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March 31
    RESULTS & NEWS

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Churchill Brothers SC 0-0 Mahindra United
Goals: none.

Promoted Churchill Brothers SC held defending champions Mahindra United to a goalless draw in the 11th National League at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. With their seventh draw in this edition of the NFL Churchill Brothers now have 13 points from 11 matches to move to sixth place in the league. Meanwhile Mahindra United remain on top of the table with now 22 points also from 11 matches.
The Churchill Brothers defence missed Nicholas Muyoti and Robert Lalthalma due to yellow card suspensions but their goalkeeper Vinay Singh was upto the task denying Mahindra United again and again throughout the match, and deservedly Vinay was chosen for the "Man of the Match"!
Mahindra United meanwhile rested captain Yakubu Yusif and Surkumar Singh ahead of the numerous asignments in the NFL and the AFC Cup, and that Yakubu was missing could be seen as Mahindra lacked the clinical finish needed to subdue a fighting opponent like the Churchill Brothers. Mahindra has their chances, be it a Steven Dias freekick which was kept out by Vinay Singh or striker Abhishek Yadav and Andrews Mensah Pomeyie who were also denied by the keeper. But the longer the match lasted the more Churchill Brothers ventured into the Mahindra half with George Ekeh and Odafe Onkeya Okolie causing danger for the Jeepmen, but in the end the match ended in a stalemate.
Churchill Brothers will next face JCT, Phagwara on coming Saturday, April 7; while Mahindra United travel across to Calcutta to face Mohun Bagan AC on April 5.
CHURCHILL: 1-Vinay Singh; 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith, 23-Vinu Jose, 3-Warundeep Singh, 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 15-D Raju, 22-Thokchom Bungo Singh, 16-Bernard Pires, 26-Vanlal Rova, 9-George Ekeh, 10-Odafe Onkeya Okolie.
MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy; 2-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 14-Mahesh Gawli, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 23-Steven Dias, 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady, 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh, 7-Sushanth Mathew, 25-Andrews Mensah Pomeyie, 15-Abhishek Yadav.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Vinay Singh (Churchill Brothers).
YELLOW CARD: D Raju (4', Churchill Brothers); Mahesh Gawli (31', Mahindra).
REFEREE: Shaji Kurian (Kerala).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: A Arjunan (Services), Biswajit Kar (West Bengal).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Debashish Mishra (West Bengal).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Final Round - EMS Corporation Stadium, Calicut: Salgaocar SC 1-1 ONGC, Mumbai
Goals: 0-1 Tarif Ahmed (35'), 1-1 Jerose Oliveira (54').

SALGAOCAR: 1-Milagrio Medeira; 12-Remus Gomes, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar, 30-Francis Fernandes (90+4' 9-Francis Andrade), 25-Rocus Lamare, 6-Micky Fernandes, 14-Jerose Oliveira, 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 11-RC Prakash (76' 15-Agnelo Barreto).
ONGC: 1-Bilifang Narzary; 26-Kabijit Khotel, 2-Dharmesh Patel, 4-Krishna Shirodkar, 20-Sandip Das, 21-Amit Mondal (90+3' 8-Sunil Choudhury), 7-Hekmat Singh, 15-Stanley Cyprian, 12-Gulidom Rongmoi (85' 31-Uttam Debnath), 10-Rakshak Naik, 9-Tarif Ahmed.
YELLOW CARD: Dharmesh Patel (69'), Kabijit Khotel (82', both ONGC).
YELLOW-RED CARD: Dharmesh Patel (90+2', ONGC).
REFEREE: Naveen Sundi (Jharkhand).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Ashok Ghosh (Delhi), Yaima Singh (Manipur).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MK Samasthiya (Orissa).

::: Goa FA announce state U20 probables :::
The Goa FA has invited 44 players for the state U20 probables camp to be held at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco from April 2 at 07.30 IST. The selected team would represent Goa in the U21 Nationals.
GOA U20 Probables: Mackles Moraes, Valentino D'silva, Romeo Colaco, Joshua Rebello, Melvis Fernandes, Edison Sequeira, Beevan D'Mello, Milagres Gonsalves (all Salgaocar SC), John Rodrigues, Jason D'Mello, Gabriel Fernandes, Sidroy Alfonso, Selwyn Fernandes, Elias D'souza (all Sesa Football Academy), Agustinho Fernandes, Raymond Marques, Steven Fernandes, Anthony D'souza, Royston Pereira (all Sporting Clube de Goa), Ashley Fernandes, Lavino Fernandes, Tyson Caiado, Rowilson Rodrigues, Stanley Dias (all Churchill Brothers SC), Laximikant Kattimani, Joy Ferrao, Joel Sequeira, Melody Correia, Gilbert Dias (all Vasco SC), Santan Rodrigues, Stanley Coutinho, Clifton Gonsalves, Gaurish Naik (all Dempo SC), Cavin Lobo, Bruce Fernandes (both Sai Hostel, Goa), Sarvanand Korgaokar (Raia Sporting Club), Samson Fernandes (Corps of Signals), Roland Fernandes (MPT), Stanley Fernandes (Curtorim Gymkhana), Manuel Muriel Crasto (Benny XI), Fulgencio Cardozo, Haysten Pereira, Tony Colaco, Anthony Rego.


March 30
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: 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.
Football project after football project that we have interviewed and reported about in our Youth Development section has shown that the love for football is much more of a driver than official programs and policies. We return today to Mumbai and bring to our readers, an inside and behind the scenes look on the Kenkre Football Academy. Both, the men and the football project are testimony to the fact that the football administration would do well to help/assist these initiatives across our country, rather than try the same old formulas that have not produced little to no results but just wasted resources in a poor country like ours. The thinking, passion and success of the people at the Kenkre Football Academy shines right through this interview. Joshua Lewis, Adib Kenkre and the other have clearly thought outside of the box by combining studies with football and looking after the complete aspect of child development.
We talked to Joshua Lewis, the Director of the Kenkre Football Academy.
Since our founding we at IndianFootball.Com 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.
Click here to read the complete >>Joshua Lewis (Kenkre Football Academy) interview

2.Division National League, Final Round - EMS Corporation Stadium, Calicut: Chirag United SC 1-1 Vasco SC
Goals: 1-0 Theodore Sunday Wrobeh (76'), 1-1 Keke Ibrahim (81').

VASCO: 22-Laxmikant Kattimani; 4-Kamal Thapa, 29-Roberto Fernandes, 5-Tarzan Thomas K, 2-Cedric Peixoto, 25-Queterio Pango, 8-Menino Fernandes, 27-Oluwa Emmanuel (79' 14-Remedios Barreto), 16-Rovan Pereira (72' 17-Agnelo D'souza), 19-Alvito Rodrigues (46' 11-Rehman Cardozo), 10-Keke Ibrahim
CHIRAG UNITED: 1-Pralay Dutta (46' 21-Somnath Khara); 22-Muzaffar Rehman, 23-Sheikh Azim, 16-Wazid Ali, 11-Narugopal Hait, 6-Sankha Roy Chowdhury (44' 27-Lalmalsawma Hmar), 18-Crispin Chettri, 14-Prasanta Chakraborty, 15-Jiten Rai (90+1' 9-Surojit Chakraborty), 25-Francis Chibueze Maduako, 24-Theodore Sunday Wrobeh.
YELLOW CARDS: Prasanta Chakraborty (45', Chirag United); Oluwa Emmanuel (25'), Kamal Thapa (51', both Vasco).
REFEREE: Rathin Mukherjee (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Meghanathan (Tamil Nadu), Yaima Singh (Manipur).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ashok Ghosh (Delhi).

Kalinga Cup, Cuttack - Final: Oil India Limited 2-1 Titanium XI

::: AFC's 'Vision India' project to be extended nationwide :::
UNI report: The 'Vision India' project envisaged to give a fillip to football in the country will be extended to other regions, Brendan Menton, acting director of AFC's 'Vision Asia' programme said in Chennai today.
Addressing a press conference here Brendan Menton, who is on a three-day assessment visit to the state said the ongoing projects in Manipur and Delhi had been successful. "The AFC project has targetted seven countries including India. It's aimed at improving the standard of the game", he said.
He said Manipur has made considerable progress in implementing the project. "Manipur has a state-level league already. There will be competitions for the various age groups in the districts." But Delhi was "a bit slow in the process, which was understandable," he said.
He said the ongoing project in Manipur and Delhi were being conducted successfully. "The programme would be extended to other parts of the country also," he added.
However referring to the results from the programme, Brendan Menton said "it's a long-term project. And should do not expect any revolution overnight."
Brendan Menton , who is AFC's acting director of 'Vision Asia', will also visit Kerala after completing the assessment in Tamil Nadu. The Vision Asia projects in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh are "very successful".
He that his team from the AFC would hold discussions with the Tamil Nadu FA headed by CR Viswanathan, officials of the Tamil Nadu state governement and the representatives of the district associations. His team consists of Suvrat Thatte, Jita Singh, Mohammed Bashir, Mohammed Ameez (all AFC development officers).
Menton said a draft plan of 'Vision India - Project Tamil Nadu' will be submitted to the AFC and will began initiating the project for Tamil Nadu from May 2007. "There will be regular reviews of the projects afterwards."
Menton said the projects have targetted 11 rpt one-one elements of which five were on priority basis to develop the game. The priority would be given to infrastructure and administration, grass-roots and youth, coaches, competitions and refereeing. He said the women's football would also be covered under the project.

::: Remainder of Bangalore Super Division matches in May :::
The Bangalore District FA has decided to play the remainder of Bangalore Super Division matches in May due to the participation of city-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC in the 11th National League. And with HAL fighting for survival in India's top division, the BDFA decided to postpone the matches of the ongoing league.
The matches of the Bangalore Super Division will be held in May after the end of HAL's engagements in the NFL.


March 29
    RESULTS & NEWS

11th National League - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: Mohun Bagan AC 1-0 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC
Goal: 1-0 Lal Kamal Bhowmick (15').

Federation Cup champions Mohun Bagan AC recorded their third win in the 11th National League as they defeated Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 1-0 in a tenth round match at the Saltlake Stadium in Calcutta. The all important goal came in the 15th minute of the match through medio Lal Kamal Bhowmick.
The Calcutta giants started the game in attacking mood but the attacks lacked organisation. However they were able to open up the HAL goalmouth a few times within the first ten minutes. There was hardly any ball into the Bagan half for the first quarter of an hour. In the 15th minute Baichung Bhutia, on receiving the ball from the Bagan midfield, started a move by placing a square-pass to Bijay Baspore on his right. Lal Kamal Bhowmick received the ball from Bijay on the right edge of the box, at about 22 yards from the goal. His stunning right footer found the top corner of the net, leaving the HAL custodian Balaji stranded. Thus Mohun Bagan was leading once again since their sixth round match against Mohammedan Sporting. The home team looked to increase their lead in no time, but their attacks either failed at the edge of the box, or went wide, or ended straight to the safe hands of the HAL goalie. Meanwhile HAL could manage to organize a few attacks, but none of them were strong enough to create any trouble for the Bagan goalie, Sangram Mukherjee. However, the fact that his team was failing to convert a number of chances and also the opponents were able to create quite a few attacks, made the Bagan coach Chima Okorie furious and he was seen roaring at the sideline. Bagan went to the breather with the one-goal advantage.
Mohun Bagan started the second half in the same attacking mood and soon their lead could have been increased, but Baichung Bhutia missed a couple of chances, the second being in a one-on-one situation with the HAL custodian. The Calcutta outfit's young striker Pachau Lalam Puia continued with his impressive form and kept the HAL goalmouth busy. A number of chances were created but there was no one to provide the finishing touch. HAL had a good chance through Xavier Vijayakumar but his shot was blocked by Sangram Mukherjee and the rebound was cleared by Manas Das for a corner. Minutes after, Douglas da Silva made the HAL goalkeeper Narsimhan Balaji dive to stop his goalbound shot. Bagan continued their display of missed opportunities and this time the central figure of all those shows was substitute Surajit Bose. He sent over the crossbar a Baichung flick off a Lalam Puia cross from the right flank and a few minutes later, failed to provide the finishing touch to a Lal Kamal Bhowmick pass. On both the occasions, he had only Balaji to beat. Lalam Puia himself tried his luck, but fortune was not to smile on him today. During the last quarter of the match, there was a flurry of HAL attacks at the Bagan goalmouth which caused some scary moments for the home team. However, no damage was done, thanks to a determined Bagan defence, goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee and the lack of finishing ability of the HAL frontliners. The Bagan goalkeeper came to his team's rescue quite a few times during this period, the most notable of which was during the end when he could just manage to deflect a Gyan Moin Thapa shot for a corner. The final whistle provided a sigh of relief for both the Bagan squad and the supporters.
With this win Mohun Bagan have 12 points, but stay eighth, trailing seventh placed Churchill Brothers on goal-difference while HAL remain at the bottom of the table with 6 points. Mohun Bagan next host JCT, Phagwara on April 2 while HAL play their away match against East Bengal on April 4 in the 11th round.
MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee, 26-Mehraj Din Wadoo (68' 29-Chinmoy Sarkar), 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria, 13-Douglas da Silva, 2-Bijay Baspore, 23-Mehtab Hussain (30' 9-Surajit Bose), 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 27-Suman Datta (46' 6-Manas Das), 25-Pachau Lalam Puia, 15-Baichung Bhutia.
Unused substitutes: 31-Shilton Pal, 16-Goutam Debnath, 17-Dulal Biswas, 8-Dipendu Biswas.
HAL: 13-Narsimhan Balaji, 7-Thiyam Raghuveer Singh, 5-Prashant Jaggi, 3-Pawan Kumar, 27-N Mohanraj, 22-R Sreekanth (77' 24-J Muralidharan), 14-Rajendra Prasad (53' 10-Gyan Moin Thapa), 6-M Satish Kumar (37' 9-Sampath Kumar Kuttimani), 18-Bhuvan Krishna Joshi, 8-Xavier Vijayakumar, 25-Alesh Shamaki.
Unused substitutes: 1-Gumpe Rime, 4-N Govind Singh, 12-Reisangmi Vasum.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Lal Kamal Bhowmick (Mohun Bagan AC).
YELLOW CARD: Douglas da Silva (33', Mohun Bagan AC).
REFEREE: MK Roy (Assam).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat), Gokulanand Sharma (Manipur).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Benjamin D'silva (Goa).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Final Round - EMS Corporation Stadium, Calicut: Army XI 1-1 ONGC, Mumbai
Goals: 1-0 Ngernilal (39'), 1-1 Tarif Ahmed (88').

ARMY XI: 1-Robikanth Singh, 4-Birendra Bodra, 3-PS Sumesh, 22-Dilip M, 16-Vivek Venugopal (67' 13-Mahesh Rai), 14-Hemant Lama (80' 11-Vijay Thapa), 7-Samuel, 10-M Raghu Kumar, 6-Thirunavakarsu, 9-MG Ramachandran, 15-Ngernilal.
ONGC: 1-Bilifang Narzary; 26-Kabijit Khotel, 2-Dharmesh Patel, 4-Krishna Shirodkar, 20-Sandip Das, 21-Amit Mondal (61' 12-Gulidom Rongmoi), 7-Hekmat Singh, 15-Stanley Cyprian (70' 10-Rakshak Naik), 31-Uttam Debnath, 22-Abhishek Yadav (46' 9-Tarif Ahmed), 27-Gautam Thakur.
YELLOW CARD: Vivek Venugopal (67'), Robikanta Singh (89', both Army XI); Sandip Das (88', ONGC).
REFEREE: MK Samasthiya (Orissa).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Yaima Singh (Manipur), Rathin Mukherjee (West Bengal).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Meghanathan (Tamil Nadu).

Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police 1-0 SAI, Bangalore - Goal: 1-0 Karthikeyan (65').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Government Press 2-3 Dharmaraja Union - Goals: 0-1,1-3 Ranjith Kumar (28',48'), 1-1 Vijay Babu (31'), 1-2 Lawrence (33'), 2-3 Premkumar (89').

::: 10 gets AFC 'C' Coaching Licence certificates handed over in Kohima :::
by Xavier Rutsa: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 'C' Licence Coaching Certificate was given away to 10 persons by Mr. Bendang, director, Youth Resources and Sports (YRS), at a function in Kohima today The ten persons from the State were recently declared passed by AIFF for the course of AFC 'C' Coaching Licence Certificate.
The AFC 'C' Coaching Licence Certificate, signed by AFC president Mohammad Bin Hammam, was presented to Dziesesakuo Rutsa, Kevilebei Julius Paphino, N William Koso, Azo Sophie, Keyigumg Wngbe, Lhoulavolie Linyü, S Mongchaoa, Khrielievi-o Tsumvu Yhor, Sanenchuba and Kezhakolie Pusa.
In his address, Bendang said the State Government was going all-out to revamp all sports disciplines and sports associations in the State. He said the 5 % job reservation for sportspersons had become a reality, adding this was an initiative of State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. While saying the Nagaland Sports Policy was giving a new direction to sportspersons, Bendang revealed that two sportspersons in taekwondo and boxing had already got jobs. Referring to the ongoing work for the multi-disciplinary sports complex at Dimapur, he said the complex would be made a "Centre of Excellence for sports", adding construction of sports complexes was going on in all the districts.
P Atuo Mezhür, president, Nagaland FA, admitted it was for the first time that a good number of coaches from the State were able to get the AFC 'C' Certificate, saying it would help improve the game of football in Nagaland. According to the NFA chief, Nagaland has produced 13 coaches holding such licence, the second highest figure in the Northeast after the state of Manipur.
Atuo, who is also vice president, AIFF, said a coach with 'C' licence could coach any football clubs in the Asian continent and added it was mandatory for teams to have 'C' licence-holding coaches for all recognized football tournaments conducted under AIFF.
Welcoming the Nagaland Sports Policy, he urged upon the State Government to build "a dedicated football stadium" exclusively for football.
He further pointed out two boys were attending INDIA U19 selection camp in Guwahati, and more boys from the State would be joining them.
Neiyalie, District Sports Officer, Kohima; Lhouliebei-o Khezhie, president, Kohima District Football Referees' Association; Methalhoulie, treasurer, KDFRA; and Medo, president, ASU were also present at the function which was chaired by K Neibou Sekhose, NFA honorary secretary.


March 28
    RESULTS & NEWS

2008 Beijing Olympics Football Tournament - Asian Qualifiers - Nehru Stadium Stadium, Chennai: INDIA U23 0-2 North Korea U23
Goals: 0-1 P Nam Chol (56'), 0-2 Jong Su Hoyk (78').

More information are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com National Team special

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Sporting Clube de Goa 1-1 Churchill Brothers SC
Goals: 1-0 MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi (41', penalty), 1-1 Odafa Onyeka Okolie (56').

Federation Cup finalists Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a one-all draw by promoted Churchill Brothers SC in a 11th National League match at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. Sporting Clube remain one point ahead of Churchill Brothers after today's draw with now 13 points from 10 matches.
Sporting Clube went ahead in the 41st minute through a MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi penalty. Dudu himself had been brought down in the area by Churchill Brothers defender Robert Lalthalma. In the second half Churchill Brother put the pressure on Sporting Clube in the search for the equaliser. They got their goal in the 56th minute through Nigerian sharp shooter Odafa Onyeka Okolie off a pass from George Ekeh. And with the score level Churchill Brothers went out to score the winner but it wasn't to be with their sixth draw in this edition of the NFL.
Sporting Clube de Goa next face Mumbai's Air-India on April 1, while Churchill Brothers SC face defending champions Mahindra United on March 31.
SPORTING CLUBE: 30-Luis Xavier Barreto; 8-Rajesh N Meetei, 3-Mathew Gonsalves, 6-Philip Gomes, 4-Chinta Chandrashekar Rao, 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 20-Bello Rasaq, 19-Nicholas L Rodrigues, 14-Wilton Gomes, 9-Earnest Jeremiah, 10-MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi.
CHURCHILL: 1-Vinay Singh, 17-Robert Lalthalma, 23-Vinu Jose, 5-Nicholas Muyoti, 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith, 22-Thokchom Bungo Singh, 15-D Raju, 26-Vanlal Rova, 9-George Ekeh, 10-Odafe Onkeya Okolie.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Nicholas Muyoti (Churchill Brothers).
YELLOW CARDS: Rajesh N Meetei (64', Sporting Clube); Robert Lalthalma (40'), Thokchom Bungo Singh (54'), Nicholas Muyoti (64', all Churchill Brothers).
REFEREE: PK Bose (Madhya Pradesh).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu), Debashish Mishra (West Bengal).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Biswajit Kar (West Bengal).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

11th National League - Cooperage Ground, Mumbai: Mohammedan Sporting Club 0-2 JCT, Phagwara
Goals: 0-1 Baldeep Singh Sr (9'), 0-2 Sunil Chetri (43').

Former champions JCT, Phagwara defeated Mohammedan Sporting Club in a 11th National League match at the Cooperage Ground, Mumbai. JCT took revenge on Mohammedan Sporting for the defeat in the inaugural match of the 11th NFL in Delhi. Today's win eases the potential relegation threath of the Phagwara Millmen, who now have 12 points from 10 matches and are sixth in the middle of the table. For Mohammedan Sporting today's defeat meant that they stay ninth in the table with only seven points from 10 matches.
JCT took an early lead in the ninth minute, when a Renedy Singh corner was shot goalwards by Sunil Chetri which Mohammedan Sporting keeper Gopal Das blocked, but Baldeep Singh Sr was there to score off the rebound. Thereafter Mohammedan Sporting tried to get the equaliser but JCT keeper Kalyan Chaubey was upto the task denying the Calcutta side a goal. On the other side a couple of minute before the breather JCT doubled their lead through a Sunil Chetri penalty after Chidi Edeh had been brought down by keeper Gopal Das in the area. In the second half Mohammedan Sporting did have their chances to get on the score sheet, but it wasn't to be on this day as JCT walked away easy winners.
Mohammedan Sporting Club next host Durand Cup winners Dempo SC in a tough home encounter on April 3, while JCT play another Calcutta side in Mohun Bagan a day earlier.
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 1-Gopal Das; 25-Mir Farooq Hyder, 20-Shyam Mondal, 16-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, 30-Sulaiman Anbalath Firoze, 17-Santa Saikhom Singh, 8-Noel Anthony Wilson, 12-Jatin Singh Bisht, 14-Basudeb Mondal, 15-Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve, 10-Preston Papai Corporal.
JCT: 22-Kalyan Chaubey, 2-Jaspal Singh, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 3-Anwar Ali, 12-Daljit Singh, 13-Baldeep Singh Sr, 28-Shivraj Singh, 20-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, 15-P Renedy Singh, 11-Sunil Chetri, 10-Chidi Edeh.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Baldeep Singh Sr (JCT).
YELLOW CARDS: Gopal Das (44'), Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve (53', both Mohammedan Sporting).
REFEREE: Jayendra Nagvenkar (Goa).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Francisco Fernandes (Goa), Rock L Fernandes (Maharashtra).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Deepak Singh Bisht (Delhi).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Final Round - EMS Corporation Stadium, Calicut: Salgaocar SC 3-2 Viva Kerala
Goals: 1-0,2-0 Felix Chimaokwu (6',7'), 2-1 Badmus Baba Thunde (28'), 3-1 RC Prakash (49'), 3-2 TK Anil Kumar (73').

SALGAOCAR: 1-Milagrio Medeira; 12-Remus Gomes, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar, 9-Francis Andrade (76' 16-Nicolau Colaco), 6-Micky Fernandes, 30-Francis Fernandes, 14-Jerose Oliveira, 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 11-RC Prakash.
VIVA KERALA: 1-M Shiju, 4-R Dhanarajan, 18-Saheed Omobalaji, 12-P Sajesh, 3-Libu C Philip, 14-Shine Raj (82' 2-TK Srinath), 24-VM Gireesh (58' 8-TK Prasoon), 7-Denson Devadas, 16-Mohammad Muneer, 10-Badmus Baba Thunde (74' 9-K Shiyu), 23-TK Anil Kumar.
YELLOW CARDS: Micky Fernandes (2'), Jerose Oliveira (45'), TV Biju Kumar (84', all Salgaocar); Badmus Baba Thunde (36', Viva Kerala).
REFEREE: Pratap Singh (Services).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Naveen Sundi (Jharkhand), Dhanraj More (Maharashtra).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MK Samasthiya (Orissa).

Vive Kerala coach Sreedharan's Comments:
• It was a fantastic match. But it's a disappointing result for us. We should have snatched a draw.
• Baba Thunde's substitution really lost the match for us. His knee injury is a bit worry for us. Depth of his injury is not known.
• Goals we conceded during the first ten minutes were crucial in the match and we did took time to settle.
• If we win the remaining three matches we can qualify for National Football League.

Bangalore Super Division: CIL 0-0 Postal Department - Goals: none.
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 1-2 Government Press - Goals: 0-1 Giri (18'), 0-2 Vijay Babu (20'), 1-2 Sham Kumar (58').
Manipur State League: Tiddim Road Athletic Union 2-0 AMOFA, Moirang - Goals: 1-0 G Ninja Kabui (4'), 2-0 L Khongsai (44').
Manipur State League: Southern Sporting Union 2-1 YWC, Thambalkhong - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Banny Chiru (7',54'), 2-1 Th Sarat Singh (89').
Manipur State League: Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal 2-2 RACC, Churachandpur - Goals: 0-1 Lalremthang (20'), 1-1 T Basanta Singh (42'), 1-2 Lalremsang (64'), 2-2 Mohammed Riyaz Khan (70').
Manipur State League: Eastern Sporting Union 6-0 SAI Regional Centre, Imphal - Goals: 0-1 Th Pravinkumar (14'), 0-2,0-3 M Somochandra Singh (38',59'), 0-4 N Pritam Singh (72'), 0-5,0-6 P Saratchandra Singh (82',86').
Manipur State League: NEROCA 2-0 Kakching FC - Goals: 1-0 S Manglemjao Singh (15'), 2-0 Ajit Singh (80').


March 27
    RESULTS & NEWS

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Dempo SC 0-1 Mahindra United
Goal: 0-1 M Mohammed Rafi (72').

In a top of the table clash defending NFL champions Mahindra United needed a goal from substitute M Mohammed Rafi to beat Durand Cup winners Dempo SC at the Nehru Stadium, Margao in a 11th National League match.
DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 3-John Charles Dias, 2-Majekodumni Bolaji, 16-Sameer Naik, 15-Clifford Miranda (19-Johnny D'Cruz), 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 8-Climax Lawrance, 6-Peter Carvalho, 9-Ranty Martins Soleye, 14-Anthony Pereira.
MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 14-Mahesh Gawli, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 7-Sushanth Mathew, 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady, 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh (23-Steven Dias), 16-James Lukram Singh (11-M Mohammed Rafi), 10-Yakubu Yusif, 25-Andrews Mensah Pomeyie.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Samir Naik (Dempo).
YELLOW CARDS: none.
REFEREE: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Debashish Mishra (West Bengal), Biswajit Kar (West Bengal).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: PK Bose (Madhya Pradesh).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Final Round - EMS Corporation Stadium, Calicut: Vasco SC 1-0 ONGC, Mumbai
Goal: 1-0 Keke Ibrahim (22').

VASCO: 22-Laxmikant Kattimani; 4-Kamal Thapa, 29-Roberto Fernandes, 5-Tarzan Thomas K, 2-Cedric Peixoto, 25-Queterio Pango, 8-Menino Fernandes, 27-Oluwa Emmanuel, 16-Rovan Pereira (73' 11-Rehman Cardozo), 19-Alvito Rodrigues (55' 17-Agnelo D'souza), 10-Keke Ibrahim
ONGC: 1-Bilifang Narzary; 26-Kabijit Khotel, 3-Clifford Kilmo, 4-Krishna Shirodkar, 17-Caetano Pinho, 21-Amit Mondal, 7-Hekmat Singh, 15-Stanley Cyprian, 12-Gulidom Rongmoi (46' 31-Uttam Debnath), 10-Rakshak Naik (79' 14-Kaushik Bose), 27-Gautam Thakur (84' 22-Abhishek Yadav).
YELLOW CARD: Oluwa Emmanuel (71', Vasco).
REFEREE: Rathin Mukherjee (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Meghanathan (Tamil Nadu), Yaima Singh (Manipur).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ashok Ghosh (Delhi).

Bangalore Super Division: ADE 1-3 Southern Blues FC - Goals: 1-0 Wilfred (38'), 1-1,1-3 Jayaprasad (56',90+3'), 1-2 Don Bosco (60').
Bangalore 'A' Division: AGORC, Bangalore 1-2 BEML (EM) - Goals: 1-0 Raju Jr (31'), 1-1,1-2 Gopi (45',69'), 1-2 .

::: Zee Sports to show next weeks NFL matches LIVE :::
Zee Sports will be showing five upcoming matches of the 11th National League LIVE!
In the first week of April Zee Sports will be broadcasting five NFL matches LIVE and exclusive on Zee Sports from the Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta. All matches are set to kick-off at 19.00 IST with highlights each night at 23.00 IST.
The Indian football fans in the Middle East and Hongkong will also be able to catch the NFL matches live on Ten Sports!
Matches to be shown LIVE:
April 2: Mohun Bagan AC - JCT, Phagwara
April 3: Mohammedan Sporting Club - Dempo SC
April 4: East Bengal Club - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC
April 5: Mohun Bagan AC - Mahindra United
April 7: East Bengal Club - Mohammedan Sporting Club
For the complete TV listings go to the >>IndianFootball.Com TV Guide .

::: IFA accountant arrested :::
PTI report: Koushik Chanda, an accountant of the Indian Football Association office, was on Tuesday arrested from his residence at Bauria in Howrah district on the charge of partially destroying the IFA office by setting it ablaze after misappropriating its fund on March 13, reports PTI from Kolkata.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (I) Gyanwant Singh said that interrogation revealed that Chanda had allegedly misappropriated a huge amount from the IFA fund, forged papers and was involved in torching the office to destroy evidence.


March 26
    RESULTS & NEWS

2.Division National League, Final Round - EMS Corporation Stadium, Calicut:
Chirag United SC 0-2 Viva Kerala
Goals: 0-1 PK Anil Kumar (40'), 0-2 Badmus Baba Thunde (84').

VIVA KERALA: 1-M Shiju; 4-R Dhanarajan, 18-Saheed Omobalaji, 12-P Shajesh, 3-Libu C Philip, 14-C Shine Raj (80' 2-TK Srinath), 24-VM Gireesh, 7-Denson Devadas, 16-Mohammad Muneer (55' 9-K Shyju), 10-Badmus Baba Thunde, 23-TK Anil Kumar.
CHIRAG UNITED: 1-Pralay Dutta; 22-Muzaffar Rehman, 23-Sheikh Azim, 16-Wazid Ali, 11-Narugopal Hait, 6-Sankha Roy Chowdhury, 18-Crispin Chettri, 14-Prasanta Chakraborty, 15-Jiten Rai (44' 30-Gour Shankar Datta, 12-Ratan Das), 25-Francis Chibueze Maduako, 24-Theodore Sunday Wrobeh.
YELLOW CARDS: R Dhanarajan (29'), C Shine Raj (75', both Viva Kerala); Sheikh Azim (90', Chirag United).
REFEREE: Dhanraj More (Maharashtra).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Naveen Sundi (Jharkhand), Samasthiya (Orissa).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Pratap Singh (Services).

Vive Kerala coach Sreedharan's Comments:
• We played very well. There is no one I can point out. The team as a whole done a good job. Chirag also played well.
• Both team had chances. The difference is that we converted it.
• Next match is against Salgoacar. It will be very tough. If we can overcome them we can really dream a National Football League spot.

Bangalore Super Division: BEL SC 1-1 LRDE - Goals: 1-0 Robert (38'), 1-1 Satish (70').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Army Service Corps 8-0 Oriental FC - Goals: 1-0,2-0,5-0,8-0 Saurav Das (4',5',36',79'), 3-0 Choudhary (12'), 4-0 Ramesh (27'), 6-0 Amanjith (61'), 7-0 Nitesh (69').

9th Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Memorial Football Trophy - Final: Punjab State Electricity Board 1-1,5-4 Rail Coach Factory [penalties] - Goals: 1-0 Gurpreet Singh, 1-1 Kulwinder Singh.

::: FIFA: Green light for further special projects in India, Oceania and the Caribbean :::
FIFA's new Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility met on March 20 in Zurich, Switzerland to establish plans to expand football's positive influence in developing regions such as India, Oceania, and the Caribbean. The committee's existing "Win in Africa with Africa" strategy places emphasis on FIFA's opportunities to promote health and educational initiatives throughout the continent. Concrete proposals will be presented at the Executive Committee's next meeting at the end of May.

::: Chandigarh State Football Championship: Youngsters FC lift Chaudhary Jarnail Trophy :::
by Balbir Singh: Capitalising on most of the chances that came their way, Youngsters FC thrashed Golden FC by 4-0 in the final of the Chandigarh State Football Championship for the Chaudhary Jarnail Singh Trophy organized by the Chandigarh FA at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.
Golden FC moved into final after holders Chandigarh FC had withdrawn from the tournament after losers Golden FC had protested against them in the semifinal yesterday, for fielding two players who had sought and granted transfer to other states and were not eligible. Golden FC could have made the final a matching match (score-wise) had they converted a spot kick through Shammi who shot into the hands of Youngsters goalkeeper Sudhir Saini in the 48th minute. Two minutes before close, Rajinder's powerful shot from 20 yards hit the crosspiece.
Playing with good and quick short passes, the Youngsters FC players controlled the game well with ball possession and distribution. L Kamei, Varinder Kanwar, Vinay Kanwar and Johny remained a consistent threat to the Golden FC defenders. The Youngsters strikers displayed good appetite for the goals.
Youngsters FC made their intentions clear in the beginning. Mounting their first lethal attack, Kamei gave a square pass to Johny Kumar whose header was collected by goalkeeper Parupkar in the seventh minute. Two minutes later, Kamei and Johny initiated a goal-bearing move and passed the ball to Shalinder Rawat whose grounder went wide with a narrow margin. Youngters opened their account in the 13th minute. Trapping a stray ball, Johny got the better of two Golden FC defenders before booting home in an empty goal as goalkeeper Parupkar had also left his charge to tackle the Youngsters striker. Golden FC defender Dorji deliberately handed the ball in the dangerous area and referee Arun Kumar awarded spot kick in the 25th minute. Dorji was also shown a yellow card. Varinder Kanwar converted the spot kick in a smooth action to make it 2-0.
Against the run of play, Golden FC launched a sudden counter-attack and were awarded a penalty in the 48th minute. However, Shammi's kick was easily blocked by Youngsters goalkeeper Sudhir Saini. Youngsters against pressed hard and scored two goals within a span of one minute. Speedy Kamei scored the third goal for Youngsters in the 65th minute. One minute later, Vinay Kanwar was tripped inside the box and Suraj converted the resultant spot kick.
Akhil Sharma (Panjab University Campus FC), Prabhjot Singh (Uttarkhand FC), Mohit Raj (Chandigarh FC) and L Kamei (Youngsters FC) were declared the promising players of the tournament.
Youngsters FC qualified to represent Chandigarh in next seasons 3.Division National League.
Banyan Tree School Director Ravinder Talwar distributed the prizes.
Youngsters FC: Sudhir Saini, Sukhdeep Singh, Amrit Kumar, Deepak Gurang, Varinder Kanwar, Deepak Kumar, L Kamei, Viney Kanwar, Shalinder Rawat, Johny Kumar, Suraj Verma.
Golden FC: Parupkar, Shammi Kumar, Jatinder, Jagminder, Wajid, Vikas Joon, Ashok, Sonu, Ravinder, Rajinder, Dorgi.
REFEREE: Arun Kumar.


March 25
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: IndianFootball.Com's International Perspective interview :::
In the last few "IndianFootball.Com's International Perspective" articles our North America based Harmit Singh Kamboe has looked at how other leagues are run.
This time Harmit was able to talk to Nicole Hartell, the CEO of the Toronto Lynx, a United Soccer League Division One to gain a brief understanding of how soccer fares in North America.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com International Perspective .

2.Division National League, Final Round - EMS Corporation Stadium, Calicut: Salgaocar SC 1-1 Army XI
Goals: 0-1 M Raghu Kumar (27', penalty), 1-1 Felix Chimaokwu (90', penalty).

SALGAOCAR: 1-Milagrio Medeira; 16-Nicolau Colaco, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar (50' 9-Francis Andrade), 23-William Colaco (84' 26-Milagres Gonsalves), 6-Micky Fernandes, 30-Francis Fernandes, 14-Jerose Oliveira, 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 15-Agnelo Barreto (46' 11-RC Prakash).
ARMY XI: 1-Robikanth Singh, 4-Birendra Bodra, 5-S Ramesh, 22-Dilip M, 2-KP Kabui, 14-Hemant Lama (90+2' 19-V Ramu), 7-Samuel, 10-M Raghu Kumar (72' 11-Vijay Thapa), 6-Thirunavakarsu (59' 13-Mahesh Rai), 9-MG Ramachandran, 15-Ngernilal.
YELLOW CARDS: Agnelo Colaco (22'), Nicolau Colaco (90', both Salgoacar); Dilip M (66'), KP Kabui (73', both Army).
REFEREE: Ashok Ghosh (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Rathin Mukherjee (West Bengal), Meghanathan (Tamil Nadu).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Yaima Singh (Manipur).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore Super Division: CIL 0-0 SAI, Bangalore - Goals: none.
Bangalore 'A' Division: Dharmaraja Union 1-4 Nationals FC - Goals: 0-1 Rajan Wilfy (36'), 0-2 Ramesh (39'), 0-3 Om Prakesh (45'), 0-4 Sobhan (88'), 1-4 Arun Kumar (89').
Manipur State League: AMOFA, Moirang 1-2 YWC, Thambalkhong - Goals: 1-0 Th Joychandra Singh (30'), 1-1 Ng Santosh Singh (49'), 1-2 L Nabachandra Singh (59').
Manipur State League: Eastern Sporting Union 4-1 Tiddim Road Athletic Union - Goals: 1-0 Th Prabinkumar (40'), 2-0,3-0 S Subash (48',53'), 3-1 Seikhohao Tuboi (87'), 4-1 N Prabin (90+').
Manipur State League: SAI Regional Centre, Imphal 1-7 Kakching FC
Manipur State League: Southern Sporting Union 0-1 Manipur Police SC - Goal: 0-1 Th Rohen Singh (40').
Manipur State League: NEROCA 3-1 Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal - Goals: 1-0 Y Raju Singh (35'), 2-0 Manimohan (58'), 2-1 Mohammed Riyaz Khan (59'), 3-1 Ramesh (78').

::: DHL crowned Champions: XIVth GOA Rolling in Kuwait :::
by Gasper Crasto: DHL Sports Club lifted the prestigious Goan Overseas Association (G.O.A) Trophy in the finals played on 19th March 2007. The tournament was sponsored by Bassem International Trading Co. and conducted under the auspices of the Kuwait Indian Football Federation at the Soor Grounds, Kuwait. Making their first appearance in a GOA Tournament final, DHL overcame a spirited United Friends Club by three goals to nil. In spite of the score line DHL were made to toil hard for their victory.
Playing under extremely windy conditions, both teams started off cautiously. DHL started to attack their rival's goal but some good defending and excellent saves by Olavo under the UFC bar kept DHL at bay. Thirty minutes into the half Olavo was forced into a save at the feet of Lawrence of DHL. With the change of ends and with the strong winds in their favor DHL came out with renewed determination. UFC's resistance lasted just 13 minutes as Terrance's initial shot was saved by Olavo but the rebound landed at the feet of Edwin, who made no mistake. DHL then scored two goals in the same number of minutes, when Terrance collected the ball on the right flank and moved in to the left of the field and unleashed a blistering shot to the left of Olavo. Two minutes later, in a carbon copy move, Edwin got his second by wrong footing Olavo. In spite of the score, Jose Rod, Allwyn and Juzer of UFC tried to restore parity but were not able to go past the DHL half line.
At the prize distribution ceremony, Raymond D'sa, President of Goan Overseas Association thanked all the participating teams for their cooperation and sportsman-ship. Gajendra Pillai was awarded a special commemorative plaque for his long standing support as a player, coach and member. Clinton D'sa, representing his father Charles D'sa, General Manager of Bassem International Trading Co., who is the sponsor of this tournament for the sixth year, presented Trophies to the winners and runners up, along with the Rolling Trophy to DHL.
Assumption D'sa, GOA Maroons team manager, presented individual trophies to players of both teams. Man of the Match, Edwin of DHL collected his trophy at the hands of Regi Rodrigues, senior team player of GOA Maroons. The referees' trophies were presented to the Indian Football Referees Association (IFRA) Referees by Clifford Fortes, Sports Secretary of GOA Maroons. The last goal of the tournament trophy was awarded to Edwin by Vice President Tony Correia.
The presentation ceremony was hosted by Julio Cardoso. Proposing the vote of thanks, Julio also announced that G.O.A. will shortly be starting a Junior Club and soccer coaching academy for youngsters in Kuwait details of which will be announced in the media shortly.


March 24
    RESULTS & NEWS

11th National League - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: Mohun Bagan AC 1-1 Churchill Brothers SC
Goals: 0-1 Vanlal Rova (43'), 1-1 Pachau Lalam Puia (62').

Former champions Mohun Bagan AC had to fight back from a goal down to earn a one-all draw against promoted Churchill Brothers SC in a 11th National League match at the Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta. Both sides today completed their nine match first leg commitments. Mohun Bagan remain eighth just above the relegation zone with nine points, while Churchill Brothers stay ahead of them in sixth place with 11 points.
There wasn't much of action in the first half. Mohun Bagan wasted their couple of chances but Churchill Brothers utilised their only chance of the half in the 43th minute with midfielder Vanlal Rova beating Bagan keeper Sangram Mukherjee. But in the second half there was more action with the hosts coming out in the equaliser hunt and they just got that in the 62nd minute through young striker Pachau Lalam Puia. Lalam Puia had received a fine pass from Suman Datta and beat Churchill keeper Vinay Singh. But thereafter Vinay Singh became the hero for the Goans as he denied the Green-and-Maroon the winner on a number of occasions, but the Churchill Brothers nearly took the three points with them when Naoba Singh beat keeper Sangram Mukherjee but Deepak Mondal was there to make a spectacular diving clearance.
Mohun Bagan next face Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC on March 29 at home, while Churchill Brothers SC fly back home to Goa for a derby against Sporting Clube de Goa on March 28.
MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee, 17-Dulal Biswas (60' 2-Bijay Baspore), 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria, 26-Mehraj Din Wadoo, 13-Douglas da Silva, 23-Mehtab Hussain, 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 27-Suman Datta, 15-Baichung Bhutia (78' 8-Dipendu Biswas), 25-Pachau Lalam Puia (89' 34-Shankar Oraon).
CHURCHILL: 1-Vinay Singh, 17-Robert Lalthalma, 23-Vinu Jose, 5-Nicholas Muyoti, 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 25-Drupesh Dessai (69' 12-Dennis Cabral), 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith, 9-George Ekeh, 26-Vanlal Rova (69' 32-Roque Barreto), 15-D Raju, 10-Odafe Onkeya Okolie.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Pachau Lalam Puia (Mohun Bagan).
YELLOW CARDS: Mehraj Din Wadoo (50'), Dulal Biswas (59', both Mohun Bagan); Vinu Jose (4', Churchill Brothers).
REFEREE: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Deepak Singh Bisht (Delhi), Gokulanand Sharma (Manipur).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Deepak Kumar Dey (Assam).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Mahindra United 3-2 JCT, Phagwara
Goals: 1-0 Yakubu Yusif (7'), 1-1 Sunil Chetri (11'), 1-2 Chidi Edeh (18'), 2-2 Mbaka Bokembe Dady (22'), 3-2 Andrews Mensah Pomeyie (58').

Defending champions Mahindra United from Mumbai earned a hard fought 3-2 victory against former champions JCT, Phagwara in their home match in Goa at the Nehru Stadium, Margao in the 11th National League. Mahindra United now have 18 points from nine matches and was able to reduce the gap to league leaders Dempo SC to two points. JCT, Phagwara remain a disappointing seventh with nine points out of nine matches.
Four goals were scored in an entertaining and fast first half. Mahindra took the early lead in the seventh minute when their Ghanian captain Yakubu Yusif scored off a Steven Dias cross. But the Jeepmen joy was shortlived as JCT's Sunil Chetri equalised just four minutes later and then even took the lead in the 18th minute through a Chidi Edeh strike. But this time the Phagwara Millmen joy was shortlived as Mahindra United also equalised just four minutes later through a longrange effort from midfielder Mbaka Bokembe Dady. Thereafter both sides could have once more taken the lead with Mahindra United stampig their authority on the match in the second half. Ghanian striker Andrews Mensah Pomeyie scored the winner in the 58h minute of another Steven Dias cross to seal the match for the Mumbai giants as JCT where left with nothing from the match.
Mahindra United now face Dempo SC in a top of the table clash on March 27. JCT now travels from the west to the east to face Mohammedan Sporting Club in Calcutta on March 30.
MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh, 14-Mahesh Gawli, 18-Peter Siddique (51' 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh), 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 23-Steven Dias (76' 11-M Mohammed Rafi), 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady, 16-James Lukram Singh, 7-Sushanth Mathew, 10-Yakubu Yusif (90+1' 15-Abhishek Yadav), 25-Andrews Mensah Pomeyie.
JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh, 2-Jaspal Singh, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 3-Anwar Ali, 12-Daljit Singh, 13-Baldeep Singh Sr, 28-Shivraj Singh (61' 7-Sukhjinder Singh), 20-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, 15-P Renedy Singh (66' 23-Harish Sharma), 11-Sunil Chetri (74' 17-Parveen Kumar), 10-Chidi Edeh.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Mbaka Bokembe Dady (Mahindra United).
YELLOW CARDS: none.
REFEREE: Benjamin D'silva (Goa).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Jayendra Nagvenkar (Goa), Francisco Fernandes (Goa).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Raghunath Gosavi (Goa).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

11th National League - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: East Bengal Club 1-1 Air-India
Goals: 0-1 Kumar Samson Singh (73'), 1-1 Edmilson Marques Pardal (90+3').

East Bengal Club survived from the brink of defeat with an injury time equaliser from Brazilian striker Edmilson Marques Pardal to hold Mumbai's Air-India to a one-all draw at the floodlit Saltlake Stadium in Calcutta in the 11th National League. East Bengal's title hunt suffered another blow with the Red-and-Gold remaining third with now 16 points from 10 matches. Air-India continue to stay away from the relegation zone with now 13 points also from 10 matches to stay fourth in the table.
East Bengal started off well but couldn't keep control of the match as it progressed. Air-India took the lead in the 73rd minute when striker Kumar Samson Singh scored off a long Uttam Leishangthem Singh throw-in. It looked like East Bengal would suffer back-to-back home defeats with their foreign strikers Edmilson Marques Pardal and Boniface Ngairah Ambani unable to utilise the chances that came their way. After going down a goal East Bengal went all out for the equaliser and just got that three minutes into stoppage time. Edmilson scored off a Snehashish Chakraborty corner to least give them a point.
East Bengal next host Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC on April 3 at home, while Air-India travel to Goa to face Sporting Clube de Goa on April 1.
EAST BENGAL: 21-Abhra Mondal; 17-Surya Bikas Chakraborty, 3-Cristiano Hilario de Oliveira, 4-Covan Lawrence, 8-Sasthi Duley, 28-Shylo Malswam Tulunga (79' 15-Bibiano Fernandes), 7-Jayanta Sen, 14-Chandan Das (61' 32-Izumi Arata), 16-Snehashish Chakraborty, 30-Edmilson Marques Pardal, 10-Boniface Ngairah Ambani (70' 22-Freddy Mascarenhas).
AIR-INDIA: 21-Raju Ekka; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 3-Suley Musah, 28-Abiodun Kolawole Martins, 4-Benoy Kuruvilla, 23-Sanju Pradhan (54' 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh), 11-Hringsolal Thomte, 9-Noel Fernandes, 20-Paresh Shivalkar, 8-Kumar Samson Singh, 27-Bashiree Mohammed Abbas (59' 10- Narender Meetei).
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Kumar Samson Singh (Air-India).
YELLOW CARDS: Raju Ekka (74'), Uttam Leishangthem Singh (90', both Air-India).
REFEREE: K Shankar (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: T Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu), Om Prakash Thakur (Bihar).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MK Roy (Assam).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special


March 23
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: 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.
Tom Legg has been in Bangalore for a month and is working for the SPT Sports Academy there. Tom report titled "Bangalore: The Growth of Football in India's Hi-Tech Capital" looks at the Academy and it's plans which he wants to positively support!
Since our founding we at IndianFootball.Com 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.
Click here to read the complete article on the >>SPT Sports Academy (Bangalore)

Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police 1-1 MEG - Goals: 1-0 Karthikeyan (9'), 1-1 Santosh (50').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Oriental FC 0-4 BEML (EM) - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Gopi (43',63'), 0-3,0-4 Praveen Raj (82',88').

::: 11th National League: Round 13 to 18 fixtures released :::
The AIFF today have released the schedules for the Rounds 13 to 18 for the remainder of the 11th National League. While for the Rounds 13 to 17 dates and venue have been set, the final Round 18 dates will be finalised and released later on.
To view the Round 13 to 18 fixtures of the 11th National League

::: 2.Division National League: Final Round draw out :::
The draw for the 2.Division National League Final Round was carried out today in Calicut. The six teams - Chirag United SC, Vasco SC, ONGC, Salgaocar SC, Viva Kerala and Army Xi would face each other from March 25 to April 8. The matches will be held at the EMS Corporation Stadium, Calicut with the kickoff time being 16.15 IST everyday.
To view the fixtures of the 2.Division National League - Final Round


March 22
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: Postal Department 2-1 LRDE
Bangalore 'A' Division: AGORC, Bangalore 0-1 Government Press

::: 2.Division National League: Three teams arrive in Calicut :::
by Jafar Khan: The club sides Salgocar SC; Chirag United SC; and ONGC, Mumbai have arrived at Calicut to participate in the upcoming 2.Division National League Final Round Super Six here on Sunday. Another three teams Viva Kerala, Vasco SC and Army XI are due to arrive here tomorrow.
Salgocar coach Savio Medeira and Chirag United coach Amal Dutta have expressed satisfaction about the playfield and other arrangements in Calicut. Both teams had their practice session at the EMS Corporation Stadium thursday evening.


March 21
    RESULTS & NEWS

Friendly - Goa: Dempo SC Reserve 1-1 India U23 - Goals: 0-1 ? (58'), 1-1 ? (64', Penalty).

11th National League - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: East Bengal Club 0-2 Sporting Clube de Goa
Goals: 0-1,0-2 Earnest Jeremiah (20',50').

East Bengal Club lost ground in the NFL title race with a 0-2 home defeat at the hands of Federation Cup finalists Sporting Clube de Goa in a 11th National League match at the Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta. East Bengal remain on 15 points after nine matches, while Sporting Clube with today's win inched closer to the top three and away from the relegation zone with now 12 points from also nine matches.
East Bengal's Brazilian coach Pereira had warned the day before the match that Sporting Clube's Nigerian duo upfront MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi and Earnest Jeremiah could cause problems to his team and how right he was to be.
Earnest Jeremiah, who had played for East Bengal a couple of seasons back, had a memorable match today scoring both his teams goals. The first came in the 20th minute when Jeremiah broke free off a long ball by defender Philip Gomes. Jeremiah doubled the lead in the 50th minute following a pass from MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi.
East Bengal next host Air-India in Calcutta on Saturday, March 24; while Sporting Clube de Goa face Churchill Brothers SC in a Goan derby on March 28.
EAST BENGAL: 24-Rajat Ghosh Dasdidar; 20-Vincent Brice Pires (41' 8-Sasthi Duley), 2-Muttath Suresh, 4-Covan Lawrence, 29-Soumik Dey, 28-Shylo Malswam Tulunga (84' 6-Dipankar Roy), 3-Cristiano Hilario de Oliveira, 7-Jayanta Sen (46' 22-Freddy Mascarenhas), 9-Alvito D'Cunha, 30-Edmilson Marques Pardal, 10-Boniface Ngairah Ambani.
SPORTING CLUBE: 30-Luis Xavier Barreto; 8-Rajesh N Meetei, 3-Mathew Gonsalves, 6-Philip Gomes, 4-Chinta Chandrashekar Rao, 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra (87' 23-Papiah Jagadish Kumar), 20-Bello Rasaq, 19-Nicholas L Rodrigues (66' 11-Nicolau Borges), 27-Bisheshwor Singh (70' 16-Godwin Diego Franco), 9-Earnest Jeremiah, 10-MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi (Sporting Clube de Goa).
YELLOW CARDS: Alvito D'Cunha (28'), Muttath Suresh (36'), Shylo Malswam Tulunga (66', all East Bengal).
REFEREE: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Deepak Singh (Delhi), Gokulanand Sharma (Manipur).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: K Shankar (Tamil Nadu).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 5-0 Southern Blues FC - Goals: 1-0 M Satish Kumar (18'), 2-0,4-0 Alesha Shameki (59',72'), 3-0,5-0 Xavier Vijayakumar (65',82').
Bangalore 'A' Division: AGORC, Bangalore 0-0 Army Service Corps - Goals: none.
Manipur State League: Manipur Police SC 0-2 AMOFA, Moirang
Manipur State League: Tiddim Road Athletic Union 1-0 YWC, Thambalkhong - Goal: 1-0 Seikhohao Tuboi (48').
Manipur State League: Kakching FC 0-2 Eastern Sporting Union
Manipur State League: Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal 7-1 SAI Regional Centre,Imphal
Manipur State League: RACC, Churachandpur 0-0 Southern Sporting Union

::: 2.Division National League: Final Round in Calicut :::
by Jafar Khan: The Final Round of the 2.Division National League begins at the EMS Corporation Stadium Calicut (Kozhikode) from Sunday, March 25. The complete Fixtures will be announced on Friday, March 23. All matches will begin at 16;30 h.
The Kozhikode District FA, which was allotted the Final Round of the 2.Division National League matches earlier this month by the AIFF, is working hard to make the event a success.
"We know that it is not going to be easy to market what is the less-glamorous part of National Football League, but we are confident that the soccer-crazy people of Kozhikode and Malappuram would not let us down," says KDFA secratory AVM Ashraf.
"We were allotted the matches by the AIFF just a month ago, so we have to work overtime to ensure that all arrangements are made."
The EMS Corporation Stadium had been adjudged by the AIFF as the best venue of the last National Football League in 2005.
Part of the Tournament Organising Committee are are State Ministers Elamaram Kareem & Binoy Viswam; City Mayor M Bhaskaran; A Pradeep Kumar (MLA); PMA SALAM (MLA); District Collector IGMN KRISHNAMURTHY; P Kunhammed Kutty; KFA President KMI Mather are the Chief Patrons.
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::: Football coaching starts at Kohima :::
by Xavier Rutsa: A 20-day free football coaching camp got under way today at local ground,Kohima. The camp is being organized by Games Aerobatics Taekwondo Dance (GATD), was able to pulled 62 upcoming footballers on day one, while more are expected to join the camp.
Inaugurating the coaching camp, P. Atuo Mezhur , President Nagaland FA and Vice president AIFF lauded the GATD for organizing the coaching camp. Mr. Atuo also urged the coaches, who will be giving training to spot two potential players from the camp and disclosed that the two players would be sent to Calcutta for a selection trials in India national football team.
He also called upon the footballer to give their 100 % and stated that one should not take up as a hobby, but as a profession.
Talking about the achievement made by the Manipur state in various games and sports activities, the president NFA said that the Manipur government had announced Rs.1 crore to any player who wins gold medal in Olympics games. He also said that even a Class I gazetted officer would not be earning Rs. one crore during his life time, but being a sports person one can earned the amount by wining medal at Olympics games. Making a reference of the Nagaland state sports policy, he said that the policy has opened a new-way to benefit the sports persons in the state.
Exhorting the footballers, Dr. Viketuolie Pienyü urged the players to have the principle of good techniques, physical conditioning, mental conditioning and good strategy. He also said sports benefit in building good characters, art of discipline, part of education, good health and long life. Further he stated that sports have a lucrative career and pointed out that Football is good opportunity ticket to get rich. Dr. Viketuolie also called upon the players to keep away from the bad habits like drugs and alcoholism.
Earlier in his welcome address P. George Vizo said that GATD was established in 2002, with aim and objectives to upgrade uplift and promote physical fitness in the region.
The camp will end on April 9, is being trained by Aba Suhu, Kevilebei Paphino and David Rutsa.


March 20
    RESULTS & NEWS

2007 AFC Cup - Group E - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Mahindra United 1-0 New Radiant, MALDIVES
Goal: 1-0 Yakubu Yusif (90+4').

AFC report: An injury time goal by Yusif Yakubu guided Mahindra United to a solitary goal win over New Radiant of Maldives to score their second successive win in their group 'E' home match of the AFC Cup tournament at Nehru Stadium here today. The all-important goal came when Yakubu shot home off 'keeper Devinda's deflection after Andrew Mensah Pomeyie took the shot.
Mahindras, who dominated the match throughout and created several scoring chances, could have won by bigger margin had their strikers Andrew Pomeyie and Yusif Yakubu been on target.
With this win Mahindra boosted their tally to six points from two matches, while New Radiant, who earlier lost to Happy Valley of Hong Kong are still to open their account from two matches.
Mahindra United controlled the proceeding in the first-half and kept the rivals under constant pressure, created ample of scoring chances but it was the undoing of their strikers who were not able to find their shots on target. Mahindra had the first chance to score in the 10th minute when a cross from the right by Sushant Mathew saw Andrew Pomeyie header missing narrowly. Ten minutes later, Mbaka Bokembe's 20 yard shot off a pass by Yakubu, missed the target narrowly. Then it was the turn of Yakubu whose 35 yards shot sailed inches over the bar. New Radiant came off with couple of counter moves which saw Qasim Shamwel header sailing inches over the bar and then Mahindra 'keeper Sandip Nandy making a diving save of Simaz Hussain shot from the top of the box.
Mahindra continued their dominance in the second-half with barrage of moves but found rival keeper Sadun Devindra tough to beat as he made a brilliant save off K Ajayan left footer, punching the ball over. Earlier, he collected an angular shot-off substitute Steven Dias shot after Andrew Pomeyie, N Pradeep and Yakubu failing to score from close. Mahindra who were all over their rival territory in the closing stage even as New Radiant defended in numbers in search of the elusive goal, Sur Kumar Singh from the left send a cross deep into the box for Yakubu who again missed a glorious change to break the deadlock as he headed over with no one to challenge him. With the entire Mahindra team camping into their rival half, New Radiant came with counter move and nearly scored in the dying minutes but keeper Sandip Nandy managed to put the ball out of danger off Simaz Hussain shot from close. Than Qasim Samweel shot from top of the box sailed inches over the bar.
Referee al Ghatrifi Mohamood Mohd Juma of Oman showed yellow cards to Mahindra's Mbaka Bokembe and Yakubu.
With the match heading for a draw, Mahindra struck in the injury time. Mbaka Bekembe shot the goal was intercepted by Andrew Pomyie whose crack at the goal was deflected by keeper Sadun Devinda and the on-rushing Yakubu shot in to give Mahindra their second win.
MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 7-Sushanth Mathew (74' 29-Rauf Sher Khan), 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady, 10-Yakubu Yusif, 12-Manjit Singh (52' 23-Steven Dias), 14-Mahesh Gawli, 16-James Lukram Singh (58' 15-Abhishek Yadav), 25-Andrews Mensah Pomeyie, 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh.
NEW RADIANT; 1-Sandun Devinda Sooriyaarachche; 13-Assad Abdul Gani, 27-Sabah Mohamed Ibrahim (78' 6-Adam Shareef), 2-Ibrahim Amil, 19-Akram Abdul Gani, 24-Ahmed Nishan, 3-Mohamed Shifan, 10-Qasim Shamveel, 7-Ali Ashfaq (57' 15-Anwar Abdul Gani), 8-Hussain Simaz, 9-Idris Kasirye (46' 11-Ilyas Ibrahim).
YELLOW CARDS: Yakubu Yusif (41'), Mbaka Bokembe Dady (64', both Mahindra United); Adam Shareef (90+1', New Radiant).
REFEREE: Mahmood Mohammed Juna Al Ghatrifi (Oman).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Ali Ahmed Al Qasmi (Oman), Salim Nasir Al Battashi (Oman).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Minh Tri Vo (Vietnam).
For detailed information go to the IndianFootball.Com AFC Cup 2007 Special .

2007 AFC Cup - Group F - Stadium Darul Makmur, Kuantan: Pahang FC, MALAYSIA 1-2 Mohun Bagan AC
Goals: 0-1 Pachau Lalam Puia (30'), 1-1 Tarik Al-Janaby (60'), 1-2 Baichung Bhutia (74').

AFC report: Mohun Bagan of India heaped further misery on Pahang as they handed the Malaysian FA Cup holders their second consecutive defeat in AFC Cup Group D with a 2-1 victory at Stadium Darul Makmur on Tuesday. The East Coast side were hoping to bounce back after a 4-0 trouncing at the hands of Thailand's Osotspa M-150 in their opening match but substitute Bhaichung Bhutia deflected home an attempted clearance by goalkeeper Mohammedd Iqbal Suhimi 16 minutes from time to give the Indian side victory.
It was an unfortunate end to the match for the Malaysian side who showed their eagerness going forward from the opening whistle with V.Saravanan in menacing form. However, the towering presence of Douglas Santos at the heart of Mohun Bagan defence made it difficult for the home side to make inroads in attack. The first real chance of the game came in the 19th minute when V.Saravanan played a nifty one-two with strike partner Mohd Kamal Rodiarjat but with just Bagan keeper Paul Shilton to beat, the youngster blasted the ball over. That miss proved costly as the visitors went ahead in the 30th minute when a pass from Sushikumar Chongtham released Lalawmpuia Pachuau, who slotted home from close range to the delight of the Bagan bench. As their confidence grew, the Kolkota side began to push forward but tenacious defending by veteran Pahang defender Rosdi Talib prevented them from increasing their advantage. Bagan seemed content to try and protect their lead at the start of the second half against the tentative Pahang attack but the hosts managed to draw level on the hour mark when a free kick by Rosdi was met by midfielder Tarik Al-Janaby, who out jumped the Indian defence to head home an equaliser. The troubled Malaysian side appeared to be on course for their first point in the group but disaster struck on 74 minutes when Mohammed Iqbal was pressured by Bhutia as he attempted to clear the ball. To the horror of the home crowd, the goalkeeper's kick hit the Bagan player and deflected into his goal to condemn the hosts to another defeat.
Pahang are bottom of Group F following consecutive losses while Mohun Bagan drew level with Singapore's Tampines Rovers for top spot on four points.
Mohun Bagan coach Chima Okorie was delighted to see his side win.
"It was tremendous for us to get three points here. That was our mission when we came come here to Kuantan as we were determined to get a win," said Okorie.
"The team still have a long way to go and we have yet to play to our optimum level. But the boys still worked hard for the win today and it will be very useful for us as we can use it as a stepping stone for our next match against Osotspa in three weeks' time."
Pahang coach Ahmad Yusoff lamented his strikers' inability to convert chances.
"We had a lot of chances but unfortunately our strikers didn't take them. Mohun Bagan's goalkeeper Paul Shiltron played a tremendous game and he made a lot of good saves," said Yusoff.
"Overall I'm satisfied with our performance although our goalkeeper made a few blunders. The difference today was that the Indian team took their chances well and we didn't."
"It is not a good result for us and it will be very hard for us to come back now from this position and qualify for the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup."
PAHANG FC: 25-Mohammed Iqbal Suhimi; 2-Jalalluddin Abu Jaffar, 5-Rafael Santos, 6-Shahril Faizal Ahmad Sharifuddin, 19-Rosdi Talib, 8-Rashid Mamud, 15-Tarik Al-Janaby (85' Mohammed Khairi Zaharuddin), 17-Safri Mokhtar, 26-Mohammed Kamal Radiarjat Ali (54' 14-Mohammed Khairul Mamat), 28-Syed Faruk Hakim Syied Mahmud, 10-Saravanan Vellu (60' 12-Azizul Kamaluddin).
MOHUN BAGAN: 13-Shilton Pal; 16-Gautam Debnath (46' 19-Anit Kumar Ghosh), 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 28-Douglas da Silva, 17-Dulal Biswas, 6-Manas Das (31' 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria), 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 23-Mehtab Hussain, 27-Suman Datta, 24-Sushil Kumar Singh, 25-Pachau Lalam Puia (67' 15-Baichung Bhutia).
YELLOW CARDS: Gautam Debnath (31'), Anit Kumar Ghosh (49'), Lal Kamal Bhowmick (62', all Mohun Bagan).
REFEREE: Lazim Kadhum Auda (Iraq).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Mohammad Kadom Arab (Iraq), Ahmad A Saeed (Iraq).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Sabah Kasim Khalaf (Iraq).
For detailed information go to the IndianFootball.Com AFC Cup 2007 Special .

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Jammu&Kashmir Bank 0-1 Lajong SC
Goal: 0-1 Kyrshan Lyngshing (85').

J&K BANK: 1-Vikramjeet Singh, 12-Waseem Feroze, 3-Billu Khan (56' 16-Mohit Verma), 24-Albert Eke, 4-Mohammed Hanif, 5-Shahnaz Iqbal Khan, 19-Sheikh Rizwan, 8-Manoj Kumar, 18-Mohammed Mouazzam (67' 10-Adil Qadir), 20-Bilal Ahmad Wani, 14-Imran Rafiq (61' 23-Shoket Sultan Wadoo).
LAJONG: 1-Markus Basumatary, 2-Albor Khongjee, 7-L Angam (56' 18-Kyrshan Lyngshing), 15-Lambok Rymbai, 14-Lalruatfela Ralte, 5-Kitkupar Kharshiing, 17-Niwan-o-Gatphoh, 11-Romeo Sukhlein (69' 9-Birender Thapa), 8-Gordon Zoramchana (83' 6-Sooki Lamare), 12-TL Muana.
YELLOW CARD: Albert Eke (3', J&K Bank).
REFEREE: SK Gupta (Bihar).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: M Bhattacharya (West Bengal), MK Roy (Assam).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: P Bikramjith (Delhi).

Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police 2-0 BEL SC - Goals: 1-0 K Srinath (25'), 2-0 Arun Kumar (74').
Bangalore 'A' Division: BEML (EM) 10-0 Dharmaraja Union - Goals: 1-0,5-0,10-0 B Vimal (3',27',88'), Suresh 2-0,3-0,6-0,8-0 (10',13',53',77'), 4-0 Gopi (15'), 7-0 Manimaran (61'), 9-0 Murali (83').

::: 2.Division National League: Cluster I in Kochi over :::
The Cluster I matches of the 2.Division National League held at the Nehru Stadium, Kochi in Kerala ended today with the final match of Round 5. In total 15 matches where played with 34 goals scored. Salgaocar SC, Viva Kerala and Army XI have made it to the Final Round Super Six to be played at Calicut from March 25.


March 19
    IndianFootball.Com welcomes new Goa correspondent to its Editorial Team

IndianFootball.Com would like to announce the appointment of our new Goa correspondent! Rhys Mascarenhas has joined the IndianFootball.Com editorial team and help us to further increase the quality and quantity of our coverage of Indian football.
Rhys will be our correspondent in Goa and will strengthen our coverage of football events taking place in the football crazy state of Goa.
We are more than happy to welcome Rhys to our team!

::: 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.
After criss-crossing many parts of India, covering various youth football projects, we finally reach West Bengal, one of the two key centres of the beautiful game along with Goa. To our pleasant surprise, a residential football academy in this state is being run by none other than the state football association (Indian Football Association or IFA for short). That fact alone puts the IFA far ahead of all if not most of the State FA's.
IndianFootball.Com's Harmit Singh Kamboe was fortunate enough to be able to interview Subrata Dutta, the IFA secretary about the IFA-CSF Academy.
Since our founding we at IndianFootball.Com 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.
Click here to read the complete >>Subrata Dutta (IFA Academy, Bengal) interview

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Salgaocar SC 2-1 Viva Kerala
Goals: 1-0 Francis Fernandes (18'), 2-0 Felix Chimaokwu (20'), 2-1 Saheed Omobalaji (86').

SALGAOCAR: 1-Milagrio Medeira, 12-Remus Gomes, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar, 16-Nicolau Colaco, 6-Micky Fernandes, 30-Francis Fernandes, 14-Jerose Oliveira (84' 21-Sachin Gawas), 7-Felix Chimaokwu (73' 11-RC Prakash), 15-Agnelo Barreto.
VIVA KERALA: 1-M Shiju, 4-R Dhanarajan, 18-Saheed Omobalaji, 3-Libu C Philip, 21-Justine Stephen, 2-TK Srinath (46' 14-Shine Raj), 24-VM Gireesh, 12-P Sajesh (63' 9-K Shiyu), 16-Mohammad Muneer, 11-T Sajith, 17-K Feroze (82' 8-TK Prasoon).
YELLOW CARDS: Remus Gomes (62', Salgaocar); TK Srinath (47'), VM Gireesh (75', both Viva Kerala).
REFEREE: P Bikramjith (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew Shekar (Karnataka), MA Siddiqui (Madhya Pradesh).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: SK Gupta (Bihar).

::: FIFA.com Interview with Bob Houghton :::
FIFA.com today published an interview with Indian national coach Bob Houghton. Bob talks about his work and gives an outlook what aims he has for Indian football in the coming years.
The link to the >>FIFA.com Interview with Bob Houghton .

::: "All Sports Magazine" launched :::
The launch of "All Sports Magazine" is good news for those of you who where looking for a sports magazine on the stands in India!
Stephen Constantine is the lead Euro football writer for the All Sports Magazine which was launched in Mumbai by Indian cricket icon Kapil Dev last week. The magazine, which features all major sports, will concentrate extensively on Euro football and Indian football and has devoted 28 pages to football in its inaugural March issue.
The former Indian national coach, who has now taken charge of the African nation of Malawi, has previewed the ongoing action in the English premiership besides predicting the outcomes of a few key matches being played this month while also giving us an insight into the personality and methods of Arsene Wenger during one of his visits to Arsenal.
All Sports Magazine is promoted by Amit Goenka of the Essel group which has interests in Zee TV and Ten Sports. Goenka's 'Playwin' lottery is also a co-sponsor of East Bengal Club.
"We aim to go beyond cricket and provide comprehensive coverage of other major sports like football, hockey, athletics, golf, etc," Sunand Bhojani, publisher of SE Publishing, the firm that is bringing out the magazine said.

::: Guwahati needs more football grounds :::
The Assam FA yesterday met 12 of Guwahati's Super and 'A' Division clubs along with Guwahati Sports Association offcials to discuss the situation of football in the Assam state capital. The Assam FA wants to utilise the gold medal won at the 33rd National Games to give football a push in the state.
All the clubs named the same problem: lack of grounds. The AFA and GSA were asked to try and take control of the Nehru Stadium for the whole year, try and organise training grounds across the city for the clubs, and also arrange a gymnasium for club footballers.


March 18
    RESULTS & NEWS

The latest IndianFootball.Com Editor's Column by Harmit Singh Kamboe is title "March Madness - Indian Ishtyle".
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Editor's Column .

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Indian Bank 0-4 Army XI
Goals: 0-1,0-3 Ngernilal (15',62'), 0-2 Shaji D'silva (45'), 0-4 Vijay Thapa (70').

INDIAN BANK: 22-Sebastian Netto, 20-Gift Rai Khan, 26-Shivamani, 23-Joseph Antony Noel, 15-Mike Chinedu Obi, 28-Sanath Kumar, 8-James Singh, 16-Mahendra Mani, 25-Tiken Singh (46' 24-Karthikeyan), 18-M Ramesh (22' 11-Chanambam Jatin Singh), 29-Khangemban Thoi Singh (73' 14- Amulraj).
ARMY XI: 1-Robikanth Singh, 4-Birendra Bodra, 5-S Ramesh, 22-Dilip M, 2-KP Kabui, 14-Hemant Lama (76' 19-V Ramu), 9-MG Ramachandran, 10-M Raghu Kumar (80' 7-Samuel), 13-Mahesh Rai, 24-Shaji D'silva (50' 11-Vijay Thapa), 15-Ngernilal.
YELLOW CARDS: Tiken Singh (8'), Mahendra Mani (40', both Indian Bank); Birendra Bodra (5', Army).
REFEREE: MK Roy (Assam).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew Shekar (Karnataka), SK Gupta (Bihar).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: M Bhattacharya (West Bengal).

Bangalore Super Division: ADE 2-0 LRDE - Goals: 1-0 Gnanaprakash (41'), 2-0 Karthik (87').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 0-4 AGORC, Bangalore - Goals: 0-1 Prabhu (7'), 0-2 Sashidharan (61'), 0-3,0-4 Raju Jr (66',90').
Manipur State League: Southern Sporting Union 2-1 NEROCA - Goals: 0-1 Ramesh (45'), 1-1,2-1 R Banny Chiru (46',75').
Manipur State League: Eastern Sporting Union 3-2 Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal - Goals: 1-0 Nilakanta Singh (5'), 2-0 M Somochandra Singh (9'), 2-1 L Indramani Singh (22'), 2-2 Mohammed Riyaz Khan (26'), 3-2 Y Robindro Singh (60').
Manipur State League: AMOFA, Moirang 1-0 RACC, Churachandpur - Goal: 1-0 M Bijen Singh (11').
Manipur State League: Kakching FC 0-2 Tiddim Road Athletic Union - Goals: 0-1 K Duidang (41'), 0-2 Lunminlal Khongsai (86').
Manipur State League: YWC, Thambalkhong 0-0 Manipur Police SC - Goals: none.


March 17
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: Coach of Indian Origin Robin Dutt to take-up job at German 2.Bundesliga club SC Freiburg :::
Yesterday German 2.Bundesliga club SC Freiburg announced that Coach of Indian Origin Robin Dutt will become their new head coach in the 2007/08 season. Freiburg, who are fighting for promotion to the 1.Bundesliga, are known to be a club to bring-up young, talented players and have been coached by Volker Finke since 1991, who ends his 16 year reign with the club this summer.
"I look forward to the new task and know what great work Volker Finke carried out over many years here. That is for me stimulus and obligation at the same time," stressed Dutt after signing the contract.
The 42 year old Robin Dutt, born in Cologne, meanwhile leaves Regionalliga South (3.Division) club Stuttgarter Kickers after being their head coach since October 2003. Earlier he had coached the second team of the Stuttgarter Kickers besides TSF Ditzingen and TSG Leonberg. This season he had scored a big win with the Stuttgarter Kickers in the German Cup (DFB Pokal) defeating Hamburger SV 4-3 in extra time.

11th National League - Bangalore Football Stadium: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 1-3 Dempo SC
Goals: 0-1 Ranty Martins Soleye (12'), 0-2 Clifford Miranda (18'), 1-2 J Muralidharan (42'), 1-3 Roberto Mendes Silva (47').

Former champions Dempo SC strengthened their grip on the 11th National League table with a 3-1 away victory against bottom of the table Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC at the Bangalore Football Stadium. Dempo top the table with now 20 points from nine matches, while HAL have only six points from nine matches.
Today's match marked the first competitive return to Bangalore for Dempo SC since the tragic day in the final of the 26th Federation Cup 2004 on December 5, when Dempo's Brazilian striker Cristiano S De Lima Junior died of a massive heart attack on the pitch after scoring his teams second goal against Mohun Bagan AC to win the title for the Goans. This will surely have been on the minds of a few Dempo players and officials when they entered the Bangalore Football Stadium though the incidence happened a few kilometres away at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
HAL were hit hard by the absence of a number of regulars and Dempo fully cashed in on this. Dempo went ahead through a header from striker Ranty Martins Soleye in the 12th minute and only six minutes later midfielder Clifford Miranda doubled the lead with a curling shot from the left side which left HAL keeper Gumpe Rime stranded and dazed. HAL reduced the deficit just three minutes before the breather with a long-ranger from J Muralidharan, but only two minutes into the second half Dempo's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Mendes Silva sealed the victory for the Goans with a placed shot.
Dempo SC next host Mahindra United in a top of the table clash in Goa on March 27, while HAL travel to Calcutta to face Mohun Bagan AC on March 29.
HAL: 1-Gumpe Rime; 26-Femi Joseph Adeola, 24-J Muralidharan, 5-Prashant Jaggi, 27-N Mohanraj, 14-Rajendra Prasad, 25-Alesha Shameki, 6-M Satish Kumar, 18-Bhuvan Krishna Joshi, 12-Reisangmi Vasum, 9-Sampath Kumar Kuttimani.
DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar, 18-Valeriano Rebello, 3-John Charles Dias, 2-Majekodumni Bolaji, 16-Sameer Naik, 15-Clifford Miranda, 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 8-Climax Lawrance, 6-Peter Carvalho, 9-Ranty Martins Soleye, 14-Anthony Pereira.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Ranty Martins Soleye (Dempo).
YELLOW CARD: Sampath Kumar Kuttimani (63', HAL).
REFEREE: A Arjunan (Services).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu), Mohammed Basheer (Kerala).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: PS Sasikumar (Kerala).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

11th National League - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: Mohammedan Sporting Club 3-3 Air-India
Goals: 0-1,0-2 Kumar Samson Singh (37',52'), 1-2 Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve (57'), 2-2 Basudeb Mondal (69'), 3-2 Raman Vijayan (74'), 3-3 Bashiree Mohammed Abbas (82').

Mohammedan Sporting Club and Air-India played out a thrilling three-all draw in the 11th National League at the Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta. Mohammedan Sporting Club moved into ninth place with seven points from nine matches, but still stay in the relegation zone; meanwhile Air-India stay fourth with now 12 points from nine matches.
Air-India were up two goals by the 52nd minute through striker Kumar Samson Singh, who took advantage of Mohammedan Sporting's defensive mistakes in the 37th and 52nd minute. Sporting coach Biswajit Bhattcharjee gambled by moving-up defender Eric Bolwe Mputu into the attack and this was a move which paid-off. Sporting reduced the deficit in the 57th minute through a Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve penalty, while "Man of the Match" Basudeb Mondal got the equaliser in the 69th minute through a lovely shot on target. Sporting then even went into the lead in the 74th minute with a header from substitute Raman Vijayan, but it wasn't to be a great escape for Sporting as Air-India did fight back and equalise in the 82nd minute through Bashiree Mohammed Abbas.
Mohammedan Sporting Club next host JCT, Phagwara on March 30, while Air-India stay in Calcutta to face East Bengal Club on March 24.
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 1-Gopal Das; 25-Mir Farooq Hyder, 3-Madhab Kumar Das, 26-Eric Bolwe Mputu, 30-Sulaiman Anbalath Firoze, 6-Rajib Ahmed (69' 17-Santa Saikhom Singh), 12-Jatin Singh Bisht, 14-Basudeb Mondal, 15-Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve, 7-Bijen Singh (50' 9-Raman Vijayan), 10-Preston Papai Corporal.
AIR-INDIA: 21-Raju Ekka; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 3-Suley Musah, 28-Abiodun Kolawole Martins, 19-Santosh Koli, 18-Hamza Zaheer Abbas (84' 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh), 23-Sanju Pradhan (??' 25-Nirmal Chetri), 20-Paresh Shivalkar, 11-Hringsolal Thomte (78' 4-Benoy Kuruvilla), 8-Kumar Samson Singh, 27-Bashiree Mohammed Abbas,
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Basudeb Mondal (Mohammedan Sporting).
YELLOW CARDS: Eric Bolwe Mputu (28'), Madhab Kumar Das (87', both Mohammedan Sporting).
REFEREE: Deepak Bisht (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: K Shankar (Tamil Nadu), Gokulanand Sharma (Manipur).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: ONGC, Mumbai 0-0 South-East-Central Railway
Goals: none.

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Lajong SC 1-1 Viva Kerala
Goals: 0-1 Badmus Baba Thunde (73'), 1-1 TL Muana (85').

LAJONG: 1-Markus Basumatary, 2-Albor Khongjee, 7-L Angam, 15-Lambok Rymbai, 14-Lalruatfela Ralte, 5-Kitkupar Kharshiing, 20-Laldingliana Khangte (74' 17-Niwan-o-Gatphoh), 18-Kyrshan Lyngshing (38' 10-Mayang Meren), 11-Romeo Sukhlein, 8-Gordon Zoramchana, 12-TL Muana.
VIVA KERALA: 1-M Shiju, 4-R Dhanarajan, 12-P Sajesh, 18-Saheed Omobalaji, 21-Justine Stephen, 24-VM Gireesh, 7-Denson Devadas, 16-Mohammad Muneer (58' 9-K Shiyu), 10-Badmus Baba Thunde, 23-TK Anil Kumar, 14-Shine Raj (55' 2-TK Srinath).
YELLOW CARDS: Romeo Sukhlein (80', Lajong); Denson Devadas (72', Viva Kerala).
REFEREE: M Bhattacharya (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh), P Bikramjit (Delhi).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MK Roy (Assam).

::: 2.Division National League: Cluster I in Goa over :::
The Cluster I matches of the 2.Division National League held at the Duler Ground, Mapusa in Goa ended today with the final match of Round 5. In total 15 matches where played with 29 goals scored. Chirag United SC, Vasco SC and ONGC have made it to the Final Round Super Six to be played at Calicut from March 25.


March 16
    RESULTS & NEWS

When one talks about the heartland of Indian football, one will mention Calcutta and Goa, maybe the one or the other place would also be named. But in the latest IndianFootball.Com Guest Column titled "Malappuram; The Heartland of Football" by Jafar Khan, he writes from this north Kerala District which is totally football crazy!
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Jafar Khan .

11th National League - Coogerage Ground, Mumbai: Mahindra United 2-2 East Bengal Club
Goals: 0-1,0-2 Edmilson Marques Pardal (31',58'), 1-2 Abhishek Yadav (70'), 2-2 Andrews Pomeyie Mensah (89').

Defending NFL champions Mahindra United came back from two goals down to earn a deserved two-all draw against former champions East Bengal Club in a thrilling 11th National League match at the Coogerage Ground, Mumbai. With today's draw both sides now have 15 points from eight matches, two behind league leaders Dempo SC, but Mahindra United are in second place while East Bengal third due to a one goal better goal difference.
Mahindra United initially put the pressure on East Bengal with the best chance being a shot by Mbaka Bokembe Dady, which was saved by East Bengal keeper Abhra Mondal in the seventh minute. Thereafter Mahindra United continued to squander numerous chances and then got a rude shock just after the half hour mark when East Bengal were awarded a penalty. Defender Mahesh Gawli brought down Edmilson Marques Pardal in the box and the Brazilian cooly slotted home from the resultant spot-kick. Mahindra tried their best to get the equaliser, but Abhra Mondal in the East Bengal goal showed a rock solid performance. In the second half a rare misunderstanding between Mahindra United keeper Sandip Nandy and defender Mahesh Gawli in the 58th minute resulted in East Bengal going up by two goals. Once again it was Edmilson who accepted the present. An Abhra Mondal goal kick should have been collected by either Nandy or Gawli but as both believed the other one would go for the ball, an opportunistic Edmilson snatched the ball and gave his team a comfortable lead. But East Bengal now committed the mistake of wanting to hold on to the lead, only looking for the odd counter attack; while Mahindra United build on the pressure. In the 70th minute Mahindra finally got onto the score sheet with substitute Abhishek Yadav heading in a NP Pradeep freekick. And this set-up a thrilling finale. Mahindra in search for the equaliser gave everything while East Bengal wanted to hold on to the lead and Mahindra finally got the deserved equaliser just a minute before the end of regulation time when their two Ghanians Yakubu Yusif and Andrews Pomeyie Mensah combined well with the later scoring.
East Bengal now travel back to Calcutta to face Sporting Clube de Goa on March 21, while Mahindra United start their Goan sojourn with an AFC Cup match on March 20. Their next NFL home match is now scheduled a day earlier on March 24 against JCT, Phagwara in Goa instead of Mumbai.
MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy; 7-Sushanth Mathew, 14-Mahesh Gawli, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 5-Samson Fernandes (15-Abhishek Yadav), 23-Steven Dias, 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady (16-James Lukram Singh), 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh (12-Manjit Singh), 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 10-Yakubu Yusif, 25-Andrews Mensah Pomeyie.
EAST BENGAL: 21-Abhra Mondal; 20-Vincent Brice Pires, 2-Muttath Suresh, 4-Covan Lawrence, 29-Soumik Dey, 32-Izumi Arata (14-Chandan Das), 3-Cristiano Hilario de Oliveira, 7-Jayanta Sen, 9-Alvito D'Cunha (28-Shylo Malswam Tulunga), 30-Edmilson Marques Pardal (6-Dipankar Roy), 10-Boniface Ngairah Ambani.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Edmilson Marques Pardal (East Bengal).
YELLOW CARDS: NP Pradeep (52', Mahindra United); Izumi Arata (32'), Abhra Mondal (56'), Jayanta Sen (80', all East Bengal).
REFEREE: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Benjamin D'silva (Goa), Francisco Fernander (Goa).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Pratap Singh (Services).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: State Bank of Travancore 0-1 Chirag United SC
Goal: 0-1 Lalmalswama Hmar (2').

SBT: 1-PV Harshal Rehman; 5-Abhilash John, 3-M Abdul Basheer, 22-KS Joby, 25-Prince Paulose, 15-KM Abdul Naushad, 14-V Sivakumar (71' 17-MA Abdul Hakkim), 2-TV Mohammed Harris (29' 11-Martyn John), 7- CJ Renil, 19-T Asif Saheer, 16-Anthony Okechukwu Agbaraji (46' 27-AG Mohammed Aslam).
CHIRAG UNITED: 21-Somnath Khara; 22-Muzaffar Rehman, 16-Wajid Ali, 17-Amandeep Singh, 11-Narugopal Hait, 12-Ratan Das (48' 15-Jiten Rai), 18-Crispin Chettri (74' 28-Mrinmoy Chakraborty), 14-Prasanta Chakraborty, 27-Lalmalsawma Hmar, 30 Gour Shankar Datta (82' 10-Ashim Das), 24-Theodore Sunday Wrobeh.
YELLOW CARDS: M Abdul Basheer (15'), Prince Paulose (68'), MA Abdul Hakkim (83', all SBT).
REFEREE: Thampi Raj (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Vijaya Kumar (Karnataka), Bhaskar Nanda (Orissa).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh).

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Jammu&Kashmir Bank 0-0 Army XI
Goals: none.

J&K BANK: 1-Vikramjeet Singh, 12-Waseem Feroze, 2-Amrit Paul, 24-Albert Eke, 14-Imran Rafiq, 23-Shoket Sultan Wadoo (40' 4-Mohammed Hanif), 5-Shahnaz Iqbal Khan, 19-Sheikh Rizwan, 7-Nishad KP (58' 8-Manoj Kumar), 27-Emanuiel Nnamni (63' 18-Mohammed Mouazzam), 20-Bilal Ahmad Wani.
ARMY XI: 1-Robikanth Singh, 4-Birendra Bodra, 5-S Ramesh, 22-Dilip M, 2-KP Kabui, 14-Hemant Lama (46' 19-V Ramu), 6-Thirunavakarsu (74' 7-Samuel), 10-M Raghu Kumar, 13-Mahesh Rai, 24-Shaji D'silva, 15-Ngernilal (55' 11-Vijay Thapa).
YELLOW CARDS: Emmunial Nnamni (48', J&K Bank); Dilip M (18', Army).
REFEREE: P Bikramjith (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: MK Roy (Assam), SK Gupta (Bihar).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Andrew Shekar (Karnataka).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

::: INDIA's Women 57th in latest FIFA Women's World Rankings :::
INDIA's Women dropped two places in the latest FIFA Women's World Rankings to 57th released by football's governing boday today. INDIA's Women remain 10th in Asia with 1439 points, four points less then three month's ago in the last rankings.

::: Kalinga Cup from March 20 in Orissa :::
Punjab Police, Kerala's Titanium XI, Calcutta's Eastern Railway and Assam Rifles will feature in this years All-India Kalinga Cup football tournament which will kick-off in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack on March 20. The final of the tournament, to be played on a knockout format, would be held at the Barabati Stadium under floodlights at Cuttack on March 29, Asirbad Behera, secretary of the organising committee, said. The matches at Bhubaneswar would be played at the Kalinga Stadium.
The other prominent teams which would participate in the championship would include Tata Steel; Corps of Signals, Goa; Peerless SC, Calcutta and Oil India Limited.
The home challenge would be led by local Kishore Club; State Sports Hostel, Cuttack; SAI Sports Hostel, Cuttack; and East Coast Railway.
The tournament is being jointly organised by the state government's Department of Sports and the Orissa FA.


March 15
    RESULTS & NEWS

In the latest IndianFootball.Com Guest Column young English coach Tom Legg writes about his experiences at a Bangalore Super Division match, the first football match he watched while in India.
Tom is in Bangalore through us at IndianFootball.Com helping the SPT Sports Academy to set-up a football division at the Academy.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Tom Legg .

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: Vasco SC 1-3 Punjab Police
Goals: 0-1,0-2 Sarbjit Singh (26',39'), 1-2 Alvito Rodrigues (76'), 1-3 Harjinder Singh (77').

VASCO: 1-Dipankar Chowdhury (46' 30-C Parveen); 4-Kamal Thapa, 29-Roberto Fernandes, 5-Tarzan Thomas K, 2-Cedric Peixoto, 6-Joy Ferrao (33' 17-Agnelo D'souza), 8-Menino Fernandes, 28-Lalnum Puia (61' 14-Remedios Barreto), 7-Sujay Mondal, 19-Alvito Rodrigues, 10-Keke Ibrahim.
PUNJAB POLICE: 25-Sunil Kumar; 24-Gurpreet Singh Sr, 20-Sumit Bali, 13-Hari Kishan, 4-Sukhwinder Singh, 7-Harnek Singh (66' 9-Jaspal Singh), 16-Rohit Kumar, 6-Gurpreet Singh, 14-Harpreet Singh, 22-Harshdeep Singh, 12-Harjinder Singh, 3-Sarbjit Singh (55' 11-Parminder Singh).
YELLOW CARDS: Lalnum Puia (14', Vasco); Jaspal Singh (70', Punjab Police).
YELLOW-RED CARD: Jaspal Singh (87', Punjab Police).
REFEREE: Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: SB Saha (Delhi), Bhaskar Nanda (Orissa).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: A Rovan (Services).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Indian Bank 0-2 Salgaocar SC
Goals: 0-1 Felix Chimaokwu (26'), 0-2 RC Prakash (85').

INDIAN BANK: 22-Sebastian Netto, 30-Suman Raj (78' 24-Karthikeyan), 26-Shivamani, 23-Joseph Antony Noel, 20-Gift Rai Khan, 8-James Singh, 16-Mahendra Mani, 28-Sanath Kumar, 25-Tiken Singh (65' 11-Chanambam Jatin Singh), 18-M Ramesh, 29-Khangemban Thoi Singh.
SALGAOCAR: 1-Milagrio Medeira, 23-William Colaco (64' 12-Remus Gomes), 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar, 16-Nicolau Colaco, 14-Jerose Oliveira, 30-Francis Fernandes, 15-Agnelo Barreto (74' 25-Rocus Lamare), 9-Francis Andrade (81' 11-RC Prakash), 7-Felix Chimaokwu.
YELLOW CARDS: Sebastian Netto (14', Indian Bank); Francis Andrade (41', Salgaocar).
REFEREE: MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: M Bhattacharya (West Bengal), Andrew Sekhar (Karnataka).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: SK Gupta (Bihar).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

::: FIFA confirm President Blatter visit to India in April :::
FIFA's Media Department has confirmed to us at IndianFootball.Com that FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will head a FIFA Delegation which is set to visit India from April 15 to 17, 2007. The stop overs on the first-ever visit by a FIFA president will be New Delhi, Calcutta and Goa.
The final agenda is still being worked out, but it is known that FIFA as well as Mr. Blatter himself are showing interest to help and develop Indian football.
After yesterday's release of the latest FIFA World Rankings, where INDIA now is 165th in the world, this is very much needed to revive India's fortunes in the world's most popular sport!


March 14
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: INDIA 165th in latest FIFA World Rankings :::
INDIA catastrophic drop in the FIFA World Rankings continue with a drop of another eight places to now 165th amongst the 207 ranked nations. In Asia INDIA has dropped from 32nd to 34th. INDIA now have 76 points, eight less then in February. Tiny nations like Liechtenstein, the Solomon Islands and Andorra are now ahead of India.
And with no official international planned by the AIFF until August 2007's ONGC International Tournament, one can only fear what is in store for India in those rankings in the coming month's...

2008 Beijing Olympics Football Tournament - Asian Qualifiers - Nehru Stadium Stadium, Chennai: INDIA U23 0-1 Thailand U23
Goal: 0-1 Teeratep Winothai (9').

REFEREE: Ali Saleem (Maldives).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Mohammed Saeed (Maldives), Ahmed Ameez (Maldives).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Riyaz Rasheed (Maldives).
More information & pictures are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com National Team special

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: South East Central Railway 0-0 Chirag United SC
Goals: none.

Bangalore Super Division: MEG 1-0 SAI, Bangalore - Goal: 1-0 Nigil Raj (13').
Bangalore 'A' Division: DYSS 5-0 Dharmaraja Union

::: Fire at IFA Office :::
According to reports out of Calcutta a fire broke out late last evening in the accounts department of the Indian Football Association (West Bengal) offices at 11/1 Sooterkin Street in central Calcutta. No one is said to have been injured, but the room of the accounts department is said to be badly damaged. According to the fire department the cause of the fire is unknown and three fire engines had to be pressed into service to set out the blaze.

::: Former International Moideen Kutty no more :::
Former International Moideen Kutty, who had represented India in numerous matches, died at a private hospital at Perinthalmanna, Kerala today. He was 63. Moideenkutty was undergoing treatment for past few months. He is survived by his wife Nazeera and sons Sajan and Sahir. The burial was held at the Valiyangadi Juma Masjid in the evening.
Moideen Kutty started his football career with Calicut's City Combines and later on played for the Railways, the State Bank of India and Alind Kundara FC.
After his playing days he was the president of the Mallapuram District FA and also went on to become a member of the Kerala FA Executive Committee.


March 13
    RESULTS & NEWS

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: ONGC, Mumbai 2-1 Punjab Police
Goals: 1-0 Rakshak Naik (8'), 2-0 Abhishek Yadav (12'), 2-1 Parminder Singh (88').

ONGC: 1-Bilifang Narzary; 26-Kabijit Khotel, 3-Clifford Kilmo, 4-Krishna Shirodkar, 17-Caetano Pinho, 21-Amit Mondal, 20-Sandip Das, 15-Stanley Cyprian, 12-Gulidom Rongmoi, 10-Rakshak Naik, 22-Abhishek Yadav.
PUNJAB POLICE: 25-Sunil Kumar; 20-Sumit Bali, 13-Hari Kishan, 4-Sukhwinder Singh, 7-Harnek Singh Sr, 16-Rohit Kumar, 6-Gurpreet Singh, 22-Harshdeep Singh, 12-Harjinder Singh, 14-Harpreet Singh, 29-Pardeep Singh.
YELLOW CARD: Abhishek Yadav (22', ONGC).
REFEREE: SB Saha (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: A Rovan (Services), Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: G Thampiraj (Tamil Nadu).

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Viva Kerala 6-1 Army XI
Goals: 1-0,3-0,4-0 Badmus Baba Thunde (5',38',46'), 2-0 VM Girish (22'), 4-1 MG Ramachandran (53'), 5-1,6-1 TK Srinath (70',78').

VIVA KERALA: 1-M Shiju, 4-R Dhanarajan, 12-P Sajesh, 18-Saheed Omobalaji, 21-Justine Stephen, 14-Shine Raj (62' 2-TK Srinath), 24-VM Gireesh, 7-Denson Devadas (90'+1' 8-TK Prasoon), 16-Mohammad Muneer, 10-Badmus Baba Thunde, 23-TK Anil Kumar.
ARMY XI: 30-Jembo Singh, 4-Birendra Bodra, 3-PS Sumesh, 22-Dilip M, 2-KP Kabui, 14-Hemant Lama (78' 11-Vijay Thapa), 9-MG Ramachandran, 6-Thirunavakarsu, 10-M Raghu Kumar (74' 19-V Ramu), 24-Shaji D'silva, 15-Ngernilal (31' 13-Mahesh Rai).
YELLOW CARDS: MG Ramachandran (6', Viva Kerala); KP Kabui (40', Army XI).
REFEREE: M Bhattacharya (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew Sekhar (Karnataka), P Bikramjith (Delhi).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police 1-1 CIL - Goals: 1-0 Archan (38'), 1-1 Gopalakrishna (73').
Bangalore 'A' Division: BWSSB 0-2 BEML (EM) - Goals: 0-1 Vimal, 0-2 Gopi.

::: 2.Division NFL final round in Calicut :::
The final Round of the 2.Division National League will be held from the last week of this month at the Calicut Municipal Stadium in Kerala. Three teams each from the Clusters being held in Mapusa, Goa and Kochi, Kerala will qualify for the Final Round to play for the two promotion slots for the National League next season.


March 12
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: IFC Interview with Hering Shangpliang (Lajong SC coach) :::
IndianFootball.Com's PS Parameswaran caught-up with Lajong SC coach Hering Shangpliang to find out more about his club, Meghalayan football and himself.
Hering is currently in Kochin, Kerala with his club to take part in the 2.Division National League Cluster round.
And what many might not know Shillong's Hering Shangpliang is one of four Indian coaches along with Derrick Pereira, Savio Medeira and V Soundarajan who are AFC Pro Coaching Licence holders.
Click here to read the complete >>Hering Shangpliang (Lajong SC coach) interview

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: Vasco SC 2-1 State Bank of Travancore
Goals: 0-1 Anthony Okechukwu Agbaraji (6'), 1-1 Keke Ibrahim (35'), 2-1 Agnelo D'souza (90').

VASCO: 22-Laxmikant Kattimani; 4-Kamal Thapa, 29-Roberto Fernandes, 5-Tarzan Thomas K, 2-Cedric Peixoto, 8-Menino Fernandes, 16-Rovan Pereira, 19-Alvito Rodrigues (60' 17-Agnelo D'souza), 10-Keke Ibrahim, 27-Oluwa Emmanuel (74' 7-Sujay Mondal), 6-Joy Ferrao (30' 14-Remedios Barreto).
SBT: 30-PA Jean Christian; 5-Abhilash John, 3-M Abdul Basheer, 22-KS Joby, 25-Prince Paulose, 15-KM Abdul Naushad, 14-V Sivakumar, 2-TV Mohammed Harris (76' 27-AG Mohammed Aslam), 11-Martyn John (58' 7- CJ Renil), 19-T Asif Saheer, 16-Anthony Okechukwu Agbaraji (77' 17-MA Abdul Hakkim).
YELLOW CARD: none.
REFEREE: Vijaya Kumar (Karnataka)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: G Thampiraj (Tamil Nadu), Bhaskar Nanda (Orissa).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh).

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Lajong SC 0-1 Salgaocar SC
Goal: 0-1 Francis Fernandes (27').

LAJONG: 1-Markus Basumatary, 2-Albor Khongjee, 7-L Angam, 15-Lambok Rymbai, 14-Lalruatfela Ralte, 5-Kitkupar Kharshiing, 20-Laldingliana Khangte (35' 11-Romeo Sukhlein), 18-Kyrshan Lyngshing, 12-TL Muana, 17-Niwan-o-Gatphoh, 8-Gordon Zoramchana (85' 10-Mayang Meren).
SALGAOCAR: 1-Milagrio Medeira, 12-Remus Gomes, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 23-William Colaco (80' 17-TV Biju Kumar), 16-Nicolau Colaco, 14-Jerose Oliveira, 6-Micky Fernandes, 30-Francis Fernandes, 15-Agnelo Barreto (68' 11-RC Prakash), 7-Felix Chimaokwu
YELLOW CARDS: Lambok Rymbai (4'), TL Muana (57', both Lajong SC); Agnelo Barreto (36'), Nicolau Colaco (65'), Felix Chimaokwu (90+2', all Salgaocar).
REFEREE: MK Roy (Assam).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: P Bikramjit (Delhi), SK Gupta (Bihar).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: M Bhattacharaya (West Bengal).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore Super Division: BEL SC 0-0 Southern Blues FC - Goals: none.
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 0-2 Army Service Corps - Goals: 0-1 Saurav Das, 0-2 Amanjith.

::: INDIA U13 probables named :::
The AIFF has finalised a list of 40 probables for the INDIA U13 camp ahead of the Asian U13 Football Festival in May 2007. The boys selected were spotted at the AIFF U13 Football Festival at Chennai, Tamil Nadu in December 2006.
INDIA U13 Probables: Goalkeepers: Albino Gomes, Shilton Fernandes (both Goa), Shashank Rawat (Uttaranchal), Dhaneshwar Singh (Manipur), Vipul Dane (Madhya Pradesh). Defenders: L Milan Singh, Y Denechandra Metei, TH Bipin Singh (all Manipur), Anuj Negi, Ashish Bist (both Uttaranchal), Mohammed Abdul Ghani, Sujan Babu (both Andhra Pradesh), Ismail MP, Abhishek N Joshy (both Kerala), P Rajkumar (Tamilnadu), Jesmon Carnalho (Goa), Amit Pandey Madhya Pradesh), Jaswinder Singh (Haryana), Kishlay Singh Sajwan (Delhi), Pynkhashok Kurabah (Meghalaya), Asheer Akhtar (Maharashtra). Midfielders: M.Sivarajan, M Dilipan, G Nirmal, Alexander Romario (all Tamil Nadu), Deepak R, Srinivas, KR Sridhar Iyer (all Karnataka), Auster V Kharbuli, Babitshan Thangkheiw (Meghalaya), Merwin F Stephen (Maharashtra), Rohan Shah (Gujarat), Abhishek Rawat (Uttaranchal), Nixon H Pereira (Kerala). Forwards: Tyson Maikan, Stephen Zilkhosei (both Manipur), Brendon Fernandes Goa), Michael Chawgtuo (Delhi), Akhil K Joseph (Kerala), Ricky Markoh (Meghalaya).

::: Former International Narender Gurung no more :::
Former International Narender Gurung, who was 51, died of brain haemorrhage yesterday. He was working as a Deputy Commandant in the Border Security Force at Dera Baba Nanak, Punjab. Gurung had represented India in the 1980 Olympic qualifiers and the 1981 Merdeka Cup plus represented Punjab at numerous Santosh Trophies.


March 11
    RESULTS & NEWS

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Indian Bank 1-0 Jammu&Kashmir Bank
Goal: 1-0 Chanambam Jatin Singh (90'+3').


INDIAN BANK: 22-Sebastian Netto, 30-Suman Raj, 26-Shivamani, 23-Joseph Antony Noel, 20-Gift Rai Khan, 8-James Singh, 16-Mahendra Mani (83' 14-R Amulraj), 5-Subash Singh, 25-Tiken Singh (60'28-Sanath Kumar), 18-M Ramesh , 29-Khangemban Thoi Singh (72' 11-Chanambam Jatin Singh).
J&K BANK: 1-Vikramjeet Singh, 12-Waseem Feroze, 2-Amrit Paul, 24-Albert Eke, 9-Gurvinder Singh, 5-Shahnaz Iqbal Khan, 19-Sheikh Rizwan, 7-Nishad KP (74' 10-Adil Qadir), 20-Bilal Ahmad Wani (63' 18-Mohammed Mouazzam), 27-Emanuiel Nnamni, 14-Imran Rafiq.
YELLOW CARD: Nishad KP (J&K Bank).
REFEREE: Andrew Shekar (Karnataka).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: SK Gupta (Bihar), MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MK Roy (Assam).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore Super Division: Postal Department 0-0 SAI, Bangalore - Goals: none.
Bangalore 'A' Division: Government Press 1-2 Oriental FC
Manipur State League: YWC, Thambalkhong 0-1 NEROCA - Goal: 0-1 S Manglemjao Singh (80').
Manipur State League: Eastern Sporting Union 1-4 Southern Sporting Union - Goals: 0-1,1-3 R Banny Chiru (48',72'), 0-2 David Kamson (67'), 1-2 L Ibothoi Singh (69'), 1-4 Tiken Singh (90').
Manipur State League: AMOFA, Moirang 4-3 SAI Regional Centre, Imphal - Goals: 1-0,3-2 Stephen Hmar (6',72'), 1-1,4-3 Th Inaotomba Singh (7',90'), 2-1 L Lokesh (33'), 2-2 K Herojit (70'), 4-2 M Bijen Singh (82').
Manipur State League: Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal 0-4 Tiddim Road Athletic Union - Goals: 0-1,0-3 Lunminlal Khongsai (31',40'), 0-2 Mohammed Sabir Ali (32'), 0-4 Jamkhotinlien (83').

::: 11th NFL: Mahindra Utd - JCT, Phagwara match could be rescheduled :::
NFL champions Mahindra United have asked the AIFF to reschedule their Round 9 match against JCT, Phagwara. The match as per NFL schedule is supposed to be played on March 25 at the Cooperage Groun, Mumbai. With Mahindra United playing their first AFC Cup home match in Goa on March 20 against New Radiant, Maldives and then facing Dempo SC in the NFL on March 27; the Jeepmen have asked the AIFF to play JCT, Phagwara on March 24 in Goa to avoid the travel and fatigue to their players. The AIFF is said to be likely okaying the request, but it isn't official yet.

::: Seminar on "Training and Teaching Football in School" in Goa :::
With the objective of improving the standard of coaching at school level, the Goa FA, in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports and University of Porto, will be conducting three courses for Physical Education teachers of Goa.
The first course will be held March 12 to 14, at Margao; the second course March 15 to 17, at Panjim; and the third course will be held at Mapusa March 19 to 21, 2007. The courses will include theory and practical sessions.
The course "Training and Teaching Football in School", will be conducted by Prof. Francisco Pina de Morais from the University of Porto and Daniel Barreira, who is presently in Goa with the Goa FA.
Physical Education teachers willing to participate may contact the Office of the Directorate of Sports or the GFA.


March 10
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: FIFA President's visit likely in mid-April :::
FIFA President Joseph S Blatter's much anticipated visit to India could now take place in mid-April according to the latest available information.
Mr. Blatter was supposed to visit India in October 2006 but had to postpone the trip. He was now expected in India in late-March, but due to other commitments he isn't able to come earlier. Still the visit is not confirmed. Part of the three to four day state visit itiniary are visits to FIFA funded Football House in Dwarka, New Delhi and possibly the Calcutta derby between Mohun Bagan - East Bengal in the 11st National League, to get a feel of Indian football.

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Sporting Clube de Goa 0-0 Mohun Bagan AC
Goals: none.

The rematch of the Federation Cup final between Sporting Clube de Goa and Mohun Bagan AC in the 11th National League ended in a tame draw at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. Both sides were looking for a win to move away from the relegation zone and target higher reaches, but once more they couldn't collect full points in this NFL campaign. Sporting Clube remain seventh with now nine points from eight matches, while Mohun Bagan are a place and point behind the Goans.
Bagan coach Chima Okorie's young brigade once more started a match with energy but as in matches earlier they couldn't utlise the chances that came their way with talented Lalam Puia once more the main culprit. Sporting Clube needed time to get into the match and around the half hour mark they made their presence felt with Joe Rodrigues causing danger to the Bagan goal. But the Bagan defence stood their ground with Deepak Kumar Mondal and Brazilian Douglas da Silva playing a strong match to contain the likes of MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi. For his stellar performance Deepak later earned the Man of the Match award. The second half saw few chances for both sides with the best chance going Bagan's way with a hit on the woodwork, but one could see and feel that both sides haven't been able to score lately.
Sporting Clube de Goa now travel to Calcutta to face East Bengal Club on March 21, while Mohun Bagan AC face another Goan side in Churchill Brothers SC on March 24 also in Calcutta.
SPORTING CLUBE: 30-Luis Xavier Barreto; 29-N Samananda Singh, 6-Philip Gomes, 3-Mathew Gonsalves, 22-Joseph Pereira (47' 8-Rajesh N Meetei), 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 20-Bello Rasaq, 19-Nicholas L Rodrigues, 18-Denzil Franco (71' 27-Bisheshwor Singh), 10-MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi, 25-Joe Rodrigues (54' 21-Nicholas Nath).
MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 13-Douglas da Silva, 17-Dulal Biswas, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo, 27-Suman Datta, 29-Chinmoy Sarkar, 22-Lalkamal Bhowmick, 6-Manas Das (90+1' 14-Rahul Kumar), 24-Sushil Kumar Singh (77' 8-Dipendu Biswas), 25-Pachau Lalam Puia (56' 9-Surajit Bose).
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Deepak Kumar Mondal (Mohun Bagan).
YELLOW CARDS: Joe Rodrigues (45+1', Sporting Clube); Deepak Kumar Mondal (36', Mohun Bagan).
REFEREE: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu), KK Anil Kumar (Kerala).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: Chirag United SC 2-1 Punjab Police
Goals: 1-0 Theodore Sundy Wrobeh (41'), 1-1 Harjinder Singh (53'), 2-1 Jiten Rai (69').

CHIRAG UNITED: 21-Somnath Khara (56' 1-Pralay Dutta); 28-Mrinmoy Chakraborty, 23-Sheikh Azim, 17-Amandeep Singh, 11-Narugopal Hait, 12-Ratan Das, 18-Crispin Chettri, 14-Prasanta Chakraborty, 15-Jiten Rai, 10-Ashim Das (63' 27-Lalmalsawma Hmar), 24-Theodore Sunday Wrobeh.
PUNJAB POLICE: 25-Sunil Kumar; 20-Sumit Bali, 13-Hari Kishan, 4-Sukhwinder Singh, 24-Gurpreet Singh Sr, 2-Gur Iqbal Singh (80' 7-Harnek Singh), 6-Gurpreet Singh, 22-Harshdeep Singh, 16-Rohit Kumar, 12-Harjinder Singh, 14-Harpreet Singh (64' 11-Parminder Singh).
YELLOW CARD: Gurpreet Singh (18', Punjab Police).
REFEREE: Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: A Rovan (Services), Bhaskar Nanda (Services).

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Army XI 0-0 Salgaocar SC
Goals: none.


ARMY XI: 1-Robikanta Singh, 4-Birendra Bodra, 3-PS Sumesh, 22-Dilip M, 2-KP Kabui, 14-Hemant Lama (81' 19-V Ramu), 9-MG Ramachandran, 6-Thirunavakarsu, 10-M Raghu Kumar (67' 13-Mahesh Rai), 24-Shaji D'silva (90' 11-Vijay Thapa), 15-Ngernilal.
SALGAOCAR: 1-Milagrio Medeira, 12-Remus Gomes, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar, 9-Francis Andrade, 6-Micky Fernandes, 30-Francis Fernandes, 15-Agnelo Barreto (46' 14-Jerose Oliveira), 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 11-RC Prakash (82' 19-Assem K).
YELLOW CARDS: MG Ramachandaran (2', Army XI); RC Prakash (49'), Micky Fernandes (69', both Salgaocar).
REFEREE: P Bikramjit (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh), M Bhattacharaya (West Bengal).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Andrew Sekhar (Karnataka).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore Super Division: MEG 3-0 ADE - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0 Lokeshwar Singh (16',70',76'-Penalty).
Bangalore 'A' Division: DYSS 1-1 BEML (EM) - Goals: 0-1 Vimal (33'), 1-1 Kalandhar (59').
Manipur State League: Manipur Police SC 4-1 RACC, Churachandpur

::: South African PIO Bhamjee interested to come and play in India :::
Mohamed Bhamjee, a former South African junior international utility player, has secured his PIO card in the hope of playing in India.
Midfielder, right-back and even part-time striker Mohamed Bhamjee is eager to play in the country of his grandfather after recently being granted a PIO card by the Indian High Commission in Johannesburg.
Bhamjee, 28, spent the bulk of his career in the South African Premier League after graduating from the junior international ranks alongside several current Europe based players, such as Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy and Karlsruher SC defender Bradley Carnell. Following a domestic career with Moroka Swallows, Manning Rangers, Santos and Mamelodi Sundowns, the versatile player last season enjoyed a taste of Asian football when he turned out for Victory SC in the Maldives.
"I enjoyed the experience there, especially the passion of the people. One or two of the foreign trialists told me about their time in India, and I thought it would be nice to play in the country where my grandparents came from," said Bhamjee from Johannesburg.
"After returning from the Maldives I took a break to recover from a slight injury, and got involved in the family business. Then I met my former team-mate, Liswa Nduti. He only had good things to say about East Bengal. But by the time I started making enquiries most of the Indian clubs had signed their foreigners, so I got the PIO card. It was a mission to find my grandfather's old papers, but now that I've got it I'm looking forward to an opportunity to play in India."

::: Maria Rebello new FIFA Women's referee :::
PTI report: Maria Rebello, recently elevated to the FIFA Panel of Referees, was felicitated during a National Football League tie at the Nehru stadium here today. She was presented a Fifa referee batch, a whistle and a fair play card by Anthony John D'Costa, chairman of the national referee sub-committee.
Hailing from Curtorim village, Maria represented the country six times at the international level, including four times as captain, and her state for 14 years. She was the first Goan to play in the Calcutta League. She captained the country at the Asian Women's Football Championship in 1997,'98,'99 and 2001.


March 9
    RESULTS & NEWS

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Dempo SC 2-1 Air-India
Goals: 1-0 Anthony Pereira (19'), 2-0 Ranty Martins Soleye (40'), 2-1 Paresh Shivalkar (87').

Dempo SC beat Air-India 2-1 in Round 8 of the 11th National League played at Nehru Stadium, Margao in Goa. Anthony Pereira and Ranty Martins Soleye scored for Dempo while Paresh Shivalkar found the net for the Airmen. Dempo now lead the table with 17 points from 8 matches, while Air-India is placed fourth with 11 points from the same amount of matches.
Both the teams gained possession evenly in the starting 15 minutes but it were Dempo who looked to be the sharper side. If it was not for keeper Raju Ekka, Air-India would have been a goal down in the 12th minute when a cross by Sameer Naik was well hit by Anthony Pereira but Ekka saved brilliantly by tipping the ball over the bar. Dempo kept up the pressure and finally got rewarded when Anthony Pereira found the net in the 19th minute after beating Ekka to give Dempo the lead. Ranty Martins Soleye then scored a brilliant solo goal in the 40th minute after beating 6 Air-India players to place the ball in the right corner of the net. Ranty's scored his seventh goal of this NFL campaign. Dempo were leading 2-0 at the breather.
At the change of ends Air-India dominated the start of play, but failed to pounce on the chances that came their way. Dempo looked to have taken a relaxed approach in the second half and there were a few nervous moments for them. Air-India pulled one back in the 87th minute through midfielder Paresh Shivalkar following a goal mouth melee, but it was not enough, and Dempo clinched all three points at the final hooter.
Man of the match was Anthony Pereira of Dempo SC. Referee S Suresh looked to have left his cards at home as there were no bookings. Dempo next takes on Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC at Bangalore on March 17, while Air-India travel to Calcutta to take on Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Salt Lake Stadium on the same day.
DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar, 18-Valeriano Rebello, 3-John Charles Dias, 23-Dominic Noronha, 16-Sameer Naik, 15-Clifford Miranda (75' 22-Ishfaq Ahmed), 8-Climax Lawrance, 7-Nascimento Silveira, 6-Peter Carvalho (65' 19-Johnny D'Cruz), 9-Ranty Martins Soleye, 14-Anthony Pereira.
AIR-INDIA: 21-Raju Ekka; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 3-Suley Musah, 28-Abiodun Kolawole Martins, 4-Benoy Kuruvilla (66' 16-Bimal Minz), 19-Santosh Koli, 23-Sanju Pradhan (57' 18-Hamza Zaheer Abbas), 11-Hringsolal Thomte (78' 25-Nirmal Chetri), 20-Paresh Shivalkar, 27-Bashiree Mohammed Abbas, 10-T Narender Meetei.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Anthony Pereira (Dempo).
YELLOW CARDS: none.
REFEREE: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu), KK Anil Kumar (Kerala).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: South East Central Railway 0-0 State Bank of Travancore
Goals: none.

SEC RAILWAY: 22-Gurpreet Singh; 3-Milan Dey (45' 17-Santosh Kumar), 5-Deepanshu Majumdar, 25-Jagabandhu Modi, 2-Vijay Anand Dadil, 8-Mohammed Tajuddin, 18-Mohammed Rizwan, 15-Subir Maji, 7-John Murray (63' 16- S Senthil Kumar), 10-Ram Chandra Murmu, 14-P Santosh Kumar (73' 19-Ganesh Chandra Hansda).
SBT: 30-PA Jean Christian; 5-Abhilash John, 3-M Abdul Basheer, 22-KS Joby, 25-Prince Paulose, 18-M Lanel Thomas, 15-KM Abdul Naushad, 2-TV Mohammed Harris, 7- CJ Renil (37' 11-Martyn John), 4-Henry Mna Ezeh (61' 19-T Asif Saheer), 16-Anthony Okechukwu Agbaraji (80' 17-MA Abdul Hakkim).
YELLOW CARD: M Abdul Basheer (60', SBT).
REFEREE: G Thampiraj (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: SB Saha (Services), Vijaya Kumar (Karnataka).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Bhaskar Nanda (Orissa).

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Viva Kerala 3-0 Jammu&Kashmir Bank
Goals: 1-0,3-0 PK Anil Kumar (65',86'), 2-0 Badmus Baba Thunde (71').

VIVA KERALA: 1-M Shiju, 4-R Dhanarajan, 12-P Sajesh, 18-Saheed Omobalaji, 21-Justine Stephen, 14-Shine Raj (64' 2-TK Srinath), 24-VM Gireesh, 7-Denson Devadas (85' 8-TK Prasoon), 16-Mohammad Muneer, 10-Badmus Baba Thunde, 23-TK Anil Kumar.
J&K BANK: 1-Vikramjeet Singh, 12-Waseem Feroze, 2-Amrit Paul, 24-Albert Eke, 9-Gurvinder Singh (71' 23-Showkat Sultan Wadoo), 5-Shahnaz Iqbal Khan, 19-Sheikh Rizwan, 7-Nishad KP, 18-Mohammed Mouazzam (61' 20-Bilal Ahmad Wani), 27-Emanuiel Nnamni, 14-Imran Rafiq.
YELLOW CARDS: Emmunial Nwamni (45+2'), Amrit Paul (53', both J&K Bank).
REFEREE: SK Gupta (Bihar).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andreesheker (Karnataka), MK Roy (Assam).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: M Bhattacharya (West Bengal).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 1-1 CIL - Goals: 0-1 Kanikaraj (47'), 1-1 Xavier Vijayakumar (85').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Army Service Corps 7-1 Dharmaraja Union - Goals: 1-0 1-0,2-1,3-1,4-1 Sourav Das (19',44',71',73'), 1-1 Sunil (31'), 5-1 Dinda (85'), 6-1 Mukherjee (88'), 7-1 Choudhary (89').

::: AIFF Executive Committee Meeting in Delhi :::
The AIFF Executive Committee met today at Football House, Dwarka in New Delhi to discuss and decide on a number of issues.
The AIFF has constituted a Committee to look into the proposals for launching the Professional League from October 2007. Chairman of the Committee would be CR Viswanathan (Tamil Nadu FA president), Converer is Alberto Colaco (AIFF General Secretary) and representatives from the Goa FA, IFA (West Bengal), WIFA (Maharashtra), Kerala FA, Karnataka State FA, Punjab FA and Assam FA.
The Assam FA has been allotted to host the 16th U21 Nationals.

The following calendar for the 2007/08 season has been approved:

Month National Competition National Team commitments International Club commitments Others
June   5th: 2008 Olympic Qualifier   1st Transfer Window
July 61st Santosh Trophy     15th to 31st: ONGC Int. Tournament camp
August Girls U17 Nationals ONGC International Tournament    
September 29th Federation Cup
29th U16 Nationals
8th/12th: 2008 Olympic Qualifier 19th/26th: AFC Cup  
October National Football League 17th: 2008 Olympic Qualifier 3rd/24th: AFC Cup  
November National Football League
43rd U19 Nationals
Women's U19 Nationals
     
December President's Cup
16th Women's Nationals
12th to 22nd: SAFF Cup   2nd Transfer Window
SAFF Cup camp
January 2008 National Football League (1st to 23th)
17th U21 Nationals
    Jan. 25 to Feb. 6: 2010WC Qualifier camp
February National Football League (8th to 28th) 6th: 2010 World Cup qualifier   AFC Challenge Cup camp
March   1st to 11th: AFC Challenge Cup
26th: 2010 World Cup qualifier
12th/19th: AFC Cup  
April     9th/23rd: AFC Cup  
May     7th/21st: AFC Cup 20th to 30th: 2010WC Qualifier camp
June   1st: 2010 World Cup qualifier    

The future format, structure and dates of the 2nd & 3rd Division National Football League would depend on a report to be handed in by FIFA.


March 8
    RESULTS & NEWS

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Churchill Brothers SC 3-1 Mohammedan Sporting Club
Goals: 0-1 Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (19'), 1-1,2-1 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (61',66'), 3-1 George Ekeh (90').

Churchill Brothers SC came back from a goal down at half time to convincingly beat Mohammedan Sporting Club 3-1 in a 11th National League match at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. Churchill Brothers moved into fifth place with now 10 points from eight matches, while Mohammedan Sporting dropped into 10th and last place with only six points from also eight matches. Mohammedan Sporting had won their opening match against JCT, but none thereafter.
Against the run of play Mohammedan Sporting took the lead in the 19th minute, when a Jatin Singh Bisht corner was slotted home by defender Subhashis Roy Chowdhury. Those who thought that now Sporting would settle down and Churchill Brothers attacking game would come to an end was surprised to see that the Goans continued their attacks. But Mohammedan Sporting took the 1-0 lead into the break.
Churchill Brothers continued their free-flowing attacking game in the second session. It was striker D Raju who had two good chances early on. First he was denied by Sporting keeper Gopal Das and then the crossbar. But in the 61st minute Churchill Brothers got the deserving equaliser when Nigerian Odafe Onyeka Okolie scored off a pass from Naoba Singh. Only five minutes later Churchill Brother took the lead with once again Odafe Onyeka Okolie scoring, this time off a header from a D Raju corner. The final nail in the Mohammedan Sporting coffin came on the stroke of final whistle when Nigerian George Ekeh worked his way through the Sporting defence and beat keeper Gopal Das.
Churchill Brothers next travel across the country to face another Calcutta side Mohun Bagan AC on March 24, while Mohammedan Sporting Club host Air-India on March 17.
CHURCHILL BROTHERS: 1-Vinay Singh, 17-Robert Lalthalma, 5-Nicholas Muyoti, 23-Vinu Jose, 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 25-Drupesh Dessai, 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith, 11-Khemtang Paite, 9-George Ekeh, 15-D Raju, 10-Odafe Onkeya Okolie.
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 1-Gopal Das; 3-Madhab Kumar Das, 16-Subhashis Roy Chowdhury, 6-Eric Bolwe Mputu, 25-Mir Farooq Hyder, 30-Sulaiman Anbalath Firoze, 15-Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve, 12-Jatin Singh Bisht, 13-Amjad Hussain, 11-K Muhammed Nisam, 10-Preston Papai Corporal.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Odafe Onyeka Okolie (Churchill Brothers).
YELLOW CARDS: Robert Lalthalma (45+1', Churchill Brothers); K Muhammed Nisam (26'), Eric Bolwe Mputu (30'), Mir Farooq Hyder (72'), Subhashis Roy Chowdhury (90+1', all Mohammedan Sporting).
REFEREE: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi), KK Anil Kumar (Kerala).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: Vasco SC 2-1 ONGC, Mumbai
Goals: 1-0 Keke Ibrahim (24'), 1-1 Gulidom Rongmoi (45'), 2-1 Menino Fernandes (90').

VASCO: 22-Laxmikant Kattimani; 4-Kamal Thapa, 29-Roberto Fernandes, 5-Tarzan Thomas K, 2-Cedric Peixoto, 8-Menino Fernandes, 16-Rovan Pereira (87' 7-Sujay Mondal), 19-Alvito Rodrigues (69' 17-Agnelo D'souza), 10-Keke Ibrahim, 27-Oluwa Emmanuel, 6-Joy Ferrao (73' 14-Remedios Barreto).
ONGC: 1-Bilifang Narzary; 26-Kabijit Khotel, 3-Clifford Kilmo, 4-Krishna Shirodkar, 2-Dharmesh Patel, 21-Amit Mondal, 7-Hekmat Singh (63' 8-Sunil Chowdhury), 14-Kaushik Bose (78' 31-Uttam Debnath), 12-Gulidom Rongmoi, 10-Rakshak Naik (90' 22-Abhishek Yadav), 15-Stanley Cyprian.
YELLOW CARD: Menino Fernandes (58', Vasco).
REFEREE: A Rovan (Services).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Vijaya Kumar (Karnataka), G Thampiraj (Tamil Nadu).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: SB Saha (Services).

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Indian Bank 0-2 Lajong SC
Goals: 0-1 Gorden Zoramchana (40'), 0-2 TL Muana (47').

INDIAN BANK: 22-Sebastian Netto, 30-Suman Raj, 26-Shivamani, 23-Joseph Antony Noel, 15-Mike Chinedu Obi (20' 16-Mahendra Mani), 8-James Singh, 11-Chanambam Jatin Singh, 5-Subash Singh, 25-Tiken Singh, 18-M Ramesh (46'28-Sanath Kumar), 29-Khangemban Thoi Singh.
LAJONG: 1-Markus Basumatary, 2-Albor Khongjee, 7-L Angam, 15-Lambok Rymbai, 14-Lalruatfela Ralte, 5-Kitkupar Kharshiing, 20-Laldingliana Khangte (84' 10-Mayang Meren), 12-TL Muana, 11-Romeo Sukhlein (69' 18-Kyrshan Lyngshing), 17-Niwan-o-Gatphoh, 8-Gordon Zoramchana.
YELLOW CARDS: Joseph Antony Noel (29'), Shivamani (68', both Indian Bank).
REFEREE: MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Bikramjit P (Delhi), SK Gupta (Bihar).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MK Roy (Assam).

Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police 2-0 LRDE - Goals: 1-0 Srinath (21'), 2-0 Pradeep Kumar (26').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Oriental FC 1-1 Nationals FC - Goals: 1-0 Murali (15'), 1-1 Ramesh (30').
Manipur State League: Tiddim Road Athletic Union 3-0 RACC, Churachandpur - Goals: 1-0,3-0 Mohammed Sabir Ali (36',68'), 2-0 Y Santosh Singh (56').
Manipur State League: SAI Regional Centre, Imphal 1-9 YWC, Thambalkhong - Goals: 1-0 T Shyamo Singh (23'), 2-0 Kh Ronald Singh (24'), 3-0 G Laipakchao (43'), 4-0 Th Santosh Singh (57'), 5-0,9-1 L Sumin (69',89'), 6-0,7-1,8-1 Ch Ibomcha Singh (74',82',86'), 6-1 Th Inaotomba Singh (75').
Manipur State League: NEROCA 1-0 Manipur Police SC - Goal: 1-0 Sabir Saha (44').
Manipur State League: Southern Sporting Union 6-1 Kakching FC - Goals: 1-0,5-1 R Banny Chiru (7',77'), 1-1 Premchand (10'), 2-1,3-1 Kh Ratan Singh (41',67'), 4-1 Priyokumar (76'), 6-1 Sanatomba Singh (90+1').
Manipur State League: AMOFA, Moirang 1-0 Eastern Sporting Union - Goal: 1-0 Priyokumar (66').

::: Mohamed Bin Hammam re-elected as AFC President :::
AFC press release: Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar has been re-elected unopposed for a second four-year term as President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
There was no contest for the position and Bin Hammam was the only candidate in the fray after the 1700 hours deadline today (Thursday, March 8, 2007).
The 58-year-old Bin Hammam was voted unopposed for the first term in 2002, and he will be formally sworn into his second term on May 8, 2007, during the XXII AFC Ordinary Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Also re-elected unopposed as AFC Vice-Presidents were Zhang Jilong (China PR), Vernon Manilal Fernando (Sri Lanka) and Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah (Malaysia). Yousuf Yaqoob Yousuf Al Serkal of the United Arab Emirates, who was elected for the first time, will be the fourth Vice-President.
Dr Chung Mong-joon of the Korea Republic was re-elected as FIFA Vice-President.
Junji Ogura (Japan) and Dato Worawi Makudi (Thailand) retained their positions as FIFA Executive Committee members.
Positions in the AFC Executive Committee from East Asia and ASEAN were also filled up. Richard Lai (Guam) was elected unopposed from East Asia while Zaw Zaw (Myanmar), Dali Taher Suryadharma (Indonesia) and John Koh Nam Sang (Singapore) were voted without contest from the ASEAN region.
Elections for the AFC Executive Committee for the South and Central, and West Asia regions, and also for the position of AFC Honorary Treasurer, will be held during the Congress.
The contestants from the South and Central region are Ganesh Thapa (Nepal), Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi (India), Bakhtier Rahimov, Mohsen Safaei Farahani (Iran) and Sukhorob Kosimov (Tajikistan).
From West Asia, Saif Hashil Rashid Al Maskery (Oman), Hussain Saeed (Iraq), Rahif Alameh (Lebanon) and Dr Hafez Al Medlej (Saudi Arabia) are contesting.
General Farouk Bouzo (Syria) and Rahif Alameh (Lebanon) are running for the position of Honorary Treasurer.

::: K Kapoor, former Honorary Secretary of Punjab FA, expired today :::
The former Honorary Secretary of the Punjab FA K Kapoor, who was suffering from prolonged illness, expired today at his residence in House No. DX-25, Kendriya Vihar, Sector 56, Gurgaon in Haryana. He served the Punjab FA from April 1, 1981 to October 7, 1992 as its secretary and also served the AIFF as an Executive Member, Vice-President and as Chairman of the Selection Committee for the 1986 Asian Games. All the members of the Punjab FA and JCT Football Club, Phagwara express their profound grief on the sad demise of K Kapoor.

::: IFA creates Coaches Forum :::
The IFA has created a Coaches Forum with it's task being to look after the IFA's coaching programme across West Bengal. Jahar Das, former Mohun Bagan-SAIL Football Academy coach, has been named chairman; while Swapan Sengupta and Prabir Majumdar will be joint vice-chairman with Tarun Dey and Aloke Mukherjee as joint conveners.


March 7
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: New IndianFootball.Com's International Perspective article :::
The latest "IndianFootball.Com's International Perspective" article titled "Football Lessons from Australia" from our own Harmit Singh Kamboe is now online!
Harmit looks at Australia and the development of it's football, which has received a major push through last years World Cup participation and the launch of the professional 'A' League.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com International Perspective .

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: Punjab Police 0-1 State Bank of Travancore
Goal: 0-1 Henry Mna Ezeh (36').

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Salgaocar SC 3-0 Jammu&Kashmir Bank
Goals: 1-0,3-0 RC Prakash (14',60'), 2-0 Felix Chimaokwu (43').

Salgaocar: 1-Milagrio Medeira, 12-Remus Gomes, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 3-Peter Costa, 17-TV Biju Kumar, 9-Francis Andrade, 6-Micky Fernandes, 30-Francis Fernandes, 15-Agnelo Barreto (83' 21-Sachin Gawas), 7-Felix Chimaokwu (68' 19-Aseem K), 11-RC Prakash (64' 14-Jerose Oliveira).
J&K BANK: 1-Vikramjeet Singh, 12-Waseem Feroze, 2-Amrit Paul, 24-Albert Eke, 3-Billu Khan (27' 9-Gurvender Singh), 14-Imran Rafiq, 5-Shahnaz Iqbal Khan, 27-Emanuiel Nnamni, 20-Bilal Ahmad Wani (59' 23-Showkat Sultan Wadoo), 19-Sheikh Rizwan, 7-Nishad KP (72' 10-Adil Qadir).
YELLOW CARDS: TV Biju Kumar (42'), Remus Gomes (58', both Salgaocar).
REFEREE: M Bhattacharya (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: MK Roy (Assam), Andrew Shekar (Karnataka).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Bikramjit P (Delhi).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Friendly, Navelim: INDIA U23 3-2 Corps of Signals

Bangalore Super Division: Postal Department 1-0 Southern Blues FC - Goal: 1-0 N Xavier (44').
Bangalore 'A' Division: DYSS 5-2 Government Press - Goals: 1-0 Sudhakar (11'), 1-1,2-1 Kalandhar (12',37'), 2-2 Vijaya Babu (43'), 3-2 Kiran Kumar (53'), 4-2 Patterson (55'), 5-2 Dada Nabeel (75').


March 6
    RESULTS & NEWS

2007 AFC Cup - Group E - Choa Chu Kang Stadium, Singapore: Singapore Armed Forces FC, SINGAPORE 0-2 Mahindra United
Goals: 0-1 Yakubu Yusif (35', Penalty), 0-2 Andrews Pomeyie Mensah (83').

Indian champions Mahindra United scored a vital opening round 2-0 victory against Singapore Armed Forces FC 2-0 in their AFC Cup Group E match at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium, Singapore. Mahindra's two Ghanians were on the score sheet on the day. Mahindra United captain Yusif Yakubu gave his team the lead in the 35th minute through a penalty and Andrews Pomeyie Mensah doubled the lead in the 83rd minute gave the Indian champions three points.
MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh, 2-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 14-Mahesh Gawli, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 7-Sushanth Mathew, 16-James Lukram Singh (12-Manjit Singh), 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 10-Yakubu Yusif, 25-Andrews Mensah Pomeyie.
REFEREE: Abdullah Dor Mohammad Balideh (Qatar).
For detailed information go to the IndianFootball.Com AFC Cup 2007 Special .

2007 AFC Cup - Group F - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: Mohun Bagan AC 0-0 Tampines Rovers FC, SINGAPORE
Goals: none.

Indian Federation Cup champions Mohun Bagan AC held Singapore's Tampines Rovers FC goalless in their opening AFC Cup Group F match at the Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta. Bagan coach Chime Okorie was forced to field a young team with numerous first team players out injured and the young guns didn't disappoint their coach, but once again failed to score. And without scoring you cannot win matches, a simple rule in football.
The more mature Tampines Rovers started the match in attack with the make shift Bagan defence doing some soul searching. But as the match progressed Bagan got a foot hold of the match and it was Brazilian Douglas da Silva, who making his debut for Bagan, led the team. Bagan had their best chance in the 71st minute when a Lal Kamal Bhowmick shot hit the crossbar.
MOHUN BAGAN: 13-Shilton Pal; 19-Anit Kumar Ghosh, 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 28-Douglas da Silva, 6-Manas Das (69' 17-Dulal Biswas); 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 23-Mehtab Hussain, 26-Raghu Kumar, 27-Suman Datta; 24-Sushil Kumar Singh, 25-Pachau Lalam Puia.
TAMPINES ROVERS: Mohamed Rezal Hassan; Mohamad Nazri Nasir, Fahrudin Mustafic, Zulkarnean Zainal; Muhammad Ridhuan (69' Kim Leng Tan), Sutee Suksomkit, Santi Chaiyaphuak, Mohamed Rafi, Mirko Grabovac (90+' Shahdan Sulaiman, 90+); Mohd Noa Alam Shah (36' Aliff Shafaein Safie'e), Peres de Oliveira.
Man of the Match: Douglas da Silva (Mohun Bagan).
YELLOW CARD: Mirko Grabovac (8', Tampines Rovers).
YELLOW-RED CARD: Sutee Suksomkit (90+1', Tampines Rovers).
REFEREE: Minh Tri Vo (Vietnam).
For detailed information go to the IndianFootball.Com AFC Cup 2007 Special .

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: Chirag United SC 0-0 ONGC, Mumbai
Goals: none.

CHIRAG UNITED: 1-Pralay Dutta; 8-Sanjay Nag, 23-Sheikh Azim, 16-Wazid Ali, 11-Narugopal Hait, 12-Ratan Das, 18-Crispin Chettri, 14-Prasanta Chakraborty, 15-Jiten Rai (70' 19-Vanlalmawia), 25-Francis Chibueze Maduako (18' 28-Mrinmoy Chakraborty), 24-Theodore Sunday Wrobeh.
ONGC: 1-Bilifang Narzary; 26-Kabijit Khotel, 3-Clifford Kilmo, 4-Krishna Shirodkar, 17-Caetano Pinho, 21-Amit Mondal, 7-Hekmat Singh, 15-Stanley Cyprian, 12-Gulidom Rongmoi, 10-Rakshak Naik, 27-Gautam Thakur.
YELLOW CARDS: None.
REFEREE: Vijaya Kumar (Karnataka).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: A Rovan (Services), G Thampiraj (Tamil Nadu),
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Bhaskar Nanda (Orissa).

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Army XI 1-0 Lajong SC
Goal: 1-0 Thirunavakarsu (58').

ARMY XI: 1-Robikanta Singh, 4-Birendra Bodra, 5-S Ramesh, 3-PS Sumesh, 2-KP Kabui, 14-Hemant Lama (75' 13-Mahesh Rai), 9-MG Ramachandran, 7-Samuel (68' 10-M Raghu Kumar), 6-Thirunavakarsu, 24-Shaji D'silva (81' 11-Vijay Thapa), 15-Ngernilal.
LAJONG: 1-Markus Basumatary, 2-Albor Khongjee, 7-L Angam (68' 12-TL Muana), 15-Lambok Rymbai, 14-Lalruatfela Ralte, 5-Kitkupar Kharshiing, 20-Laldingliana Khangte (66' 10-Mayang Meren), 18-Kyrshan Lyngshing, 11-Romeo Sukhlein, 17-Niwan-o-Gatphoh, 8-Gordon Zoramchana.
YELLOW CARD: Robikanta Singh (88', Army).
REFEREE: Andrew Shekar (Karnataka)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: M Bhattacharya (West Bengal), SK Gupta (Bihar)
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore Super Division: BEL SC 0-0 SAI, Bangalore - Goals: none.
Bangalore 'A' Division: AGORC, Bangalore 0-2 BWSSB - Goals: 0-1 Rohan (5'), 0-2 Srikanth (56').


March 5
    IndianFootball.Com launches revamped AFC Cup Special

IndianFootball.Com has revamped the AFC Cup Special for the 2007 edition of the second tier of Asian Club football competition to start tomorrow.
Click here for the AFC Cup 2007 Special .

11th National League - Bangalore Football Stadium: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 0-3 JCT, Phagwara
Goals: 0-1,0-3 Chidi Edeh (18',90'), 0-2 Sunil Chetri (20').

Former champions JCT, Phagwara returned to winning ways with a convincing 3-0 win against promoted Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC in a 11th National League match at the Bangalore Football Stadium. HAL dropped to the bottom of the NFL table with six points from eight matches and a goal difference of -7. Meanwhile JCT moved into fifth place with now nine points from eight games.
HAL were hit hard by the absence of central defender Prashant Jaggi with coach Krishnaji Rao having to play Raghuveer Singh in deep defence. And this move gave the JCT striker Sunil Chetri and Nigerian Chidi Edeh the space they needed to score. JCT captain Chidi Edeh shot his team into the lead in the 18th minute, his first goal of this NFL campaign, when HAL defender Mohan Raj committed a blunder giving Baldeep Singh Jr the chance to pass to Sunil Chetri to squared it to the better positioned Chidi and he slotted home. Only two minutes later a Renedy Singh freekick from the left was headed in the centre by Anwar Ali and Sunil Chetri was there to make use of the lose ball. The double blow to HAL was enough to push them on the backfoot. JCT controlled proceedings from there on but left it late to seal the game. In the 90th minute Chidi Edeh scored his second and his teams third of a headed from a Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi freekick.
HAL next host Dempo SC in Bangalore on March 17, while JCT next travel to Mumbai to face Mahindra United on March 25.
HAL: 13-Narshiman Balaji; 4-N Govin Singh, 3-Pawan Kumar, 7-Thiyam Raghuveer Singh, 27-N Mohanraj, 20-C Prakash, 24-J Muralidharan (6-M Satish Kumar), 18-Bhuvan Krishna Joshi (9-Sampath Kumar Kuttimani), 14-Rajendra Prasad, 8-Xavier Vijayakumar, 12-Reisangmi Vasum.
JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh, 13-Baldeep Singh Sr, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 3-Anwar Ali, 12-Daljit Singh, 27-Baldeep Singh Jr, 28-Shivraj Singh, 20-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, 15-P Renedy Singh, 10-Chidi Edeh, 11-Sunil Chetri.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Chidi Edeh (JCT, Phagwara).
YELLOW CARDS: Thiyam Raghuveer Singh (18'), Pawan Kumar (60', both HAL); Jaswinder Singh (65', JCT).
REFEREE: Benjamin D'silva (Goa).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: T Pradeep Kumar (Tamil Nadu), Franky Fernandes (Goa).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: R Gosavi (Goa).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: Vasco SC 3-0 South-East-Central Railway
Goals: 1-0 Keke Ibrahim (42'), 2-0 Menino Fernandes (64'), 3-0 Agnelo D'souza (87').

VASCO: 22-Laxmikant Kattimani; 4-Kamal Thapa, 29-Roberto Fernandes, 5-Tarzan Thomas K, 2-Cedric Peixoto (7-Sujay Mondal), 8-Menino Fernandes, 16-Rovan Pereira (67' 17-Agnelo D'souza), 19-Alvito Rodrigues (14-Remedios Barreto), 10-Keke Ibrahim, 27-Oluwa Emmanuel, 6-Joy Ferrao.
SEC RAILWAY: 22-Gurpreet Singh; 5-Deepanshu Majumdar, 25-Jagabandhu Modi, 2-Vijay Anand Dadil, 3-Milan Dey, 8-Mohammed Tajuddin, 18-Mohammed Rizwan, 15-Subir Maji, 16- S Senthil Kumar (33' 7-John Murray), 19-Ganesh Chandra Hansda (14-P Santosh Kumar), 10-Ram Chandra Murmu.
YELLOW CARDS: Oluwa Emmanuel (18', Vasco); Deepanshu Majumdar (88', SEC Railway).
REFEREE: SB Saha (Delhi)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Bhaskar Nanda (Orissa), A Rovan (Services).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster II - Nehru Stadium, Kochi: Indian Bank 2-2 Viva Kerala
Goals: 1-0 Suman Raj (29'), 2-0 Khangemban Thoi Singh (65'), 1-2,2-2 Badmus Baba Thunde (86',88' - Penalty).

INDIAN BANK: 22-Sebastian Netto, 30-Suman Raj (90+2'28-Sanath Kumar), 26-Shivamani, 23-Joseph Antony Noel, 15-Mike Chinedu Obi, 8-James Singh, 11-Chanambam Jatin Singh, 5-Subash Singh, 25-Tiken Singh, 18-M Ramesh (68' 16-Mahendra Mani), 29-Khangemban Thoi Singh.
VIVA KERALA: 1-M Shiju, 4-R Dhanarajan, 25-PK Sheril, 18-Saheed Omobalaji, 21-Justine Stephen, 9-K Shyju (61' 2-TK Srinath), 24-VM Gireesh, 7-Denson Devadas, 16-Mohammad Muneer (60' 8-TK Prasoon), 10-Badmus Baba Thunde, 23-TK Anil Kumar.
YELLOW CARDS: Suman Raj (73', Indian Bank) .
REFEREE: MK Roy (Assam)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh), P Bikramjit (Delhi).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: SK Gupta.
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

::: AIFF release 11th NFL fixtures for Round 10 to 12 :::
The AIFF today released the 11th National League fixtures for the Rounds 10 to 12. The matches will be played from March 24 to April 8 across India.
For the latest 11th National League fixtures


March 4
    RESULTS & NEWS

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Churchill Brothers SC 0-2 Dempo SC
Goals: 0-1 Clifford Miranda (62'), 0-2 Ranty Martins Soleye (82').

Dempo SC routed Churchill Brothers 2-0 in a Round 7 match of the 11th National League played at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. Clifford Miranda (62nd minute) and Ranty Martins Soleye (82nd) were the goal scorers. With today's win Dempo returned to the top of the NFL table with 14 points from seven matches while Churchill Brothers remain in sixth position with seven points from the same number of matches.
Dempo started off the match brilliantly with a good combination of attack and creativity. Just 10 minutes into the game Dempo striker Anthony Pereira missed a gem of a chance shooting high over the bar when he had just Churchill goalkeeper Vinay Singh at his mercy. Churchill Brothers were relying on counter-attacks throughout the first half. The scores was 0-0 at the lemon break.
The second half saw Churchill Brothers controlling ball possession and it almost beared fruit when Odafe Onkeya Okolie hit the bar twice in the span of 15 minutes. Dempo then switched gears and started an all out attack on the Churchill Brothers goal. After a succession of freekicks from outside the Churchill 'D', Dempo finally had the breakthrough in the 62nd minute as midfielder Clifford Miranda, receiving a pass charged into the penalty box to hammer the ball in the Churchill Brothers net. Dempo kept up the tempo and scored again 20 minutes later when striker Ranty Martins Soleye chasing a long ball, did well to sidestep Churchill Brothers keeper Vinay Singh and slot the ball home in an empty net. For Ranty it was his sixth goal in this edition of the NFL.
There was confusion about the Man of the Match award as it was first announced that Climax Lawrence was the winner by the Goa FA. But then Zee Sports nominated Clifford Miranda for the coveted prize.
Dempo SC next play Air-India at Margao on March 9, while Churchill Brothers take on Mohammedan Sporting Club also at Margao a day earlier on March 8.
CHURCHILL BROTHERS: 1-Vinay Singh, 17-Robert Lalthalma (81' 16-Bernard Pires), 5-Nicholas Muyoti, 3-Warundeep Singh, 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 25-Drupesh Dessai, 32-Roque Barreto, 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith, 11-Khemtang Paite, 18-Ong Tshering Lepcha (46' 15-D Raju), 10-Odafe Onkeya Okolie.
DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar, 18-Valeriano Rebello, 3-John Charles Dias, 2-Majekodumni Bolaji, 16-Sameer Naik, 15-Clifford Miranda, 11-Roberto Mendes Silva (84' 20-Riston Rodrigues), 8-Climax Lawrance, 12-Jerry Zirsanga (63' 19-Johnny D'Cruz), 9-Ranty Martins Soleye, 14-Anthony Pereira (72' 17-Joaquim Abranches).
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Clifford Miranda (Dempo).
YELLOW CARDS: Khemtang Paite (46'), Nicholas Muyoti (80', both Churchill Brothers); Majekodumni Bolaji (45'), Roberto Mendes Silva (49' both Dempo).
REFEREE: Shaji Kurian (Kerala).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Syed Yeasin (Maharashtra), Rock L Fernandes (Maharashtra).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: K Shankar (Tamil Nadu).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: State Bank of Travancore 1-2 ONGC, Mumbai
Goals: 0-1,0-2 Tarif Ahmed (54',74'), 1-2 TV Mohammed Harris (86').

SBT: 30-PA Jean Christian; 26-Paul Anthony, 3-M Abdul Basheer, 22-KS Joby, 25-Prince Paulose, 7- CJ Renil, 4-Henry Mna Ezeh (65' 2-TV Mohammed Harris), 15-KM Abdul Naushad, 18-M Lanel Thomas, 19-T Asif Saheer (87' 17-MA Abdul Hakkim), 16-Anthony Okechukwu Agbaraji.
ONGC: 1-Bilifang Narzary; 26-Kabijit Khotel, 3-Clifford Kilmo, 4-Krishna Shirodkar, 17-Caetano Pinho, 21-Amit Mondal, 7-Hekmat Singh, 15-Stanley Cyprian (54' 14-Kaushik Bose), 12-Gulidom Rongmoi, 10-Rakshak Naik (80' 27-Gautam Thakur), 9-Tarif Ahmed
YELLOW CARD: Prince Paulose (42', State Bank of Travancore); Krishna Shirodkar (72'), Hekmat Singh (71', both ONGC).
REFEREE: Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: G Thampiraj (Tamil Nadu), Vijaya Kumar (Karnataka).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: SB Saha (Delhi).

::: Efforts to Revive Football in Andhra Pradesh :::
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy in the last week in February 2007 met Information & Broadcasting minister and AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi to consult how to revive football in his state Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Reddy wants to revive the Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup in Andhra. Mr. Das Munsi suggested the CM to start few Academies in the state for the development of grassroot football.
Many young football players and fans will not know that in 1950's and 60's Andhra Pradesh was known as one of the power houses of Indian football with teams like Hyderabad City Police, City College Old Boys, Central Police amongst others which earned many laurels for the state. The state has also produced players like Kannayan, Peter Thangaraj, Tulsidas Balaram, Yousuf Khan, D Kannan, Aziz, Noor Mohammed, Syed Nayeemuddin, Mohammed Habib, Shabbir Ali and more.


March 3
    The IndianFootball.Com Team wishes you all happy Holi!

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Sporting Clube de Goa 0-0 Mohammedan Sporting Club
Goals: none.

Sporting Clube de Goa played out a goalless draw with Mohammedan Sporting Club in a 11th National League match at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. Sporting Clube moved to eight points from seven matches, while Mohammedan Sporting now have six points from seven matches.
Sporting Clube started the game on a fine note with Denzil Franco hitting the post in the very 1st minute itself. Mohammedan Sporting lifted up their socks and Liberian striker Preston Papai Corporal hit the bar twice in the first half.
The second half started with Sporting Clube dominating the initial proceedings. But midway during the half we all witnessed a scare when Mohammedan Sporting Captain Madhab Das collapsed on the ground and the goalkeeper Gopal Das who rushed to his aid was seen signaling that Madhab was getting Chest Pain. An ambulance was immediately taken on the field with medical staff, players and officials all rushing to his aid. Miraculously after 2 minutes he got up on his own and continued the game!!!
Both teams had equal number of chances but they lacked the finishing touch or the crossbar came to their rescue.
Sporting Clube de Goa next take on Mohun Bagan in a Federation Cup final rematch on March 10, while Mohammedan Sporting Club play away against Churchill Brothers on March 8.
SPORTING CLUBE: 30-Luis Xavier Barreto; 29-N Samananda Singh, 6-Philip Gomes, 3-Mathew Gonsalves, 22-Joseph Pereira, 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 27-Bisheshwar Singh (86' 10-MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi), 14-Wilton Gomes (25' 19-Nicholas L Rodrigues), 18-Denzil Franco (66' 8-Rajesh N Meetei), 9-Earnest Jeremiah, 25-Joe Rodrigues.
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 1-Gopal Das; 3-Madhab Kumar Das, 16-Subhashis Roy Chowdhury, 26-Eric Bolwe Mputu, 25-Mir Farooq Hyder, 30-Sulaiman Anbalath Firoze, 15-Ndem A Guy Kiyeck Herve (90+1' 9-Raman Vijayan), 12-Jatin Singh Bisht, 7-Mutum Bijen Singh, 11-K Muhammed Nisam (74' 14-Basudeb Mondal), 10-Preston Papai Corporal.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Bisheshwar Singh (Sporting Clube).
YELLOW CARDS: Earnest Jeremiah (25'), Joe Rodrigues (56'), Denzil Franco (66', all Sporting Clube); Mutum Bijen Singh (59', Mohammedan Sporting).
REFEREE: K Shankar (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Rock L Fernandes (Maharashtra), Syed Yeasin (Maharashtra).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Shaji Kurian (Kerala).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: Punjab Police 0-1 South-East-Central Railway
Goal: 0-1 Subir Maji (26').

PUNJAB POLICE: 25-Sunil Kumar; 20-Sumit Bali, 3-Sarbjeet Singh, 4-Sukhwinder Singh, 24-Gurpreet Singh Sr, 2-Gur Iqbal Singh (84' 22-Harshdeep Singh), 13-Hari Kishan (59' 7-Harnek Singh), 6-Gurpreet Singh, 9-Jaspal Singh (37' Rohit Kumar), 12-Harjinder Singh, 14-Harpreet Singh.
SEC RAILWAY: 22-Gurpreet Singh; 25-Jagabandhu Modi, 5-Deepanshu Majumdar, 2-Vijay Anand Dadil, 28-Balpreet Singh (56' 3-Milan Dey), 8-Mohammed Tajuddin, 18-Mohammed Rizwan, 15-Subir Maji, 11-Kulwant Singh (89' 23-Harsh Vardhan Sandey), 10-Ram Chandra Murmu, 16- S Senthil Kumar (68' 7-John Murray).
YELLOW CARD: Gurpreet Singh Sr (51', Punjab Police).
REFEREE: A Rovan (Services).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: SB Saha (Delhi), Bhaskar Nanda (Orissa).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: G Thampiraj (Tamil Nadu).

::: AIFF Appeals Committee meeting :::
The AIFF Appeals Committee held a meeting on March 1 at the AIFF Football House, Dwarka under the Chairmanship of Advocate Vijay Panjwani and took the following decisions:
1. Nicholas L Rodrigues (Sporting Clube de Goa) has been fined Rs. 5000 for signing for two clubs.
2. Dempo SC's fine of Rs. 110,000 imposed on them kept in abeyance as the charge of forgery is not conclusive.
The Appeals committee has also advised the AIFF that henceforth those who level charges of forgery should produce expert evidence to substantiate the charge.
3. The State FA's of Meghalaya and West Bengal (IFA), and the clubs Churchill Brothers and East Bengal has been cautioned for not releasing players for National camps.

::: AFC Cup 2007: Mahindra United leave tonight for Singapore :::
National League champions Mahindra United will leave Mumbai tonight for Singapore with a contingent of 21 players and seven officials. In their opening Group E match the Indian champions face the champions of Singapore, Singapore Armed Forces FC on Tuesday, March 6 at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium at 19.30 local time. The other teams in the group are Happy Valley (Hongkong) and New Radiant (Maldives).
MAHINDRA UNITED: Goalkeepers: Sandip Nandy, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Amit Nandi; Defenders: Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, Samson Fernandes, Mahesh Gawli, Irungbam Surkumar Singh; Midfielders: Krishnan Nair Ajayan, Shanmugam Venkatesh, Sushanth Mathew, Mbaka Bokembe Dady, James Lukram Singh, Bhola Prasad, Steven Dias, Rauf Sher Khan; Forwards: Yakubu Yusif, M Mohammed Rafi, Manjit Singh, Abhishek Yadav, Andrews Pomeyie Mensah.
Officials: Derrick Pereira (Coach); Arshad Hussain (Assistant Coach); Henry Menezes (Manager); Dr. Sandeep Kurale (Doctor); Subodh More (Team Co-ordinator); R Natarajan (Assistant Honorary General Secretary); Alan Durante (President).

::: SAIL To Sponsor Delhi's City Club :::
More good news for Delhi football. After the DSA Senior League got sponsors for it's season ending prizes, it is now the turn of one of the oldest and most famous football clubs of Delhi "City FC" got a sponsor in the name of Steel Authority of India Ltd.
The club which was founded in 1950 and finished fourth in the recently concluded annual Delhi Senior League after gaining promotion from the 'A' Division last year.
At a press conference today´, the club secretary Sharaftullah, presented the rich history of the club and thanked the sponsors for their help when it is deeply needed. The dignitaries present at the press conference were Novy Kapadia; Umesh Sood, former DSA president and currently AFC Vision Delhi Chairman; Nasir Ali, AIFF executive committee member; NK Bhatia, secretary of the Delhi SA and former international Aziz Qureshi.

::: Football once again Forgotten :::
First the good news, DD Sports has started a news programme "Sports Time" for the sports lover of the country. From 20:30 to 21.00 IST it is telecasted in English and from 21.00 to 21:30 IST in Hindi.
Now the bad news, football was sadly forgotten in the above said programme. Not even the scores of today's NFL match between Sporting Clube de Goa and Mohammedan Sporting Club were mentioned.
Although AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, who also heads the Information & Broadcasting ministry, has done a good job by starting NFL Reviews on DD Sports after each round but that doesn't seem to bother DD Sports. Meanwhile DD News regularly mentions the NFL results!
Football missing from Sports Time is contrasting to the channels NFL match reviews and it seems that the channel is trying to keep their minister happy by telecasting the match review programme hosted by Novy Kapadia and Ghaus Mohammed. Due to absence of football news from the Sports Time, fans in Bengal and other football following states were disappointed.
Maybe Mr. Das Munshi watches DD News regularly, so DD News is on their toes and never misses the NFL news. If that is the reason we would like to request him to watch a glimpse of DD Sports so that the channel will feature at least the results of the highest level of football in India.
We hope someone is listening...


March 2
    RESULTS & NEWS

2.Division National League, Cluster I - Duler Ground, Goa: Vasco SC 1-3 Chirag United SC
Goals: 0-1,0-2 Theodore Sunday Wrobeh (12',16'), 0-3 Francis Chibueze Maduako (28'), 1-3 Alvito Rodrigues (65').

by Rhys Mascarenhas: Chirag United SC defeated Vasco Sports Club 3-1 in the Opening Match of Cluster 1 of the 2nd Division National League played at Duler Grounds, Goa. Chirag United pumped in three goals through Theodore Sunday Wrobeh (12th,16th) and Francis Chibueze Maduako (28th) in a gap of 16 minutes to round up the match. Vasco got a consolation goal through Alvito Rodrigues in the 65th Minute. The Referee cautioned Alvito Rodrigues and C Shameel of Vasco and Crispin Chettri, Prasanta Chakraborty, Francis Chibueze Maduako and Theodore Sunday Wrobeh of Chirag United. Vasco next take on South-East-Central Railway, while Chirag United play Punjab Police in their next encounter.
VASCO: 22-Laxmikant Kattimani; 4-Kamal Thapa, 29-Roberto Fernandes, 2-Cedric Peixoto, 20-C Shameel, 25-Queterio Pango (21' 14-Remedios Barreto), 8-Menino Fernandes, 16-Rovan Pereira, 19-Alvito Rodrigues (81' 17-Agnelo D'souza), 10-Keke Ibrahim (85' 6-Joy Ferrao), 27-Oluwa Emmanuel.
CHIRAG UNITED: 1-Pralay Dutta; 8-Sanjay Nag, 23-Sheikh Azim, 16-Wazid Ali, 11-Narugopal Hait, 12-Ratan Das (86' 22-Muzaffar Rehman), 18-Crispin Chettri, 14-Prasanta Chakraborty, 15-Jiten Rai, 25-Francis Chibueze Maduako, 24-Theodore Sunday Wrobeh.
YELLOW CARDS: Keke Ibrahim (34'), C Shameel (70', Vasco); Crispin Chettri (30'), Prasanta Chakraborty (59'), Francis Chibueze Maduako (89'), Theodore Sunday Wrobeh (90', all Chirag Unted).
REFEREE: G Thampiraj (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Vijay Kumar (Karnataka), Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: A Rovan (Services).
For match pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore Super Division: SAI, Bangalore 2-2 Southern Blues FC - Goals: 0-1,2-2 R Govindaraj (25',90+'), 1-1 Sathyaraj (52'), 2-1 Raghavendra (59').
Bangalore 'A' Division: BWSSB 1-2 DYSS - Goals: 0-1 Patterson (7'), 0-2 Dada Nabeel (24'), 1-2 Rohan Perreira (90').
Manipur State League: RACC, Churachandpur 1-3 NEROCA - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Ajitkumar Singh (15',31'), 0-3 S Manglemjao Singh (45'), 1-3 Suresh Rai (73', own Goal).
Manipur State League: Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal 0-3 Southern Sporting Union - Goals: 0-1 Shangkar (16'), 0-2 R Banny Chiru (20'), 0-3 L Tiken Singh (78').
Manipur State League: Manipur Police SC 7-1 SAI Regional Centre, Imphal - Goals: 1-0,3-1 N Deshkumar Singh (6',50'), 2-0 I Nilakumar Singh (11'), 2-1 Th Inaotomba Singh (31'), 4-1 Ksh Kanta Singh (62'), 5-1 Ch Ojit Singh (69'), 6-1 Nabin Rai (77'), 7-1 Th Rohen Singh (90+1').
Manipur State League: Kakching FC 1-3 AMOFA, Moirang - Goals: 0-1,0-2,0-3 Ratan Singh (2',63',67'), 1-3 Premchand Sharma (70').


March 1
    RESULTS & NEWS

For us at IndianFootball.Com the month of February has been another record month in terms of HITs!!!
But now we look forward to the month of March which brings a lot of action for Indian football on the international, national and local scene. The INDIA U23 Teams 2008 Beijing Olympic qualifiers continue with two home matches in Chennai against Thailand and North Korea, while NFL champions Mahindra United and Federation Cup winners Mohun Bagan AC start their AFC Cup 2007 campaign on the Asian stage next week. The 11th National League hopefully continues to be as interesting as it has been so far and the 2.Division NFL starts tomorrow with the Group stage with matches to be played in Goa and Kerala. The local leagues in Bangalore and Manipur plus numerous tournaments are also there to watch out for.
And one can look forward to the visit of FIFA president Joseph S Blatter to India at the end of the month. A new India strategy is supposed to be announced by the world governing body then!
You can see a lot is happening and is set to happen...
And we hope you continue to return to IndianFootball.Com for the latest!

In the latest IndianFootball.Com Guest Column lecturer L Santosh Singh under the title "Need for the Biomechanics of football surfaces" looks at artificial football surfaces as an alternative to natural pitches.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - L Santosh Singh .

German football youth coach and youth coaching instructor Horst Wein has written a new article for the IndianFootball.Com Football Basics section, this time on "Requirements needed for the Development of more creative Football Players".
Read the complete article here >>Requirements needed for the Development of more creative Football Players .

11th National League - Cooperage Ground, Mumbai: Mahindra United 1-0 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC
Goal: 1-0 Yakubu Yusif (71').

A strike by captain Yakubu Yusif was enough for defending champions Mahindra United to overcome promoted Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC in a 11th National League match at the Cooperage Ground, Mumbai. Mahindra United moved to the top of the NFL standings with 14 points from seven matches, while HAL remain in the relegation zone in ninth position with six points out of seven matches.
In a surprise to many the young HAL defence kept their ground against their fancied rivals in the first half. Mahindra United did rest some regulars ahead of their first AFC Cup engagement while others are out injured. Mahindra United had a number of good build-ups but the final pass or the shoot on goal where missing. Yakubu Yusif was playing in a more withdrawn position with Andrews Mensah Pomeyie and Abhishek Yadav upfront. Yakubu was the danger man for Mahindra's having two good chances. Once HAL keeper Narshiman Balaji cleared the ball while on the second instance the crossbar was in the way. But Mahindra United finally got the lead in the 71th minute when a Rauf Sher Khan corner was headed on by NP Pradeep and Yakubu Yusif was there to slot home. Thereafter Mahindra did have the chance to enhance their lead, but it stayed 1-0 for them.
Mahindra United next host East Bengal Club in a top of the table clash on March 16 in Mumbai. Meanwhile Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC travel home and host JCT, Phagwara on March 5 at the Bangalore Football Stadium.
MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh,7-Sushanth Mathew, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 23-Steven Dias (11-Mohammed Rafi), 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady (6-Shanmugam Venkatesh), 16-James Lukram Singh, 10-Yakubu Yusif, 25-Andrews Mensah Pomeyie, 15-Abhishek Yadav (29-Rauf Sher Khan).
HAL: 13-Narshiman Balaji; 4-N Govin Singh, 3-Pawan Kumar, 5-Prashant Jaggi, 27-N Mohanraj, 20-C Prakash, 7-Thiyam Raghuveer Singh, 18-Bhuvan Krishna Joshi, 14-Rajendra Prasad, 8-Xavier Vijayakumar, 12-Reisangmi Vasum.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: James Lukram Singh (Mahindra United).
YELLOW CARDS: N Govin Singh (52'), Prashant Jaggi (63', both HAL).
REFEREE: Subrata Sarkar (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Jayendra Nagvenkar (Goa), Dhanapati Roy (West Bengal).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Benjamin D'silva (Goa).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

Bangalore 'A' Division: Oriental FC 2-2 BWSSB

::: AFC and Chelsea FC formalise Vision Asia agreement :::
AFC Press Release: AFC President, Mohamed Bin Hammam and Chelsea Football Club's Chief Executive Officer Peter Kenyon today signed an official four-year contract formalising Chelsea's support for AFC's revolutionary football development programme 'Vision Asia', at AFC's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mohamed Bin Hammam, commenting on today's contract signing which is the first time a major European club has looked to engage with the official ruling body for Asia, said: "We are delighted to confirm this sponsorship agreement with Chelsea Football Club, whose support will enhance the expansion and expertise employed in the future activities of Vision Asia."
He continued, "Many projects within Vision Asia, a great example being Vision China, have proven that Vision Asia works. In order for a long-term sustainable development, we need commercial investment, and I am delighted to welcome Chelsea Football Club as our first development partner where the commercial opportunities of the Vision Asia project have also been addressed."
In relation to the role of European clubs in Asia, Mohamed bin Hammam reiterated his comments made last year in China that Chelsea Football Club were the first European football club to approach AFC with the philosophy of giving, not only taking, from the Asian market. "Any sponsorship support that allows us to reach the grassroots level on a wider scale, increases participation through the school leagues, achieves greater development both on and off the pitch with the city leagues programme, and ultimately provides a platform for greater success in Asian football as a whole, is a good thing."
Chelsea Football Club believes its approach to the Asian market, specifically China, is different to other European clubs as it is based on partnerships which will help develop football in Asian markets, while also forming part of the club's overall business strategy.
As well as the groundwork that will take place primarily in China, this agreement will provide opportunities for at least the 10 best young players selected by AFC from the Project cities to come and train with the relevant age group at Chelsea. The AFC Player of the Year annual recipient will also have the option to train at Chelsea for one month.
Chelsea FC Chief Executive Peter Kenyon is delighted with the formal official partnership with AFC.
Kenyon said: "This agreement fits with Chelsea's strategy of being recognized internationally by 2014 as the world's number one club. Achieving that is not possible without considering Asia in a serious and holistic way."
"We have been impressed with the development of Asian football and want to contribute to this with meaningful programmes across the 11 disciplines that underpin Vision Asia."
"AFC's motto is 'The Future is Asia' and now is the right time for Chelsea to play our part in that future. Chelsea's involvement is about developing and building success, not buying success or taking the money and running from tours of the region. This philosophy is directly compatible with AFC's plans."
"From what I've seen today of AFC's development programme, Vision Asia, football in this region has the ambition and ability to challenge European football from the grassroots upwards. That type of global regional competition can only benefit the football family everywhere. If Chelsea can help achieve this through involvement in areas such as grassroots, youth, coaching, education, marketing, sports medicine, media and fans this will bring long-term benefits to us all."
For further information on the AFC & Chelsea Signing Ceremony and Vision Asia, please log on to www.the-AFC.com.

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