhury corner took a deflection and found the back of the net. The Mohammedan players had claimed a penalty prior to the goal but the referee had given only a corner. However, it did not matter in the end as the desired result was achieved. The match was progressing at breakneck speed as Snehashish hit the post in the 6th minute and Bijen Singh hit over the crossbar two minutes later. Former East Bengal player Kulothungan stunned his former employers with a goal in the 13th minute. Okoro's cross had found Raman Vijayan at the far post after East Bengal custodian Abhra Mondal had inexplicably fallen to the ground. Vijayan's shot hit the post and Kulothungan was quick to pounce onto the rebound. The scoring saga continued as East Bengal's new Brazilian recruit, Marcio, scored his maiden goal for the club in the 19th minute. Chandan Das' accurate pass found Marcio at the edge of the penalty box. He mesmerised the two Mohammedan defenders marking him and slotted the ball home past a diving Prasanta Dora. There was a brief respite for the scorekeepers till Nabi put his team ahead from a Vincent Pires cross to the far-post in the 32nd minute. Man-of-the-Match Snehashish Chakraborty tormented the Mohammedan players as his sprints down the left touchline left the right side of the Mohammedan defence gasping for breath. The inevitable happened in the 45th minute as Snehashish was brought down inside the penalty box by Debjit Ghosh. The referee was quick to point to the penalty spot and Chandan Das stepped up to convert it with aplomb. The first half ended with East Bengal leading 4-2.
    The second half was a contrast to the first. The coaches made a flurry of substitutions to alter the gameplay. Subhas Bhowmick was desperate for goals but the East Bengal players simply outclassed their opponents. Mike Okoro was stifled by the East Bengal defence and was often seen coming deep into the midfield to try and create chances. The East Bengal players also looked fitter and never seemed to lose control of the game. Both teams had a few chances but nobody was able to alter the scoreline. While the first half was one of hapless defence, the second one was one of inefficient attack. The game ended with the score unaltered since the break. East Bengal moved to the top of the league standings with 16 points from 7 matches while Mohammedan Sporting slipped to second spot with 15 from 8 matches. However, with numerous matches still to come, the title race is far from over.
    EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal, Gurpreet Singh, Covan Lawrence (23' Vincent Brice Pires), Anupam Sarkar, Soumik Dey, Syed Rahim Nabi, Luiz Octavio D'Souza, Chandan Das (66' Bibiano Fernandes), Snehashish Chakraborty, Marcio Fernandes Tomaz (60' Freddy Mascarenhas), Ashim Biswas.
    MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Prasanta Dora, Subhashish Roy Choudhury (46' Rajib Ahmed), Douglas da Silva, Madhab Kumar Das, Habibur Rehman Mondal, Bijen Singh, Noel Anthony Wilson, Debjit Ghosh, Kalia Kulothungan (53' Jamir Ali Mondal), Mike Okoro, Raman Vijayan (74' Anbalath Suliman Firoze)
    YELLOW CARDS: Soumik Dey (38', East Bengal); Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (33', Mohammedan Sporting)
    REFEREE: Subrata Sarkar.
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Snehashish Chakraborty (East Bengal).

    POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
    Carlos Roberto Pereira da Silva, East Bengal:

  • I thank God for everything, whether we win or lose.
  • We took advantage of our chances today. We got 5 chances and scored 4 goals. Against Mohun Bagan, we had 6 chances but failed to score. I still think we played better against Mohun Bagan than we did today.
  • We are still not the favourites to win the title. There are still many matches to come.
  • This ground is very good and it helps the players. It is a bit difficult to control the ball at the East Bengal Stadium.
  • I had to leave Dipankar Roy on the bench today because he wouldn't have lasted the full ninety minutes.
  • The main advantage for us today was superior physical fitness.
  • It was a good game for Marcio and Luiz.
  • The injury to Marcio is not a serious one. He just felt a bit of pain and didn't want to aggravate the condition. It might be just cramps.

    Subhas Bhowmick, Mohammedan Sporting:

  • It was a bad performance from my team and so the result was also a bad one.
  • We missed many chances but they scored from the ones they had. So we lost 4-2.
  • My defence didn't crumble; we just wanted to play an open match. We had to go on the attack after the early goal. The second goal we conceded was a silly one.
  • We are still not out of the title race. All big teams have lost matches.
  • It was a great game, especially with the six goals in the first half.

    ::: East Bengal vs Mohammedan Sporting Match Preview :::
    A lot of pride is at stake as Calcutta giants East Bengal take on city rivals Mohammedan Sporting at the Saltlake Stadium this afternoon. This Sahara Calcutta Football League match will determine who stays top of the table after today's clash. Mohammedan Sporting currently top the table with 15 points from 7 matches but East Bengal are only 2 points behind with a game in hand and are in third place behind Mohun Bagan who have 14 points from 8 matches. So a win for either of the teams will ensure the victor first position in the league standings.
    Another aspect of this critical encounter is the number of subplots in today's drama. Mohammedan Sporting coach Subhash Bhowmick would love to deal a heavy blow to East Bengal's title aspirations after he was replaced as East Bengal coach in far from pleasant circumstances last season. After toiling throughout pre-season to lure big names away from East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, now is the time for him to prove his worth to his former employers. East Bengal will also be wary of Mohammedan Sporting striker Mike Okoro, an East Bengal player last season, who has been in terrific form of late. After Baichung Bhutia's solitary goal sunk East Bengal in the great Calcutta derby and with the draw that followed against Eastern Railway, this is one match that coach Carlos Roberto Pereira da Silva cannot afford to lose. What the final result will be only time will tell but the encounter at the Saltlake Stadium today promises to be a terrific one.

    58th Independence Day Cup - Round 2: City Police, Guwahati 0-2 Langsning SC, Shillong - Goals: 0-1 Amity Tongper (52'), 0-2 Sailon Syngkrem (63').
    Mumbai Super Division: Income Tax 1-3 Dena Bank

    ::: AIFF thank PM for helping Indian football's cause in Brazil :::
    In a press release the AIFF states, "All India Football Federation is grateful to Honourable Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for taking up the development of Football in India and signing of a MOU to this effect with the Govt of Brazil. Promoting exchanges "in training Indian players and Coaches" under this Collaboration between India and Brazil will definitely improve the skills of Indian Footballers and give a boost to the growth of the game in India."
    Good to see that the highest politicians of our country showing interest to help the development of football in India, but the question remains if Brazil is the right partner for the development of Indian football. Many Indians are blind fans of Brazil and their football, but when it comes to development such collaborations with European football nations would make more sense.

    ::: Aurungabad Mayor's Trophy Semi-Final Line-up :::
    Air-India overcame Goa XI on the back of a first half brace by captain Paresh Shivalkar. The Mumbai Super Cup champions line-up against Jamshedpur's Tata Football Academy. The other semifinal of the inaugural Aurungabad Mayor's Trophy tournament sees strong northern outfit JCT Mills of Phagwara pitted against Jahar Das' charges that are the Mohun Bagan second string.


    September 13
        RESULTS & NEWS

    ::: FIFA World Rankings: INDIA down eight places :::
    In the latest FIFA World Rankings released today by the world football governing boday INDIA now lies in joint 136th position with Yemen, losing eight places and 21 points from their August ranking. INDIA now have 137 points and the two defeats against Saudi Arabia had their effect plus with the August 2002 points falling off the 2002 LG Cup triumph in that month was taken off the calculations. In Asia meanwhile INDIA moved to joint 25th with Yemen.

    47th ATPA Shield - Semifinal: Nagaland Police 0-1 Assam State Electricity Board - Goal: 0-1 Zimi Singh (24').
    58th Independence Day Cup - Round 2: SAI, Golaghat 0-2 Balughat Town Club, West Bengal - Goals: 0-1 Montu Samajdar (16'), 0-2 Rabi Mallick (80').
    58th Independence Day Cup - Round 1: FCI, Guwahati 5-1 Radial Club - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Pradip Barman (33',51'), 3-0 Thomson Langthasa, 4-0 Syed Ansar, 5-0 Bijen Gayari, 5-1 Kankan Dey (80').
    Mumbai Super Division: Mumbai Port Trust - Rizvi Mumbai Muslims = match postponed

    ::: 61st Santosh Trophy to kickoff tomorrow :::
    The 61st Santosh Trophy will kickoff tomorrow in Haryana with matches at Gurgaon and Faridabad. The record champions West Bengal open the tournament with a match against Rajasthan in Cluster III at the HUDA Sports Complex, Sector 12 in Faridabad in the morning. But the official opening ceremony will be held ahead of the Cluster I match between Haryana and Pondicherry at the Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex ,Sector 38 in Gurgaon in the afternoon. Chief guest will be Union Minister of Youth & Sports Mani Shankar Aiyar; AIFF president and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting & Parliamentary Affairs Priya Ranjan Das Munshi will be the Guest of Honour; while the Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda will preside over the function.
    The question that many football fans in India will have on their mind will be, How is the standard of the national state championships going to be this time around? The Santosh Trophy clashes with the big local leagues in Calcutta, Goa and Mumbai plus international commitments of the national team. Therefore the Santosh Trophy has been split into two phases to accomodate the India camp ahead of the India-Japan match on October 11 in Bangalore.

    ::: AIFF taking FIFA help in allotting funds :::
    IANS report: The AIFF, in association with the FIFA, would conduct an assessment of the infrastructure available for development of the game across the country. On the basis of these assessments, the national body will select a few state associations and provide them with funds for the game's development.
    "In our last general body meeting in December, Rs.4 million was sanctioned for funding the development of game in different states," AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco told IANS Wednesday.
    The process has already started and FIFA's assistant development officer Mohsen Gilani and AIFF representative Satyajit Sadanandan went to Karnataka, Punjab, Chandigarh, Sikkim and West Bengal last month to assess the infrastructure available. Next month Kerala, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Goa are on the list, followed by the Northeastern states.
    By November, the AIFF is expected to select about eight states, allocate certain amount of money and chalk out a plan how to invest the fund.
    "It is a small amount and we are taking our time to ensure the money is spent in the right way," Colaco said.

    ::: Subroto Cup school football tournament to kickoff tomorrow :::
    The 48th edition of the Subroto Cup school football tournament will be held from tomorrow in New Delhi. The tournament held at the U17 and U14 level is India's national level school football tournament with schools from neighbouring countries Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In total 60 teams will be taking part in the two age groups in the month long tournament.
    In a sad clash the Subroto Cup will be held at the same time as the 29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (under-16) zonal qualifiers.

    ::: Amal Datta replaces Philippe de Ridder :::
    Calcutta's United Sports Club, formerly known as EverReady SA, have appointed seasoned coach Amal Datta as replacement for Belgian coach Philippe de Ridder. United SC claims that de Ridder will stay on as "Footballer Observer-Supervisor" and will continue to be associated with the club. United SC reacted as the club was lying last in the Calcutta Premier League.

    ::: IFA suspend Farid Ali Mollah :::
    The IFA (West Bengal) has suspended Eastern Railway SC striker Farid Ali Mollah for the rest of the Calcutta Premier League. Mollah had head-butted referee Dhanapati Roy in the match against East Bengal Club on September 1. Surprisingly Mollah had only received a yellow card from the referee during the match.

    ::: Chandigarh name Senior squad :::
    The Chandigarh Football Association has named Harvinder Pal of AG Haryana, Chandigarh as the captain of the state senior team for the 61st Santosh Trophy.
    CHANDIGARH: Harvinder Pal (Captain), Deepak Gurang, Neeraj Malik, Raj Kumar, Anish Patial, Vikas Pannu, Ashwinder Singh, Arvinder, Ankit Malik, Mahipal, Kartik Bhardwaj, Prabhjot Singh, Pawandeep Singh, Sumer Singh, Deepak Huda, Bhupinder, Vinay, Harminder Singh, Mohit Raj.

    ::: Meghalaya name Senior squad :::
    The Meghalaya Football Association has named Ailad Kynta as the captain of the state senior team for the 61st Santosh Trophy.
    MEGHALAYA: Aiborlang Khongjee, Ailad Kynta (Captain), Alwin Patwet, Badonlad Khongthohrem, Birendra Thapa, Desmond Kharpran, Kitkupar Kharshiing, Kyrkhu Lyngdoh, Kyrshan Lyngshing, Lambok Rymbai, Lekini Suting, Markos Basumatary, Marlanki Suting, Newan-o-Gathpoh, Poibang Pohshna, Rocus Lamare, Roland Pyngrope, Romeo Sukhlein, Sooki Lamare, Tylli Lang Syiem.

    ::: Maharashtra name U16 squad :::
    The Western India Football Association has named Karan Swahney as the captain of the Maharashtra U16 state squad for the West Zone qualifiers of the 29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (Under-16) to be held in Betul, Madhya Pradesh from Friday.
    MAHARASHTRA U16: Harshad Meher, Asif Ansari (Goalkeepers), Fahad Ansari, Ajit Bhoir (vice-Captain), Rithik Mukherji, Vaibhav Tandel, Ajay Kajania, Mohammed Shadaab, Virender Jadhav, John Coutinho, Manuel D'Souza, Shilton D'Silva, Vijay Patil, Shadaab Shaikh, Ubaid Ansari, Karan Swahney (captain), Freedon Fernandes, Jagjit Singh, Kean Lewis, Mudassir Ansari. Coach: Zakir Hussein. Assistant coach: Nelson Sebastian.

    ::: Delhi name U16 squad :::
    The Delhi Soccer Association has named defender Sumit Rawat as the captain of the Delhi U16 state squad for the North Zone qualifiers of the 29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy (Under-16) to be held in Haldwani, Uttaranchal from Friday.
    DELHI U16: Goalkeepers: Shrikant Singh, Ravi Bhatt, Vivan Sahi. Defenders: Soubam, Tikenderjit Singh, Sumit Rawat (Captain), Karan Thapa, Mukesh Nathani, Akshay Kumar, Arvind Mandwar. Midfielders: P Zhiihrii John Mao, Ashish Bhalla (vice-Captain), Prem Kumar, Deepak Kumar Devrani, Vikram Singh Gill. Forwards: Gagan S Chauhan, Pankaj Negi, Pranav Sharma, Ajay Singh Pundir, Kushagra Rastogi, Ritesh Kr Singh. Coach: Shafeeq Ahmad.
    Stand-bys: Danish Pervez, Asif, Santosh Khandare, Ashish, Ankit Rautan.


    September 12
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group B: Union Bank of India 0-1 Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers - Goals: 0-1 Sayed Rizvi (89').
    UBI: Kunal Sawant; Rohit Kajania, Vijay Thapa, Asif Ansari, Muzaffar Ansari, Dujon Koli (82' Rawat Koli), Avinash Puthran (74' Sunil Coelho), Frankson Thottara (78' Dhananjay Yesare), Nilesh Rao, Sushil Kawde, Ryan D'Souza.
    RCF: Suhas Patil, Ashirwad Hedge, Baleshwar Sharma, Francis Dias (46' Bhagwan Padhi), Monish Bhamre, Manoj Adhikari, Souvaid Ansari, Prosenjit Barua (59' Sayed Rizvi), Allan Dias (69' Douglas D'Sena), Shayresh Bawkar, Lawrence Dias.
    YELLOW CARDS: Prosenjit Barua (19'), Sayed Rizvi (89', both RCF).
    REFEREE: Rocky Fernandes

    47th ATPA Shield - Semifinal: Tinsukia Railway SC 2-4 Kuki FC, Kohima - Goals: 0-1,0-2,0-4 Mangkai Singson (35',38',71'), 0-3 Ben Khongsai (56'), 1-4 Parag Chamua (80'), 2-4 Ganesh Saha (89').
    Calcutta Premier League: United SC 1-3 Eastern Railway SC - Goals: 1-0 Sankha Roy Chowdhury, 1-1,1-2 Henry, 1-3 Samrat Roy Chowdhury.
    Calcutta Super Division: West Bengal Police 0-2 Police AC
    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC - Howrah Union = match postponed
    Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta Customs 1-0 Calcutta FC
    Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami 0-5 SAIL
    58th Independence Day Cup - Round 1: Royal SC, Guwahati 4-0 9th Assam Police Battalion
    58th Independence Day Cup - Round 1: City Police, Guwahati 0-0,3-0 2nd Assam Special Reserve Force, Diphu [penalties]

    ::: PM scouts for football coaches in Brazil :::
    UNI report: On Board Air India One, Brazilian coaches may soon be seen grooming Indian football talents back home with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh all set to take up the issue with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva when they meet in Brasilia later today.
    "Brazil's credentials as a football power are well-known," Dr Singh told journalists accompanying him on a nine-day visit to Brazil and Cuba.
    Brazil is hailed as the largest exporter of players and coaches and in the Germany World Cup too, Brazilians Luis Felip Scolari and Zico were seen in charge of teams like Portugal and Japan. Calcutta giant East Bengal has already signed a Brazilian, Carlos Roberto Pereira, as their new coach.
    Dr Singh revealed Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, who is also the President of the AIFF, had requested him to raise the issue of Brazilian coaches for Indian teams during his talks with Brazilian leaders.
    "We must promote increased interaction with other countries. That also applies to the field of sports," he remarked.
    "If we are going to host the Commonwealth Games, if we are aspiring to have the Olympics in our country, we must improve our own capabilities in sports," the Prime Minister said.
    "If such cooperation helps in getting coaches from other countries, I don't see anything wrong in that," he added.

    ::: Sikkim leaves for Santosh Trophy in Haryana :::
    A 20 player Sikkim squad left Gangtok yesterday for Haryana to take part in the 61st Santosh Trophy. Sikkim face Assam, Chandigarh and Services in Cluster IV in Faridabad.
    SIKKIM: Karma Tshering Bhutia, Bimal Bagdas, Nirmal Chettri, Karma Lhendup Lepcha, Ruben Rai, Allen Tshering Bhutia, Michael Lepcha, Tashi Rapden, Sanju Pradhan, Sagar Rai, Milan Lepcha, Gyanendra Karki, Rohit Ansari, Rupesh Diyali, Kamal Bagdas, Dawn Lepcha, Tenzing Chepel, C Sherpa, Bir Bahadur Pradhan, Mahendra Karki. Coach: Suresh Mukhia. Manager: Arjun Rai.

    ::: 2nd PIFA Football Skills Contest :::
    Premier India Football Academy will once again organise the 2nd PIFA Skills Contest will be held on 30 September 2006 at the Cooperage ground, Mumbai.
    The 2nd PIFA Skills Contest is an opportunity for talented young football players to assess their abilities. The players will be tested like David Beckham (11 years then) was on the 5 aspects of the football game - Shooting, Dribbling, Short Pass, Lofted Pass & Ball Control.
    Children will be given handicaps according to their age in the form of time and distance. These tests have been adopted from the Bobby Carlton Soccer & Sports Academy, Manchester, UK, where David Beckham's record of 1100 points is still unbroken. Top 2 winners will be trained free of cost by UEFA coaches from the Bobby Charlton Soccer & Sports academy at St Andrews, Bandra, Mumbai from October 15-18 2006
    Last year, over 350 children participated in the contest. The 2 winners Rolfred Couthino of St Puis X and Ajay Kajania of Holy Name tied winners with 800 points. Both of them attended the Bobby Charlton camps at St Andrews, Bandra after which they were selected for Mahindra United U-15 team.
    Entry will be free and open to boys & girls from 8-16 years of age. All children will have to be in full football attire. Entries will be limited to 300 participants.
    The contest will start at 8:00 am. Participants are requested to be at the venue at 7:45 am.
    Forms can be downloaded from www.pifacademy.com or collect them from the Cooperage ground.
    You can also call 3042-2264 for more info. Registration can also be done by faxing to 3042-2262 (Name, Surname, boy/girl, Date of Birth, School, Class/Grade, Mobile/contact number)

    ::: A school dropout's dream of being a player :::
    by Xavier Rutsa: For 16-year-old Monynyie Konyak the journey has been worth it. Money was a problem for him. But it did not deter him from going ahead to realize his dream. Simply put, it was his love for football that drove him all the way from Mon to the State capital.
    Having gone through a Nagaland Post report in July last, Monynyie decided to join the football coaching camp being conducted by the Naga Boys Club at Kohima.
    A suave but confident lad from nondescript Wangti village under Tehok assembly constituency in Mon district, Monynyie Konyak, who is a school dropout, is now one of the 70 boys attending the coaching camp under the watchful eyes of NBC chief coach Roko Angami. "I had no money for my bus fares. But when I contacted local MLA Shahoh, Konyak and told him about the football coaching camp, he decided to take care of my needs," Monynyie told the Nagaland Post.
    He said the Department of Youth Resources and Sports had never organized training or coaching camp for football players in Mon district. "There are talented youths in Mon district. If the department concerned conducts training or coaching camps there, the local youths could do well in all the fields of games and sports", he said.
    Asked if he was being benefited from the camp, Monynyie said, "I have learnt a lot about physical fitness, endurance and discipline." His coach Roko Angami said, "If Monynyie is found to be a good player, he will be selected to represent the U-16 State team and Naga Boys Club "B" in the forthcoming tournaments." Monynyie is an ardent admirer of Argentine soccer team.


    September 11
        RESULTS & NEWS

    47th ATPA Shield - Quarterfinal: Nagaland Police 2-0 Moran Town Club - Goals: 1-0 Imliyanger (72'), 2-0 Toshi (77').
    58th Independence Day Cup - Round 1: SAI, Golaghat 3-1 Langhing Sports Association
    Mumbai Super Division: Central Bank of India - Sea View SC = match postponed

    ::: Bengal name Santosh Trophy squad :::
    The IFA has named it's 20 player Bengal squad for the 61st Santosh Trophy which begins later this week in Gurgaon and Faridabad in Haryana. India goalkeeper Sandip Nandy has been named captain.
    BENGAL: Sandip Nandy (Mahindra United, Captain), Kalyan Chaubey (JCT Mills), Madhusudan Majumdar (United SC), Shyam Mondal (George Telegraph SC), Bijay Basfore (Mohun Bagan AC), Manik Burman (George Telegraph SC), Barun Kundu (Eastern Railway SC), Narugopal Hait (United SC), Subhash Banerjee (Calcutta Port Trust), Sasthi Duley (East Bengal Club), Avinash Thapa (Calcutta Port Trust), Suman Dutta (Mohun Bagan AC), Ashim Das (United SC), Maljuwala, Crispen Chetri (United SC), Tapan Maity (Calcutta Port Trust), Gauranga Datta (East Bengal Club), Vimal Pariyar (East Bengal Club), Tariq Ahmed (ONGC, Mumbai), Ratan Das (United SC).

    ::: Kerala state camp from September 19 :::
    The Kerala state senior camp for the 61st Santosh Trophy will begin from September 19 at the FACT Ground, Udaygomandal in Kochi.The team will move to Haryana on October 10. 40 players in total were selected for the camp, from which 36 were from Inter-District Tournament while four players who were not able to participate in the Inter-District Tournament - OK Javeed (Malappuram), Bijish Ben (Ernakulam), Anil Kumar and Ebin Rose (Trivandrum) - who where also selected. The Kerala FA has decided to call only players who played in the Inter-District Tournament to the camp. Amongst the omissions are last year's captain MV Nelson. This decision will also keep many players out of the squad, who play across India as the KFA has also decided to take only players playing within Kerala state. Any player who is playing outside Kerala will not be included. Last year presence of these players did'nt helped to win the title. Amongst those missing are Mahindra United duo NP Pradeep, an international, and Mohammed Rafi, but the two might be called-up after the camp starts.
    Last years coach M Peethambaran has been replaced by seasoned K Bharathan. The main contenders had been CC Jacob, MM Jacob, Sethumadhavan.
    KERALA Probables: Goalkeepers: KT Navas (Malappuram), Jean Christian (Alleppey), Jinesh Thomas (Ernakulam), Harshal Rehman (Calicut), PA Renjith (Trivandrum), Parthan (Kannur). Defenders: B Deepu, Paul Antony, Martin P Pereira (all Trivandrum), M Abdul Basheer, Jaseer Karnath (both Malappuram), KS Joby (Thrissur), R Dhanarajan (Palakkad), NV Yahiya (Calicut), PA Suneer (Ernakulam), Justine Stephen (Idukki), Libu C Philip (Pathanamthitta), Ajith Fermin (Kottayam). Midfielders: PK Anil Kumar, Martin John, Vijesh Kumar, R Rajesh (all Trivandrum), M Lenal Thomas, VM Girish (both Thrissur), MA Abdul Naushad, AB Kabeer (both Palakkad), Denson Devadas (Ernakulam), T Shabeer Ali (Malappuram). Forwards: T Asif Saheer, OK Javeed (both Malappuram), D Ebin Rose, Jackson Sebastian (both Trivandrum), A Bijish Ben, PA Javed (both Ernakulam), R Ranjith, R Kannan (both Kollam), MA Abdul Hakkim (Palakkad), Mohamed Aslam (Kasaragod), T Usman (Calicut), MA Rajesh Kumar (Wayannad).


    September 10
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Calcutta Premier League: Mohun Bagan AC 2-1 Calcutta Port Trust SC - Goals: 0-1 Sujit Dey (26'), 1-1 Lalkamal Bhowmick (74'), 2-1 Baichung Bhutia (82').
    MOHUN BAGAN: Sangram Mukherjee; Dhanraj Ravanan, Eduardo Chacon Coelho Lacerda, Deepak Kumar Mondal; Dharamjit Singh, Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve, Chinmoy Sarkar, Satyajit Bose (27' Manas Das), Lalkamal Bhowmick; Dipendu Biswas, Surajit Bose (46' Baichung Bhutia).
    CALCUTTA PORT TRUST: Goutam Das; Akshay Das, Soumen Sarkar, Rabindranath Karmakar, Subhas Banerjee; Tapan Maity (51' Mithun Naha), Avinash Thapa, Pradip Indu, Stanley Cyprian, Felix Chimaokwu; Sujit Dey.
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Baichung Bhutia (Mohun Bagan AC)
    REFEREE: Biswajit Kar.

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group A: Bengal Mumbai FC 0-0 Mumbai United - Goals: none.
    BMFC: Sarath Charath; Sameer Ansari, Aqueel Ansari, Alok Thakkar, Naved Akhtar (80' Imran Javed), KV Lalu, Atish Ruke (39' Nagesh Swamy), Shabab Athar, Khalid Siddique, Saad Mohammed (46' Shinoj Chandran), Mohammed Ali.
    MUMBAI UNITED: Soumendra Srimani; Neville David (46' S Genlemlal Guite), Elvis Pereira, Philip Gonsalves, Miraj Ali, Nawaz Rehman, Rafi Mohammed (78' Abbas Ali Rizvi), Umesh Sharma (88' Shabaz Khan), Benit D'Souza, Satish Keer, Raza Rizvi.
    YELLOW CARDS: Nawaz Rehman (Mumbai United)
    REFEREE: Shirzad Bathena.

    Goan Professional League: Corps of Signals 0-2 Churchill Brothers SC - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Drupesh Dessai (8',60').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Drupesh Dessai (Churchill Brothers).

    Goan Professional League: Raia Sporting Club 0-1 Velsao Pale SC - Goal: 0-1 Maheshwar Mahato (40').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Cavin Lobo (Velsao Pale).

    47th ATPA Shield - Quarterfinal: Tinsukia Railway SC 2-2,5-4 Assam Rifles [penalties] - Goals: 1-0 Mridul Saikia (1'), 1-1 Jhonny Khaklari (3'), 1-2 L Shanta Singh (40'), 2-2 Parag Chamua (42').
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Phase II: International FC 1-1 GPS Chahal SC - Goals: 1-0 Amarjit Singh (65'), 1-1 Satish Kumar (90').
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Phase II: Youth FC 2-2 Mahilpur FC - Goals: 0-1 Satwinder Singh (56'), 0-2 Balwant Singh (68'), 1-2 Davinder Singh (80'), 2-2 Gurmeet Singh (86').

    ::: CFA beat Hoshiarpur FA to retain title :::
    Chandigarh Football Academy retained the trophy in the 4th Administrator's Challenge Cup Football Tournament for Under-17 at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today. Scoring one goal in each half of final, CFA defeated Hoshiarpur Football Academy by 2-0.
    Both teams adopted cautious approach right from the beginning. The CFA lads played to defend the title. It was maiden appearance for Hoshiarpur FA. CFA initiated a fine move from the right flank in the seventh minute. Right winger Gurtej sent a through pass towards Gagandeep who gave first time pass to Rakesh who took powerful left footer narrowly missed the target. Hoshiarpur FA goalkeeper Satbir Singh made a brilliant save as he collected a powerful grounder by Mainder Singh in the 13th minute. Seven minutes later CFA defender Ravinder who overlapped from left flank sent a lofted cross in the Hoshiarpur penality area. Hoshiarpur defender Amarwant cleared the ball with header but the ball could not get proper force and dropped within the penalty area. Alert striker Gagandeep controlled the ball and after dribbling past Gurwinder Singh took a powerful grounder to put CFA into the lead. The Hoshiarpur lads also came up with couple of good moves but they could not materialize these. On the resumption the game was confined to the midfield for 10 minutes. In the 52nd minute medio replaced Randeep. In the 65th minute Gagandeep of CFA controlled the ball in striking area, dribbled past two defenders of FA Hoshiarpur and entered the penalty area where he was brought down by Gurwinder Singh of FA Hoshiarpur. Amrik Singh awarded penalty kick.Sukhdeep Singh of CFA made no mistake and scored second goal for his team. After conceding two goals the Hoshiarpur lads tried their level best to reduce the margin but in vain as CFA defenders gave them no chance.
    Earlier in the moving replay match FA Hoshiarpur beat. SAI East by 2-0. Gurvinder and Simranjit scored one goal each in the 31st and 46th minute of play.
    Lalit Sharma, Advisor to the Chandigarh Administrator gave away the prizes to the winners. SK Sandhu, Secretary Finance & Sports and Inderjit.Singh. Sandhu, Director Sports also witnessed the full match.

    ::: Big prize money for 7th NSF MM Trophy :::
    by Xavier Rutsa: Big prize money is in the offing for the 7th NSF MM Trophy starting on September 22 at local ground Kohima.
    The winner will get cash Rs.70,000 plus a running trophy; while the runner-up will get Rs.35,000 plus running trophy; losing semifinalists and losing quarterfinalists Rs.8,000 and Rs.4,000 respectively. The individual prizes of the tournament are player of the tournament, the Golden ball plus cash award; highest scorer, golden boot plus cash award; best goalkeeper; best defender; best midfielder and best striker, all get a trophy plus cash. These will be awarded in the 7th edition of the NSF Martyrs Memorial trophy (Lt. Kekuojalie and Vikhozo), organized Angami Students Union.
    Other attractive prizes are a player will be selected as the "Player of the Match" and subsequently will be awarded with a souvenir and cash prize.
    The tournament is organised by the ASU, in remembrance of the two immortal martyrs, Lt. Kekuopjalie and Lt. Vikhozo.
    Local favourates steams, two time winner (2000 and 2003) Naga Boys Club, defending champions Puliebadze and two time runners-up (2000 and 2002) New Market XI and several teams representing tribal bodies, colonies, association and Clubs will be vying in the month and half long tournament.
    Entry forms, bye laws and other necessary instructions are available at the fowling outlets - Web Trap (PR Hill), Sports World (Taxi stand), Belho and Co (opp. Kohima College) in Kohima and ADIDAS (Circular Road), King Sports (Nyamo Lotha Road) and United Sports Agency (Nyamo Lotha Road) in Dimapur. The last date for the submission of forms is extended to September 12.
    Meanwhile the chief guest for the inaugural function on September 22 will be Khekiho Zhiomomi, Minister for Commerce and Industries.
    The organizer and ASU urged all the citizens of Kohima to witness the tournament which is certainly bound to be exhilarating, thereby making the tournament as grand success, all the way.


    September 9
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Goan Professional League: Vasco SC 1-4 Dempo SC - Goals: 0-1,0-3,0-4 Anthony Pereira (13',56',60'), 0-2 Clifton Gonsalves (54'), 1-4 Menino Fernandes (77').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Anthony Pereira (Dempo).

    Goan Professional League: Salgaocar SC 0-2 Sporting Club de Goa - Goals: 0-1 Joe Rodrigues (23'), 0-2 Wilton Gomes (73').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Wilton Gomes (Sporting Clube).

    47th ATPA Shield - Quarterfinal: Kuki FC, Kohima 3-0 Food Corporation of India, Guwahati - Goals: 1-0 Jamkhotinlen Lhumding (35'), 2-0 Apu (63'), 3-0 Beni Chiru.

    ::: India U20 camp in Shillong :::
    The AIFF has released a list of 27 players for the India U20 camp in Shillong, Meghalay. The camp will be held from September 12 to October 5 as preparation for the upcoming AFC Youth Championship 2006 to held hosted by India.
    India U-20 Probables:
    Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharya (Churchill Brothers SC), Shilton Paul (Mohun Bagan AC), Premjit Singh (Salgaocar SC), Souvik Mondal (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC), Kailash Das (Tata Football Academy).
    Defenders: Rakesh Masih, Hirohito Elangbam (both Tata Football Academy), Baljit Singh Sahni, Baldeep Singh (both JCT Academy), Gobin Singh (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC), Aibor Khongjee (Meghalaya), F Lalmuanpia (Oil India Limited, Assam).
    Midfielders: Zaidinmawia Hmar (Mizoram, CAPTAIN), Th Naoba Singh, Ong Tshering Lepcha (both Churchill Brothers SC), Branco Vincent Cardozo, Lalramluaha, Hiralal Chetri (all Tata Football Academy), Lalmalswama Hmar (Mizoram), Malsawmdawngliana (Mizoram).
    Forwards: Vimal Pariyar (East Bengal Club), Sushil Kumar Singh (Mohun Bagan AC), Reisangmi Vasum (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC), Beevan D'Mello (Salgaocar SC), Bimal Minz (Tata Football Academy), Khangembam Thoi Singh (Indian Bank, Chennai), Gemseng Marak (Meghalaya).
    Chief Coach: Islam Akhmedov (Uzbekistan).
    Assistent Coach: Hering Shangpliang (Meghalaya).
    Goalkeeper Coach: Hemanta Dora (Bengal).
    Physiotherapist: Dipti Kumar Ghosh (West Bengal).
    Manager: Borkynsai Diengdoh (Meghalaya).

    ::: PM to seek Brazilian cure for Indian footballing ailment :::
    PTI report: When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds talks with Brazilian President Lula Da Silva next week, one of the main issues of discussion will be seeking five-time world champion Brazil's help in making Indian football team a better one. Cooperation in football training by Brazil, five-time world champion, will be "one of the important issues" which will come up during the talks between Singh and Brazilian President Lula Da Silva in Brasilia, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran told reporters in New Delhi.
    He said a recommendation in this regard had been put forth by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunisi who is also President of All India Football Federation.
    Saran said this while briefing the media on the upcoming two-nation nine-day visit of the Prime Minister to Brazil and Cuba.

    ::: Mumbai trio, including Mahindra United, crash out of Aurungabad tournament :::
    NFL and Federation Cup champions Mahindra United, Mumbai Harwood Champions Maharashtra State Police, and promoted Elite Division team Akbar Travels, were all knocked out by today of the All-India Tournament for the Mayor's Trophy conducted by the Aurungabad Municipal Corporation. Indian Air-Force were the jeepmen's conquerers by the single goal scored in the 49th minute by Kalyan Pal. Akbar Travels lost by one goal to two to Customs and Excise - Kochi. Salim Challary scored for Akbar's, while Suresh Babu and CC Hanson scored for Customs. MSP had lost on Wednesday to Goa XI. That leaves Air-India, direct seeds into the quarterfinals, as the only surviving Mumbai representatives.

    ::: Subroto Cup kicks-off Thursday with 60 schools :::
    IANS report: The 46th edition of the Subroto Cup football tournament will be attracting 60 schools in junior and sub-junior categories from all across India and neighbouring countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia. The tournament will start Thursday and will be played over a month with the final slated on Oct 13, organisers announced here Friday night. Thirty-three teams will take part in the junior (u-17) category while 27 in the sub-junior (u-14) section. The opening match of the tournament will be played between a Chandigarh school team and the capital based Mamta Modern School at the Ambedkar Stadium here.
    Indian Air Force, the organisers of the Subroto Cup, is planning to invite school teams from Europe and South America from next year.
    "We are planning to get some schools from Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Italy," said J.N. Burma, vice-chairman of the Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society. SMSES is a body run by the Indian Air Force in memory of the first Air Marshall Subroto Mukherjee.
    The winner in the junior section will get a cash award of Rs.50,000 and the runners up would be richer by Rs.30,000. In the sub-junior section, the winner will take home a cash prize of Rs.30,000 and the runners up will get Rs.20,000. SMSES in association with Canara Bank will be awarding scholarships of Rs.10,000 to 30 players in the junior category and Rs.5,000 to 16 players in the sub-junior section.
    SMSES also announced the society would sponsor three boys in any Air Force Station school in the country till they pass class XII.
    Moreover, a selection committee comprising representatives from the Sports Authority of India, SMSES, Tata Football Academy and AIFF, will select 30 outstanding players from juniors and 16 from sub-juniors for a possible government scholarship at NIS, Patiala.
    A team will also be selected from both the age groups, comprising of the best players and would be trained here for overseas invitational tournaments.

    ::: CFA rout Punjab FA on way to final :::
    As expected hosts and holders Chandigarh Football Academy entered the final by trouncing Punjab FA by 8-0 in the semifinal match of the 4th Administrator's Challege Cup All India Football Tournament for Under-17 at the Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh today.
    The second semifinal match between Sports Authority of India (East) Calcutta and Hoshiarpur Football Academy could not be completed due to heavy rain which rendered the ground unplayable after the first half. At that stage Hoshiapur FA were leading 1-0. According to Match Commissioner Rakesh Bakshi, who is also secretary of the Chandigarh FA, the remaining second half will be played tomorrow at 6.30 a.m. at the Sector 42 Sports Complex. The final is slated for tomorrow at 3.30 p.m. Gurvinder scored the goal for FA Hoshiarpur in the 31st minute of play through a power packed grounder from 25 yards.
    CFA and Punjab FA adopted cautious approach in the initial stages of the match. Giving fine display, Gurtej of CFA sent a loated cross in the penalty area and Punjab defender Harjap Singh handled the ball intentionally. Referee Amrik Singh showed him a yellow and awarded a spot kick in favour of CFA. Randeep made no mistake to put put CFA into the lead. After conceding the goal the Punjab lads came up with couple of good moves but lack of coordination in striking line spoiled the chances. In the ninth minute the Punjab lads initiated a move from the left flank. Left winger Amandeep Singh dodged right wing back of CFA and sent a through pass to Baljit Singh, who took a lofted shoot which was saved by lanky CFA custodian Prabjot Singh. Substitute Maninder of CFA scored the second goal for his team in the 36th minute of play off a cross from right flank sent by Gurtej. In the 42nd minute theCFA lads initiated a move from the half way line. Abdul Sameem gave a through pass to striker Gagan who took an angular shoot which was deflected by Punjab custodian Rohit Tiwari. Gurtej of CFA pounced on the rebound to net CFA's third goal. Maninder himself got his team's fourth goal with a powerful header off a ball from right flank. On resumption the CFA lads added four more goals. The fifth CFA fifth goal was scored by Maninder with his solo efforts. He dribbled past two defenders to the left side and then got the better of advancing Punjab goalkeeper in the 54th minute of play. Ravinder's 30-yarder in the 56th minute saw CFA leading 6-0. Rinku (69th) and Jaspal (79th) added one goal each to complete Punjab FA rout.


    September 8
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group B: Bank of India 0-2 Union Bank of India - Goals: 0-1, 0-2 Avinash Puthran (25',83' penalty).
    BoI: Sanjeev Verma; Shymal Singhal (72' Irfan Sheikh), Rajesh Chandran, Prakash Mehra, Amit Yadav; Shahnawaz Ansari, Shankar Thakur, Velu Karmagulam, Evaristo Cardozo (73' Raul Zanzad); Steven Gupta, Hasan Rizvi (46' Munir Sheikh).
    UBI: Kunal Sawant; Rohit Kajania, Vijay Thapa, Asif Ansari, Muzaffar Ansari; Dujon Koli (90+2' Nilesh Rao), Avinash Puthran, Frankson Thattara (82' Denis Menezes), Shushil Kavde; Chetan Waghela, Ryan D'Souza (57' Dhanraj Yesare).
    YELLOW CARDS: Shankar Thakur (32', BoI); Avinash Puthran (26'), Muzaffar Ansari (56'), Rohit Kajania (61', all UBI)
    REFEREE: Siddarth Gade

    47th ATPA Shield - Quarterfinal: Assam Dynamo Club 0-7 Assam State Electricity Board - Goals: 0-1,0-2,0-3,0-4 Zimi Singh (4',6',40',44'), 0-5 Priya Kumar Singh (48'), 0-6,0-7 Nitu Narzary (57',68').
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Phase II: Youth FC 2-0 GPS Chahal SC - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Rajeev Rattan (43',85').
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Phase II: Mahilpur FC 2-1 International FC - Goals: 0-1 Gursewak Singh (55'), 1-1 Balwant Singh (65'), 2-1 Amandeep Singh (88').

    ::: Zee Sports defaulting Saudi-India telecast :::
    The Saudi Arabia-India Asian Cup qualifier was to be telecast Live, and with replays on following days, on Zee Sports, the channel had been promoting. But come kick-off time, countless viewers were surely disappointed at the inability to watch the promised telecast of their team trying to fight it out against the superior ranked Saudis. Following that failure, even the scheduled repeat telecasts of the match haven't been broadcast. Zee officials claimed the excuse lay with a technical fault in a relaying satellite, in a report in the Hindustan Times today.
    Co-incidentally, with the kick-off of the India game scheduled at 11:00 pm, and the following big-draw game between France and Italy kicking-off at 12:30 am, which was therefore 15 minutes before India's game got over, it would have been interesting to note how the broadcatsers would have handled the situation of telecasting the two Live matches if the India match feed was somehow available.

    ::: Maharashtra name Irenio Vaz as Santosh Trophy coach :::
    The Western India Football Association (WIFA) retained Irenio Vaz as the coach of the Maharashtra Santosh Trophy team. He had led the team to a successful and unexpected runners-up place at last year's tournament in Kerala. After having coached Central Railways up until his retirement, Mr Vaz had taken reign of Bengal Mumbai FC last year, and has been given charge of ambitious Mumbai Elite outfits ONGC this time round. The selection trials for the Maharashtra Santosh Trophy squad are dated from September 15-18.

    ::: Another Mumbai Elite League match postponed :::
    Tomorrow's clash between Mumbai Customs and Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers has been postponed by the Mumbai District FA. But this time around the reason is not the bad ground condition of the Cooperage in Mumbai.

    ::: St Stephen's lift Shivalik Trophy :::
    Displaying excellent coordination, St Stephen's School, Sector 45 lifted the Shivalik Trophy by outplaying St Peter's School, Sector 37 by 4-1 in the final of the Chandigarh Atoms Under-13 Football Tournament which concluded at the Shivalik Public School, Sector 41 here today.
    Speedy Attinderjeet Singh, Waris Rashid, Sukhraj and Sonu Majhi of St Stephen's won the hearts of the spectators with their outstanding display and coordination. They kept on the pressure on their rivals as they repeatedly made inroads in the St Peter's goal. Besides ball control, dribbling skills and shooting power, the St Stephen's foursome gave St Peter's a harrowing time.
    St Stephen's went on the offensive from the word go and did not waste time in forging ahead in the second minute as inside-right Waris Rashid found the St Peter's defence napping. St Peter's counter-attacked and succeded in neutralising the lead through Ayush Ganjoo in the seventh minute. After that the St Stephen's boys did not allow St Peter's any liberty and added three more goals to their tally to emerged worthy winners. Right winger Attinderjeet Singh's try from the left flag was tipped over by St Peter's goalkeeper Darshpreet in the 27th minute. Attinderjeet soon atoned himself for his earlier lapse as in the 28th minute he converted a cross from the right flank. Then Sonu Majhi sprang on the scene and virtually made the look like a one-sided affair with two goals in as many minutes. He struck in the 30th and 32nd minutes to complete the St Peter's rout.
    Meanwhile, the organising committee voted five most talented players of the tournament. They were Waris Rashid, Attinderjeet Singh, Sonu Majhi (St Stephen's), Ayush Ganjoo and Chirag (St Peter's). Chandigarh FA president Principal Ravinder Talwar was the chief guest and distributed the prizes. Speaking on the occasion, Principal Talwar said that the Chandigarh probables for the National Under-13 Football Festival to be held in Chennai would be selected for coaching camp. Shivalik Public School Principal Director DS Bedi, who sponsored the state tournament, was also present on the occasion.
    St Stephen's: Augustine, Ashish Chmonkar, Suraj Singh Sidhu, Rahul Chadha, Jasbir Singh, Sonu Majhi, Attinderjeet Singh, Waris Rashid, Jigmat, Sukhraj, Surya (Rajinder Mashi).
    St Peter's: Darshpreet, Navjot, Prabhjeet, Gurkaran, Lakshay, Sidek, Chirag, Ashish, Gursangram, Shrish Kumar and Ayush Ganjoo.


    September 7
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Calcutta Premier League: Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-0 Railway FC - Goal: 1-0 Mike Okoro (33').
    MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Prasanta Dora, Rajib Ahmed, Debjit Ghosh, Habibur Rehman Mondal, Douglas da Silva, Anbalath Suliman Firoze (31' Bijen Singh), Mir Farooq Hyder (82' Subhashish Roy Chowdhury), Kalia Kulothungan, Mike Okoro, Shabir Ali Mondal, Raman Vijayan (65' Noel Wilson).
    RAILWAYS: Rabindra Nath Poddar (46' Somnath Khara), Tapan Das, Avijit Dutta, Sundar Mandi, Alokendra Nath Middey (46' Surajit Chakraborty), Swarnavo Barua, Sandip Karmakar, Tarak Nath, Biplab Naskar, Suraj Mondal, Sanjib Mishra (86' Sanjoy Das).
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Mike Okoro (Mohammedan Sporting).
    REFEREE: Dilip Ghosh.

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group A: ONGC 3-1 Mumbai United - Goals: 1-0 Supratik Ain (25'), 2-0,3-1 Tarif Ahmed (37', 85'), 2-1 Umesh Sharma (66').
    ONGC: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar; Kabijit Khotel, Clifford Kilmo, Sandip Das (63' Krishna Shirodkar), Caetano Pinho; Arun Malhotra, Amit Mondal, Anthony Fernandes (46' Jatin Singh Bisht), Gulidom Rongmoi; Supratik Ain (88' Rakshak Naik), Tarif Ahmed.
    MUMBAI UNITED: Manish Kajania; Neville David (54' Benit D'Souza), Elvis Pereira, Philip Gonsalves, Miraj Ali; Nawaz Rehman, Rafi Mohammed, Inao Ton (61' Umesh Sharma), S Enlemlal Guite (82' Shabaz Khan); Satish Keer, Raza Rizvi.
    YELLOW CARDS: Inao Ton (15'), Philip Gonsalves (78', both Mumbai United).
    REFEREE: Manuel Pereira.

    47th ATPA Shield - Quarterfinal: Assam Police Blues 0-1 Tinsukia Railway SC - Goal: 0-1 Mridul Saikia (15').
    Calcutta Super Division: Howrah Union 0-2 SAIL
    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC 3-1 West Bengal Police
    Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami 0-0 Calcutta FC
    Calcutta Super Division: Calcutta Customs 2-0 Police AC
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Phase II: Mahilpur FC 5-1 GPS Chahal SC - Goals: 0-1 Jaswinder Singh (13'), 1-1 Sandeep Sangha (15'), 2-1,3-1,4-1,5-1 Balwant Singh (30',47',50',63').
    Punjab State 2nd Division League - Phase II: Youth FC 1-2 International FC - Goals: 1-0 Davinder Singh (15'), 1-1 Gursewak Singh (52'), 1-2 Bawa Singh (55').

    ::: India drawn to Group D :::
    The India U-23 national team has been drawn into Group D of the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 to be held from December 1 to 15. India will face Iran, Hong Kong and the Maldives.
    22 national teams qualify directly into the Round 2 of the Asian Games football tournament, while the eight remaining teams, who did not participate in the last Asian Games, are divided into two groups of four, and play in Round 1.
    The winner of each group joins the 22 in Round 2.
    Groups - Round 1:
    Group A: Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau
    Group B: Singapore, Syria, Indonesia, Iraq
    Groups - Round 2:
    Group A: Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Winner A
    Group B: Korea, Bahrain, Vietnam, Bangladesh
    Group C: Thailand, Kuwait, Yemen, Palestine
    Group D: Iran, India, Hong Kong, Maldives
    Group E: China, Oman, Malaysia, Winner B
    Group F: Japan, DPR Korea, Turkmenistan, Pakistan

    ::: CFA v Punjab FA and SAI (East) v Hoshiarpur FA in semis :::
    Defending champions and Group A leaders Chandigarh Football Academy will Group D champions Punjab Football Academy in the first semifinal match on September 9 in the 4th edition of the Administrator's Challenger Cup All-India Football Tournament for Boys Under-17 being organised by Chandigarh Sports Department here. The second semifinal will be contested between Group C champions Sports Authority of India (East) Calcutta and Group B leaders Hoshiarpur Football Academy also on September 9. Tomorrow is a rest day.
    CFA, Punjab FA and Hoshiarpur Football Academy topped their respective groups. They collected nine points apice from three victories each in their respective groups. In the depleted Group C only SAI (East) and New Public School, Sector 18 Chandigarh were left in the contention. SAI drew with NPS and in the double leg, SAI beat NPS by 2-0.
    Spirited Football Academy, Hoshiarpur humiliated St. Stephen's Football Academy, Chandigarh by 5-0. The Hoshiarpur lads were full in cry today. In the second minute Mehnga Singh gave a calculated cross to Charanjit Singh who made no mistake to score the first goal. It was again Charanjit Singh who dribbled past two defenders of St. Stephen's and scored second goal for his team in the 19th minute with his solo efforts. In the 30th minute Mehnga Singh gave a square pass and Dilshad Ahmed scored the third goal for his team. After the lemon break Hoshiarpur FA dominated the proceedings and pumped two more goals. Lanky striker Arun netted the fourth goal for his team in the 46th minute. In the 54th minute Gurwinder Singh scored the fifth goal.
    In the second match fancied Chandigarh Football Academy hammered Chhattisgarh by 21-0.


    September 6
        RESULTS & NEWS

    AFC Asian Cup 2007 Qualifier - Jeddah, Saudi Arabi: Saudi Arabia 7-1 India - Goals: 0-1 Manju Nanjangud Shivananju (22'), 1-1,3-1 Saleh Bashir (24',51'), 2-1 Issa Al Mahyani (30'), 4-1 Mohamed Amin (57'), 5-1 Bader Al Hagbani (72'), 6-1,7-1 Ahmed Al Suwaileh (81',85').
    SAUDI ARABIA: 42-Mohammad Ibrahim Khojah, 3-Redha Fallatah, 5-Naif Al Qadi, 45-Hassan Fallatah, 14-Saud Khariri, 27-Abdoh Autef, 7-Mohammed Haidar (65' 3-Mohammed Al Mowallad), 46-Bader Al Hagbani, 24-Hussain Sulaimani [Captain], 43-Saleh Bashar Al Dosari (53' 32-Alaa Al Kwykbi), 19-Eysa Al Mahyani (77' 31-Ahmed Al Suwailh).
    INDIA: 1-Sandip Nandy, 17-Irungbam Surkumar Singh, 3-Manju Nanjangud Shivananju (81' 23-Sanjeev Kumar Maria), 42-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 41-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 12-Steven Dias, 47-Anupam Sarkar, 4-Mehraj Din Wadoo, 53-Renedy Singh, 15-Baichung Bhutia [Captain], 9-Manjit Singh (64' 10-Syed Rahim Nabi).
    YELLOW CARDS: Saud Khariri (86'), Redha Fallatah (88', both Saudi Arabia); Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (70', India).
    REFEREE: Mohamed Omar Al Saeedi (UAE).
    ASSISTENT REFEREES: Nasser Bahrooz Ahmad, Mohamed Jasem Saif Hamad Al Ja Al Mehairi (both UAE).
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ali Al Badwawi (UAE).
    MATCH COMMISSIONER: Taufik Sarhan (Syria).
    REFEREE INSPECTOR: Ahmed Jassim Mohamad (Bahrain).
    More information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com AFC Asian Cup 2007 special

    MATCH REPORT (Source AFC):
    Three-time Asian champions Saudi Arabia confirmed their place in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals with a 7-1 pummelling of India on Wednesday evening as they moved back to the top of the Group A standings.
    Japan's win over Yemen had earned the Saudis a spot in the finals to be held in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand next summer and Marcos Paqueta's side celebrated with a convincing win.
    Paqueta stuck to his word and fielded a strong line-up against the South Asian champions, with only Ahmed Al Dokhi, Abdulaziz Al Kahtran and Omar Al Ghamdi missing from the first-choice players the Brazilian had available.
    However, the Saudis had to suffer the shock of seeing Bobby Houghton's team taking the lead before putting the Indians in their place with a ruthless performance that maintained the team's 100 percent record in qualifying.
    Indian defender N.S. Manju opened the scoring and claimed his nation's first goal of the qualifiers when he capitalised on an error by Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Khojah to head home.
    But Saleh Bashir pulled Marcos Paqueta's side level on the half-hour mark when he beat the Indian offside trap and within another three minutes the Saudis were ahead thanks to Eisa Al Mehiani.
    Bashir doubled Saudi Arabia's advantage barely a minute after the restart, sending the ball through the legs of Indian goalkeeper Sandip Nandy, and soon after the visitors started to crumble.
    Mohamed Ameen scored with a solo effort in the 57th minute to make it 4-1 to the Saudis and Badr Al Hagbani added the fifth in the 61st minute with a powerful left-foot strike from the edge of the penalty area.
    Substitute Ahmed Al Suwaileh came off the bench to score his side's sixth after a fine pass by Hagbani and, with four minutes left, Al Suwaileh completed the rout with a header.
    More information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com AFC Asian Cup 2007 special

    POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE (Source AFC):
    Marcos Paqueta, Saudi Arabia:

  • It was a positive thing for my team when the Indian team scored first because afterwards my players came to appreciate the importance of the game. The most important thing is that we achieved the three points that secured qualification to the finals of the 2007 Asian Cup.
  • I admit that we gave a poor show in the first half but the players regained their concentration in the second and we played very well.
  • I will be following the Saudi league closely and I might give chances to other players to play in the next two qualifiers.
  • It was a tough game for us because we only had a short time between this match and our last match against Japan on Sunday. Also the temperature did not help both teams.
    Bob Houghton, India:
  • We went head-to-head with the Saudis for the first half hour but after they scored the second goal they totally dominated the match.
  • This was a very tough group for us because we had to face two of the strongest teams in Asia. After watching the Saudi Arabia versus Japan match I told some of my friends that if they had played the same during the World Cup then they might have achieved something.
  • Japan and Saudi Arabia are about equal. The Japanese are good in the box and they have good movement around the pitch while the Saudis are stronger in terms of fitness and concentration and this, as well as their huge determination, were the three factors that helped them win their match against Japan.
    More information and pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com AFC Asian Cup 2007 special

    47th ATPA Shield - Round 1: 2nd ASRF, Diphu 0-0,6-7 Assam State Electricity Board [on penalties] - Goals: none.

    Saudi Arabia vs INDIA live coverage
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    The match will kick-off at 20.30 local time, which mean 19.30 CET / 23.00 IST!
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    ::: India to face Myanmar :::
    The preliminary round draw for the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 men's football tournament was held today at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur. The Indian U-23 national team will face counterparts from Myanmar in the preliminary round.
    The teams will play the first leg on February 7, 2007, and the second leg will be played on February 14, 2007.

    ::: Mahindra United sign European striker :::
    31 year old Filipe Vaz de Azevedo, a Portuguese and French citizen, is the new partner for Ghanian Yakubu Yusif upfront at NFL and Fed Cup champions Mahindra United. The Jeepmen introduced their latest foreign recruit to the media at a press conference in Mumbai yesterday who has been signed from Portuguese second division side Sporting Olhanense.
    Filipe started his career with the youth of French giants Olympique Marseille before mainly playing for their reserves. He then played for Portuguese smaller sides - FC Felgueiras, FC Alverca, SC Campomaiorense FC, Penafiel, SC Salgueiros, again FC Felgueiras and then Sporting Olhanense. Filipe had spend a few years at Russian side Locomotive Moscow and played some time at French side CS Sedan.

    ::: Assam names Santosh Trophy squad :::
    The Assam FA has named a 23-member team for the forthcoming Santosh Trophy 2006.
    Assam Squad: Goalkeepers: Luchan Saikia, Jitu Chetri, Lokeswar Singh. Defenders: Raju Konwar, Thong Thong Kom, Dhananjoy Boro, Biplob Sonowal, Naoba Singh, Joseph Hasda. Midfielders: Abel Sema, Ajit Singh, Thoiba Singh, Birjab Musahary, Durga Boro, Monoj Boro, Monikanta Brahma. Forwards: Akum Ao, Bulu Jigdung, Sanjeeva Rongpi, Robijit Jigdung.
    Chief Coach: Santanu Basu. Technical Director: Arun Barthakur. Manager: Plabon Boruah.

    ::: Big Three release players for Bengal camp :::
    The Calcutta Maidan giants - East Bengal Club, Mohun Bagan AC, Mohammedan Sporting Club - will each released three players for the ongoing Bengal state camp ahead of the 61st Santosh Trophy in Haryana later this month. The clubs decided that after a request from the IFA.
    East Bengal will release - Sasthi Duley, Gouranga Datta, Vimal Pariyar; Mohun Bagan - Bijay Basfore, Suman Dutta, Ayan Chowdhury; and Mohammedan Sporting - Nasibul Haque, Sheikh Aslam, Mohammed Ali; for the Bengal camp.

    ::: Punjab FA score big win :::
    Punjab FA emerged Group D leaders and qualified for semifinal with full nine points after outplaying Sanjay Football Academy by 6-1 in the 4th Administrator's Challenge Cup All India Football Tournament for Under-17 at the Sector 42 Football Ground here today. It was third successive triumph for PFA which remained unbeaten in the qualifying group league phase. Sports Authority of India (SAI) East have already qualified for semifinals from Group C.
    Amritpal Singh put Punjab ahead in the 20th minute of play. Kulvir Singh doubled the margin in the 39th minute. The second half belonged to Punjab's substitute Harjit Singh who pumped in four goals in a row by scoring in the 75th, 78th, 84th and 88th minutes. The face-saving goal for Sanjay Football Academy was scored by Kunal Singh in the dying moments of the game. Gurwant Singh and Ajay Kushal of Sanjay Football Academy were shown yellow cards for unsporting behaviour. Harjit Singh of Punjab was also cautioned by the referee for indulging in rough play.
    In another match St. Stephen's Football Academy, Chandigarh outplayed a nine-member Uttar Pradesh team by 6-1. Both the teams played at fast pace right from the word go. The St. Stephen forward line consisted North East boys who exhibited brilliant soccer. G. Pamei of St. Stephen's put his team ahead in the third minute. Afer resumption G. Pamei took a powerful shoot from 20 yards which struck the bar and on the rebound Raoul Lorni of St. Stephen's scored the second goal forhis team in the 75th minute. St Stephen's mounted more pressure and two minutes later they were three up with Harpreet Bedi netting. Roaul Lorni scored the fourth goal for St. Stephens in the 85th minute. G. Pamei was shown yellow card by the referee in the 87th minute for indulging in rough play. However Raoul Lorni scored the fifth goal for St. Stephen's in the 88th minute. Johny Chand completed the tally in the 90th minute. Washim Khan and Krishan Lal of U.P. and Nikhil Parashar of St. Stephen's were shown yellow cards for rough play.
    Chattisgarh drub Himachal Pradesh by 5-0 in stakeless match. Evan (14th and 40th) and Sukhdeep (54th, 65th) Lalit netted once in the 58th minute.


    September 5
        RESULTS & NEWS

    The latest IndianFootball.Com Guest Column comes from our friend Harmit Singh Kamboe titled "The next challenges for the AIFF". The AIFF is often criticised for its work or rather not doing anything for the development of Indian football. Harmit looks at the important positive steps taken by the AIFF lately and takes a look at what steps should be taken next.
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Harmit Singh Kamboe .

    47th ATPA Shield - Round 1: Kuki FC, Kohima 13-1 North Jorhat Sporting Association
    Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami 1-0 Police AC
    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group A: ONGC - Bengal Mumbai FC = match postponed due to unsuitable ground conditions at the Cooperage, Mumbai.

    ::: AIFF appointment in IFA vs Md Sporting dispute :::
    The AIFF has appointed KP Sunny, Chairman of the AIFF Players Status Committee, to look into the dispute between the state FA, IFA (West Bengal) and the club, Mohammedan Sporting Club. The enquiry will be held on September 20 at 15.00 IST at the AIFF's Football House, Dwarka in New Delhi.

    ::: Viva Kerala appoint new coach :::
    Seasoned AM Sreedharan has been appointed as the new head coach of Kochi-based Viva Kerala. The club has been on the lookout for a new coach after TK Chathunni left the club in the summer.

    ::: Airtel Corporate Futsal League in Bangalore :::
    The Airtel Corporate Futsal League organised by Bangalore-based SPT Sports has held it's second weekend of action. The league has two divisions, an 11 team A Division and a seven team B Division with teams participating from Bangalore-based corporates. The proper Futsal rules are followed in the league.
    HP lead in the A Division with 18 points closely followed by On Mobile with 16 points both from six matches. Next in the table are Accenture (13 pts), Progeon (12 pts), Airtel - A (11 pts), Fidelity (10 pts), Metlife (6 pts), FCG (6 pts), E&Y (3 pts), Adobe (3 pts) and ING Vysya (1 pt). With each team playing 10 matches in the league all is still possible.
    In the B Division Genpact lead with 15 points from five matches, while TESCO are second with 12 points out of four matches. Next in the table are Cognizant (9 pts), Spheris (3 pts), CITRIX (3 pts), RELQ (3 pts) and Airtel - B (0 pts).

    ::: Punjab FA beat Services SCB :::
    Playing with proper understanding and coordination, Punjab FA scored an impressive 2-0 triumph against strong contenders Services Sports Control Board of Danapur on the day fifth day of the 4th Administrator's Challenge Cup All India Football Tournament for Under-17 at the Sector 42 Football ground here today. Both teams dished out brilliant football. Their skillful play earned cheers from a goodly crowd. However, the teams were locked goalless in the first half..
    On resumption, the Punjab boys attacked their rivals with redoubled vigour. It was Amandeep of Punjab who opened the account for his team in the 83rd minute of play. Baljit Singh of Punjab scored second goal for his team in the dying moments of the game. Amandeep Singh and Harjit Singh of Punjab and Anmol Davide of Services were shown yellow cards for rough play.
    Sanjay Football Academy edged past Mehar Academy, Kurali by 2-1. Both the teams exhibited same pattern of play right from the word go. The game was dominated by long high passes as most of the players of both teams were Punjabis. In the very first minute Sanjay forward Rajinder scored the first goal for his team off a fine header. Thereafter the Sanjay lads exerted more pressure and succeeded in securing second goal in 21st minute when Ajay scored through powerful left footer. Gurtej of Mehar Academy Kurali reduced the margin in the 31st minute.
    In the third match played between Hoshiarpur Football Academy and Goa FA at Sector 17 Football Stadium. The Hoshiarpur Academy routed Goa by 6-0. Gurwinder Singh scored the first goal for Hoshiarpur in the sixth minute. Arun Bhandar scored second and third goals for Hoshiarpur Football Academy in the 10th and 42nd minutes. The Hoshiarpur lads led 3-0 at the breather. On resumption of play Charanjit Singh of Hoshiparpur Academy scored the fourth goal in the 60th minute of play. Mehnga Singh netted the fifth goal in 65th minute and Arun Bhandar completed the tally in the 80th minute.
    In another match played at the 17 Football Stadium Sports Authority of India (East), Calcutta defeated New Public School, Chandigarh by 2-0. It was Asad Khan who drew first blood for SAI East Calcutta in the 33rd minute of play. Simranjit of New Public School was shown yellow card in the 35th minute. On crossing over the teams exhibited skillfull play. The NPS lads tried to score equalizer whereas SAI (East) lads tried their level best to increase the tally. In the 80th minute of play Bidesh Turi of SAI East took a brilliant banana kick but New Public custodian Harbir Singh made a spectular save. In the 83rd minute of play Diwakar Thapa of SAI East scored a fine goal. With this win SAI East qualified for semifinals from Group C.

    ::: Kerala U13 in Aluva :::
    The Kerala U13 Inter-District tournament will be held in Aluva from September 14. The Kerala U13 team for the national U13 Football Festival will be selected on the basis of the tournament.


    September 4
        RESULTS & NEWS

    47th ATPA Shield - Round 1: Napathya Club, Jorhat 0-3 Moran Town Club - Goals: 0-1 Jaideep Chatria (3'), 0-2 Apurba Phukan (19'), 0-3 Mantu Majhi (82').
    Calcutta Premier League: Railway FC 1-0 Eastern Railway SC - Goal: 1-0 Joydeep Bose (own Goal).
    Calcutta Premier League: George Telegraph SC 0-0 Calcutta Port Trust SC - Goals: none.
    Calcutta Super Division: West Bengal Police 4-0 Calcutta Customs
    Calcutta Super Division: Peerless SC 1-0 SAIL
    Calcutta Super Division: Howrah Union 3-2 Calcutta FC
    Calcutta Super Division: Tollygunge Agragami - Police AC = match abandoned

    ::: TV: Saudi Arabia - India match live :::
    Zee Sports will be showing the 2007 Asia Cup qualifier Saudi Arabia - India on wednesday, September 6 live at 22.30 IST. On September 7 Zee Sports will be showing a repeat telecast of the match at 05.30; 08.30 and 16.00 IST and on September 8 at 04.00 IST.
    Ahead of the evening match from Jeddah, at 15.30 IST in the afternoon on September 6 Zee Sports will be showing the India - Saudi Arabia match again.

    ::: Saudis beat Japan ahead of India match :::
    In an 2007 Asia Cup Group A qualifier last night, Saudi Arabia beat Japan by a 73.minute Saleh Bashar Al Dosari goal at the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah. Saudi Arabia are now top of the group with nine points from three matches, while Japan are second with six points from the same number of matches. Saudi Arabia next face our Indian national team at the same venue on wednesday.

    ::: Despite Michael Chopra refusal, AIFF on trail of NRI players :::
    UNI report: Cardiff City sensation Michael Chopra may have turned down the offer to play for the land of his origin but the football federation has not given up its pursuit of tracking quality players in the Indian diaspora and convince them to don the national colour.
    India's journeyman coach Bob Houghton approached Chopra during the four-team tournament in Canada but the former Newcastle United striker turned down the offer.
    "All India Football Federation didn't approach Chopra with any offer, it was just a casual discussion between Houghton and Chopra and things didn't click. That was it," AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco told UNI.
    Meanwhile, Houghton, before flying to Jeddah this morning for India's AFC Cup qualifier match against Saudi Arabia, revealed that AIFF was going about the job maintaining a low profile.
    "The Chopra thing didn't work out but the AIFF secretary is quietly going about with the job of finding quality players of Indian origin and sounding them out, if they want to play for India.
    I guess we won't get a bunch of them but one or two of them might be asset for the team," Houghton said.
    "For instance, there is this 21-year-old guy who is 185 cm and plays in Dutch first division as a centreback. An offer to play for India might interest him, or it may not. Let's wait and see," he added.
    Captain Baichung Bhutia also felt Indian diaspora can contribute towards reviving the game in the country.
    Talking to UNI, he said, "Of course it's a brilliant idea and can help us lift our standard. But it should be good, quality footballers. They have to prove themselves at least better than the current Indian crop. Michael Chopra could have been a good recruit but he has other plans in mind."
    "I think there are other quality players as well, scattered here and there and it's a good move to rope them in," he added.
    Meanwhile, AIFF secretary Colaco said though Vikash Dhorasoo has announced that he won't play for France again, there was no way the creative midfielder could don Indian jersey.
    "Once a player has played for a country, and he is a World Cupper, there is no such provision that enables him to play for another nation. No way he can play for India," Colaco explained.
    Meanwhile, goalkeeping coach of the under-20 team Hemanta Dora told UNI over phone that three youngsters of Indian origin Simran Singh from Denmark, Arvind Narayan and Umesh Kaushal from Canada who had appeared in the Goa camp could not satisfy the coach and were rejected.
    "The standard was quite awful and then they had problems with food, accommodation and everything else. So they were not considered good enough for the team," he said.

    ::: Delhi U16 trials tomorrow :::
    The Delhi SA will hold an open trial-cum-coaching camp from tomorrow at the Ambedkar Stadium to pick the Delhi U16 team for the North Zone qualifiers of the 29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy to be held in Haldwani, Uttaranchal from September 15 to 25. Interested youngsters have been asked to report to DSA secretary NK Bhatia or Coach Shafiq Ahmed along with their original birth certificates.

    ::: CFA, Services and Uttar Pradesh record victories :::
    Functioning like a well-oiled machine, Services Sports Control Board registered an impressive 13-1 triumph over Sanjay Public School Academy of Chandigarh in their group D encounter in the 4th edition of the Administrator's Challenge Cup All-India Football Tournament for Under-17 being conducted by the Chandigarh Administrator here. It was second successive win for the Services boys. The highlight of the one-sided match was a brilliant hat-trick by Y Bobo Singh who netted five goals at the Sector 42 Sports Complex today.
    Holders Chandigarh Football Academy handed out a 9-1 drubbing to Haryana in a Group A encounter. It was CFA's second successive victory and have virtually assured a place in semifinal. Manoj (2), Sukhdeep (2), Rakesh (2), Manoj (2) and Ravinder (1) were their goal-getters. Vivek reduced the margin one minute before the end.
    In a Group C match, Uttar Pradesh, playing with only nine players, got the better of Goa FA by 2-1. Goa surged ahead in the 15th minute through a goal by Raymond Rodrigues. However, Uttar Pradesh hit back in the 30th minute as Krishna Lal restored parity. He then snatched the match-winner two minutes before the interval.
    The Services players meant business from the beginning. Their forward line comprising Bobo Singh, Arjun Tudu and Kiran Kumar tore apart the Sanjay Academy defence. Kiran Kumar received the ball directly from the kick off. He dribbled past the Sanjay Academy defenders and loated a cross to Arjun Tudu to do the rest and give Services the lead in the first minute. Maintaining their pressure, Services got their second goal in the 11th minute. Medio gave a through pass from the right flank to speedy Kiran who got past two Sanjay defenders before lobbying the ball over an advancing goalkeeper Aditya. Down by two early goals, Sanjay Academy were able to reduce the margin through Gurwsant Singh who reduced the margin in the 18th minute. Elvish Kipgen netted the third goal for Sanjay in the 20th minute. Kiran was again on the target in the 33rd minute. Y Bobo Singh made it 5-1 in the 41st minue. Kiran against struk in the 42nd minute as Services lead 6-1 at half time. The second half witnessed Bobo Singh toying with the Sanjay defence. Elvish scored his team's seventh goal in the 46th minute. Thereafter it virtually became Bobo vs Sanjay. Bobo struck four goals in a row as he netted in the 63rd, 73rd, 75th and 76th minutes. Kh Chinglen Singh (78th) and Arjun Tudu (79th) got one goal each to complete Sanjay Academy's rout.
    At the Sector 17 Football Stadium, Delhi Soccer Association did not turn up for their match against Sports Authority of India (East) in Group C league programme. Earlier from this group IFA (West Bengal) had played truant despite confirmation for participation.

    ::: Football coaching camp evokes good response :::
    by Xavier Rutsa: A sense of terrific and exciting moments are on in the local ground, Kohima these days with the Naga Boys Club, Kohima taking the lead to organize a football coaching camp.
    "Around 70 to 80 boys are daily turning up for the coaching camp," Roko Angami, chief coach and president Naga Boys Club told this reporter during the training session on Monday.
    Roko revealed that the best players from the current coaching camp will be selected to represent Nagaland under-16 for the NorthEast zone qualifying round for Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. He also informed that the selected players would represent the Naga Boys Club 'A' and 'B' team respectively in the forthcoming coming 7th NSF Martyr's Memorial Trophy, which is starting on September 22. Significantly the Naga Boys Club holds the distinction of winning the NSF Martyr's trophy in 2000 and 2003 and last they lost in semifinals.
    It is hopeful that the state government also pays immediate attention to such kind of coaching camp, when a genuine club is organising is going all out for the promoting of the game of football in the state of Nagaland.
    The youngest in the camp is Kevi Christopher, a 10 year, in standard five who plays as striker. Kevi says, "I hoped, I become one-day a good striker like Miroslav Klose of Germany."
    "I have been benefited a lot from the coaching camp," said Mhasieselie Sophi, aged 12 year old, whose favorite player is Brazilian Ronaldo and wished to don the Naga Boys Club shirt one-day.
    Roko, who has donned Mahindra&Mahindra in the late nineties is assisted by present and past star players of the state in the forms David Rutsa, Kevilebei Paphino and Azho Sophie in training the boys. Before the start of the training a bible reading is read out by amongst the trainees and the session concludes with a mass prayer.
    Mr. Roko also thanked MLA Shabhok Konyak; Mr. K. Kire, IPS, IGP and Nagaland FA president P Atou Mezhur for their help towards to the club in conducting the coaching camp.


    September 3
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Goan Professional League: Churchill Brothers SC 5-2 Raia Sporting Club - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Drupesh Dessai (27',29'), 3-0,4-1,5-2 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (43',59',75'), 3-1 Roque Barreto (45+',70').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Odafe Onyeka Okolie (Churchill Brothers).

    Goan Professional League: Velsao Pale SC 1-0 Corps of Signals - Goal: 1-0 Levy Coelho (47').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Desmond Fernandes (Velsao Pale).

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group B: Bank of India 0-1 Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers - Goal: 0-1 Sayed Rizvi (78').
    BOI: Sanjeev Verma; Shymal Singhal, Rajesh Chandran, Prakash Mehra, Amit Yadav; Shahnawaz Ansari (79' Anton Saldanha), Shankar Thakur, Velu Karmagulam (74' Sanjay Hazare), Munir Sheikh; Steven Gupta (78' Akash Jadhav), Hasan Rizvi.
    RCF: Suhas Patil; Ashirwad Hedge, Balin Singh, Francis Dias; Monish Bhamre, Manoj Adhikari (46' Shayresh Bawkar), Souvaid Ansari, Prosenjit Barua (81' Douglas D'Sena), Allan Dias; Bhagwan Padhi (70' Sayed Rizvi), Lawrence Dias.
    Yellow Cards: Rajesh Chandran (31'), Steven Gupta (45+2', both BoI); Manoj Adhikari (25'), Bhagwan Padhi (60'), Lawrence Dias (62'), Souvaid Ansari (77', all RCF).
    REFEREE: Nagesh Shetty.

    Mumbai Super Division: Rizvi Mumbai Muslims - Mumbai Port Trust = match postponed due to unsuitable ground conditions at the Cooperage, Mumbai.

    ::: Houghton, Baichung confident for AFC qualifier tie against Saudis :::
    UNI report: Uncowered by the prospect of taking on regular World Cupper Saudi Arabia at their den in their away AFC Asian Cup qualifier match on Wednesday, India, bubbling with a new-found confidence under new coach Bob Houghton, promised to make life difficult for their illustrious hosts.
    Both Houghton and Baichung, in a press conference here last night, asserted that the team was not overawed at all that the Saudi team would be teeming with a number of World Cup players in their rank and felt the absence of Yasser Al Qahtani, whose hattrick sunk India in the Kolkata match last month, would be an advantage for India.
    "I don't think we were overawed in the match. In fact not many of us know that some of their players played in World Cup, actually you have better teams to follow there. But of course, Saudi has been dominating the Asian scenario for long," Baichung said.
    "But though we lost the Kolkata match, it gave us lot of confidence that we can play well. The 0-3 defeat doesn't reflect the game we played in Kolkata," he added.
    Houghton was also more concerned about his team, than the opponents.
    "I'm not thinking about how good they are, rather my team remains my focus. It's going to be a tough game. Saudi will be playing at their home in high temperature and we need a good start in the match. We have been working on set pieces and trying more variety. I can't predict the result but we'll definitely put up a better show. And Qahtani's absence will definitely help us," the coach said.
    Baichung felt the team is in good spirit and high time the forwards showed better finishing.
    "The guys are confident after the last match, but it's not over-confidence. We have to ensure that we don't make any silly mistakes at back. And at the same time, the forwards will have to be bang on target. We got a few chances in the Kolkata match as well. I think we have to convert at least 60-70 per cent of the chances that come our way.
    "Manjit (Singh) is playing well, Sunil Chhetri and Frederick Mascarenhas are also in good nick. Hope we put up a better show this time," the mercurial captain said.
    Meanwhile, the coach said he didn't consider any player from the under-20 team that took part in the Colombo SAF Games.
    "We didn't want to rush them to the senior side, it would have been quite unnecessary. There are some good, young players but we should allow them to develop. Asian Games can be a good option because you have to have mostly under-23 players there and then there is Olympic qualifier. We would consider them at the right time," he reasoned.
    And Baichung felt a surprise win against Saudi might do wonder for Indian football.
    "What the Indian football needs is one or two big wins. That can dramatically change things. It would be a huge boost to the players' psychology and at the same time would motivate the next generation of players," he added.

    ::: Al Qahtani to miss match against India :::
    Saudi Arabia striker Yasser Al Qahtani, who tormented the India defence and scored all three goals against India on August 16, will miss today's match against Japan and also the match on wednesday against India. Al Qahtani is out for about three weeks with an abdomen injury picked-up in an international friendly against the United Arab Emirates on August 27. This is good news for the Indian team ahead of their trip to Saudi Arabia

    ::: Mumbai Elite & Super Division matches postponed :::
    Tomorrow's Mumbai Elite Division match between Mumbai United - Maharashtra State Police and Mumbai Super Division match between Income Tax - Dena Bank have been postponed due to unsuitable ground conditions at the Cooperage, Mumbai.

    ::: Md Sporting, IFA sign tuce for now; AIFF orders probe :::
    PTI report: After weeks of pointing fingers at each other, Indian Football Association and Mohammedan Sporting seem to be moving towards a compromise which could end the long-running feud over player transfers.
    Sporting had alleged that IFA was siding with Calcutta rivals East Bengal during the recent transfer season and held the Association's Secretary Subrata Dutta directly responsible in this regard.
    Dutta was manhandled and shoved when he came to the Mohammedan tent at the Calcutta maidan with All India Football Federation Secretary Alberto Colaco and club coach Subhas Bhowmick.
    The dispute arose when four players - Chandan Das, Syed Rahim Nabi, M Suresh and Mohammed Mokhtar - were cleared by the IFA to play for East Bengal after initially signing for Sporting. Das and Nabi had taken advances from both the clubs. But after mediation from AIFF President Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, both sides have stepped back a bit.
    A one-man committee will look into Sporting's charges of bias by IFA and would advise the Federation accordingly, club secretary Sultan Ahmed told PTI.
    However, the composition of the committee is still to be decided and as for the deadline for the probe, Ahmed said a report would be filed "very soon."
    In the meantime, both parties would refrain from making statements against each other in the media and the club has been asked to drop their litigation plans against IFA.

    ::: Punjab FA, Hoshiarpur FA and Haryana FA record victories :::
    Hoshiarpur Football Academy, Punjab FA and Haryana FA registered victories in their respective group qualifying round matches on the third day of the 4th Administrator's Challenge Cup All India Football Tournament for Under-17 at the Sector 42 Sports Complex and Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.
    Hoshiarpur FA got the better of Uttar Pradesh FA by 3-0 in a group B fixture. The Uttar Pradesh team are playing with only nine players as the Medical Board constituted by the Director Health Services of Government Hospital of Sector 16 had declared eight UP players overage. Haryana FA routed Himachal Pradesh by 11-0 and Punjab FA got full points at the expense of Mehar Football Academy of Kurali whom they defeated by 4-1.
    Despite the reduced strength, Uttar Pradesh put up a good fight to Hoshiarpur Football Academy before conceding three goals without reply in their Group B league fixture. The Uttar Pradesh players thwarted the efforts of Hoshiarpur Football Academy and did not allow their rivals to score till the 30th minute. Medio of Hoshiarpur FA Mehna Singh controlled the midfield well and gave an immaculate through pass to Dilshad Ahmed who dribbled past two UP defenders before opening the account for Hoshiarpur team. Mehnga Singh himself doubled the score in the 38th minute as he capitalised on a rebound from UP goalkeeper Pardeep Kumar. Charanjit Singh completed the tally for Hoshiarpur by scoring in the 75th minute. The UP-Hoshiarpur match was marred by rough play.Shahbad Ahmed and Arun Bhandari of Hoshiarpur FA and Waseem Khan were shown yellow cards for their deliberate rough play and unsportsmanship behaviour.
    Earlier, Haryana registered their second successive triumph as they outplayed lowly rated Himachal Pradesh FA by 11-0 after leading 8-0 at half time in Group A match. Strikers Mandeep Singh and Vivek were their main goal getters. Mandeep Singh contributed four goals. He struck in the 17th, 27th, 32nd and 35th minutes. Vivek (3) was on target in the 31st, 44th and 65th minutes. Harinder (2) netted in the 52nd and 70th minutes. Sandeep (8th minute) and Vikas (12th) contributed one goal each to complete Himachal Pradesh's rout.
    Later in the evening the focus shifted to Sector 17 Football Stadium. IFA (West Bengal) which were billed to cross swords with Delhi Soccer Association did not turn up for their Group C match and consequently the West Bengal team have been scratched.
    In Group D League outing, Punjab FA defeated runners-up Mehar Football Academy of Kurali by 4-1 after sharing two goals in the first half. Baljit Singh opened the account for Punjab FA in the 35th minute as he pounced on the rebound from MFA custodian Harjinder Singh. One minute before half time, Deepak Kumar struck to neutralise the lead for Mehar Football Academy. However, the second half belonged to Punjab FA. In the last 20 minutes they pressed hard and netted three goals to emerge winners with a clearcut margin. Amandeep Singh (72nd), Baljit Singh (77th) and Amritpal Singh (81st) scored to swell victory margin for PFA. Gulzinder Singh of PFA and Yadvinder Singh of MFA were given yellow cards in the 69th and 86th minutes respectively for deliberately indulging rough play.
    Meanwhile, two more players of Mehar Football Academy were declared overage by the medical panel. They were Gurvinder Singh and Parveen Kumar. So far 21 players from differerent teams, including two from Chandigarh FA of Chandigarh Administration, were found overage and were debarred from taking part in the ongoing tournament.

    ::: Former Delhi player dies of heart attack :::
    PTI report: Former Delhi football player and coach Sohan Lal passed away on Sunday morning following a heart attack. Lal was 70 years old and is survived by wife and four children.
    The former player, who represented Delhi between 1960 and 1975 suffered a heart attack on Saturday and was admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital before being shifted to private clinic in Kirti Nagar where he breathed his last.
    Lal was the secretary of the South India FC -- affiliated to the Delhi Soccer Association. He coached various grassroot level Delhi teams and contributed 50 years of his life to game. DSA president Subhash Chopra and secretary NK Bhatia expressed their condolences at his sudden demise.


    September 2
        RESULTS & NEWS

    ::: Saudi Arabia vs India preview :::
    Harmit Singh Kamboe under the title "Keeping the Momentum Going" takes a look at the upcoming Saudi Arabia vs India match next wednesday. You can read the preview in our Asia Cup Special's news section.
    To go to the >>IndianFootball.Com Asia Cup special

    Goan Professional League: Dempo SC 2-1 Salgaocar SC - Goals: 1-0,2-1 Anthony Pereira (7',31'), 1-1 Julius Irabor Akpele (11').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Anthony Pereira (Dempo).

    Goan Professional League: Sporting Club de Goa 3-1 Vasco SC - Goals: 1-0 Bello Rasaq (30'), 2-0,3-0 Nicolas Borges (38',5?'), 3-1 Agnelo D'Souza (80').
    Hutch Man-of-the-Match: Nicolas Borges (Sporting Clube).

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group B: Mahindra United 2-0 Mumbai Customs - Goals: 1-0 Samson Fernandes (74'), 2-0 Rauf Khan (80', penalty).
    MAHINDRA UNITED: Amit Nandi; Othallo Tabia, Peter Siddique, Samson Fernandes, Sushanth Mathew; Rauf Khan, Lazarus Fernandes (86' Adnan Rahimtullah), Bhola Prasad, Chiman Appa Rao (75' Keegan Pereira); Craig D'Souza (53' Ujjal Ghosh), Mohammed Rafi.
    MUMBAI CUSTOMS: Sukhdev Ghosh; Hekmat Singh, Jatin Sahi, Vikas Mangella, Krishnamurthy Bharathi (88' Ajit Shinde), Omkar Sawant, Nigel D'Souza, Stalin Mathew (78' Jose Colaco), Nelson Cardoz, Ashish Bhoir, Nitin Shetty.
    YELLOW CARDS: Mohammed Rafi (41'), Othallo Tabia (83', both Mahindra United).
    REFEREE: Manuel Pereira

    ::: Delhi finally announces football office bearers :::
    IANS report: After much dilly-dallying, the newly elected Delhi Soccer Association president Subhash Chopra announced the names of office bearers here Saturday.
    In the elections held on August 20, Chopra was unanimously chosen DSA president after the withdrawal of opposition candidate, Umesh Sood, a former DSA president.
    "Putting behind all the differences in the past, we will work together for the betterment of the game," said Chopra, referring to the intense battle that preceded the election.
    Sood has been appointed the working chairman of the Delhi Project of Vision India, which was launched by the AFC in September 2002 with the goal developing infrastructure and raising the standard of the game in country.
    DSA office bearers:
    President: Subhash Chopra; Vice presidents: BS Chauhan, OP Malhotra, DK Bose, Hem Chand, Syed Sharafatulla, HV Chauhan; Secretary: Narendra Kumar Bhatia; Treasurer: Syed Shaheen; Joint secretaries: Abdul Aziz, Magan Singh Patwal, Shankar Lal. Managing committee: Syed Nasir Ali (Mughal), MM Sultan (Shastri), Dalip Ghosh (Delhi Audit), Kishori Lal (Delhi Cantt), Jagdish Parsad (BSNL), Bachi Ram (BB Stars), SC Mastana (Delhi Tigers), Kalamuddin (Youngman), Liaquat Ali (Ahbab).

    ::: Arjun hattrick for SSCB; SAI (East) and NPS Chandigarh play 2-2 draw :::
    Striker Arjun Tudu earned the distinction of performing the first hattrick as talented Services Sports Control Board from Danapur dished out brilliant soccer to outclass runners-up Mehar Football Academy of Kurali (Punjab) by a stunning 13-0 margin in the 4th edition of the Administrator's Challenge Cup for Under-17 at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today. Arjun himself accounted for six goals and he completed his three-in-a-row feat by scoring his team's sixth, seventh and eighth goals within a span of five minutes. His goals came in the 5th, 30th, 31st, 43rd, 44th and 50th minutes. Kh Chinglen Singh (37th minute 5-0, 50th minute 9-0) and Y Bobo Singh (8th minute 2-0 and 67th minute 13-0). Kiran Kumar (53rd minute 10-0), Birju Tudu (55th minute 11-0) and Elvis Kipgen (57th minute, 12-0).
    Sports Authority of India (East) and New Public School, Sector 18 Chandigarh played a two-all draw in a thrilling Group C fixture which was played in rain. NPS enjoyed an upper hand in the beginning of the match but SAI slowly started asserting themselves. There were good moves from both sides to score. However, it was New Public School which drew the first blood through Sukhman who scored with an angular powerful shot in the 37th minute. They crossed over with a 1-0 lead. Soon after resumption, the SAI boys bounced back into the game with a vengeance and restored parity through left winger Dipankar Thapa who side-stepped three defenders before scoring with a sizzling shot in the 46th minute. Dipankar also had his hand in his team's second goal which came in the 52nd minute.Dipankar send a fine floater from the left flank and Asad Khan headed the ball in in a smooth action. The NPS boys then went all out. Their efforts bore fruits in the 61st minute. Suresh engineered the move and sent a defence-splitting pass to Ashpreet to put his seal on the goal. The draw was the poetic justice after the 90-minute thrilling action.
    Haryana routed Chhattisgarh by 10-1 in a group A match at the Sector 42 Football Ground. Mandeep emerged their star player as he netted in the 7th, 31st, 37th and 40th minutes. Vikas contributed three by scoring in the 42nd, 59th and 89th minutes. Vivek (23rd, 66th) and Ravi (33rd) were their other scorers. Evan Anthony scored a solitary goal for Chattisgarh.
    In Group B league fixture St. Stephen's Football Academy got the better of talented Goa by a margin of 4-1. St Stephen's forged ahead in the 14th minute. Raoul Lorni of St. Stephen's was tackled by a Goan defender just outside the penalty area and the referee awarded a direct free kick which was converted by L. Kamei. The second goal for St. Stephen's was scored by G. Palmei in the 32nd minute. The third goal for St. Stephen's was netted by Nikhil Parakar through header off a fine cross sent by Raoul Lorni from the left flank. Right winger Raymond of Goa reduced the margin for Goa in the 85th minute. St. Stephen's striker G. Pal Mei scored fourth goal in 86th minute to round of the winners' tally.
    Meanwhile, two players of Mehar Football Academy of Kurali were found overaged and were debarred from participation. The number of players who were found overaged by the Medical Board has gone up to 19. Three Kurali players - Deepak, Ravijot Singh and Dinesh Kumar - were shown yellow cards for their rough play and Services Sports Control Board. The Kurali team substituted Jammu&Kashmir who withdrew from the tournament. Indian FA from West Bengal have also withdrawn from the competition.

    ::: 'Vision Delhi' to launch school football league :::
    IANS report: Vision India's 'Project Delhi', a brainchild of the Asian Football Confederation, will launch its first major tournament, an under-13 league for schools here, Wednesday.
    "The league is the first major step taken by the Project Delhi and 48 schools will be participating," said AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco here Saturday.
    The participating schools have been divided into six zones. In each zone, 28 matches of 50 minutes duration will take place. Each team will comprise seven players. A four-member spotter committee has been formed, with the responsibility to spot talent at these matches.
    "The committee will be spotting the talented who would then be given training during school vacations," said Shaji Prabhakaran, Director of Vision India.
    Prabhakaran also announced that a similar school league would start in Manipur from Saturday.
    "Manipur project has been working fine. We don't have a sponsor there but the state government is helping us in all possible ways to make the project a hit," he said.
    Umesh Sood was appointed the working chairman of the Delhi Project and Syed Nasir Ali the coordinator. Project Delhi is a part of Vision India, which was launched by the Asian Football Confederation in September 2002 with the goal developing infrastructure and raising the standard of the game in country.
    The Vision Asia team submitted a report on India in 2004 and the pilot projects were launched in Delhi and Manipur. For Delhi, the AIFF has got the Steel Authority of India Limited to sponsor the school league and hence the project will be called the SAIL Vision India Project Delhi. The implementation process of Project Delhi started with the formulation of the task force as per guidelines of AFC in July 2005.

    ::: All-Manipur FA announce State U16 squad :::
    The All-Manipur FA has announced the Manipur State U16 team for the NorthEast Zone qualifiers of the 29th Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy to be held in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh from September 21 to 30.
    MANIPUR U16: Th Roshan Singh, Ksh Melemnganba Meitei, G Priyokumar Sharma, S Sadananda Singh, N Shivananda Singh (all Imphal East DFA), S Kishan Singh, Th Ratan Singh, Kh Ahoysana Singh, Ng Amarjit Singh, Chingamba Potsangbam (all Imphal West DFA), N Hemchandra Singh, L Bishorjit Singh, L Rabichandra Singh (all Bishenpur), N Inaoba Singh, M Roshan Singh (both Kakching), L Eljoy, TS Suresh (both Chandel), Lalrintluanga (Churachandpur).


    September 1
        RESULTS & NEWS

    Calcutta Premier League: East Bengal Club 0-0 Eastern Railway SC - Goals: none.
    EAST BENGAL: Abhra Mondal; Vincent Brice Pires, Luiz Octavio Alvez de Souza, Gurpreet Singh, Snehashish Chakraborty; Chandan Das (32' Sasthi Duley), Jayanta Sen, Dipankar Roy, Debabrata Roy (90' Y Raju Singh); Ashim Biswas, Gouranga Datta (46' Vimal Pariyar).
    EASTERN RAILWAY: Tapan Kumar Karmakar, Babun Kar, Barun Kundu, Shubhankar Maity (65' Santanu Bit), Bijoy Das, Niladri Shekhar Chakraborty, Pervez Alam, Hemant Chetri, Sanjit Dutta Bhowmick (38' Mohammed Nadeem), Samrat Roy Choudhuri (67' Farid Ali Mollah), Henry.
    Chirag Man-of-the-Match: Tapan Kumar Karmakar (Eastern Railway).
    REFEREE: Dhanapati Roy.

    Mumbai Elite Division - Preliminary Group A: Air-India 0-0 Bengal Mumbai FC - Goals: none.
    AIR-INDIA: Ethesham Ahmed; Hamza Zaheer Abbas (81' Anthony Fernandes), Uttam Leishangthem Singh, Benoy Kuruvilla, Santosh Koli; Noel Fernandes, Hringsolal Thomte, Vijith Shetty, Paresh Shivalkar; Samson Singh (70' Neil Gaikwad), Alex Ambrose (55' T Narendra Meetei)
    BENGAL MUMBAI FC: Sarath Charath; Shinoy Chandran, Aqueel Ansari, Reza Mohamed, Imran Javed, KV Lalu, Atish Ruke (54' Nagesh Swamy), Sharab Athar, Khalid Siddique, Saad Mohammed (78' Sameer Ansari), Mohammed Ali
    YELLOW CARDS: Vijith Shetty (55', Air-India); KV Lalu (30'), Atish Ruke (47'), Nagesh Swamy (78', all BMFC).
    REFEREE: Ramesh Subramaniam.

    ::: Punjab State 2nd Division League - Phase II fixtures released :::
    The Punjab FA has made the fixtures of the second Phase of the Punjab State 2nd Division League available to us at IndianFootball.Com.
    The four team Phase II would be held at the Youth Football Stadium, Rurka Kalan District in Jalandhar from September 7 to 10. Besides the host Youth FC also Capt.GPS Chahal SC, Jalandhar; Mahilpur FC (District Hoshiarpur); and International Football Club, Phagwara (District Kapurthala) have qualified from the first Phase.
    Here the released >>Punjab State 2nd Division League - Phase II fixtures

    ::: 47th ATPA Shield to kick-off on Monday :::
    The 47th ATPA Shield will kickoff at the Jorhat Stadium, Assam on Monday. Local senior division league champions Napathya Club take on Moran Town Club in the opening match.
    In total 12 teams will play for the title. The participating clubs are defending champions Nagaland Police and runners-up Food Corporation of India, Guwahati plus Assam Police Blues; Assam Dynamo Club; 2nd Assam special Reserve Force; Assam Rifles; Kuki FC, Kohima; Salbagan SC; Tinsukia Railway SC; Moran Town Club and two local sides in Napathya Club and North Jorhat Sub-Association.

    ::: 17 players declared overaged, debarred :::
    Five Punjab players, including Jagdeesh Singh representing Punjab FA were declared overaged by the Medical Board constituted by the Director Health Services of Government Hospital, Sector 16. They were among 17 players ruled out of the 4th Administrator's Challege Cup All-India Football Tournament for Under-17 which commenced at the Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh today.
    Giving details of those found overaged, a spokesman of the organising committee said that Daljit Singh, Mohd Shahid, Jagdev Singh and Dhirender Singh of Hoshiarpur Football Academy were declared overaged by the medical board. Dhirender did not report for second medical examination. Jagdeesh Singh of PFA did not appear before the medical panel. Surprisingly, two hosts players Pawan Kumar and Gurpreet, both representing Chandigarh Football Academy being run by the Chandigarh Administration, were also found overaged. Sudhir Saini of St Stephen's Football Academy of Chandigarh also crossed the elligible age criteria. However, Harsimran Singh of St Stephen's Academy was cleared by the medical board. The Uttar Pradesh FA was the biggest defaulters. Their eight players were declared overaged.
    Chandigarh Sports Director-cum-Addtional Deputy Commissioner Inderjit Singh Sandhu said all those declared oveaged by the Medical Board have been debarred from participating in the fourth edition of the Administrator's Challenge Cup which is being organised under the patronage of AIFF. He also promised more strict in future against those teams which field overage players.
    Those found overaged are: Uttar Pradesh: Abhishek Shukla, Ali Hyder Khan, Mayank Pandey, Suresh Patel, Sanjay Patel, Sandeep Bhagat, Abhishek Kumar Singh, Arjun Kumar; St Stephen's Academy, Chandigarh: Sudhir Saini; Chandigarh Football Academy: Pawan Kumar, Gurpreet. Services Sports Control Board: Laxman. Punjab FA: Jagdeesh Singh (did not turn up for medical examination). Hoshirpur Football Academy: Daljit Singh, Mohd Shahid, Jagdev Singh and Dhirender Singh (did not turn up for second medical examinations).
    Meanwhile, the opening match turned out to be a massacre of innocents as the Chandigarh Administration-run Chandigarh Football Academy outplayed and outclassed Himachal Pradesh FA. The hosts pumped in 36 goals without reply. Rakesh Kumar (7), Maninder Singh (7), Jaspal Singh (5), Manoj Kumar (5), Randeep Singh (3), Rinku Mashia (2), Gurtej Singh (2), Sukhdeep Singh (2), Gurjinder Kumar (1), Ravinder Singh (1) and Abdul Shamim (1) were the goal-getters for CFA.
    Earlier, Punjab Governor Gen.(Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues was the chief guest and inaugurated the tournament. Mr. S.K. Sandhu, IAS, Secretary Sports & Finance, Mr I.S. Sandhu, Addl. Deputy Commissioner-cum-Director Sports and Mr. Ravinder Talwar, President, Chandigarh FA were amongst the dignitories present on the opening day.

    ::: Mumbai Super Division match postponed :::
    Tomorrow's Mumbai Super Division match between Sea View SC - Central Bank of India has been postponed due to unsuitable ground conditions at the Cooperage, Mumbai.

    ::: Robo-soccer frenzy in IIT Guwahati :::
    IANS report: Assam is in the grip of another football fever with frenzied teams making a beeline to a different game of soccer where it needs no muscle power and physical strength -- just brains and patience.
    Come Saturday and the sprawling campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati is all set to become a veritable playground with as many as 70 teams expected to take part in a unique game of soccer to be played by robots. The robotic soccer event is part of IIT Guwahati's three-day 'Techniche 2006', an annual technological fair.
    Unlike in a football match, a robo-soccer team would have four players, with each team bringing a self-designed robot, and played in a wooden arena measuring 230 cm x 125 cm.
    In all there would be four teams participating in a single match in the arena divided into two halves. Two strikers try to hit goals and the goalkeepers try to defend the goalposts. The four robots then have their roles reversed. The pint-sized wired robots measuring 20cm x 20cm x 15cm would use a table tennis ball for the match. Points would be awarded to the striker for hitting the goal whereas goalkeepers lose points for failing to save.
    'The enthusiasm is tremendous for the robo-soccer event. More than half the teams are from outside IIT,' Naveen Tanwar, an event organiser, told IANS.
    The winners take home a handsome cash booty.
    Robo soccer apart, there are other robotics competitions at the fest. These include machines that can perform two-dimensional motion underwater like a submarine.

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