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May 31

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: Kerala State Electricity Board 1-3 Coastal Club - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Anil (29',36'), 1-2 Ramesh (65'), 1-3 Thomas (76')

::: All-Kerala Veteran's Football Tournament ongoing :::
The All-Kerala Veteran's Football Tournament is currently being held.
Titanium Veterans Club defeated Kollam District Team 4-1 in the first semifinal today. The Kollam District Team had defeated Travancore Sporting Club 1-0 yesterday. In the quarterfinals Ernakulam will take on United Sporting Club, Trivandrum, who would face Malappuram in the second semifinal on Sunday.
The third place match will be held on Monday morning, while the final will be on Monday evening.

May 30

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: Coastal Club 0-2 Titanium XI - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Ebin Rose (30',59').

::: KIFF NITE tomorrow :::
The Kuwait Indian Football Federation will organise it's first-ever KIFF NITE tomorrow at the Fakher Al Din Palace starting 21.00 local time onwards. The event is sponsored by Metro Express and co-sponsored by Sports Corner Company. The highlight of the evening will be the glamorous Awards Distribution Ceremony with live music by Deep Impact and Soul Shakers.
Master Compere Dunstan D'Costa from Goa will further elevate the evening with floor contests including a 'Waltz Competition' for the very first time in Kuwait.

May 29

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: State Bank of Travancore 3-0 St.George FC - Goals: 1-0,2-0 T Asif Saheer (18',23'), 3-0 AB Kabeer (55').

::: New Delhi Heroes to turn professional :::
The New Delhi Heroes, one of Delhi oldest clubs, is set to go professional as the first football club in the capital as India's premier art auction house "Osian's" and IOS Sports & Leisure (Infinity Optimal Solutions Pvt Ltd) have come together in a strategic partnership for the project.
After the successful conduct of the 119th Durand Cup last November, Osian's together with IOS have been looking at options to do more for the development of Indian football. And the route through a club looks like the way the two partner are set to go.
It is for the first time in the history of Indian football that a professional sports management agency has taken over the management of a football club.
"This takeover is another step in our continuing process to develop the game in India. We want to make the club a pioneer in Indian football. Right from its management to training facilities available, everything will be world class" said founder-chairman of Osian's, Neville Tuli on the first-of-its-kind takeover. He added, "we will conduct regular training camps under foreign coaches and build both a youth academy and a training centre to foster talent".
It is a part of Osian's and IOS' long term vision to create international level infrastructure for the game in the country, starting from the capital itself. Osian's and IOS want to give the football loving public of Delhi a place on the football map of the country. The aim of taking over New Delhi Heroes is to provide football fans in Delhi with a club that competes at the national and International level with the best clubs in the country and abroad.

Amongst the future plans are:
1) IOS aim to provide improved facilities to the players which include - A World Class Playing Field, Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, Medical Facilities, Regulated Diet, Accommodation, other training facilities, designer jerseys, etc.
2) Implement a comprehensive youth development programme to foster football talent in India.
3) Compete and Win in the NFL's Premier Division

Commenting on immediate plans for the club IOS CEO, Neerav Tomar said that "we aim to sign on players who have represented the Indian team or have played in the National Football League Division 1 clubs. The coaching team will consist of top quality coaches and training staff. We want to work our way up to the top tier of the NFL, but we will be taking things one at a time."
Players who IOS is in talks with for New Delhi Heroes include HAL's Prashant Jaggi, Mohammedan Sporting duo Harvinder Singh and Shanta Singh, Vasco's Sujoy Dutta and former international Mohammed Najeeb. IOS also wants to take on some talented boys from Delhi.
IOS is trying to get a high profile coach with talks set to be going on with Nigerian Chima Okorie and Mohammed Habib. Nothing is finalised yet, talks with the players and coaches are still on.

::: Dempo SC strengthen squad further by signing Gawli & Chidi Edeh :::
NFL champions Dempo SC have strengthened their squad further by signing Indian international defender Mahesh Gawli from Mahindra United and Nigerian striker Chidi Edeh from JCT. This was disclosed by coach Armando Colaco in Gurgaon on the sidelines of the Super Cup on Sunday.
According to him Dempo has been able to retain most of their players with midfielder Clifford Miranda being the big one to remain in Goa, though he had a better financial offer from East Bengal.

::: Dempo big winners at NT-GFA Awards Nite yesterday :::
National League champions Dempo SC were expectedly the big winners of the 2nd annual Navhind Times-Goa Football Association Awards Nite held at Cidade de Goa last night.
Dempo SC took home six of the 15 awards on offer from the Goa Governor SC Jamir. They won the Best Team Awards, Coach Armando Colaco was chosen as the best coach, John Charles Dias was chosen as the Best Defender, while young Anthony Pereira was chosen as the Best Striker, while Clifford Miranda was chosen as the Most Valuable Player as well as the Best Midfielder.
Sporting Clube de Goa's Luis Xavier Barreto was chosen as the Best Goalkeeper. While another goalkeeper Vasco's Laxmikant Kattimani was chosen as the Most Promising Player for his performances for his club and the Goa U21 team, which on Sunday had won the U21 Nationals.
The Other Awards handed out where: Most Loved Player: Dennis Cabral (Churchill Brothers). Best Female player: Blanca Barreto (India striker). Most Promising Female Player: Domiana Gomendes (India U19 striker). Best Ground: Poriat ground, Calangute. Best Organiser: Succoro Coutinho (Varca). Best Manager: Savio Barreto (Goa U21 Manager). Most Promising Coach: Lino Pereira (India U13 coach).

::: AMFA decides on Manipur State League replacements :::
The All-Manipur FA at it's executive council meeting has decided to replacement YWO, Bishnupur and SAI Regional Centre, Imphal through NISA, Thangmeiband and USA, Khurai for the 2nd edition of the Manipur State League, which is set to kickoff later in the year.
An AFC delegation lead by Acting Director Vision Asia Brendon Menton met AMFA officials and the participating clubs of the inaugural Manipur State League to learn more about the positives and megatives. And the main problem mentioned by all was the problem of finance at all clubs.
The AFC officials were happy the way the Vision Manipur project has progressed on numerous fronts in the tiny Northeastern state.

::: 14th Garodia Gold Cup next month :::
The 14th edition of the biannual Garodia Gold Cup will be held from June 6 in Dibrugarh, Upper Assam. The tournament organised by the Dibrugarh Milanjyoti Sangha will be played at the Chowkidingee Ground. A total of 14 teams will be seen in action, amongst them defending champions Assam State Electricity Board and runners-up Oil India Limited.

May 28

::: IndianFootball.Com Interview with AM Sreedharan (Viva Kerala coach) :::
For the lastest IndianFootball.Com Interview we talk to A.M. Sreedharan has seen it all in his long coaching career in Kerala, the good and the bad times. Be it at Kerala Police, FC Kochin or now at Viva Kerala.
Our PS Parameswaran chats with him about the recent success story of Viva Kerala and the sad demise of Kerala club football earlier plus the problems facing Indian football today.
Read the complete interview here >>IndianFootball.Com Interview AM Sreedharan (Viva Kerala coach) .

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: Kerala State Electricity Board 3-2 SMRC, Kollangod - Goals: 1-0,2-1,3-1 Renjith (26',49',61'), 1-1 Sabu (30'), 3-2 Maria Johnson (64').

::: Delhi government to upgrade Ambedkar Stadium :::
Delhi Government has heard the plea of state football body, the Delhi Soccer Association, to revamp the mecca of Delhi football the "Dr. Ambedkar Stadium". DSA Secretary NK Bhatia told IndianFootball.Com that DSA President Subash Chopra's efforts led the Delhi government to spend around Rs. 4 crores (Rs. 40 Million) to make the stadium floodlit and improve the facilities of the stadium including the playing turf. The stadium is being revamped for ONGC International cup to be held in August in the capital.
The investment into the Ambedkar Stadium also means a right step for the development of football in Delhi.

::: Statistics from the 11th National League :::
The AIFF has made the overall statistics of the 11th National League available. The most alarming of all is that the average crowd attendence in the NFL has dropped below 4,000 spectators per match.
1. Dempo SC won the ONGC CUP 11th NFL 2006/07
2. Total 90 matches were played from January 5 to May 19, 2007
3. Matches won 61 - drawn 29
4. 285 players were registered for 11th NFL (29 foreigners, 2 PIOs and 254 Indians)
5. 243 goals were scored at the end of the league
6. 133 goals were scored by foreign nationals
7. 110 goals were scored by Indians.
8. Odafe Oneyka Okolie (Churchill Brothers SC) scored the highest number of goals: 18
9. Among Indians Sunil Chetri (JCT) is the highest scorer with 12 goals
10. Odafe Oneyka of Churchill scored the only hatrick of the league against Mohmmedan Sporting Club
11. Dempo SC scored the highest number of goal 39
12. Mohammedan Sporting Club conceded the highest number of goals 42
13. Highest number of goals scored in a round 24 (18th round)
14. Least number of goals in a round 4 (7th round)
15. Total cards received 208: 196 yellow, 5 double cautions, 7 direct red
16. Mohammedan Sporting Club received the highest number of cards 27 yellow
17. JCT received least number of cards 9 yellow
18. Renedy Singh (JCT) scored the first goal of the league
19: Paresh Shivalkar (Air-India) scored the last goal of the league
20. Highest attendance: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan in Calcutta with 50,000
21. Lowest attendance: Sporting Clube de Goa vs HAL in Goa with only 200
22. Total attendance: (approx) 358,050
1. Goa: 77,500(2870,37 per match)
2. Calcutta: 201,600 (7753,85 per match)
3. Bangalore: 39,500 (4389 per match)
4. Mumbai: 28,550 (1586 per match)
5. Ludhiana: 10,900 (1362,5 per match)
23. Average attendance per match: 3978,33 (Total 90 matches)

::: CFA boys win 3-0 against local Leipzig boys :::
by Balbir Singh: State-run Chandigarh Football Academy defeated a football club of Leipzig by 3-0 in an exhibition match played in Leipzig in Germany today. German coach Avid had arranged a friendly match between the CFA boys and one of the leading football clubs of Leipzig boys in the same age group.
According to information received by Chandigarh Sports Director-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner from Leipzig where a 12-member CFA team had gone for an advanced 15-day training camp, the match was held indoor where a full length football field was available on an artificial turf.
The German coach was satisfied with the performance of the boys as it indicated that the training being imparted to them was fruitful. The boys had displayed what they had learnt in the past few days from their coach. However, certain areas where improvement is warranted were taken note of so as to incorporate the same in the next programme of their training.
Meanwhile, the German coach had introduced three sessions for training. The CFA boys start their training schedule with a three km jogging, followed by stretching exercises and functional training With drills on various aspects - kicking, shadow running, skill training with and without ball.
A day earlier, training was held inside the Indoor Hall. Thereafter tests on 10 metres, 20 metres (with or without ball). zig zag running (with and without ball) were conducted. It was all done against timings. Tests on were conducted. Compiled results shall be given in a day or two.

::: East Bengal U15 leave for Singapore :::
The East Bengal U15 team, winners of the India leg of the Manchester United Premier Cup 2007 in January in Mumbai, will play in the Southeast Asian finals to be held in Singapore from May 31 to June 2. They leave for Singapore tomorrow.
The red-and-gold juniors will fight for a place in the global finals in Manchester in August 2007 against four junior club sides from Thailand, Hongkong, Indonesia and Singapore. Last year city rivals Mohun Bagan had won the Southeast Asian leg to make it to the global finals.

May 27

Today's guest column is from our own Jafar Khan, who looks at United Sports Club from Kayalpatnam in the Thoothukkudi District of Tamil Nadu. The club has been existence for over 50 years and regularly organises the Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy at it's home ground. But the club is more than just a football team as it also takes its social responsibility very seriously.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Jafar Khan .

10th "ONGC" Super Cup 2006/07 - Devi Lal Sports Complex, Gurgaon: Dempo SC 0-4 Mohun Bagan AC
Goals: 0-1,0-2,0-4 Baichung Bhutia (8',19',40'), 0-3 Pachau Lalam Puia (38').

History repeated itself in the ONGC Super Cup when the NFL Champions lost to the Federation Cup winners. Mohun Bagan AC defeated Dempo SC by 4-0 to lift the ONGC Super Cup. In the last edition of the Super Cup, 2006 NFL Champions Mahindra United lost to East Bengal Club at the Cooperage Ground in Mumbai.
The first half of the ONGC Super Cup turned out to be a one-man show as veteran India striker Baichung Bhutia came up with a dazzling hattrick and youngster Pachau Lalam Puia rubbed salt into the Dempo wound to give Mohun Bagan a massive 4-0 lead in the first half itself. Dempo players looked like shadows of their former selves and it seemed that most of them were still resting on their NFL laurels. Baichung Bhutia repeatedly pierced the Dempo defence which looked totally perplexed by the striker's brilliant manoeuvres. The first goal came as early as the 8th minute when Baichung fired home a scorcher after latching on to a lobbed pass. He doubled the lead in the 19th minute by deftly heading in a cross from the right by Lal Kamal Bhowmick. Pachau Lalam Puia got into the act in the 38th minute as he headed in Mohun Bagan's third after receiving a deft header from Barreto off a Manas Das corner. Baichung Bhutia embarrassed the national champions as he completed his hattrick in the 40th minute after a slight mistake by Samir Naik allowed him to collect the ball in a danger area. In injury time Jose Ramirez Barreto made a brilliant run towards Dempo's goal but failed to score. Dempo keeper Satish Kumar was left fuming at the inefficiency of his defence but Mohun Bagan will regret the fact that such brilliant form had deserted them in the National Football League.
In the second half the first real threat came from Mohun Bagan when Lalam Puia hit a cross-given by Baichung off the goal. In the 27th minute Dempo coach Armando Colaco bought in Pio Rodrigues in place of Jerry Zirsanga. Samir Naik was booked in 29th minute and in the 37th minute Douglas da Silva was booked for a nasty tackle. In the 39th minute Dempo's Anthony Pereira missed a golden chance to reduce the margin. The last substitution of the match came when Dipendu Biswas replaced Baichung Bhutia.

DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar; 16-Samir Naik, 3-John Charles Dias, 23-Dominic Noronha, 18-Valeriano Rebello, 15-Clifford Miranda, 8-Climax Lawrence, 7-Nascimento Silveira, 12-Jerry Zirsanga (72' 25-Pio Rodrigues), 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 14-Anthony Pereira.
MOHUN BAGAN: 31-Shilton Paul; 6-Manas Das, 32-Anit Kumar Ghosh, 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 2-Bijay Basfore, 5-Dhanraj Ravanan, 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 13-Douglas da Silva, 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto, 25-Pachau Lalam Puia, 15-Baichung Bhutia (8-Dipendu Biswas).
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Baichung Bhutia (Mohun Bagan).
YELLOW CARDS: Clifford Miranda (25'), Roberto Mendes Silva (45'), Samir Naik (74', all Dempo SC); Deepak Kumar Mondal (29'), Douglas da Silva (84', both Mohun Bagan).
REFEREE: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREE: Deepak Singh Bisht (Delhi), Mohammed Kamil (Delhi).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat).

Post-match comments:
Bernard Operanozie (Mohun Bagan coach):
• It was a good match today.
• We came here with the aim of winning and did that.
• On the club's low placing in the NFL table he said, that the club was marred by injuries. Then there was coaches' problem and after he came in as the coach he reformed the playing tactics to 4-4-2. Also due to busy schedule of the club because of AFC Cup, the players were tired.

16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Final: Punjab 1-2 Goa - Goals: 1-0 Lalhalmtharamama (7'), 1-1 Milagres Gonsalves (35'), 1-2 Gabriel Fernandes (85').

42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Final: SAI, Chennai 1-0 Tamil Nadu Special Police - Goal: 1-0 Elamurugan (65').
The game itself started with much fanfare preceding the whistle. The officially organised boys' band, the local urumi melam and thavil kottu organised by the gallery audience made such a din giving the whole ground the necessary backdrop for a final showdown. Both sides played a tactical passing game and total blocking by the midfielders and defenders so that until halftime it was 0-0. At the interval, both teams were introduced to the Chief Guest Dr. Karuna Chelliah. After the restart, it remained the same with both sides trying varying shots. In the 48th minute Police had the best chance at the SAI goal mouth, but the defenders were swift and alert, while the cops failed to convert. Again in the 58th minute a Police shot was saved by the SAI custodian Ramesh. And the breakthrough came in the 65th minute, when after a few good moves among the SAI men, the ball reached right centre forward Elamurugan, who netted the only goal of the match. The Policemen tried their level best charging into SAI territory, but the barricade could not be breached.
At the final whistle, the Sports Authority of India team from Chennai were worthy winners of the Azad Trophy, the Winners' award of Rs. 25,000. The Policemen were not without consolation, they receiving the Runners-up LKS Trophy, and the award of Rs. 20,000. A special award, L. GANI MEMORIAL AWARD FOR THE BEST PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT, was awarded to Sampath Kumar of the losing semi-finalists, Karnataka Special Police.

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: Coastal Club 1-3 SMRC, Kollangod - Goals: 0-1,0-3 Freddy (9',59'), 0-2 Maria Johnson (24'), 1-3 Johnson (72').

::: AIFF meet FPAI to discuss Model Contract :::
Sumit Mukherjee, CEO of the Football Players Association of India, met Alberto Colaco, AIFF General Secretary, to discuss the controversial points in the model players contract framed by AIFF.
Sumit Mukherjee told IndianFootball.Com that the meeting was fruitfull and that the AIFF agreed to the points made by the FPAI. The AIFF will come out with a final model contract by the first week of June 2007. He told that there were four main points which were discussed in the meeting.
1. Players Endorsements: Full power will be given to the clubs and the players
2. Players Injury: Club will provide insurance cover to the players and if the premium is high, players will also contribute to it.
3. Registration criteria for players having a contract of more than a year: If a player has a contract of 2 to 3 years than he will be needed to get registered with the state association in the first year only.
4. Goalkeepers gloves and players boots to be used: Players can use their own boots and gloves.

May 26

::: IndianFootball.Com Interview with Utpal Kumar Ganguli (new IFA secretary) :::
For the lastest IndianFootball.Com Interview we talk to new IFA secretary Utpal Kumar Ganguli about his plans and get an outlook on what he wants to do for Bengal football to get back its lost glory.
Read the complete interview here >>IndianFootball.Com Interview Utpal Kumar Ganguli (new IFA secretary) .

Today's guest column is from former player Gasper Crasto, now based in Kuwait, whose write-up "Cable TV effects on Indian Football" looks at the influence modern day TV has taken on Indian football.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Gasper Crasto .

42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Semifinal: Karnataka State Police 0-1 Tamil Nadu Special Police - Goal: 0-1 Venkatesh (56', own Goal),
In today's second semifinals, in which two Police teams were involoved one from Chennai, Tamil Nadu and the other from Bangalore, Karnataka, for the right to play in the Final of the Azad Trophy Tournament 2007 the young Sports Authority of India team, from Chennai. The game started moderately, and had equal exchages of passes, hits and misses for the entire first half. During the interval, the former Minister and present MLA, Mr. Anitha R. Radhakrishnan, a sports lover and former footballer, who came to witness this match was introduced to the players of both teams. The second half started very spiritedly. In the 56th minute, Chennai midfielder Murugan lobbed a ball from 40 metres, and the Karnataka defender, Venkatesh tried to clear the ball with a lofty shot. But unfortunately the ball went into his own net, eluding their custodian, for a lead of 1-0 in favour of Chennai. The Karnataka cops were not disheartened and attacked the Tamil Nadu goal relentlessly. Right on the stroke of the hour, a shot was saved by the Chennai custodian, but the forward fell on him. This led to a fracas between both police teams, with the players even coming out of the field to pick sticks. The referees controlled the situation very well, and two Chennai players, skipper Mohammed Fareeth and left-centre-back Gautham, and Karnataka's half back Karthikeyan were shown red cards and sent off the field. Chennai, with reduced strength of nine men there after blocked the advances of the Bangalore cops. However hard they tried, nothing could be done even though the referees gave extra injury time due to time wastage during the fracas. In the end the Tamil Nadu Special Police earned the right to play the S.A.I. team tomorrow, in an all Chennai Final.

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: Titanium XI 4-0 St.George FC - Goals: 1-0,3-0 Ebin Rose (16',38'), 2-0,4-0 Dhinraj (23',41').

::: Best performers of the 11th National League announced :::
The best performers of the 11th National League were announced today by the AIFF, who will be awarded tomorrow at the season ending Super Cup final.
The Roll of Honour for the League is as follows:
NFL Winners: Dempo SC, Goa
NFL Runners-Up: JCT, Phagwara
Fair Play winners: JCT, Phagwara
ONGC Player of the League: Sunil Chetri (JCT, Phagwara) [50 points].
Highest Scorer: Odafe Onyeka Okolie (Churchill Brothers SC) [18 goals].
Best Goalkeeper: Sandip Nandy (Mahindra United) [71 points].
Jarnail Singh Award for Best Defender: Mahesh Gawli (Mahindra United) [41 points].
Best Midfielder: Roberto Mendes Silva (Dempo SC) [59 points].
Best Forward: Sunil Chetri (JCT, Phagwara) [62 points].

::: AFC Delegation meets Delhi Clubs :::
An AFC delegation comprising of Brendan Menton, Acting Director Vision Asia and Suvrat Suresh Thatte, Development Officer met Delhi SA Clubs officials to discuss the football scenario in Delhi and most importantly implementing the Elite (AFC) League in Delhi. Others present were AFC Vision Delhi Chairman Umesh Sood and NK Bhatia, DSA Secretary.
The agenda includes review the progress of Vision Delhi and set the plans for next phase of implementation. But the main agenda was the starting of the AFC Delhi League.
Menton stressed that the league should go on for six months with a one match a week formula. He insisted that the club should follow criterias like becoming a legal entity, following regulations to be called as successful clubs and other basic criterias.
He announced that at the end of July the AFC will hold a workshop for Delhi Clubs to educate and prepare them for the next phase of development. In the workshop clubs will be made aware of Players Registration procedure, organising matches, disciplined league, finding sponsors amongst others.
Other important points also came forward in the discussion between the AFC delegation and Delhi Clubs officials like finding a TV broadcaster for the league, sharing of sponsorship between DSA and the clubs, and grassroot level development

May 25

Today's guest column is from Bibhash Das, whose write-up "Futsal in Manipal" looks at the football craze in this college town in Karnataka, who love to play the smaller and shorter version of the beautiful game.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Bibhash Dash .

16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Semifinal: Goa 2-0 West Bengal - Goals: 1-0 Kevin Lobo (77'), 2-0 Milagres Gonsalves (90+1').

42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Semifinal: SAI, Chennai 2-1 Chennai Soccer - Goals: 1-0 James Selvaraj (19'), 1-1 Bharathi Raja (24'), 2-1 Karthik (86', own Goal).
Today saw the first of the two semifinals, in which two teams from Chennai clashed for the right to play in the Final of the Azad Trophy Tournament 2007. The game started very sedately, but picked up momentum within 10 minutes. Both sides had a few try ons at the opposite goal, but they either were blocked by defenders or went astray. Then in the 19th minute SAI left half gave a neatly lobbed corner kick which was shot into the goal by centre half James Selvaraj for an early 1-0 lead. But it didn't remain that way for even 5 minutes. In the 24th minute a SAI player handled the ball, and Chennai Soccer left half Kumaran took the free kick. It was neatly netted by their centre forward Bharathi Raja for the equaliser, 1-1. It remained that way for a long time. Ten minutes after the break a corner kick by Chennai Soccer hit the cross bar and went over. At the 80th minute, the SCC pair of Kumaran and Bharathi Raja combined for a one-two-one pass, but the ball floated away parallel to the goal mouth to be cleared by SAI defenders. Two minutes later, after having defended their fortress well, SAI fullback took the ball through the middle line and kicked from 40 metres. SCC defender Karthik head flicked the ball to his goalkeeper Sakthivel, who not expecting it, let go into the goal for a deciseive 2-1 lead by SAI. In the eight minutes of play remaining, SCC tried their all, but SAI pulled all their men back to defend well and earn their place in Sunday's Final

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: State Bank of Travancore 4-1 St.Mary's FC - Goals: 1-0 TV Mohammad Harris (33'), 2-0,3-0 T Asif Saheer (46,47'), 4-0 Renil CJ (62'), 4-1 Reji (70').

::: AFC Cup quarterfinal draw on June 13 :::
The Asian Football Confederation will conduct the draws of the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup plus the Asian Final Round qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Football Tournament on June 13 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mahindra United made it into the AFC quarterfinals for the first time and as the second Indian club. Along with them in the pot are Al Nejmeh (Lebanon), Shabab Al Ordun, Al Wihdat and defending champions Al Faisaly (all Jordan), Singapore Armed Forces FC and Tampines Rovers (both Singapore), and Sun Hei (Hong Kong).

::: Mahindra's set to lose core group :::
PTI report: Mahindra United's hopes of making waves in the AFC Cup quarter finals in September have suffered a setback following the decision of many of their key players to desert the club for greener pastures.
Wing-back Surkumar Singh, central defender Mahesh Gawli, Peter Siddiqui and Samson Fernandes along with midfielder S Venkatesh, James Singh and Rauf Khan have decided to shift loyalties to another club, sources said. Another instrumental figure in defence, N S Manju, is also expected to join the deserters during the June 1-20 inter-club transfers, they said. "We have lost our entire defensive line-up. We will definitely not get this kind of quality players, but hopefully we would be able to replace them with good players."
"We have to change the system according to the ability of the players. Now we have to wait and see. It's very difficult to say anything at this moment," they said.
Sources said most of the players have informed the team management about their decision to quit last year's champions. Apart from retaining all their three goalkeepers, Mahindras have managed to retain only N P Pradeep from the entire backline that played this season. "We will try to reorganise the defence and (for that) we need to work much harder. If the core group had remained it would have been easier. It's a good challenge for us," the sources said.
Mahindras defeated Maldives' New Radiant 2-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the AFC Cup as the best second-placed team from Group D, E and F (East, South and South East Asia Zone). The first-leg of the quarterfinals are scheduled for September 18 while the second leg on September 25.

::: CFA players start training in Leipzig, Germany :::
by Balbir Singh: The state-run Chandigarh Football Academy trainees have started training at the Sportschule Egidius Braun in Leipzig (Germany) on Thursday. According to information received by Chandigarh Sports Director Inderjit Singh Sandhu, the 12 CFA boys reached Germany on Wednesday night and started training under A Grade coach Avid Thursday morning.
The CFA and Sportschule Egidius Braun Leipzig of Germany had signed a Memorandum of Understanding last year to provide training to the CFA players. Director of Sportschule Andre Kuhn was present during the training session. The CFA players are accompanied by chief coach Harjinder Singh and team delegate Dr JPS Sidhu. Sandhu said that the boys would daily train in four sessions of 90-minute daily during their 15-day stay in Germany from May 24 to June 9. Another batch of 12 CFA players will go to Germany for coaching from November 18 to December 2, 2007.
A German coach from the Sportschule Egidius Braun will also visit the Chandigarh Football Academy for 15 days for evaluation, assessment and to supervise the progress of the trainees.
The first batch of CFA players comprised Ramanjot Singh, Sachin Balwal, Sumeet Passi, Rajinder, Chinkash Tewari, Maninder Singh, Baljinder Singh, Robin Singh, Samuel, Aakashdeep Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Rajbir Singh.

::: Chandini FC crowned champions :::
Calicut's Chandini FC defeated Farookh College 2-1 to win the Calicut District 'A' Division Football League title. Siraj (10') and Sivadath Rony (58') scored for the winner, while Divya Prasad (32') reduced the margin. Calicut Youngsters and Breeze SC have been relegated from the A division.

May 24

Today's guest column is from Supriyo Patra, whose write-up "Sports Management - A new Kid on the Block in India" looks at the importance of professional sports management in the overall development of sports in India.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Supriyo Patra .

16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Semifinal: Assam 1-1,0-1 Punjab [extratime] - Goals: 1-0 Mintu Boro (30'), 1-1 Baljit Singh Sahni (57'), 1-2 Satwant Singh (101').

42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Quarterfinal: Track Trotters FC, Ahmedabad 0-1 Tamil Nadu Special Police - Goal: 0-1 Amarnathan (30').
Both teams started positively. The Policemen had the better of the exchanges, and were threatening the opponents' half. Track Trotters foray in attack was few and far between. Right at the stroke of half hour, centre forward Bharath Kingsley dribbled into the box, and gave it centre half Amarnathan who let go a powerful unstoppable for a 1-0 lead. Thereafter it was a battle of skills right through half time and after the break. In the 65th minute, Trotters' stopper back stubbed Bharath Kingsley, and an indirect kick was ordered. But central midfielder Kathiravan kicked it right into goal, which was disallowed. The Trotters tried their level best to equalise. When one of them got a good break and charged in running to the opponents' half, his colleagues let him down by not running equally, with the result, the foray went astray. And in the end Tamil Nadu Special Police moved into the semifinals.

Karnataka Inter-District Tournament, Bangalore - Final: Bangalore - Dharwad = match abandoned again due to rain
Bangalore and Dharwad were declared as joint winner after the match was called off for a second day running. Both teams received Rs. 12,500 each.

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: Kerala State Electricity Board 2-0 St.George FC - Goals: 1-0 Dinesh (62'), 2-0 Yesudas (74').

::: Navhind Times - GFA Awards Nite on Monday :::
The 2nd "Navhind Times - Goa Football Association Awards Nite" will be held at Cidade de Goa on Monday, May 28. His Excellency the Governor of Goa SC Jamir will be the Chief Guest for the Function. The president of the Dempo group of Companies, Srinivas Dempo will preside over the function. 12 Awards will be presented to outstanding footballers, coaches, administrators and teams.
The awards Nite will be a grand function with entertainment and dinner.

May 23

The latest IndianFootball.Com Editor's Column by Harmit Singh Kamboe is title "National League 2006/07" looking back at the NFL gone by. Read and enjoy!
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42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal: MEG, Bangalore 0-2 Tamil Nadu Special Police - Goals: 0-1 Bharath Kingsley (6'), 0-2 Tajudeen (89').
Bangalore's MEG is the team which has won the Azad Trophy a number of times over the years, and are current holders of the Azad Trophy. Tamil Nadu Special Police were also frequent visitors, but had not progressed beyond the quarterfinal stage. At the start of this year's encounter between them, the Policemen threatened the Armymen's goal from the second minute onwards. Their first shot from the flanks was saved by the goalie Malay Paul, and a minute later he advanced off his line for the cops to have a go at an open goal, but the shot by Padmanaban went flying over the cross bar. Not for too long. In the sixth minute, centre forward Rajkumar gave a splendid inside pass to fellow forward Bharath Kingsley who scored for cops, 1-0. The Sappers tried their best, but their shots went out and over, and many times, the cops blocked their advance by hard tackles. In the second half, the Sappers went all out attacking, and the Policemen were forced to defend with all their players in their own half. Near the end, in the 86th minute, MEG had their best chance when a long range shot by substitute forward Akhosh hit the bar and flipped over. Almost at the end, the cops had a corner kick, and midfielder Kathiravan neatly lobbied the shot, left winger Mohamed Fareed collected it and passed it to substitute forward Tajudeen for their second and decisive goal. And thus last year's winner of the Azad Trophy crashed out of this year's edition in their first outing.

Karnataka Inter-District Tournament, Bangalore - Final: Bangalore - Dharwad = match abandoned due to rain, replay tomorrow

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: State Bank of Travancore 3-0 Coastal Club - Goals: 1-0,2-0 T Asif Saheer, 3-0 CJ Renil.

::: AIFF confirm Super Cup will be held in Gurgaon on Sunday :::
When contacted regarding the Super Cup, the AIFF told IndianFootball.Com that this seasons Indian Super Cup would be held as per plans on Sunday, May 27 at 18.00 IST at the Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38 in Gurgaon, Haryana when National League champions Dempo SC take on Federation Cup winners Mohun Bagan AC. The match will be telecast LIVE and exclusive by Zee Sports from 17.30 IST onwards.
The letter of protest from Dempo SC seems to have yielded no results.

::: AIFF to approach Ministry for football's reinstatement :::
PTI report: All India Football Federation will talk to the Sports Ministry seeking reinstatement of the game in the 'Priority' list even though the Federation claimed that the demotion would hardly affect soccer in the country.
"The AIFF is hoping to talk with the government in this regard. No sport can develop without government support," the AIFF General Secretary Alberto Colaco said.
Sports Ministry recently downgraded football from 'Priority' to 'Others' list, which would substantially reduce government grants for the game.
Colaco could not explain reasons for football's double demotion and said," All I can say is that the government approved our long-term development programme in January."
He, however, said the Federation would be able to carry out its plans despite the reduced government assistance.
"We can manage with whatever money is at our disposal. We can conduct our age-group competitions as well as send our players overseas for training," Colaco said.
The only problem, he said, was getting training venues. "Previously, we used to hold camps at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres at government cost. Now, we will have to make our own arrangements at various other places," the AIFF official said.
However, he admitted that the Federation would have to make additional efforts to make up the shortfall.
"We have a facility at Bangalore and one in Sikkim. We have also identified a place in Margao in Goa for an AIFF training centre," Colaco said.

::: Brazilian help for Indian football :::
IANS report: Look who is coming forward to help Indian football! It is Brazilian legend Pele. If the All India Football Federation is to be believed, the great Pele has recommended a coach to help an ailing Indian soccer, but the offer has been turned down as we have Englishman Bob Houghton in charge.
"Last month Pele recommended a coach for the Indian team. But we have Bob as the coach so we can't have the recommended coach in place," said Alberto Colaco, general secretary of the AIFF here on Wednesday.
The development comes at a time when even the government has lost faith in the game and the sports ministry has demoted it from their 'General' list to 'Others' category, after consistent poor performance by the national team at the international level. India is currently ranked 165th in the FIFA's rankings.
Colaco also said that a six-member national football delegation from Brazil, will be accompanying President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, next month to India and they will meet AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, to sign a bilateral cooperation agreement to improve the standards of Indian football.
"We will have a delegation from the national clubs of Brazil, who will be accompanying their President. Hopefully we will have something positive out of it. We get lot of offers from different clubs in Brazilian programme for training programme, but they are beyond our affordability," said Colaco.
It was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who, bowing to insistent pressure from Das Munshi, asked the Brazilian president for football coaching for Indian players during his visit there in September 2006. During the tour both the countries signed nine agreements and MoUs, including one for the football superpowers to train Indian players and coaches.

::: 6th Tamil Nadu State Ranking Tournament in Chennai :::
The 6th Tamil Nadu State Ranking Tournament will be held with eight teams split in two groups at the Nehru Stadium, Chennai from May 25 to June 3. In Group A defending champions Indian Bank face Integral Coach Factory, Netaji SC, St. Joseph's College - Tiruchi; while in Group B Chennai Customs face AGORC, Madras Sporting Union and CVRDE - Avadi.

May 22

2007 AFC Cup - Group E - National Stadium, Male: New Radiant, MALDIVES 0-2 Mahindra United
Goals: 0-1 Mohamed Rafi (16'), 0-2 Steven Dias (63').

NEW RADIANT: 18-Aslam Abdul Raheem; 2-Ibrahim Amil, 3-Mohammed Shifan, 5-Aflu Hamid (69' 22-Ahmed Thariq), 6-Adam Shareef, 7-Ali Ashfaq, 8-Hussain Simaz (66' 9-Idris Kasirye), 10-Qasim Shamweel, 13-Assad Abdul Gani, 23-Ahmed Rishfan (89' 12-Abdulla Mohamed), 27-Sabah Mohamed Ibrahim.
MAHINDRA: 24-Sandip Nandy; 2-Naduparampil Pappachan Pradeep, 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan (90+3' 29-Rauf Sher Khan), 7-Sushanth Mathew, 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady, 10-Yakubu Yusif (89' 12-Manjit Singh), 11-M Mohammed Rafi (82' 25-Andrews Pomeyie Mensah), 14-Mahesh Gawli, 23-Steven Dias, 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh.
YELLOW CARDS: Mohammed Shifan (54'), Sabah Mohamed Ibrahim (78', both New Radiant); M Mohammed Rafi (22'), Mahesh Gawli (36'), Krishnan Nair Ajayan (46'), Steven Dias (58'), Nanjangud Shivananju Manju (63'), Mbaka Bokembe Dady (86'), Sandip Nandy (89', all Mahindra).
REFEREE: Nema Ala Abdul Kadir (Iraq).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Mohammad Kadom Arab (Iraq); Sabban Ahmed Muhammad (Iraq).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Sabah Kasim Khalaf (Iraq).
For detailed information go to the IndianFootball.Com AFC Cup 2007 Special .

2007 AFC Cup - Group F - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: Mohun Bagan AC 2-0 Pahang FC, MALAYSIA
Goals: 1-0 Lal Kamal Bhowmick (12'), 2-0 Pachau Lalam Puia (69').

MOHUN BAGAN: 12-Subrata Pal; 3-Fabio Cortez Vidal, 5-Dhanraj Ravanan, 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto, 17-Dulal Biswas, 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 25-Pachau Lalam Puia, 26-Rahul Kumar (60' 8-Dipendu Biswas), 27-Suman Datta, 28-Douglas da Silva.
PAHANG: 25-Mohammed Iqbal Suhimi; 2-Jalalluddin Abu Jaffar, 6-Shahril Faizal Ahmad Sharifuddin (70' 13-Sahrulnizam Sahat), 8-Rashid Mamud, 10-Saravanan Vellu (62' 12-Azizul Kamaluddin), 11-Muhammad Juzall Samion (45' 26-Mohammed Kamal Radiarjat Ali), 14-Mohammed Khairul Mamat, 16-Ahmad Abdul Wahid, 18-Mohammed Khairi Zaharuddin, 19-Rosdi Talib, 28-Syed Faruk Hakim Syied Mahmud.
YELLOW CARDS: Suman Datta (88', Mohun Bagan); Azizul Kamaluddin (75', Pahang).
RED CARDS: Fabio Cortez Vidal (82', Mohun Bagan); Rashid Mamud (82', Pahang).
REFEREE: Dilovarshokh Orzuev (Tajikistan).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Begench Allaberdiyev (Turkmenistan); Rashid Palvanov (Turkmenistan).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Rustam Kholov (Tajikistan).
For detailed information go to the IndianFootball.Com AFC Cup 2007 Special .

16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group A: Kerala 2-1 Delhi - Goals: 1-0,2-1 Farhad VV (25',43'), 1-1 Kulbhushan Manderwal (39').
16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group A: West Bengal 1-1 Assam - Goals: 1-0 Ayan Chowdhury (15'), 1-1 Sunil Basumatary (77').

42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal: Track Trotters FC, Ahmedabad 3-2 Young Challengers, Calicut - Goals: 1-0 Deepesh (2'), 2-0 Sivin Raj (11'), 3-0 Gresious (17'), 3-1,3-2 Sarfudeen (21',52').
Track Trotters FC had left Ahmedabad only on the evening of the 19th, and having spent three nights and two days in the train, via the West Coast, arrived only this morning, and immediately went into rest. But they were ready for the match, which started in an explosive manner. Barely two minutes from kick off, after a few deft moves, the Trotters left inside midfielder Prakasam gave a pass to right in midfielder Deepesh, who easily duped the Challengers goalie Riyas, and had a 1-0 lead. In the 11th minute, Trotters forward Vinesh gave an inside pass, fellow forward Sivin Raj collected and netted for an easy 2-0 lead. And again, six minutes later, in the 17th minute, right back Swarup gave a pass to right half Gresious, who took them to an unassailable 3-0 lead. But the Challengers did not give up, and true to their name, took up the challenge and pressed forward, and they were rewarded in the 21st minute when right winger Faijas gave a pass, and centre forward Sarfudeen, from nearly 20 meteres away thundered in their first reply, for 3-1 scoreline. The second half belonged to the Challengers, who mounted a spirited attack and the Trotters could only play defensive game. In the 50th minute, the same pair of Faijas and Sarfudeen were involved in their second goal, reducing the margin to 3-2. The Ahmedabad team were fatigued by their long travel, but they held on. Once again the Keralites tried their level best, and the Trotters too, while defending, mounted a few attacks on their own. In the last 15 minutes of play, the Challengers had half a dozen corners in their favour, but they were all deflected by a team of determined defenders. At the final whistle, It was the Track Trotters FC of Ahmedabad who earned the right to play the Quarterfinals on May 24, against MEG, Bangalore or Tamil Nadu Special Police, Chennai who play tomorrow.

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: Kerala State Electricity Board 2-1 St.Mary's FC - Goals: 0-1 Earnest (38'), 1-1 Shyam (42'), 2-1 Renjith (62').

::: Pro League launch on September 30 :::
The AIFF Executive Committee met yesterday at Football House in Dwarka, New Delhi to decide on issues related to the launch of the upcoming Professional League. The Executive Committee has approved the Format and the Road Map for launching the Professional Football League in India on September 30, 2007.
An AIFF delegation will visit the states from which clubs will be taking part to hold discussions with the concerned clubs about the implementation of the numerous crtiria's drawn-up for the Pro League.
The first edition of the first Pro League will be held from September 30, 2007 until the last week of February 2008 with 10 teams set to take part. The following season in 2008/09 the league would be expanded to 12 teams, while in 2009/10 the league would be held with 14 teams. In what way the league would be expanded has not be said. If there would be no relegation or if teams would be taken in.
The AIFF has also set-up a set of critirias for the participation in the 2.Division National League for the 2007/08 season.

::: Bob Houghton has new idea on a Team India :::
Also yesterday national coach Bob Houghton made a presentation to the AIFF Executive Committee about his ideas on the national team for the upcoming years.
The National Team Development Programme presented by Houghton stressed on the need to participate in international tournaments and regular training camps. Houghton also presented the idea of a 'Team India' concept to develop a young national side for future assignments in World Cup and Asia Cup qualifiers.
As per the plans the AIFF would identity upto 40 players for the 2008/09 season in the under-23 age group to keep them together as numerous junior national team squads, not allowed to sign for any club side. The AIFF would pay the players monthly salaries as per the existing market rate.
National Players List 2007-08: Goalkeepers: Sandeep Nandy, Subrata Pal, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Arindam Bhattacharya; Defenders: Irungbam Surkumar Singh, Mahesh Gawli, Deepak Kumar Mondal, Samir Naik, Sanjeev Kumar Maria, Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, Debabrata Roy, Habibur Rehman Mondal, Anupam Sarkar, Narinder Singh, Rakesh Masih, Thokchom Naoba Singh; Midfielders: Syed Rahim Nabi, Krishnan Nair Ajayan, Climax Lawrence, Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, Clifford Miranda, Steven Dias, Mehraj din Wadoo, Shanmugam Venkatesh, Renedy Singh, Chitrasen Chandam Singh, Bungo Thokchom Singh, Subhas Chakrabarty, Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, Rocus Lamare, Reisangmi Vasum; Forwards: Baichung Bhutia, Sunil Chetri, Manjit Singh, Abhishek Yadav, Sushil Kumar Singh, Tarif Ahmed, Branco Vincent Cardozo, Sampath Kumar Kuttimani, Joaquim Abranches, Anthony Pereira, Ashim Biswas.

::: Other AIFF Executive Committee decisions :::
Other decisions which where taken by the AIFF Executive Committee were:
- PK Banerjee will be recommended by the AIFF for the Dronacharya Award.
- Jo Paul Ancheri and Shanmugam Venkatesh will be recommended by the AIFF for the Arjuna Award.
- the 62nd edition of the Santosh Trophy will not be held in July 2007 in Jammu&Kashmir but has been postponed to May 2008. J&K will have to make further preparations for the tournament accoridng to an AIFF delegation which visited Srinagar.
- the AIFF has also decided to do away with the zonal qualifiers for the U16, U19 and U21 Nationals from next season onwards. The National Age Group tournaments would be held at multiple venues within a state or neighbouring states could jointly co-host the tournament.

::: Stephen Constantine to stay in Malawi, not joining Mohun Bagan :::
The name of former India coach Stephen Constantine has been linked a number of times with the vacant job of Mohun Bagan AC coach, but for the moment he will stay in Africa.
Talking to us at IndianFootball.Com Stephen said, "I am flattered to be linked with Mohun Bagan, Indias oldest club, however I have recently signed a three year deal as National Team Coach of Malawi and am looking forward to taking them forward. At the moment we are preparing to play BAFANA BAFANA (South Africa) and then we have games against Senegal and Morocco in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers."
A clearcut statement as one expects from someone like Stephen, who added, "I wish all of you the very best and look forward to my next trip to India!"

::: No football governing body in Andhra Pradesh :::
The old Hyderabad had a great football tradition, but today Andhra Pradesh football reached a new low when the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh sealed the office of the Andhra Pradesh FA at the Lal Bahadur Stadium following a directive from the AIFF that no group within the APFA was a legitimate body to run the sport in the state. The sealing was done as one of the groups, claiming itself to be the true representative body of APFA, had been functioning from the premises for quite some time now.
The offices will remain sealed until the issue is solved within the APFA, but football will be the real loser in this political battle for power.

::: Calcutta Port Trust appoint new coach :::
Calcutta Port Trust, who play in the Calcutta Premier League, have appointed Tarun Dey as their new coach. Dey replaced Aloke Mukherjee who coached the club last season. Dey has been coaching the East Bengal Juniors.

May 21

This week will see numerous write-ups from different people looking at the season gone by and the NFL in specific.
Today's guest column is from former player Gasper Crasto, now based in Kuwait, whose write-up "Another Year, Another Season, Where are we...?" looks at where Indian football stands after the end of the 2006/07 season.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Gasper Crasto .

16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group B: Services 2-1 Mizoram - Goals: 1-0 Kabui (28'), 2-0 Robert Jwala (65'), 2-1 Zico Zoremsanga (82').
16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group B: Punjab 0-2 Goa - Goals: 0-1 Gabriel Fernandes (74'), 0-2 Milagres Gonsalves (90').

42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Round 1: Young Challengers, Calicut 2-0 Dindigul District FA - Goals: 1-0 Sarfudeen (39'), 2-0 Muneer (65').
This match, as per original schedule, should have been played by the Maharashtra State Police, Mumbai. According to them, they had boarded the train at Mumbai, but on the way some railway officials, under some pretext or other, had detrained them, and they had no other means of going back to Mumbai and taking some other train to Kayalpatnam. Hence they could not come to meet their schedule. The stand-in Dindigul DFA, did put in a decent display with some good passes and shots. But the Koxhikkode Challegers did not wilt. But they had to wait for 39 minutes before centre forward Sarfudeen put in a nice pass on to right forward, who scored with a mighty shot for their first goal. The Dindigul players were not down, and made some good moves themselves, before and after the half time. But by then, the Challegers took in the upper hand, and in the 65th minute, Faijaz came in through a muddle and shot at the goal, which rebounded off the cross-bar, and substitute left forward Muneer headed in the rebound to increase their lead to 2-0. And it remained 2-0 until the end.

Thiruvananthapuram District Super Division: St.George FC 1-0 Coastal Club - Goal: 1-0 Cleetus (72').

::: East Bengal appoint Subrata Bhattacharjee as new coach :::
In a somewhat surprise move the East Bengal Club have appointed Subrata Bhattacharjee as their new coach for the 2007/08 season. This was decided after a long closed door meeting of East Bengal officials.
Subrata Bhattacharjee, who played nearly all his career for Mohun Bagan and also was a successful coach at the green-and-maroon, for the first time shifts allegiance to the red-and-gold.
Many had expected another foreigner to succeed Brazilian Carlos Roberto Pereira da Silva at East Bengal with also the names of former coach Subhas Bhowmick, Prasanta Banerjee and some other local coaches being discussed. But in the end Subrata Bhattacharjee was chosen.

::: Zee Sports to show 15th Women's National Football Championship highlights :::
Over the coming weekend Zee Sports will show a 30 minute highlights show of the 15th Women's National Football Championship held recently in Rourkela, Orissa.
The show is titled "Football Cafe: Women's National Championships from Orissa" and will be shown on Friday, May 25 at 20.30 IST with repeat telecasts on Saturday, May 26 at 23.30 IST and on Sunday, May 27 at 20.30 IST. On Sunday the programme will be shown directly after the live transmission of the Super Cup.

::: Oil India Limited appoint Subrata Bhattacharjee Jr as new coach :::
Duliajan's Oil India Limited today appointed former international Subrata Bhattacharjee Jr as their new coach to replace Bhupender Singh Rawat. The Assam-based side are working to establish themselves at the national level as one of the best sides from the Northeast putting in place infrastructure and building on their team.

::: Navelim clinch Daswin Memorial in Kuwait :::
by Gasper Crasto: Navelim Youth Centre used all their experience and determination to get past AVC Overseas Association in a challenging final of the Daswin Memorial Football Tournament played at Soor Grounds, Kuwait City. The match played Friday morning, May 18, in summer temperatures above 40°C was made all the more stressing on players by a thick dust storm that hanged around the entire country and skies for over three days. As many as three players were injured with muscle pulls during the match and many dehydrated.
Navelim striker Cruzedio Rodrigues took advantage of a defense lapse by AVC to score the match winner two minutes from end. He side stepped AVC stand-in captain Francis Jr to slot across a hapless Nicholas under the bar. Despite the dusty weather, huge spectators gathered to watch the finals. The match was evenly poised throughout with many attempts from AVC and an equal number from Navelim. Alfred Pires, Joaquim, midfielders Frank Furtado, Duarte, Ivo Rodrigues, John Furtado and captain Victor Fernandes were brilliant for Navelim while Kevin, Edward, Molvito Mascarenhas and substitute Malvy shone for AVC. Both teams missed many of their regulars in this match. AVC were without their key regulars including star defender Vincy Pereira out suspended because of disciplinary cautions. NYC's Christi Pires, Ignatius Miranda and out of form goalkeeper Britto Pereira were not around. NYC goalkeeper Carlos Fernandes was outstanding throughout the match making out-of-the-blue saves. Carlos was later declared best goalkeeper of the finals. Navelim scored a record 16 goals in the tournament.
Navelim were presented with the Winners Trophy and the Daswin Memorial Rolling Trophy. The trophies were sponsored by Mr. Cliff Sequeira. Best Disciplined Team of the tournament was awarded to Kuwait Goan Association; Cruzedio Rodrigues won the man of the match.
The tournament was organized by Santos FC under the auspices of Kuwait Indian Football Federation (KIFF) and officiated by Indian Football Referees Association. Referee Tony D'Costa was terrific in the centre and well respected by both the teams. He was ably assisted by Sharma and Sarto Baptista on the lines.
KIFF President Blandino M Viegas was the Chief Guest at the finals. He congratulated both the finalists and praised everyone involved in promoting the game. Santos FC President Tony Dias also spoke on the occasion. Other dignitaries present were United Friends Club President Cajetan Pereira, CRC President Bosco Viegas, Kuwait Goan President Salvador Dias, GOA Maroons Gen. Secretary Julio Cardoso, DHL President Mario Fernandes and Navelim Youth Centre President Agnello Fernandes.

May 20

The 11th National League ended yesterday and the latest IndianFootball.Com Guest Column by Rosario Estebeiro's titled "A Review of the 11th National Football League" looks back the NFL campaign gone by and also looks at the future.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Guest Column - Rosario Estebeiro .

16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group A: West Bengal 5-1 Delhi - Goals: 1-0,3-1,4-1 Ayan Chowdhury (39',74',79'), 2-0 Gouranga Biswas (68'), 2-1 Kulbhushan Manderwal (69'), 5-1 Mohammed Nadeem (89').
16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group A: Assam 5-0 Kerala - Goals: 1-0,2-0,5-0 Mintu Boro (28',37',66'), 3-0 Dewan Singh (42'), 4-0 Ziadinemawia (45').

42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Quarterfinal: Mohammedan AC, Calcutta 0-4 Karnataka State Police - Goals: 0-1 Archana (52'), 0-2 Karthik (64'), 0-3 Maheshwaran (78'), 0-4 Sampath Kumar (82').
The match was an typical one with try-on passes by both sides. Mohammedan AC were on short passes, while their long passes were often blocked by the defenders. Karnataka State Police went for long passes, and aggressive play, with the result that they often threatened the Calcutta goal more than once. Especially in the 28th minute when a low cross from Sampath Kumar on the right flank, went right parallel to the goal, no attacker to convert it and no defender to deflect it. In the 36th minute, a somersault scissors kick by Mohammedan's Rana was fortunately blocked by the defenders. Half time score 0-0.
Before the restart, the teams were introduced to today's Chief Guest, Haji M.B.A. Mohammed Saleem, Vice President of Kayal Sporting Club.
The second half belonged to the Karnataka Cops. In the 52nd minute, Arun Kumar gave a neat cross to Archana who netted the ball for 1-0. In the 64th minute, Archana made an inside pass, and Karthik made the score 2-0.
The Calcuttans never even threatened the opposite goal; rather they were still on their text-book short passes, which often went to the opponents' feet. So in the 78th minute, Sampath Kumar made a fast running from almost the centre circle right upto the goal area and a short pass to Maheshwaran for 3-0.
Four minutes later, in the 82nd minute, Pradeep gave a pass to Sampath Kumar more than 20 metres away, and the defenders stood rock solid, i.e., without moving, and what can a poort goal keeper do? So in the end it ended in a 4-0 victory for Karnataka State Police, who booked their berth for the second semifinal.

43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Final: Palakkad 2-1 Ernakulam - Goals: 0-1 Anil Kumar (6'), 1-1 Dinesh S (45'), MA Abdul Hakkim (47').
Palakkad clinched their maiden Kerala Inter District Championship defeating Ernakulam 2-1 in the finals in front of 15,000 home fans. Palakkad came back from a goal down to clinch the title. Ernakulam took the lead through Anil Kumar in the 6th minute as a defensive error was captialised very well by the Viva Kerala striker to put Ernakulam in the lead. Palakkad had some moves throughout the half but failed to score. But just before half time Palakkad drew level with a scrappy goal from Dinesh S inside the box. Into the second half the tournament's best player Abdul Hakkim scored the lead for Palakkad. Hakkim connected well to a Noushad's cross and scored a beautiful goal. After Palakkad took the lead Ernakulam was never in the game. Palakkad played well and won the game in full time.

"We did not done well in the second half and lost the championship," Bijish Ben (Ernakulam Captain) told IndianFootball.Com. "We did lose two players with injury which also added to our woes," Bijish Ben added.
A strong team combination won the trophy for Palakkad. They had some experienced players like Dhanarajan (Viva Kerala Captain), Abdul Hakkim (Kerala Captain), Abdul Noushad (SBT), etc.
"It was a great tournament. As a team we perfomed very well. I myself scored a few goals in the tournament. The crowd support was also fantastic. Thanks to them we became the champions," Abdul Hakkim (Palakkad Captain) told IndianFootball.Com.
Meanwhile Ernakulam struggled with absence of some good players like Sivakumar, Denson Devadas (Viva Kerala), etc. While perfomances of teams like Malappuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur etc were disappointing.
"We had a team with full of injuries and I was also struggling with injury. It was really disappointing that we were able to finish 4th only as we dominated the championships for the past four years, " Asif Saheer told IndianFootball.Com. Trivandrum will be relieved that they had a podium finish in the league even with the absence of Silvester Ignatius and many other players.

43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - 3rd Place Playoff: Trivandrum 1-1,3-1 Malappuram [penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Fazaluddin (21'), 1-1 Jackson Sebastian (72').
Trivandrum defeated Malappuram in the tie-breaker by 3-1 after both teams were tied 1-1 after full time. Malappuram took the lead in the 21st minute of the game through Fazaluddin, who converted a cross from the right side. The first half ended with Malappuram in the lead.
But in the 72nd minute of the match Trivandrum equalized through Jackson Sebastian. Sebastian dribbled past two Malappuram defenders and netted in the equalizer. After the equalizer both teams played a defensive game and the match went into the tie-breaker. In the tie-breaker Jairaj missed the decisive spot kick for Malappuram and Abhilash John scored the winner for Trivandrum.
The most disappointing thing about the match was that both teams played the match without any interest to win it. With this defeat Malappuram finished outside of the Top 3 after a gap of three years (2002/03, 2004/05 - Runners-Up & 2005/06 Winners). On the other side Trivandrum clinched the third spot after a gap of three years.

::: 5th SAFF Cup in December 2007 :::
The 5th edition of the South Asian Football Federation championships will be held from December 10 to 22 in Male, Maldives and Colombo, Sri Lanka. This was decided at a meeting of the South Asian Football Federation in new Delhi.
With the Maldives being too small to host the championships on their own, Sri Lanka has become their partner to host the championships. The opening ceremony is planned to be held in the Maldives while the final closing ceremony would be held in Colombo. The group matches involving the Maldives would be played in Male, while Sri Lanka would play their group matches at home in Colombo.
But the Maldives are working to get a switch of the opening and closing ceremony as they would like to host the finals of the SAFF Cup.
Besides defending champions India, the hosts Maldives and Sri Lanka also Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan would be seen in action.

::: Chennai could host 2010 FIFA World Cup preliminary qualifying matches :::
Chennai's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is in the race to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup preliminary qualifying matches scheduled for January and February 2008. An inspection team leaded by FIFA representative Akbar Khan was here on Friday to look at the city's potential to host the preliminary round matches.
The team meet with the Chennai Mayor M Subramanian, Chennai Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhani, City Police Commissioner Letika Saran. AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco and Tamil Nadu FA president CR Viswanathan accompanied the FIFA representative during his inspection of the Stadium.
The enquiry team seemed pleased with the stadium. but the only problem is there are no practice space for players to train in Chennai.

::: Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship Awards :::
The KFA has honoured following players with the individual awards of the 43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007.
Best Player of the Tournament: MA Adul Hakkim (Palakkad)
Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Jinesh Kumar (Ernakulam)
Fastest Goal of the Tournament: Javed (Ernakulam)

::: Chandigarh Football Academy players leaving today for Germany :::
The Chandigarh Football Academy, run by the Chandigarh Administration, is sending its first batch of 12 players and two officials to Germany tomorrow for a 15-day advanced training at Sportschule Egidius Braun in Leipzig from May 24 to June 9.
According to Chandigarh Sports Director Inderjit Singh Sandhu two officials - former international and Indian captain Harjinder Singh and Joint Director Sports, Chandigarh Administrator Dr JPS Sidhu - will accompany the CFA trainees, as coach and head of the delegation, respectively.
Inderjit Sandhu, who is also Additional Deputy Commissioner, said here today that another batch of 12 CFA players would go to Germany for advance coaching from November 18 to December 2, 2007.
Ramanjot Singh, Sachin Balwal, Sumeet Passi, Rajinder, Chinkash Tewari, Maninder Singh, Baljinder Singh, Robin Singh, Samuel, Aakashdeep Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Rajbir Singh have been included in the first batch for training in Germany. Deepak Devrani and Bikramjit were also selected for the training in Germany in the first batch. However, as validity of their passports was not more than six months as required for obtaining visa, they were substituted. However, Deepak and Bikramjit would be included in the second batch.
Coach Harjinder Singh expressed confidence that the boys would be exposed to specialized 15-day training in Germany. "It will help them further develop their technique and confidence to perform much better after training in Germany. The CFA trainees will gain rich experience under trained coaches in improving their skills and physical standards," said Harjinder Singh. He, however, wanted that the training should have been spread over more days.
The Chandigarh Football Academy and Sportschule Egidius Braun Leipzig of Germany had signed a Memorandum of Understanding last year to provide training to the CFA players. Director of Sportschule Andre Kuhn and Secretary Sports, Chandigarh SK Sandhu, signed the agreement on behalf of the Egidius Braun Sportschule, Leipzig and U.T. of Chandigarh, respectively. Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator Lalit Sharma has accorded sanction for Rs 18 lakh for training of the 12 CFA boys in Germany.
SK Sandhu and Inderjit Singh Sandhu visited Germany in connection with the formalization of a tie-up for advanced training to the Chandigarh Football Academy players and also to study the functioning of other institutions.
The agreement on specialized training of was signed with December 19. Under the agreement the Chandigarh Football Academy would send 12 players along with one coach for 15 days to Egidius Braun Sportschule, Leipzig for advanced specialized training twice a year. The training would be on nominal payment basis which would include board and lodging, class room teaching and practical training.
The CFA players will also play regular matches with local teams at Leipzig during their stay in Germany. One German coach will visit the Chandigarh Football Academy for 15 days for evaluation, assessment and to supervise the progress of the trainees.
The Egidius Braun Sportschule has the largest indoor artificial turf hall in Germany as well as outdoor artificial turf grass fields. The school is also equipped for many other sports including tennis and basketball etc. The city of Leipzig has played a prominent role in football history of Germany. More than 62,000 people are active members of sports clubs in Leipzig, a quarter of them playing football.

May 19

11th National League - Barasat Stadium, Calcutta: East Bengal Club 2-3 JCT, Phagwara
Goals: 0-1,1-3 Chidi Edeh (5',33'), 1-1 Boniface Ngairah Ambani (10'), 1-2 Sunil Chetri (30'), 2-3 Ashim Biswas (52').

East Bengal Club suffered a 2-3 loss at the hands of an inform JCT, Phagwara in their final 11th National League encounter at the Barasat Stadium in Calcutta. JCT on 31 points pulled it off to finish a surprising second in the NFL, their best finish since winning the title in the inaugural season. And after today's loss East Bengal only finished fifth on 26 points from 18 matches after having being a title candidate early on.
JCT took an early fifth minute lead through Nigerian Chidi Edeh, but lead only lasted five minutes as East Bengal's Kenyan striker Boniface Ngairah Ambani equalised. A double strike by Sunil Chetri in the 30th minute and again Chidi in the 33rd minute gave JCT a comfortable 3-1 lead against a disorganised East Bengal backline which invited the Phagwara Millmen to score. After the break East Bengal did look better organised and they threathened the JCT goal, but only Ashim Biswas was able to reduce the margin in the 52nd minute.
EAST BENGAL: 24-Rajat Ghosh Dasdidar (1-Naseem Akhtar); 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 27-Gurpreet Singh, 4-Covan Lawrence, 3-Cristiano Hilario de Oliviera, 5-Debabrata Roy, 28-Shylo Malswam Tulunga, 7-Jayanta Sen, 32-Izumi Arata (37' 6-Dipankar Roy), 10-Boniface Ngairah Ambani, 30-Edmilson Marques Pardal.
JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh; 2-Jaspal Singh, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 3-Anwar Ali, 12-Daljit Singh, 13-Baldeep Singh Sr (69' 8-Jaswinder Singh), 7-Sukhjinder Singh (69' 16-Rakinderjit Singh), 20-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, 23-Harish Sharma (81' 4-Harpreet Singh), 11-Sunil Chetri, 10-Chidi Edeh.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Chidi Edeh (JCT).
REFEREE: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Churchill Brothers SC 4-1 Air-India
Goals: 1-0,4-0 George Ekeh (26',81'), 2-0,3-0 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (31',50'), 4-1 Paresh Shivalkar (90').

Promoted Churchill Brothers SC capped their impressive return with a 4-1 crushing of Air-India in their final 11th National League match at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. Churchill Brothers SC finished a credible fourth on 29 points from 18 matches behind champions Dempo, JCT and Mahindra United and ahead of Calcutta giants East Bengal. Air-India, who drew a record nine times, finished seventh on 21 points from the same number of matches.
The match started on even terms with both teams testing each other before Churchill Brothers upped their level of attacks. Nigerian George Ekeh scored the lead for the Goans in the 26th minute off a pass from Khemtang Paite and his countrymen Odafe Onyeka Okolie doubled the lead just five minutes later. Odafe in the 50th minute off a pass from Naoba Singh scored his teams third and his second of the day to ensure that he would finish as the highest goalscorer of the 11th NFL with a total of 18 goals. George Ekeh scored his teams fourth in the 80th minute off a Odafe pass before Air-India got a consolation goal in the last minute of the match through midfielder Paresh Shivalkar.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: George Ekeh (Churchill Brothers).
REFEREE: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group B: Punjab 2-2 Mizoram - Goals: 0-1 JE Jelapekhlua (52'), 1-1,2-2 Baljit Singh Sahni (56',90+2'), 1-2 Zico Zoremsanga (76').
16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group B: Services 0-3 Goa - Goals: 0-1 Kevin Lobo (30'), 0-2 Lavino Fernandes (45'), 0-3 Milagres Gonsalves (72').

42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal: Karnataka State Police 1-1,5-3 Tirunelveli District FA [penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Freddie Joshi (31'), 1-1 Karthik (68').
The original participant in this fixture should have been Netaji SC, Chennai. But they informed earlier that they could not come as they had some players injured, some have left, and some other reasons. As such, the neighbouring Tirunelveli District FA obliged with their team as a stand-in, at such short notice. The game was equally played, but it was the Nellai youngsters who had the better of exchanges, and on the 31st minute, their forward striker Freddie Joshi, did a wonderful solo effort, and scored for for them. The cops could not match their passing skills and solid defence, but they had better running capacity, and their poor finishing often found the ball straying here and there. But in the 68th minute they were lucky to have Karthik, their right half, ruled not off-side for his adventurous running, scored the Karnataka equaliser 1-1. The game ended only to be concluded by the tie-breaker. Karnataka scored all their chances through Srinath, Vinod Kumar, Pradeep, Sameer Ahamed and Girish. The Nellai lads scored with Frederic, Gabasker and Robin, with strike blocked by the keeper, Karnataka State Police earned the right to play Calcutta's Mohammedan AC in the third quarterfinal tomorrow.

43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Semifinal: Ernakulam 1-1,1-1,7-6 Malappuram [penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Javed OK (42'), 1-1 TS Anooj (43').
Ernakulam entered into the finals of 43rd Kerala Inter District Championship by beating Malappuram in sudden death. Ernakulam will now face the hosts Palakkad tommorow for the championship title. After both teams were tied at 1-1 after full time it was penalties that was needed to separate the teams. Both teams were tied also after the tie-breaker. In the Sudden death Ernakulam won the match 2-1.
The match started off with Ernakulam attacking Malappuram from both sides of the pitch, but they missed five open chances during the first half hour of the match. It was Malappuram gaolkeeper Nawaz's brillance that kept the scores level. In the 42nd minute Malappuram took the lead through Javed OK. Javed scored the goal from a cross from the left side of the pitch, but suddenly after the restart Ernakulam pulled one back through TS Anooj. He dribbled past Malappuram defenders and put the ball into the net. Second half saw both teams getting more defensive still there were some moves from Malappuram but the scoreline remained the same.
In the tie-breaker both teams converted their respective penalties and the match moved to sudden death. OK Javed missed crucial penalty for Malappuram and Denny scored the winner for Ernakulam in the sudden death.
Malappuram, the winners of the championship last time will face Trivandrum for the thrid place tommorow. While Ernakulam will face Palakkad in the Finals to clinch their 10th title in the championship. A win for Palakkad will mean that they will clinch their maiden title of the championship.

::: Dempo SC threathen Super Cup boycott :::
Newly crowned NFL champions Dempo SC have threathened to boycott the season ending Super Cup match on May 27 planned to be held in Gurgaon.
Dempo coach Armando Colaco, who also happens to be the clubs secretary, has written a letter to the AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco stating that the heat and ground conditions in Gurgaon were not fitting for the Super Cup. Citing an example, Armando wrote that coaches complained about the ground conditions during last years Santosh Trophy.

May 18
    IndianFootball.Com Editorial Team expansion

IndianFootball.Com would like to announce the appointment of two new correspondents!
Vijay Bali from Phagwara, Punjab and MM Jafar Khan from Calicut, Kerala have joined IndianFootball.Com's Editorial team to help us further increase the quality and quantity of our coverage of Indian football.
Vijay will be our Punjab correspondent to cover the game in the northern state, while Jafar joins Parameswaran in Kerala to improve our coverage from the football crazy state in the south.
We would also like to announce that Parameswaran has been promoted from correspondent to Editor in Kerala!
We are more than happy to welcome Vijay and Jafar to our team!

11th National League - Duler Ground, Mapusa: Sporting Clube de Goa 4-0 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC
Goals: 1-0,4-0 Earnest Jeremiah (45+2',90+5'), 2-0 MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi (70'), 3-0 Mauricio Freeman Peixoto (76').

Sporting Clube de Goa trashed relegated Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC in an inconsequential match of the 11th National League at the Duler Ground, Mapusa. Sporting Clube de Goa, who had gone into the season on high expectations, finished sixth in the league on 25 points from 18 matches; while Hindustan Aeronautics Limited finished at the bottom of the table on 10 points from 18 matches. Promoted HAL had only received a chance to play in the 11th NFL as the Tata Football Academy had pulled out.
It was Sporting Clube de Goa all the way as the HAL players only seemed physically present in today's match. But the Sporting Clube attack lacked the sting to create troubles to a side like HAL today. But that changed in injury time of the first half as substitute Earnest Jeremiah scored past HAL keeper Gumpe Rime. In the second half the Sporting Clube attacks continued but Rime stood tall under the HAL bar, still he couldn't keep the score low as the Goans added three more goals. The task was made easier for Sporting Clube as HAL lost defender N Govin Singh due to an expulsion. Sporting Clube doubled the score in the 70th minute through captain MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi's penalty. Joseph Pereira had been brought down in area by HAL keeper Rime. Mauricio Freeman Peixoto made it 3-0 in the 76th minute off a Joseph Pereira cross and Jeremiah rounded off the tally late in injury time with his teams fourth.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Joseph Pereira (Sporting Clube).
RED CARD: N Govin Singh (HAL).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

11th National League - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Dempo SC 1-0 Mohun Bagan AC
Goal: 1-0 Ranty Martins Soleye (63').

Newly crowned champions Dempo SC won by a lone goal against three time former champions Mohun Bagan AC in their concluding, but indecisive 11th National League match at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. Dempo finished the season on top with 36 points from 18 matches, while Mohun Bagan ended their dismal NFL campaign as eighth with only 21 points.
Dempo were the better of the sides on display and had midfield control but the first half ended goalless. Mohun Bagan gave Dempo a scare early in the second session when defender John Charles Dias had to make a frantic goalline save of a Jose Ramirez Barreto shot. But Dempo scored the match winner in the 63rd minute when Nigerian striker Ranty Martins Soleye scored off a cross from substitute Jerry Zirsanga. For Ranty it was the 16th goal of the season and now he is on top of the goalscorer chart along with countrymen Odafe Onkeya Okolie from Churchill Brothers, but Odafe tomorrow has a chance to become the sole top scorer. Dempo could have enhanced their lead, but with the lead and nothing to really play for they played out the match and started the celebrations at the ground in front of their fans.
But today's match was only a test run as the two sides will meet again on May 27 in Gurgaon for the Super Cup final.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Clifford Miranda (Dempo).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

11th National League - Cooperage Ground, Mumbai: Mahindra United 9-0 Mohammedan Sporting Club
Goals: 1-0,3-0,5-0 M Mohammed Rafi (3',46',50'), 2-0 Samson Fernandes (43'), 4-0 Rauf Sher Khan (47'), 6-0,7-0 Andrews Pomeyie Mensah (61',64'), 8-0 Steven Dias (79'), 9-0 Bhola Prasad (84').

Deposed NFL champions Mahindra United ended their season on a high with a 9-0 trashing of relegated Mohammedan Sporting Club in a Round 18 match the 11th National League at the Cooperage Ground in Mumbai. Mahindra United ended their season on 30 points from 18 matches and they are currently second in the league, but their final place in the table depends on tomorrow's East Bengal vs JCT match. Mohammedan Sporting ended their dismal season on only 12 points from 18 matches.
Today's victory margin is now the biggest in the NFL's 11 year history. It was one goal better score then Vasco SC's 8-0 win against Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC on April 9, 2003. And on both occasions Derrick Pereira happened to be the coach of the winning side.
Mahindra United took an early lead in the 3rd minute through a M Mohammed Rafi header while Samson Fernandes doubled the lead in the 43rd minute off a pass from Andrews Pomeyie Mensah. But the real routh was to come in the second session. It was Rafi again who scored very early, this time seconds into the second session as he scored of a pass from Steven Dias. And six more goals where to follow in the half in which the young Mohammedan Sporting team was simply taken apart. Mohammed Rafi would score his third of the day to complete his indirect hattrick, Ghanian Andrews Pomeyie Mensah would add a brace with Rauf Sher Khan, Steven Dias and substitute Bhola Prasad added one each to the scoreline.
ONGC MAN of the MATCH: M Mohammed Rafi (Mahindra United).
For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group A: West Bengal 4-3 Kerala - Goals: 1-0 Gouranga Biswas (10'), 2-0,4-0 Ashim Das (57',87'), 3-0 Bishu Oraon (60'), 4-1,4-2 Farhad VV (84',85'), 4-3 Abdul Bashid (90+').

42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal: Mohammedan AC, Calcutta 3-1 United SC, Kayalpatnam - Goals: 1-0 Sandeep Saha (23'), 2-0 Rana Roy (42'), 3-0 Skeikh Saidul Islam (56'), 3-1 Abdul Kader (78').
This was the eagerly anticipated match for the local football loving crowd. The Visitors started off cautiously, making short and long passes among themselves, and the local lads, perhaps overawed by their Seniors' nationwide reputation, remained passive spectators of their skills. But once in a while, when they had the chance to steal the ball away from them, displayed their own skills, which was a notch above yesterdays, but again, inaccurate passes let them down. Goalkeeper Shameem had to be excused as he had to sit for an exam, and was replaced by Naufel, who did a splendid job. But in the 23rd minute, the visitors showed their supremacy, when right winger Rana Roy's cross was met by left midfielder Sandeep Saha, for the 1-0 scoreline until half-time. Immediately after the breather, in the 42nd minute left winger Saidul Islam gave a cross to Rana Roy, who made it 2-0. Then in the 56th minute, Skeikh Saidul Islam received a cross-field ball which he netted for their third goal. But the local lads did their best, and some their shots went wayward, over, left and right, and some times they just fiddled in the goal box that the defenders easily kicked the ball away. And their perseverance paid in the 78th minute, when after a few good moves, Abdul Kader found the net for the consolation goal, to make the score line read a respectable 3-1.

43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Semifinal: Palakkad 2-1 Trivandrum - Goals: 1-0,2-1 MA Abdul Hakkim (17',78'), 1-1 Dinraj Kumar (36').
SBT's star striker MA Abdul Hakkim's brace was enough for Palakkad to enter the finals of 43'rd Kerala Inter District Championships. Palakkad, the home team defeated Trivandrum 2-1 in front of a packed stadium in the first semifinal and this was also the first time Palakkad entered the finals of the championships.
Palakakd took the lead in the 18th minute through Abdul Hakkim. Hakkim beautifully connected a cross from right side and placed it in the right side of the post. But Trivandrum pulled a goal back just before half time to make the game more exciting. Dinraj Kumar captilazed on Sajith's (RWB) error as his long shot found the net. In the second half the Kerala captain Hakkim scored the decisive goal of the match. A fantastic low header into the left side of the post from won the match for Palakkad. The goal was one of the best in the tournament. Abdul Hakkim's perfomance really showed he is really getting back to his old form. In the finals Palakkad will await the winner of the second semifinal (i.e, Malappuram vs Ernakulam). For Trivandrum it will be another disappointing exit from the tournament. The most time winners of the championship (10 time in total) had been going through a bad patch in the past five years. This year Trivandrum will have the chance to secure a podium finish and ending the tournament with a high note (last three years Triavndrum was not able to have a podium finish).

::: Players unhappy over the AIFF Model Players Contracts :::
IndianFootball.Com contacted the Football Players Association of India CEO Sumit Mukherjee to take his side of the story on the controversial points in the AIFF's model players contract. According to him there are certain points in the contract which aren't suitable to players. Some of them are:

  • 1. Endorsement
  • 2. Returning of equipment
  • 3. Insurance claim (Illness point)

  • For the moment the FPAI has asked the Indian players not to sign the model contract which comes into effect on Monday, May 21.

    ::: NFL Programme on DD Sports :::
    The NFL programme started on DD Sports in the beginning of the season is now a huge success for the channel. The programme's TRP ratings have surpassed other news programmes of the channel like Sports News. With limited footage, excellent graphics, analysis, discussions on players, referees and management, the show finally came out well, which was not expected considering the reputation of the channel.
    Also the only two World Cup commentators from India Novy Kapadia and Ghaus Mohammed did an as usual excellent job to make the show interesting.
    The next show will be on May 21 at 19:30 IST and on May 28 there will be an hour show at the same time.
    From close sources IndianFootball.Com got to know that coaches and players appreciated the show.
    With the aim of developing Indian football, Zee Sports shared the telecast of the match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan on April 15. As DD reaches more homes than Zee Sports, the special interviews on players made them a bit famous in the football circle.
    It indirectly shows that DD Sports should be allowed to telecast those matches which Zee Sports don't cover, thus, giving more mileage to the top league.
    Ghaus Mohammed told IndianFootball.Com that he enjoyed doing the show with Novy Kapadia and got full support from the channel's production team. He also thanked IndianFootball.Com and AIFF for their contribution on Indian football.
    Meanwhile Novy Kapadia told IndianFootball.Com that PR Das Munshi's idea of a programme on the league helped the game a lot. Also the interesting aspects of the show like interviews and digging lesser known facts about the top league made it popular amongst the viewers.
    But the question remains the same, will DD Sports continue its work on Indian football after the end of NFL or will cool down on its ongoing football show.

    ::: BCSSA 2007 UK summer residential camp, marketed by PIFA in India :::
    Premier India Football Academy will market the Bobby Charlton Soccer & Sports Academy camps this summer in India.
    PIFA strongly believes that to be the best, you must train with the best. They have been the leaders in the resurgence Indian football and have only associated themselves with only the best football academies for children in the world. They have been appointed agents for BCSSA and will market the BCSSA 2007 UK residential camps in India.
    This will be the 29th year of operation for BCSSA during which time they have built a great reputation for providing high quality football tuition for children and coaches throughout the U.K. and around the world.
    The summer residential school welcomed visitors from over 45 different nations during 2006 and provided a truly International experience for all of the players who visited.
    During the last 12 months they have seen the development of regular coaching courses in Australia, Egypt, and India, and during 2006 they have visited other countries including Iceland, Spain, Germany, Italy, The Azores and Turkey. They are sure that 2007 will see BCSSA providing children's coaching events and coach education sessions in even more locations around the globe.
    All of the courses utilise their original Soccer Theme Park coaching equipment, a concept which they have developed since 1996. BCSSA still remain the market leader and will continue to provide the very latest training equipment and methods for all of the players and coaches who visit the courses.
    It is well documented that David Beckham won their skills competition as a 12 year old, the skills competition this year involved over 20,000 players from our various courses. Each participant that attends any of their courses, either Residential, local or overseas have the chance to compete to enter the World Skills Final which takes place during their residential school in July.
    This year, Devkrsna Sagar, Amitesh Mukherjee, Sumehr Gwalani, Jonathan Stephen and David Vaz have been invited from India to participate in the World Skills Final to be held on 29 July 2007.
    Whether you are a regular visitor to the school or you are planning on visiting for the first time in 2007 they are sure that you will have a thoroughly enjoyable time and learn some new skills and meet new friends.
    Forms can be downloaded from or can be obtained by calling 91 22 3042 2262.

    May 17
        RESULTS & NEWS

    16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group B: Punjab 1-0 Services - Goal: 1-0 Lalhalmtharamama (44').
    16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group B: Goa 3-1 Mizoram - Goals: 0-1 B Vanlalnghaka (10'). 1-1 Kevin Lobo (38'), 2-1 Joy Ferrao (67'), 3-1 Milagres Gonsalves (79').

    42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Round 1: United SC, Kayalpatnam 1-1,5-4 Kochin Port Trust [penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Nithin Sainjan (23'), 1-1 Abdul Kader (68').
    The match started very sedately as if both teams were testing one another. After a few good passes from both teams, the local host team lost their bearings and started kicking waywards, while the visitors were focussed with good moves. They were rewarded in the 23rd minute, when receiving a good pass from the flanks, centre forward Nithin Sainjan opened the scoring for the Kochin team. Thereafter it was an uphill task for the local lads. They had a good opportunity in the 38th minute when left winger Sadakathullah (Sena) shot rebounded off the crossbar. In the second half, both teams seem tired, and after some hard fought tackles, corners and foul kicks, the locals found themselves in a goal mouth melee, and right winger Abdul Kader found the back of the net, equalizing the scores at one-all. At the end tie breaker had to be resorted to. Kochin Port Trust had the first shot and the initial kick of Ramesh was blocked by the Kayal custodian, Shameem. Thereafter both teams scored until the last when equalizer Abdul Kader's shot found the upright and bounced back, resulting in sudden death. Once again custodian Shameem did the honours by blocking the shot, and Sadak Omer converted his shot, thus assuring victory for the local host team. They will meet Calcutta's Mohammedan AC tomorrow.

    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Quarterfinal: Ernakulam 4-3,2-2 Kozhikode [on penalties] - Goals: 0-1 Rajeev C (43'), 1-1 Javed (79'), 2-1 Anil Kumar (83'), 2-2 T Usman (90').
    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Quarterfinal: Idukki 0-4 Malappuram - Goals: 0-1 Javed OK (25'), 0-2,0-3 T Asif Saheer (73',81'), 0-4 Firoze K (85').

    ::: Navelim to clash with AVC in a Challenging Final: Daswin Memorial in Kuwait :::
    by Gasper Crasto: Navelim Youth Centre will meet seasoned campaigners AVC Overseas Association in the finals of Daswin Memorial Football Tournament to be played at Sour Grounds, Kuwait City on May 18. Daswin Memorial is organized by Santos FC and is played under Kuwait Indian Football Federation. All matches of the tournament are officiated by Indian Football Referees Association.
    In the semifinals played on Friday, Navelim thrashed Bombay Boys 5-0 while AVC beat last years semifinalists Kerala Challengers 2-0.
    Kuwait India Football Federation Season Champions for 3 years at a stretch, the men in black, AVC-Kuwait proved their mental and physical strength to storm into the Finals of Daswin Memorial Football Tournament organized by Santos FC, edging out strong contenders Kerala Challengers by a brace. They will meet their arch rivals Navelim Youth Center-Kuwait who in thrashed Bombay Boys 5-0.
    The match between AVC-Kuwait and Kerala Challengers rose to frantic heights as both teams tried to take control of the game. AVC-Kuwait with their traditional one touch football took the steam out of the Kerala players. Kerala mostly relied on long balls which were bottled up by the strong AVC defence led by Vincy Pereira and Joseph Quadros. AVC missed easy sitters in the first half. In the first quarter of play Kerala Challengers goalkeeper made a diving save to avoid Kevin's volley entering the nets. The first half ended without either side scoring any goals. The second half saw AVC-Kuwait take full control of the proceedings with their midfielders Edward & Luciano spraying precision passes to their forwards which resulted in the first goal. Malvy lurking around broke the Kerala Challengers off-side trap for once to intercept a diagonal ball from Edward and drove it past the onrushing goalkeeper. Kerala Challengers' supporters rushed to the referee and assistant referee appealing for a off-side. The match was stopped for around 15 minutes but better sense prevailed and the Kerala Challengers continued with the game. Hats off to the Kerala players, committee and fans alike for their continuous fair play and disciplinary attitude shown on Sour grounds among the Indian expatriate community in Kuwait. The second goal was copybook two touch football from AVC players with Liston providing Kevin with a neat pass on the edge of the 16 yard box. the latter put the ball in style across the far corner of the net thereby increasing his tally to 15 goals this season - the highest among goalscorers.
    The other semifinal between Navelim Youth Center and Bombay Boys was a one sided affair. Bombay Boys without most of their key players were a pack of novices on the field, succumbing as early as the 5th minute of the match to a 'straight volley' by Duarte Ferrao. After that it was Navelim all the way pumping in 5 goals at regular intervals.
    The Finals to be played on Friday, May 18 between the two rivals is going to be a thriller. Without their key players Alvaro Dias (former Churchill Bros goalkeeper), Francis Senior (C), Vincy and Joseph, AVC will need to rely on their stand-in Captain Francis Jr to guide and maneuver the young AVC brigade.

    May 16
        RESULTS & NEWS

    ::: INDIA remain 165th in latest FIFA World Rankings :::
    In the latest FIFA World Rankings released today INDIA remain 165th amongst 207 ranked nations. But it is sad to see INDIA continue to be behind tiny nations like Vanuatu, Andorra and St. Lucia. In Asia INDIA remain 32nd amongst 46 ranked nations.

    2008 Beijing Olympics Football Tournament - Asian Qualifiers - Nehru Stadium, Chennai: India U23 1-1 Iraq U23
    Goals: 0-1 Karrar Jassim (54'), 1-1 Tarif Ahmed (71').

    The Indian Olympic team held their much fancied Iraqi rivals to a one-all draw in the Asian qualifiers for the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the Nehru Stadium, Chennai. After today's draw Iraq reached the final round of the Asian qualifiers, while India's minimal chances of making it ended. India now have four points from five matches, while Iraq have nine points from the same number of matches.
    REFEREE: Basma Muhsen (Syria).
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: Kadrie Hamdi Al-Shekand (Syria), Hamdoun Tammam (Syria).
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: Turki Mahmoud (Syria).
    More information are available at the >>IndianFootball.Com National Team special

    16th Dutta Ray (Under-21) Trophy - Quarterfinal League Group A: Assam 2-0 Delhi - Goals: 1-0,2-0 S Lalmuanpuia (13',57').

    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Pre-Quarterfinal: Kannur 1-2 Idukki - Goals: 0-1,1-2 Rateesh (65',86'), 1-1 Kalesh (79').

    ::: Indian Super Cup on May 27 in Gurgaon :::
    The 10th Indian Super Cup will be played on May 17 at the Ch. Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 38 in Gurgaon, Haryana when National League champions Dempo SC take on Federation Cup winners Mohun Bagan AC. Interestingly both clubs will meet each other on the last matchday of the 11th NFL on May 18 in Goa.
    Zee Sports plans to show the match live, but the final timings will only be released in a few days time.

    ::: Three Lajong SC players sign for East Bengal Club :::
    Meghalaya's premier football club Lajong SC is set to lose three of their top players with defenders Aibor Khongjee and Poibang Pohshna plus striker Marlangki Suting all signing for Calcutta giants East Bengal Club for the 2007/08 season. While Marlangki still is a India Junior international both Khongjee and Pohshna have represented India at junior level. Actually a few years ago Marlangki was seen as the heir to Baichung Bhutia, but he couldn't make it at Mohun Bagan then. Now he gets another chance to prove that he is a quality striker, which he has done regularly for his home town team in Shillong.

    May 15
        IndianFootball.Com congratulates Dempo SC on winning the 11th National League title!

    ::: 11th National League title goes to Dempo SC :::
    After Mahindra United's loss tonight against East Bengal Club in a Round 17 match of the 11th National League, the title is now back with Dempo SC who won their second NFL title in the 11th edition of the National Football League.
    Dempo SC have 33 points from 17 matches with one match to go against Mohun Bagan AC and they have a five point lead over their closest rivals JCT, Phagwara.
    After winning the Durand Cup earlier in the season, it was clear that Dempo would be one of the contenders for the NFL title, but the Armando Colaco coached side proved their class the longer the league lasted while their competitors fell by the side.
    It surely has been a team effort and Armando Colaco has been able to mould a squad together - the local Goan (Climax Lawrence, Clifford Miranda, Anthony Pereira, etc); the Indian (VP Satish Kumar, Jerry Zirsanga, etc) and the foreign element (Nigerian striker Ranty Martins Soleye, Brazilian midfield marshall Roberto Mendes Silva and Nigerian defender Majekodumni Bolaji). A team of youth and experience, who peaked at the right time and won crucial matches.

    11th National League - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: East Bengal Club 2-1 Mahindra United
    Goals: 0-1 Andrews Pomeyie Mensah (28'), 1-1,2-1 Boniface Ngairah Ambani (45',52').

    East Bengal Club came from a goal down to beat now former champions Mahindra United 2-1 in a Round 17 match of the 11th National League at the floodlit Saltlake Stadium in Calcutta. Today's loss ended Mahindra United's slim hopes of retaining their title as they remain third on 27 points from 17 matches. Though winning today East Bengal remain fifth with 26 points from also 17 matches.
    Mahindra United seemed to making up lost ground in the first half as their Ghanian attack Yakubu Yusif and Andrews Pomeyie Mensah troubled the East Bengal defence again and again. The Mumbai Jeepmen took the lead in the 28th minute when an alert Andrews Pomeyie Mensah lobbed the ball over an advancing East Bengal keeper Rajat Ghosh Dasdidar. But after scoring the goal Mahindra United reduced the pressure and allowed East Bengal to get back into the match and the result was the equaliser from Kenyan striker Boniface Ngairah Ambani in the 45th minute. After receiving a through ball from Alvito D'Cunha this time Boniface lobbed the ball over the Mahindra keeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury. East Bengal continued their attacks after the break and went ahead in the 52nd minute when Boniface scored off an excellent pass from Jayanta Sen. Towards the end of the match in the 87th minute Mahindra United lost Indian international Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep due to a red card after hitting out at Jayanta Sen.
    A great finale for the second place is on the cards on the final match day of the season with JCT, Phagwara (28 pts); Mahindra United (27 pts); Churchill Brothers (26 pts); and East Bengal (26 pts) in the running. East Bengal host JCT, Phagwara on May 19 in Calcutta, while Mahindra United face relegated Mohammedan Sporting Club in Mumbai on May 18 in their final match.
    EAST BENGAL: 24-Rajat Ghosh Dasdidar; 27-Gurpreet Singh, 3-Cristiano Hilario de Oliviera, 4-Covan Lawrence, 2-Muttath Suresh, 29-Saumik Dey, 28-Shylo Malswam Tulunga, 7-Jayanta Sen, 9-Alvito D'Cunha, 24-Vimal Pariyar (39' 22-Freddy Mascarenhas), 10-Boniface Ngairah Ambani (87' 6-Dipankar Roy).
    MAHINDRA: 1-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury; 7-Sushanth Mathew, 14-Mahesh Gawli, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 23-Steven Dias, 16-James Lukram Singh (57' 11-M Mohammed Rafi), 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh (57' 5-Samson Fernandes), 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady, 10-Yakubu Yusif, 25-Andrews Pomeyie Mensah.
    ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Boniface Ngairah Ambani (East Bengal).
    RED CARD: Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (87', Mahindra United).
    REFEREE: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu).
    For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

    42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Quarterfinal: Chennai Soccer 3-1 Southern Blues FC, Bangalore - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-1 David (6',36',??'), 2-1 Chandrasekhar (48')
    The game began on a livelier note, but the Chennai team drew first blood, in the 6th minute. A foul kick 30 metres away, lofted by full back Parthiban found centre forward David, who neatly scored their first goal. Thereafter, the Bangaloreans played some neat passes and were unlucky in many respects as the Chennai defenders stood their ground and didn't give any room. It Chennai again in the 36th minute, when a set-piece corner kick found David again, and he neatly obliged with their second goal. In the 41st minute, the Blues had their best chance, when right winger Nirmal Kumar deftly brought into the box, and gave it to Udayakumar, whose kick found goal upright and bounced back into the field, cleared by the Chennai defenders. After the break, once again the Blues attacked and in the 48th minute Udayakumar dribbled in and Chandrasekhar netted the ball to reduce the deficit 2-1. Although the Bangaloreans played their best and attacked very often, it was once again the Chennai hero, David (Beckham?) who dribbled in past four defenders for his hattrick, giving them an ussailable 3-1 lead. Fight as hard as they can, all the 10 Blues went in for the attack, and when the counter attack came, there was only their custodian Ilavarasan, who had to go all the way out of his area to clear the ball away. But in the end it is going to be Chennai Soccer, who is destined to meet SAI, in the all-Chennai first semifinal.

    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Pre-Quarterfinal: Ernakulam 7-1 Alappey - Goals: 1-0,3-0,5-0 Javed (3',23',32'), 2-0,6-1,7-1 Anil Kumar (21',71',88'), 4-0 Bijish Ben (28'), 5-1 Rajesh (38').
    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Pre-Quarterfinal: Kozhikode 2-0 Waynad - Goals: 1-0 Majnu CP (77'), 2-0 Abdul Rashid (88').

    ::: FIFA Award India full points from 2008 Olympic qualifier against Thailand :::
    FIFA have confirmed to us at IndianFootball.Com that India has been awarded three points from the India - Thailand match held on March 14 at the Nehru Stadium in Chennai, which India had lost by a lone goal. The reason behind this decision taken by FIFA's disciplinary committee on April 24 was that Thailand fielded an ineligible player. The match has been awarded 3-0 to India and suddenly India could with things going it's way qualify for the Asian finals of the 2008 Olympic qualifiers, but India would have to win both their remaining matches against Iraq on wednesday and against Thailand next month with Iraq not winning their final match against North Korea. But for this to happen India would need to finally score a goal.

    ::: Goan writer to spill the beans on Chima Okorie :::
    The exploits of Chima Okorie in Indian Football are vividly clear to those who watched'the black leopard' who's goal scoring prowess (more than a hundred goals for Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting and East Bengal) make him a part of Bengal's folklore.
    Whilst Chima has been volatile, worn his heart on sleeve, and spoken his mind on football, how many can claim to truly know India's most successful Nigerian Striker off-field? Who really knows Chima beyond Football? Flooded with offers for his story over the years, Chima has favored stay-away from the media and has been a very private man beyond football.
    According to sources close to IndianFootball.Com all that changes with Chima Okorie finally set to tell.
    Already on the job of unraveling the 'Okorie Enigma' is Goa's only female football journalist Zena Costa (26). The Goan writer who is taking a sabbatical from journalism to research and document Goan football from its very beginnings till date, is believed to have been officially commissioned to author the biography in March 2007 and the legal consultants for both parties have zeroed in on 3 of India's top publishing houses.
    Sources inform that the book will finally reveal all one would want to know of Okorie. Commencing in the Imo District of Nigeria from where the striker hails, the biography will journey through the untold. Chima as a child, a football prodigy in Lagos, his arrival in India aged 16 as a student of Architecture at Vizag and him signing for Mohammedan Sporting in 1985 at 17 (after being spotted by Mohammed Habib) Chima's blaze of glory in Bengal, His rapport or lack of it with his team mates, the brawls and temper, and his close association and devotion to Coach Nayeem whom Chima credits for his fit-till-date physique.
    The 'enfant terrible and star 'who emerged top sorer 8 times in the 12 years of the local league (East Bengal - 1987, '88, '89, '90), (Mohun Bagan - '91, '92, '98, '99 ) had Bagan break their age old tradition to make Okorie the first foreigner to sign for the club, simultaneously breaking the Rs 500,000 mark as wages. Chima also became Bagan's first foreign coach in the current NFL.
    The book is probable to throw light on the many controversy that have dogged Okorie, what makes Chima tick-and open up the man beyond media made image. Chima, who married his sweetheart Calcutta Gal Kathleen, has two teenaged Children Okeoma (16) and Diya (14) was based in UK after his retirement. But his love affair with Indian football brought back to India with the quest of fulfilling a life long dream of training children.
    Chima who was in Goa with regard to the book, has left for Chennai to comment on the Iraq-India U-23 encounter for Zee Sports and wasn't available for comment.
    Speaking to IndianFootball.Com from Goa, Zena confirming that she was indeed working on the biography said "I am absolutely thrilled Chima trusts me with his story. It's up to me now to deliver.. Whilst we all know of him as a footballer, Chima as portrayed is truly far removed from what he truly is. As a first time writer's it's an honor for me and I'm working very hard. to try and do justice to the subject. And added "Chima will certainly call a press conference once he is ready. All I can say at this point is that I put on record and unlock the paradox that is Okorie and give the reader an unflinching look-into the factors that define Chima. Of course, when its Chima it may rub off a few the wrong way? I guess for the first time - transparent, informative, honest and wholly personal. On futbol and beyond it. I hope to justice to the man and the readership..."

    ::: Malappuram District team announced :::
    The Malappuram District team for the ongoing 43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 has been announced. The team will be lead by SBT defender K Abdul Basheer.
    MALAPPURAM SQUAD: KT Navas (Titanium), OP Musthafa (Mailappuram FC), C Sameer (MES College Mampad), Jayaraj (NSS College Manjery),OK Javed ( MES College Mampad), Shihab (Mailapparum SC), Fazaludheen (NSS College Manjery), Zulfeekarali (Basco Othukkungal), Ajmal (Sporting Malappuram), Usman (Soccer Club Malappuram), Manzoor (Ali Memorial Club Pookkottur), Sameer (Basco Othukkungal), Aslam (ECFC), K Firoz (Viva Kerala), T Asif Saheer (State Bank of Travancore), Muneer (Ali Memorial Club Pookkottur), Majeed Baksar (Ali Memorial Club Pookkottur). COACH: PM Sudeer Kumar (NSS College, Manjery); MANAGER: K Surendran (KSEB).

    ::: Grand KIFF Nite in Kuwait :::
    The Kuwait Indian Football Federation, the only Indian overseas organisation with an affiliation of 16 Indian Clubs and Associations will organize the grand 'KIFF NITE' for the very first time since its inception in 1984.
    The highlights of this gala event - sponsored by Metro Express Courier & Cargo and co-sponsored by Sports Corner Company - will be a glamorous awards distribution ceremony with live music by two of Kuwait's leading bands -- Deep Impact and Soul Shakers. Master Compere Dunstan D'Costa from Goa will further elevate the evening with floor contests including a 'Waltz Competition' for the very first time in Kuwait. Speaking about the event, KIFF President Mr. Blandino M. Viegas said, "The KIFF Nite is being organized to bring all sports loving Indians together in unity andto promote Indian Football."
    Football activities in Kuwait were started by expatriate community way back in 1975. As years went by, these activities gained momentum and slowly flourished and the sport became very popular. In 1979 a few Goan sports enthusiasts formed the United Goans Football Centre in Kuwait and the first Indian tournament known as United Goans Football Rolling Trophy was held in 1979.
    The Kuwait Indian Football Federation was established in 1983 and it controls all Expatriates Indians Football activities in Kuwait. In the current season (2006/07), there are 16 registered teams under KIFF with over 300 active players. Apart from the League, Four Regular; Five 7-aside and One 9-aside Non-Regular Tournaments are organized by clubs affiliated to KIFF.
    The 16 clubs affiliated to Kuwait Indian Football Federation and involved in organizing the KIFF NITE are: United Goans Centre, G.O.A Maroons, Navelim Youth Centre, C.R.C Chinchinim, Santos Football Club, Bombay Boys Sports Club, Curtorcares United, United Friends Club, Veterans XI, A.V.C Overseas Association, Kerala Challengers, Fahaheel Brothers, Paradiso Football Club, Don Bosco Oratory, DHL, and Kuwait Goan Association. The KIFF NITE is also supported by Indian Referees Football Association (IFRA).
    Mark the date on your calendar and be part of the BIGGEST SOCIAL EVENT OF THE YEAR in Kuwait. Due to the involvement of 16 affiliated organizations, the passes are limited. Reservations may be made through member associations or contact 7162672 for further details.

    May 14
        RESULTS & NEWS

    ::: IndianFootball.Com LIVE at New Wembley :::
    Last week our Editor-in-Chief Arunava had the chance to visit the New Wembley Stadium and he was more then impressed with what he got to see of the brand new arena.
    For the complete report & pictures from the New Wembley to go >>IndianFootball.Com LIVE.

    11th National League - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: Mohun Bagan AC 1-2 Sporting Clube de Goa
    Goals: 0-1 Denzil Franco (35'), 1-1 Jose Ramirez Barreto (80'), 1-2 MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi (89').

    In an inconsequential Round 17 match of the 11th National League, Sporting Clube de Goa needed a late winner from captain MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi to beat former champions Mohun Bagan SC 2-1 at the floodlit Saltlake Stadium in Calcutta. Sporting Clube went past Mohun Bagan in the table into sixth place with now 22 points from 17 matches, while Mohun Bagan dropped to eighth with 21 points from 17 matches.
    Sporting Clube took the lead in the 35th minute when a deflected Denzil Franco long-ranger from just outside the box beat Mohun Bagan keeper Sangram Mukherjee. Mohun Bagan tried their luck to get back into the match and their captain Jose Ramirez Barreto scored a class goal in the 80th minute to just do that. Receiving a long ball from Douglas da Silva Barreto beat the Sporting Clube keeper Felix D'Souza outside the box and a placed grounder went into the net from the right beating four Sporting Clube defenders. But Bagan's hope of keeping a point from this match was dashed just a minute from time when MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi played a one-two with Papiah Jagadish Kumar and beat the Bagan keeper Sangram Mukherjee. In injury time Mohun Bagan's Lal Kamal Bhowmick and Sporting Clube's Harmanjot Singh Khabra were both given marching orders by the referee Rizwan ul-Haq after the youngsters hit out at each other.
    Both sides play their final game of this NFL on May 18 in Goa. While Sporting Clube de Goa face relegated Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC, Mohun Bagan AC will cross swords with likely champions Dempo SC.
    MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 4-Deepak Kumar Mondal, 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria, 2-Bijoy Basfore, 5-Dhanraj Ravanan, 13-Douglas da Silva, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo, 17-Dulal Biswas (46' 15-Baichung Bhutia), 27-Suman Dutta, 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto, 25-Pachau Lalam Puia.
    SPORTING CLUBE: 1-Felix D'Souza, 4-Chinta Chandrashekhar Rao, 6-Philip Gomes, 29-N Samananda Singh, 20-Rasaq Bello, 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 18-Denzil Franco, 16-Godwin Diego Franco (72' 23-Papiah Jagadish Kumar), 22-Joseph Pereira, 10-MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi, 9-Earnest Jeremiah (65' 21-Nicholas Nath).
    ONGC MAN of the MATCH: MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi (Sporting Clube).
    RED CARDS: Lal Kamal Bhowmick (90+', Mohun Bagan); Harmanjot Singh Khabra (90+', Sporting Clube).
    REFEREE: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
    For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

    42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal: Southern Blues FC, Bangalore 2-1 Customs FC, Trichy - Goals: 0-1 Anand (25'), 1-1 Udayakumar (35'), 2-1 Chandrasekar (60')
    Today's game should have to played by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, but just before the commencement of the Tournament ICF declined because they had to play in an Inter-Railways tournament. Today's game definitely belonged to Bangaloreans, but due to a carelessness by their defence quartet, Tiruchy Customs scored first. At the 22nd minute, a shot by right winger Anand rebound from the cross bar. But as they say, if you don't succeed first, try again, three minutes later (25th minute) Anand came in deftly from behind, beat the off side trap and drew first blood for Tiruchy. The Bangaloreans, although shocked, regrouped easily, played a neat passing game and they were rewarded in the 35th minute. Right extreme Udayakumar advanced with the ball through the wings, gave a neat cross centre forward Nirmal Kumar, who levelled the scores. After the interval, it was the Bangaloreans who played better organized game, and in the 60th minute, it was Udayakumar from the wings who shot direct into the goal, but was blocked by Tiruchy custodian Philip, but the rebound was picked up by the other centre forward Chandrasekar, who shot the ball into the back of the net, giving them a 2-1 lead. Thereafter, it was Bangalore all the way, and in the 80th and 86th minutes the same duo tried their chances, but were ruled off side. Tomorrow, Southern Blues, Bangalore will meet Chennai Soccer in the second quarterfinal.

    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Quarterfinal: Palakkad 4-0 Kottayam - Goals: 1-0 MA Abdul Hakkim (37'), 2-0 KM Abdul Noushad (45'), 3-0 Faizal Rehman (57'), 4-0 Dinesh (70').
    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Quarterfinal: Trivandrum 5-1 Kasargod - Goals: 1-0 Ebin Rose (11'), 2-0 TV Mohammad Harris (19'), 3-0,5-1 Dinraj Kumar (42',65'), 3-1 Shahas (48'), 4-1 Donel Kenny (60').

    ::: AIFF circulates model contract for Professional (Non-Amateur) Players :::
    The AIFF has circulated the Model Contract for all Professional (Non-Amateur) Players who will from the next season onwards ply their trade in India. The professional contracted players are one of the critiria's for the new Indian Professional League.
    The Model Contract is between a player and club, when the player enters professional agreement with a club. The contract is to be signed by the Player and a representative from the club, and it has to be registered with the respective State FA. The State FA shall handover copies of the contract registered with them to the player and the Club and receive acknowledgement from them on receipt. A copy of the contract with all the endorsements shall be forwarded to the AIFF for their records.

    ::: Utpal Ganguly new IFA secretary :::
    Utpal Ganguly was introduced to the media at a press conference as the new IFA (West Bengal) secretary today. Utpal Ganguly, who also happens to be the president of Chirag United SC, has taken over the post from Subrata Dutta.
    As his priorities Ganguly stressed the need for improvement in infrastructure amongst other things he would initiate moves to build a new stadium after consultations with the state government.
    Ganguly also praised outgoing secretary Subrata Dutta for his work and he wanted to keep the momentum of development going in Bengal football.

    ::: Indian Bank champions :::
    Chennai's Indian Bank lifted the Universal Football Trophy defeating local rivals Chennai Customs 1-0 in the final of the 24th Champion Club football tournament, organised by Sivagangai District FA and Blues FC at Velangudi, near Karaikudi, on Sunday. It was a defence-oriented game throughout and the ball was mostly confined to midfield action. The only goal came five minutes from close when Amalraj netted off a fine forward pass from Chanambam Jatin Singh. Sundaram (MLA) gave the prizes

    May 13
        RESULTS & NEWS

    42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinal: Indian Navy, Mumbai 0-1 Chennai Soccer - Goal: 0-1 Bharathiraja (74').
    Today's game started on a positive note. Within a minute Chennai attempted a long range shot which went over. Two minutes later Mumbai had their opportunity when their left winger's pass could not be collected by their forwards, and the ball difted out. Both sides found it difficult to find a good rhythm for about 15 minutes or so. Later they played a good passing game, but both defences were blocking their advances. In the 37th minute, Navy had a golden opportunity, with a neatly laid cross-in, and close range shot, but the ball struck the goal upright, and swung (unfortunately) to the out line. Both tried and struggled until half time. In the second half, they played even better football which was well appreciated by their good games (and boos when they missed perfect passes), but the whole crowd, including us were waiting for a tie-breaker show down at the end. Then in the 74th minute, Chennai got a good corner chance, lobbed on neatly by Sudhakar, substitute who had come in only 10 minutes earlier. It was neatly headed and butted in their centre forward, Bharathiraja. There after the Mumbaikars tried their level best to equalize, but the Chennai defence and goal-keeper stood rock solid, and even their forwards made many more forays into the opponent half with long range shots. But in the end, Chennai Soccer prevailed over Indian Navy, Mumbai, by that solitary goal.

    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Pre-Quarterfinal: Thrissur 2-6 Kottayam - Goals: 0-1 Midhun Ghose (10'), 0-2 Aneesh Kurian (35'), 0-3,0-5,2-6 Joby Philip (38',80',85'), 0-4 Shyjo T (45'), 1-5,2-5 CJ Renil (81',83').
    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Pre-Quarterfinal: Kollam 0-2 Trivandrum - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Ebin Rose (14',23').

    1st Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup (U13) - Final: Galaxy Boys 2-1 Shooting Stars
    1st Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup (U13) - 3rd Place Palyoff: Simla Youngs 1 1-0 Goyla Allari
    1st Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup (U13) - Exhibition Final: Paete Allati 3-0 United Boys

    May 12
        RESULTS & NEWS

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Final: West Bengal 1-2 Manipur - Goals: 1-0 Sujata Kar (2'), 1-1 Sakhtombi Devi (89'), 1-2 Ng Bala Devi (90+').

    42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Round 1: Chennai Soccer walkover Coastal FC, Trivandrum
    Coastal FC, Trivandrum failed to turn up, and Chennai Soccer was awarded a walk-over. Chennai Soccer will meet Indian Navy, Mumbai in the Pre-Quarterfinals tomorrow.

    43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 - Pre-Quarterfinal: Palakkad 3-0 Pathanamthitta - Goals: 1-0 MA Abdul Hakkim (4'), 2-0 KM Abdul Naushad (7'), 3-0 Faizal Rahman (27').

    1st Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup (U13) - Semifinals: Simla Youngs 1 0-1 Galaxy Boys; Goyla Allari 0-4 Shooting Stars
    1st Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup (U13) - Exhibition Semifinals: Paete Allari 4-2 Karam Marg; United Boys 2-1 Wanderland

    May 11
        RESULTS & NEWS

    42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Quarterfinal: SAI, Chennai 4-0 President XI, Tuticorin - Goals: 1-0,3-0 Ilamurugan (16',52'), 2-0 R Shiva (46'), 4-0 James Selvakumar (72').
    The game began very sedately, while both teams tried out their oppontents strengths and weaknesses. The match kick-started in the 16th minute, when the SAI midfielders began a series of tactical moves and passes, which finally reached centre forward Ilamurugan. Ilamurugan easily converted the chance to give SAI the lead. President XI tried their best in the remaining minutes of the first half. Their moment came in the 37th minute, when the Tuticorin side had a corner. The header was tipped over the bar by the SAI custodian and the resulting second corner was wasted by the President XI.
    Immediately after the breather a neat cross reached R Shiva, who slotted home the second goal for SAI. slammed in their second goal, In the 52nd minute, Ilamurugan increased the lead after a cross by left winger James Selvakumar.
    A few minutes later, President XI had another chance to get back to the game with a direct long ranger, who was flipped over the bar. But in the 72nd minute, left winger James Selvakumar scored the fourth and final goal of the game. Selvakumar converted a 30 metres long-range shot.

    ::: Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship fixtures :::
    The 43rd Western Union Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 will kick-off tomorrow at the Indira Gandhi Muncipal Stadium, Palakkad. The hosts Palakkad District will take on Pathanamthitta District in the opening match. The tournament will be inaugrated by Palakkad MLA KK Diwakaran.
    For the complete 43rd Kerala State Senior Inter District Football Championship fixtures .

    ::: Palakkad District team announced :::
    The Palakkad District team for the upcoming 43rd Kerala Inter District Senior Football Championship 2007 has been announced today. The team will be lead by SBT forward MA Abdul Hakkim.
    PALAKKAD SQUAD: MA Abdul Hakkim [C] (SBT), Pramod, Riyas, R Dhanarajan (Viva Kerala), Sajith, Prasad, Amalraj, AB Kabeer (SBT), Shyam, KM Abdul Naushad (SBT), Faizal Rahman (SBT), Usman, Binesh, Vinu, Mohammed Ameer, Rajith, Prakash, Suresh. COACH: Raveendran; MANAGER: K Stanley James.

    May 10
        RESULTS & NEWS

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Semifinal: Manipur 5-0 Goa - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0,5-0 Ng Bala Devi (5',31',39',78'), 4-0 N Geeta Rani Chanu (48').

    42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Pre-Quarterfinals: President XI, Tuticorin 2-0 Rangoon FC, Chennai - Goals: 1-0 Dinesh (1'), 2-0 Satish (85').
    Rangoon FC, Chennai replaced Army Greens, Bangalore as they did not appear for the match.

    ::: 33 players called-up to INDIA U16 camp :::
    The AIFF has named 33 players for the INDIA U16 national team camp to be held at Goa from May 15 to June 15.
    INDIA U16 probables:
    Goalkeepers: Harshad Meher (Maharashtra), Shayan Roy (West Bengal), R Lalthuamawia (Mizoram), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Chandigarh).
    Defenders: Arshad Shah, Arijit Basak, Tonmoy Ghosh (all West Bengal), Raman Ray, Asis Chhetri (both Sikkim), Jagdish S Kasnayal (Uttranchal), Ajith Bhoir (Maharashtra), Deepak Devrani (Delhi), F Lalrozama (Mizoram), Arashpreet Singh (Chandigarh), Vishal Kumar (Karnataka).
    Midfielders: Tirthankar Sarkar, NG Beirona, R Lalrin Dika (all West Bengal), David Lal Rimuana, R Malsamtulunga (both Mizoram), Bikramjit Singh, Harpreet Bedi (both Chandigarh), Subhojit Majumdar (Jharkhand), Sanju Kumar (Karnataka), Bijen Rai (Sikkim), Milan Singh (Jharkhand), Akshay Mall (Gujarat).
    Forwards: Malaswamfela, A Tomba Singh (both Mizoram), Mithun Saha, L Prem Kumar (both West Bengal), Rabi Chandra Singh (Manipur), A Raegan (Tamil Nadu).

    ::: PIFA boys train at Everton FC Youth Academy :::
    Children from the Premier India Football Academy had the privileged to train for a day at the Everton FC Youth academy. They toured the best 3 clubs in Europe and trained at the world famous Bobby Charlton Soccer & Sports Academy in Manchester.
    Premier India Football Academy (PIFA) organized the Champions tour to England – a football tour for children 10-18 years.
    Thirty children were taken to Old Trafford Stadium (Manchester United), Stamford Bridge Stadium (Chelsea FC) & Anfield Stadium (Liverpool FC). All three clubs reached the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
    The tour was designed by PIFA to help children appreciate and understand the history of each of these clubs and what makes them so special. The children got a guided tour of the Stadium and Museum
    Football training was conducted through the week by the world famous Bobby Charlton Soccer Sports Academy that boasts of students like David Beckham, Neil Mellor, Freddy Eastwood.
    The were also treated to a training session at the Everton FC Youth Academy in Netherton. Everton Academy coach Tony Farrel & Simon Jennings were in charge and trained the children like how young Wayne Rooney was trained when at the academy.
    Everton Football Club operates an extensive and highly successful Youth Academy. Players such as David Unsworth, Tony Hibbert, Francis Jeffers, Wayne Rooney, Leon Osman, James Vaughan and Victor Anichebe have graduated through the Youth system.
    The children got to see an English Premier League match. Everton's final home game at Goodison Park against Portsmouth. Both teams fighting for a UEFA spot. The children were seated on the first row and were the closest to the playing field. They were able to experience the energy of the fans & lively atmosphere in the stadium. The match was won 3-0 by Everton FC.
    Each child underwent a fitness and skills test. The camps top score of 530 points was achieved by Jonathan M Stephen (13yrs) from Ryan International Delhi. He has now been invited to participate in the BCSSA World Skills Final to be held on 29 July 2007 in Manchester. The most famous winner being David Beckham after which he was recommended by Sir Bobby Charlton himself to Manchester United.
    He will be participating with Dev Krsna, David Vaz, Sumehr Gwalani & Amitesh Mukerjee from India as well as other children from around the world.
    The group was accompanied by two adults from India ensuring that the children totally focus on football and enjoy themselves.
    This has been PIFA tenth camp to Europe, they now leave for AC Milan.

    May 9
        RESULTS & NEWS

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Semifinal: Orissa 0-4 West Bengal - Goals: 0-1 Rinku Ghosh (15'), 0-2,0-3,0-4 Sujata Kar (30',59',79').

    42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Round 1: SAI, Chennai 4-1 Nilgris XI, Ooty - Goals: 1-0 Divakar (7'), 2-0 Vimalrajan (15'), 3-0 Siva (19'), 3-1 Kumar (34'), 4-1 Pradeep (47').

    ::: AIFF announces changes in NFL fixtures :::
    The AIFF has announced following changes to the NFL fixtures:
    Round 17 | 14-May-07 | Mohun Bagan AC - Sporting Clube de Goa
    Round 17 | 15-May-07 | East Bengal Club - Mahindra United
    Round 18 | 18-May-07 | Sporting Clube de Goa - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC
    As planed earlier the Mohun Bagan AC - Sporting Clube de Goa and the East Bengal Club - Mahindra United matches will both be shown live and exclusive from Calcutta on Zee Sports with the broadcast starting at 18.30 IST and the kickoff being at 19.00 IST.

    ::: Kenkre Football Academy wins two U-13 international football tournaments in Singapore :::
    Kenkre Football Academy, Mumbai, won two U-13 age group international football tournaments in Singapore. The tournaments were the Arsenal Soccer League Cup and Interport Cup, played at the Singapore International Stadium training ground and Turf City ground respectively. Both events had six teams playing on round-robin league format.
    KFA, a team of Mumbai u-13 schoolboys, topped the Arsenal Soccer League Cup with two wins and three draws. Teams in the fray included the Arsenal Soccer School, Netra FC, Malay Football Academy, International Soccer Academy and Junior Soccer Fun Club.
    KFA 'A' squad won the Interport Cup played over the next weekend, pipping International Soccer Academy on goal difference. Other sides competing in the event, established in 1986 by Hongkong FC, were HFC 'A' and 'B' squads, ISA 'A' and 'B' and KFA 'B'.
    The Mumbai U-13 footballers from KFA attended three training sessions at Arsenal Soccer School, Singapore, which is affiliated to Arsenal FC. AFC Directors John Faulkner, (England) were present, while Singapore National Youth coach Kali Selvan trained the KFA boys.
    KFA's Singapore tour, training and competition, was organised by Shrikant Nayak, an ex-Maharashtra U-21 footballer and ex-KFA player who is based in Singapore after graduating from IIM-Bangalore. KFA Director, Joshua Lewis, was co-ordinator for the 23-member squad. KFA's senior team (U-19) plays in Mumbai's Elite League.
    Arsenal Soccer League Cup (Singapore Stadium training ground): KFA drew with Arsenal Soccer School 0-0; drew with Nitra 0-0; bt International Soccer Academy 2-0 (Nipun Chauhan, Yash Sawant); bt Junior Soccer Fun Club 2-0 (Nipun Chauhan, Sanchit Shetty); drew with Malay Football Academy 0-0.
    Interport Cup (Turf City ground, Singapore): KFA 'A' team bt Hongkong Football Club 'A' 1-0 (Apoorv Bhagat); bt HFC 'B' 2-0 (Sanchit Shetty, Nipun Chauhan), lost to International Soccer Academy 'A' 0-2; bt ISA 'B' 4-0 (Nipun Chauhan 2, Sanchit Shetty, Apoorv Bhagat); bt KFA 'B' 10-0 (N Chauhan 3, S Shetty 3, Mohit Shetty 2, Govind Sagar Jadhav, Apoorv B).
    Kenkre Football Academy squad:
    Nipun Chauhan, Mohit Shetty, Sanchit Shetty, Apoorv Bhagat, Govind Sagar Jadhav, Tejas Thackeray, Yash Sawant, Ashanali Contractor, Amir Shah, Nabeel Shah, Saif Zaki, Neil Haeems, Shagun Sanghi, Amit Sethi, Dhananjay Joshi, Sanket Guha, Praneet Shetty, Damodar Choudhary, Ajit Udhan, Aadiraj Chadha, Pranav Malhotra, Sidesh Bhatt, Nishant Gamtha.
    Coach: Joshua Lewis.

    May 8
        RESULTS & NEWS

    2007 AFC Cup - Group E - Nehru Stadium, Margao: Mahindra United 0-1 Singapore Armed Forces FC, SINGAPORE
    Goals: 0-1 Chaiman Therdsak (7').

    REFEREE: Mujghef Salem Mahmoud (Jordan).
    For detailed information go to the IndianFootball.Com AFC Cup 2007 Special .

    2007 AFC Cup - Group F - Tampines Stadium, Singapore: Tampines Rovers FC, SINGAPORE 2-0 Mohun Bagan AC
    Goals: 1-0,2-0 Noh Alam Shah (35',66').

    REFEREE: Ebrahim Abdulhameed (Bahrain).
    AFC MATCH REPORT: Noh Alam Shah scored twice but was later sent off as Singapore Cup holders Tampines Rovers downed Mohun Bagan of India 2-0 on Tuesday to book their place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup for a third consecutive year. The Singapore international striker opened the scoring at Tampines Stadium with a spectacular bicycle kick late in the first half and slotted home his second midway through the second half as Tampines assured themselves of top spot in Group F. However, Alam Shah's evening ended on a bitter note as he was dismissed 18 minutes from time for a bad challenge on Douglas Santos that sparked off a melee that cleared both benches. The visitors dominated play early on with the attacking trio of Baichung Butia, Pachau Lalam Puia and Jose Baretto causing problems for the nervous Tampines back-line. But for all of Bagan's attacking endeavour, it was Tampines that created the better chances in the opening half. Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul was called into action in the 22nd minute when Rafi Ali broke down the right flank and crossed towards the centre where Paul clawed the ball away before it could reach a lurking Alam Shah. The Bagan keeper would be left helpless though on 35 minutes after a moment of magic by Alam Shah. Deepak Mandal gave the ball away on the left wing to Thailand international Sutee Suksomkit, who whipped a high cross into the centre towards Peres de Oliviera. The cross was a bit too strong for the Brazilian playmaker who could only head it towards the penalty spot but Alam Shah sized up the ball with his back to goal before launching an acrobatic bicycle kick that gave Paul no chance. Bagan's best chance of the half came four minutes before the break when Jose Baretto went down the left and cut the ball back from the by-line to an unmarked Mehtab Hussain, who blazed over from 10 yards. Alam Shah also fired over from close range after a knock-down by de Oliveira a minute into the second half but the home side had to endure fierce pressure for the next 20 minutes as the Indian side desperately chased an equaliser. They went close to levelling the score in the 51st minute when Lalam Puia fired in a fierce shot that hit goalkeeper Rezal Hassan and fell right at the feet of Jose Baretto, who put his effort wide. Bagan intensified the pressure but were caught on the break in the 66th minute when de Oliveira burst up the middle of the pitch on the counter attack. The Brazilian was surrounded by four defenders and lost possession but the ball broke to an unmarked Alam Shah, who calmly slotted the ball past Paul. Things heated up in the closing minutes and a series of bad challenges culminated in an over-the-top tackle by Alam Shah on Santos in the 72nd minute. A melee ensued between the two sets of players and officials from both teams spilled on to the pitch in an attempt to calm the situation. When the dust had settled, the only player to be dismissed was the home side's two-goal hero.
    For detailed information go to the IndianFootball.Com AFC Cup 2007 Special .

    7th Kerala State Football League - Final: State Bank of Travancore 4-1 Central Excise, Kochi
    Goals: 1-0 Martyn John (14'), 1-1 VT Suresh Babu (58'), 2-1 M Abdul Basheer (65'), 3-0,4-1 MA Abdul Hakkim (68',80').

    SBT: 1-PV Harshal Rehman; 5-Abhilash John, 3-M Abdul Basheer, 18-M Lanel Thomas [C], 26-Paul Anthony, 15-KM Abdul Naushad (76' ?-AB Kabeer), 11-Martyn John, 7-CJ Renil, 2-TV Mohammad Harris, 27-AG Mohammed Aslam (12' 24-Faizal Rahman), 17-MA Abdul Hakkim.
    CENTRAL EXCISE: 21-Shajhan V Ashraf, 9-Noushad P, 15-Bijish Ben, 7-J Justin (41' 19-Jithin Joseph; 55 ?-Siyad Hassim), 17-MK Sunil, 12-Vineeth Antony, 10-CC Hanson, 8-VT Suresh Babu, 24-AM Sajeer, 11-PA Javed, 3-TA Denny.
    YELLOW CARDS: CJ Renil (52', SBT).
    REFEREE: Shajesh Kumar (Kozhikode).
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: Sasi Kumar (Kozhikode), MK Mohammad Basheer (Kozhikode).
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: Saifudeen (Malappuram).

    Post-match comments:
    Lanel Thomas (SBT Captain):
    • It was a great tournament for us and the team really played well and we were really the deserving champions of the league.
    • The first game we thrashed KSEB 6-1. The absence of Noushad Pari, Jaseer K, etc., who were suspended for playing unauthorized tournaments, made the game easy for us. Also Abdul Hakkim came back to his best with a hattrick in the match.
    • In the second game our passing and attacking game made life difficult for Central Excise. We scored in the 1st half and added two more goals in the second.
    • In the semifinals Titanium XI was playing a rough game. But we overcame that and won the match 3-1.
    • Viva Kerala's perfomance was disappointing in the tournament. Their perfomance really showed that they need to do more groundwork if they want to perfom well in the National Football League.
    • I did plan to announce my retirement from football today but manager Rajeev Sir told me to wait for some time. There are rumours that two more teams will be added to the National Football League next year. So there are chances for a qualification league to take place in August.

    Bijish Ben (Central Excise Captain):
    • It was a really good tournament. We were able to make it to the final for the first time in the State League.
    • We dominated against KSEB in the first game and we outplayed them in all positions.
    • The defeat against SBT was on the cards when we met them in our last round robin game. SBT is a team which practices half days in a year, which have considerable budget compared to us, which have young players, which is recruting players so it was really difficult to beat them and also we had been struggling with injuries,lack of practice etc. Their superiority enabled them to clinch a comfortable win against us.
    • In the semifinals we were drawn to play against the mighty Viva Kerala. We had confidence in beating them as we had beaten them twice in three games in this season itself but people thought it will be another goal feast for Viva Kerala. But we started the game brightly and really took them in backfoot. Our main tactic was to mark Baba Thunde, who is the spearhead of Viva Kerala attack, and if we suceed on that we were sure that the game will be in our hands and we did suceed and dominated the midfield which won the game for us. Really Viva Kerala depends on Baba Thunde! Once he fails to perfom then Viva Kerala will be in trouble, but once he gets the ball it will!
    • Going into the final was always tough for us. We never had beaten SBT once we formed our club. We played very well upto 60 minutes of the match (score was 1-1 till then) but SBT came back very well and scored two goals quickly and netted a late one too.
    • It was really bad to see seven players suspended for playing in an unauthorized tournament. I should not comment on what the KFA should do or not, but the players should have shown some commitment towards their club, where they are earning salary.
    • We will be finishing off the Ernakulam District League within this month and will be playing against Viva Kerala for the title decider. Also the team will be appearing in a KFA authorized Seven's Football Tournament in Maharaj's Ground, Cochin.

    Individual Awards of the 7th Kerala State Football League:
    Player of the Tournament: Badmus Baba Thunde (Viva Kerala)
    Goalkeeper of the Tournament: PV Harshal Rehman (State Bank of Travancore)
    Fastest goalscorer: Ebin Rose (Titanium XI) after 20 seconds
    Newly crowned Kerala State Football League champions State Bank of Travancore received Rs.25,000, while runners-up Central Excise received Rs.15,000. Third placed Titanium XI was awarded a prize money of Rs.10,000.
    Kerala Home Minister Kodiyari Balakrishnan and actor Suresh Krishna awarded the prizes to the respective teams.

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group A: Manipur 8-0 Bihar - Goals: 1-0,5-0 NG Bala Devi (2',38'), 2-0,6-0 H Thoi Devi (4',40'), 3-0,4-0,7-0 N Geetarani Chanu (13',33',45'), 8-0 M Chanu (54').
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group B: Goa 3-0 Tripura - Goals: 1-0 Laura Estibeiro, 2-0 Snehal Morajkar, 3-0 Domiana Gomendes.

    42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy - Round 1: Universal FC, Calicut 0-0,3-4 Nilgris XI, Ooty [on penalties]
    The 42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy commenced today. Mr John Nicholson, Thoothukkudi District Police Superintendent, inaugurated the tournament, after an introduction to the players and officials.
    The tournament kicked-off with the opener between Universal FC, Calicut and Nilgris XI, Ooty. The game started on a positive note, with both sides making tactical moves. But as the game went on both teams could not penetrate into the opponent's box.
    After 28th minute an Universal FC player was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded to the Calicut side. The Nilgris XI keeper deftly pushed the ball out and over. After that the game became tedious. Both sides tried long shots at the opposite goal, but either they were too high or too weak!
    The match went into a penalty shoot-out. Both teams scored their first two goals. But while Nilgris XI scored the third, their custodian saved the Keralites' third shot. When the Ooty team scored their fourth goal, the Calicut side's kick struck the cross bar and bounced out.
    Nilgris XI, Ooty will now face th Sports Authority of India, Chennai.

    ::: 2011 Asian Cup hopefuls need government support :::
    Reuters report: Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam said countries bidding to host the 2011 Asian Cup must guarantee government support or face swift elimination. Qatar, Iran and India are seeking the right to stage the 2011 event, with the winner to be announced on July 28, the day before the 2007 Asian Cup final in Jakarta.
    "We have three candidates and definitely we have certain criteria and standards that must be met," Mr Hammam said.
    "If any country cannot meet these requirements we would have no hesitation in eliminating them."
    "They need to guarantee government support of the event as well as ensure proper infrastructure and security."
    The president's call came just two months before the start of the Asian Cup, which is being co-hosted by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and has been beset by problems over the past three years.

    ::: Seven KSEB players supended by Kerala FA :::
    The following seven Kerala State Electricity Board players have been suspended by the Kerala FA yesterday. They are Jaseer Karanath, Anees Kutty, Naushad Pari, VM Gireesh, KS Jobby, MV Nelson and Antonyraj Simon. The KSEB team manager K Sasikumar had filed a complaint to the Kerala FA, saying that several players of his team have played in a unauthorised 'Sevens' tournament during the Kerala State league.
    "The players have been given 10 Days to explain their action," said The KFA Secretery KP Sunny. A Final desicion will be taken at the next KFA meeting.

    ::: Fixtures of Final Phase of Punjab State 2nd Division League 2006/07 announced :::
    The Final Phase of Punjab State 2nd Division League 2006/07 will be held from May 28 to June 1 at the Guru Nanak College Football Ground, Phagwara. Taking part are two bottom clubs of the Punjab State Super League 2006 - Punjab State Electricity Board and Bass FC plus the top two sides of the Punjab State 2nd Division League 2006 - Mahilpur FC and Youth FC, Rurka Kalan. The top two sides will play in the 2007 edition of the Punjab State Super League.
    For the complete Punjab State 2nd Division League - Final Phase fixtures .

    ::: Mahindra U16 to tour Goa :::
    The Under-16 team of Mahindra United will be touring Goa in the coming 10 days and play six exhibition matches as part of an exposure trip for the youngsters.
    In their first match on May 9 they face the Goa U16 team; on May 11 the Salgaocar SC U16 boys; on May 12 the Sirlim SC U16 team; on May 14 the Dempo SC U16 team; on May 16 once more the Goa U16 team and they finish their tour with a match against the Goa United Sports Academy on May 18.

    May 7
        RESULTS & NEWS

    ::: IndianFootball.Com's Interview with Roger Verdi (Rajinder Virdee) :::
    For the lastest "IndianFootball.Com's Interview we talk to former players and now coach Roger Verdi.
    If you believe that an Indian has yet to share the hallowed turf of a football pitch with the all time greats of the beautiful game, then think again. A full blooded Indian has had the pleasure and honour of playing football against the likes of Pele, George Best, Beckenbauer, Eusebio, George Banks and so on. It is ironic that a nation like ours that sorely lacks sporting icons and legends has not heard the name of Rajinder Virdee that managed to make it to the top with some of most famous names if world football. With this interview, we attempt to right that wrong.
    Read the complete interview here >>IndianFootball.Com Interview Roger Verdi (Rajinder Virdee) .

    7th Kerala State Football League - 3rd Place Playoff: Titanium XI 4-1 Viva Kerala
    Goals: 1-0,3-0 Ebin Rose (3',43'), 2-0 Cleetus (37'), 3-1 AV Sabeesh (66'), 4-1 Dhinraj Kumar (87').

    TITANIUM: 13-KT Nawaz, 6-Martin Perreira, 2-Shabeer KP, 05-Dipu B [C] (55' 14-Jayakumar), 21-Al Ameer, 11-KT Abdul Hameed, 15-Cleetus, 12-Rajeev R, 8-Ebin Rose, 20-Jackson Sebastain (25' 16-Dhinraj Kumar), 10-T Usman (74' 19-Jackson Jacob).
    VIVA KERALA: 1-M Shiju; 4-R Dhanarajan [C], 8-TK Prasoon, 3-Libu C Philip, 21-Justin Stephen, 2-TK Srinath, 7-Denson Devadas, 16-Mohammad Muneer, 12-P Sajesh, 11-T Sajith (32' 22-AV Sabeesh), 17-K Firoze.
    YELLOW CARDS: KT Abdul Hameed (59', Titanium XI); R Dhanarajan (13'), Denson Devadas (19', both Viva Kerala).
    RED CARD: Mohammad Muneer (72', Viva Kerala).
    REFEREE: Manoj M (Calicut).
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: A Saifudeen (Malappuram), Sasikumar (Calicut).
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: Shajesh Kumar K (Calicut).

    Post-match comments:
    R Dhanarajan (Viva Kerala Captain):
    • The performance in the league was disappointing.
    • I don't think when Baba Thunde failed we lost the game. The team had only 11 players who were fit to play in the league also the hectic schedule had made an impact in the performance (referring to 2NDFL, Nayannar Memorial Gold Cup, State League).
    • I apologize to the fans for the performance of the team. We will back to our best in the Ernakulam District League.

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group B: Orissa 8-1 Chhattisgarh - Goals: 1-0 Suparva Samal (21'), 2-0,4-0,6-0,8-1 Pinky Bomal Nagar (25',32',64',73'), 3-0 Sukumati Laguri (26'), 5-0 Sasmita Mallick (56'), 7-0 Asrita Kishan (65'), 7-1 Jyoti Patel (72').
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group C: West Bengal 4-0 Tamil Nadu - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0 Rinku Ghosh (15',19',37'), 4-0 Papa Sarkar (52').

    ::: Zee Sports to telecast this weekends matches LIVE from Calcutta :::
    Zee Sports will be showing two matches live on Saturday and Sunday from the 17th Round of the 11th National League. Saturday's East Bengal Club vs Mahindra United clash and then Mohun Bagan AC vs Sporting Clube de Goa on Sunday from the Saltlake Stadium will be shown LIVE and Exclusive by Zee Sports from 18.30 IST. The kickoff time of the matches is 19.00 IST at Calcutta's Saltlake Stadium.
    Which NFL match(es) Zee Sports will show from the final Round 18 hasn't been decided yet.

    ::: 42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy from tomorrow in Kayalpatnam, Tamil Nadu :::
    The 42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy will be held from tomorrow in Kayalpatnam, Tamil Nadu. The tournament is organised by United Sports Club in the Tuticorin District of Tamil Nadu. Some midlevel clubs from across southern India plus two clubs from Mumbai and Mohammedan AC from Calcutta are taking part with the final slated for May 27.
    For the complete 42nd Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy fixtures .

    May 6
        RESULTS & NEWS

    ::: IndianFootball.Com's International Perspective article :::
    For the lastest "IndianFootball.Com's International Perspective" article our North America based Harmit Singh Kamboe decided to go to a day long training session organised by the Ontario Soccer Association. The training session was meant for adults that wished to get a certification for coaching football to children.
    Harmit wanted to know why a country like Canada, that has no professional football league and no history and tradition of football sits on a FIFA rank of less than a hundred while a country like India, with football predating FIFA manage to sit at a FIFA rank of 165.
    Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com International Perspective .

    11th National League - Cooperage Ground, Mumbai: Air-India 2-2 Dempo SC
    Goals: 0-1 Anthony Pereira (13'), 1-1 Bashiree Mohammed Abbas (33'), 1-2 Ranty Martins Soleye (63'), 2-2 Suley Musah (86').

    A late goal from Air-India defender Suley Musah denied Dempo SC the NFL title celebrations today, but the two-all draw in the 11th National League tie at the Cooperage Ground in Mumbai leaves the Goans with one point needed from their final match to win back the NFL title or another option for them is Mahindra United dropping points in their last couple of matches, so that they are unable to catch-up with them on points. League leaders Dempo SC now have 33 points from 17 matches, while Air-India jumped into sixth place with now 21 points from 17 matches.
    Dempo went into the match with an urge to seal the NFL today and they took an early 13th minute lead when young striker Anthony Pereira scored of a quick pass from Climax Lawrence after a Valeriano Rebello throw-in. Dempo looked in a comfortable position but their Nigerian defender Majekodumni Bolaji then committed a deadly blunder miss judging a cross from Haobijam Napoleon Singh with his countrymen Bashiree Mohammed Abbas lurking by to score the equaliser. Dempo had a number of chances before and after the breather to move ahead again but they had to wait until the 63rd minute for their prolific goalgetter Ranty Martins Soleye to score of an Anthony Pereira cross. Towards the end Dempo just wanted to play out the match and not stretch themselves and they had to pay the price as Suley Musah headed in a lob from Paresh Shivalkar of another dangerous Uttam Leishangthem Singh throw-in just four minutes from time.
    In their final match of the season Dempo SC face Mohun Bagan AC on May 18 in Goa, while the very next day Air-India would face local side Churchill Brothers SC also at the Nehru Stadium, Margao.
    ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Anthony Pereira (Dempo).
    For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

    7th Kerala State Football League - Semifinal: Viva Kerala 2-4 Central Excise, Kochi
    Goals: 0-1,0-2 MK Sunil (16',34'), 0-3,0-4 CC Hanson (38',60'), 1-4 AV Sabeesh (83'), 2-4 Badmus Baba Thunde (90+1').

    VIVA KERALA: 1-M Shiju; 4-R Dhanarajan [C], 18-Saheed Omobalaji, 3-Libu C Philip, 21-Justin Stephen, 2-TK Srinath, 7-Denson Devadas, 16-Mohammad Muneer, 12-P Sajesh (39' 11-T Sajith, 77' 17-K Firoze), 10-Badmus Baba Thunde, 9-K Shiyu (52' 22-AV Sabeesh).
    CENTRAL EXCISE: 21-Shajhan V Ashraf, 9-Noushad P, 15-Bijish Ben, 7-J Justin (58' ?-Jithin Joseph), 17-MK Sunil, 12-Vineeth Antony, 10-CC Hanson, 8-VT Suresh Babu, 24-AM Sajeer, 11-PA Javed, 3-TA Denny.
    YELLOW CARDS: Badmus Baba Thunde (74'), R Dhanarajan (76', both Viva Kerala); Bijish Ben (73'), Vineeth Antony (79', both Central Excise).
    RED CARD: Saheed Omobalaji (78', Viva Kerala).
    REFEREE: MKM Basheer (Calicut).
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: Manoj M (Calicut), Shajesh Kumar K (Calicut).
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: A Saifudeen (Malappuram).

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group A: Maharashtra 0-7 Bihar
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group D: Tripura 1-0 Mizoram - Goal: 1-0 Rakhi Saha.

    1st Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup (U13) - Group Stage: Goyla Allari 1-1 Deepalaya 2; Simla Youngs 2 0-3 United Boys; Simla Youngs 1 13-0 Udayan Care; Deepalaya 1 0-5 Wanderland Boys; Deepalaya 2 1-1 Karam Marg; United Boys 0-2 Shooting Stars

    May 5
        RESULTS & NEWS

    11th National League - Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana: JCT, Phagwara 3-0 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC
    Goals: 1-0 Sunil Chetri (1'), 2-0 Chidi Edeh (23'), 3-0 Parveen Kumar (61').

    JCT, Phagwara jumped into second place in the standings with a fluent 3-0 victory against Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC in their penultimate 11th National League match at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. JCT now have 28 points from 17 matches, only a point ahead of Mahindra United who have played a match less. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited meanwhile remain bottom of the league with only 10 points from 17 matches.
    JCT had a perfect start into the match with an inform Sunil Chetri scoring within the 1st minute itself as Chetri took a curling shot within the box which beat HAL keeper Gumpe Rime. JCT thereafter kept up the pressure on the Bangalore side but couldn't enhance their lead. HAL needed some time to get out of the JCT grip and through a counter attack could have equalised but Alesha Shamaki's shot went way over the crossbar. JCT doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Chidi Edeh scored of a penalty after Chidi himself had been brought down in the area by an Alesha Shamaki tackle. But just before the breather Chidi limbed off with Parveen Kumar coming on as his replacement. And it was Parveen who just after the hour mark scored his teams third off a pass from Sunil Chetri. JCT could have enhanced their lead further but didn't score any more.
    JCT travel to Calcutta to face East Bengal Club on May 19 for the last match of the season. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited travel to Sporting Clube de Goa to face them in their last NFL encounter on May 17.

    JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh; 2-Jaspal Singh, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 3.Anwar Ali, 23-Harish Sharma; 13-Baldeep Singh Sr (56' 8-Jaswinder Singh), 7-Sukhjinder Singh, 20-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, 15-P Renedy Singh (76' 27-Baldeep Singh Jr); 11-Sunil Chetri, 10-Chidi Edeh (42' 17-Chidi Edeh).
    Unused substitutes: 22-Kalyan Chaubey, 4-Harpreet Singh, 12-Daljit Singh, 28-Shivraj Singh.
    HAL: 1-Gumpe Rime; 3-Pawan Kumar (60' 19-Y Jaikumar), 25-Alesha Shamaki, 26-Femi Joseph Adeola, 27-Mohanraj, 12-Reisangmi Vasum, 24-J Muralidharan, 9-Sampath Kumar Kuttimani (83' 6-M Satish Kumar), 18-Bhuvan Krishna Joshi, 8-Xavier Vijayakumar, 11 S Sunil Kumar (76' 15-Nanda Kumar)
    Unused substitutes: 21-Souvik Mondal, 28-Vinay Kiran, 16-B Prakash, 14-Rajendra Prasad.
    ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi (JCT).
    YELLOW CARDS: none.
    REFEREE: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu).
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: JP Pandit (Delhi), BS Negi (Services),
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
    For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

    7th Kerala State Football League - Semifinal: State Bank of Travancore 3-1 Titanium XI
    Goals: 1-0 CJ Renil (3'), 1-1 Jackson Sebastain (60'), 2-1 TV Mohammad Harris (62'), 3-1 KM Abdul Naushad (90').

    SBT: 1-PV Harshal Rehman; 5-Abhilash John, 3-M Abdul Basheer, 18-M Lanel Thomas [C], 26-Paul Anthony, 15-KM Abdul Naushad, 11-Martyn John, 7-CJ Renil, 2-TV Mohammad Harris, 27-AG Mohammed Aslam (27' 24-Faizal Rahman), 17-MA Abdul Hakkim.
    TITANIUM: 1-Joby Joseph, 3-MI Najeeb Khan (70' 6-Martin P), 2-Shabeer KP, 05-Dipu B, 21-Al Ameer, 11-KT Abdul Hameed, 15-Cleetus, 12-Rajeev R, 8-Ebin Rose, 16-Dhinraj Kumar (46' 19-Jackson Sebastain), 19-Jackson Jacob (31' 18-Sajan Luis).
    YELLOW CARDS: CJ Renil (14'), M Abdul Basheer (38'), MA Abdul Hakkim (61', all SBT); Al Ameer (31'), KT Abdul Hameed (46', both Titanium).
    RED CARD: Joby Joseph (90', Titanium).
    REFEREE: Sasi Kumar PS (Calicut).
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: Manoj M (Calicut), MKM Basheer (Calicut).
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: Shajesh Kumar K (Calicut).

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group B: Kerala 3-0 Chhattisgarh - Goals: 1-0 CN Ajitha (34'), 2-0 Angel Adolfes (43'), 3-0 Subita Poovatta (69').
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group C: Tamil Nadu 5-0 Haryana - Goals: 1-0,4-0 R Kalpana (40',78'), 2-0,3-0 S Vasanthi (55',63'), 5-0 P Vidhyavati (80').

    13th Youth Soccer Championship - Final: Penguin Club 1-0 GATD Fitness Club - Goal: 1-0 Nagdiabonang (77').
    Defending champions Penguin Club, T. Khel Kohima retained the 13th Youth Soccer Championship 2007, under theme "For the game" at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima, organized by Classic Club, Kohima. Penguin XI Club out Games Aerobatic Taekwondo Dance (GATD) Fitness Club by a solitary goal in the final today. The all important goal was blasted home in the 77th minute from the left footer shot of Nagdiabonang.
    Earlier the first half, GATD Fitness Club got a chance as the shot of Mhongthung Ezung in the 15th minute, as he his shot went straight to Vizovor Liezietsu (Penguin Club), while chances for Penguin Club came in the 52nd minute as Velukho Rhakho left footer took went straight to custodian Kevilebei Paphino. Nagdiabonang and Beizo Solo (both Penguin Club) were awarded yellow cards in the 70th and 78th minutes respectively for unsporting behaviour.
    Earlier the chief guest for the final match, Neihu C Thur IAS, secretary to the government of Nagaland, department of Irrigation, Flood control and development of Under Developed Areas, in his address lauded the Classic Club, Kohima in organising the football tournament and also doing a yeoman services to the society. He and his lady wife also donated Rs.25, 000 to the Classic Club, Kohima.
    Members of Classic Club, Kohima and led by President K Neibou Sekhose, Administrator IGS Teisobou Sekhose and KDFRA president Lhouliebeio Khezhie also witness the final match.

    Tournament Prizes:
    - Penguin Club - Rs. 70,000 cash, running trophy and certificates.
    - GATD Fitness Club - Rs. 35,000 cash, runner up running trophy and certificates.
    - Players of the tournament - Vikhuzo Zhotso (Penguin Club), he received Rs.3000 and a certificate.
    Highest goal scores of the tournament - Abong (Penguin Club) with six goals, he received Rs.2000 and a certificate.

    1st Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup (U13) - Group Stage: Paete Allari 10-0 Udayan Care; Galaxy Boys 8-0 Wanderland Boys; Goyla Allari 1-0 Karam Marg; Simla Youngs 2 1-2 Shooting Stars; Paete Allari 3-3 Simla Youngs 1; Galaxy Boys 14-0 Deepalaya 1

    ::: Rs 1 Million state grant for Assam football :::
    The Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today at the felicitation of the 33rd National Games Gold medal winning Assam state football team announced a grant of Rs 1 Million to the Assam FA for the promotion of the game in the state.
    The Assam teams players, coaches and other officials were today felicitated at the Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan Indoor Stadium in Guwahati for beating Tamil Nadu in the final of the National Games football tournament to win Assam their first-ever football gold medal.

    ::: 3rd IBSA Football Tournament from tomorrow :::
    The 3rd IBSA Football Tournament for the blind will be held from tomorrow at the Blind Relief Association grounds in New Delhi. The tournament will be inaugurated by the AIFF president Das Munshi.
    The week-long six team tournament will kickoff with an opening match between Voice of World, Calcutta and National Federation of Blind, New Delhi on a ground prepared specially for 5 A-Side football for the blind.
    The tournament will provide an opportunity to form a national football team for the blinds to participate in international tounaments including the 2nd Asia 5 A-Side Football Championships to be held at Incheon, South Korea later this year.

    May 4
        RESULTS & NEWS

    7th Kerala State Football League - Group B: Viva Kerala 8-2 Kochin Port Trust
    Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0,4-1,5-1 Badmus Baba Thunde (4',6',21',34',49'), 3-1 Harris (23'), 6-1 TK Srinath (56'), 7-1 P Sajesh (56'), 7-2 TS Anoj (76'), 8-2 R Dhanarajan (79').

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group A: Manipur 12-0 Maharashtra - Goals: 1-0,8-0,9-0,10-0 Ng Bala Devi (12',34',39',58'), 2-0,3-0,5-0 Th Tababi Devi (14',15',21'), 4-0 A Romi Devi (16'), 6-0,7-0,12-0 Geeta Rani Chanu (31',32',67'), 11-0 O Bembem Devi (62').
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group D: Goa 1-1 Mizoram - Goals: 0-1 Ramthang Puia (19'), 1-1 Laura Estebeiro (21').

    ::: IFA has new president in Satyabrata Ganguly :::
    At the IFA's (West Bengal) Annual General Meeting today in Calcutta industrialist Satyabrata Ganguly has been elected president of the body for the next three years. He follows in the footsteps of the Aditya Kashyap, another industrialist, who had died recently.
    IFA secretary Subrata Dutta today announced that he would not seek another term as IFA secretary when his term gets over.

    ::: Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup from tomorrow in New Delhi :::
    The first Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup will be held from tomorrow in New Delhi. 12 teams have been divided into four groups to play for the title.
    Children have been trained by the following coaches Benjamin Ogbuisi, Naresh Mann, Surender Munjal, Virender Khatana, Jorden Wangdi ahead of the tournament.
    GROUPING: Group I: Paete Allari, Udayan Care, Simla Youngs 1; Group II: Galaxy Boys, Wanderland Boys, Deepalaya 1; Group III: Goyla Allari, Karam Marg, Deepalaya 2; Group IV: Simla Youngs 2, Shooting Stars, United Boys.

    ::: Karnataka Inter-District Tournament from May 10 :::
    The Karnataka Inter-District Tournament organised by the Karnataka State FA will be held from May 10 to 23 in Bangalore. Due to the Inter-District Tournament being held this month the remaining matches of the Bangalore Super Division can only be held thereafter, but no dates have been set.

    May 3
        RESULTS & NEWS

    11th National League - Cooperage Ground, Mumbai: Air-India 0-0 Mohun Bagan AC
    Goals: none.

    Air-India and Mohun Bagan AC played out a goalless draw in the 11th National at the Cooperage Ground, Mumbai. After today's draw Mohun Bagan remain sixth in the table with 21 points, while Air-India remain seventh with 20 points both after having played 16 matches.
    Both teams depended on their defenders which allowed little to no real action as often the square pass was the main solution with the midfielders unable to penetrate the defence and also unable to create chances for their strikers. With little at stake both sides played out a dull draw which seemed what both sides played for today.
    Mohun Bagan had their best chances through Baichung Bhutia and Mehtab Hussain but on both occasions Air-India rookie goalkeeper Swarup Das denied the Calcutta side in his first-ever NFL match. Air-India did try towards the end to force a win, but their chances didn't bring them the desired results.
    Air-India next host Dempo SC on May 6 at the Cooperage ground in Mumbai, while Mohun Bagan after their next AFC Cup engagement host Sporting Clube de Goa in Calcutta on May 13 in the NFL.
    AIR-INDIA: 1-Swarup Das; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh, 3-Suley Musah, 28-Abiodun Kolawole Martins, 19-Santosh Koli, 23-Sanju Pradhan, 11-Hringsolal Thomte, 20-Paresh Shivalkar, 8-Kumar Samson Singh, 27-Bashiree Mohammed Abbas.
    MOHUN BAGAN: 1-Sangram Mukherjee; 17-Dulal Biswas, 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria, 5-Dhanraj Ravanan, 2-Bijay Baspore, 30-Ayan Chowdhury, 29-Chinmoy Sarkar, 13-Douglas da Silva, 23-Mehtab Hussain, 15-Baichung Bhutia, 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto.
    ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Santosh Koli (Air-India).
    YELLOW CARD: Abiodun Kolawole Martins (8', Air-India); Mehtab Hussain (40', Mohun Bagan).
    REFEREE: K Shankar (Tamil Nadu).
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat), Pratap Singh (Services).
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: A Arjunan (Services).
    For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

    7th Kerala State Football League - Group A: State Bank of Travancore 3-0 Central Excise, Kochi
    Goals: 1-0 Martyn John (45'), 2-0 MA Abdul Hakkim (61'), 3-0 AG Mohammed Aslam (85').

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group B: Kerala 0-8 Orissa - Goals: 0-1,0-2,0-5,0-6 Sukumati Laguri (16',22',40',49'), 0-3, Gayatri Mallick (27'), 0-4,0-7,0-8 Sradhanjali Samantaray (30',54',70').
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Quarterfinal League Group C: West Bengal 10-0 Haryana - Goals: 1-0,2-0,4-0,7-0,9-0 Sujata Kar (2',15',28',67',79'), 3-0 Shilpi Deb (22'), 5-0 Rinki Ghosh (39'), 6-0 Rehena Khatun (63'), 8-0 Alpana Seal (77'), 10-0 Sharmila Sapui (80').

    13th Youth Soccer Championship - Semifinal: GATD Fitness Club 2-1 Lirie FC (extratime) - Goals: 1-0 P .George Vizo (80+2'), 1-1 Vikito (46'), 2-1 Kezevituo (84').

    ::: 11th National League: Round 18 dates finalised :::
    The AIFF today released the dates of the Round 18 matches of the 11th National League. The final round of matches would be held on May 17, 18 and 19.
    Here to view the released 11th National Football League Round 18 - fixtures

    ::: Zee Sports to telecast Sunday's Air-India vs Dempo SC match LIVE :::
    Sunday's Air-India vs Dempo SC Round 17 match of the 11th National League will be shown LIVE and Exclusive by Zee Sports from 15.45 IST. The kickoff time of the match is 16.15 IST at the Cooperage Ground, Mumbai.
    Which NFL matches will be shown thereafter will depend on the situation in the title race by per information received from Zee Sports.

    ::: KSEB complains against four of its own Players :::
    by Jafar Khan: Jaseer Karanath (Kerala state player), Kutty Anees (former Mahindra United player), Naushad Pari (former Mahindra and FC Kochin player) and Antony Raj Simon (guest player in the team) have been sacked from the Kerala State Eelectricity Board team playing in the on-going 7th Kerala State Football League at Calicut, according to KSEB coach S Joseph.
    "They have been sent back to Thiruvananthapuram because they played in an unauthorised 'Sevens' tournament during the State league," Joseph said.
    Team manager K Sasi Kumar have filed a complaint to the Kerala FA secretary KP Sunny through the Kozhikode District FA. VM Girish, KS Joby and MV Nelson. have also been mentioned in the complaint, for playing in another unauthorised tournament at Calicut. There has been some misunderstanding among the players and team coach for the last one year at KSEB.

    May 2
        RESULTS & NEWS

    11th National League - Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana: JCT, Phagwara 1-0 Mahindra United
    Goal: 1-0 Chidi Edeh (71').

    JCT, Phagwara scored a lone goal victory against defending champions Mahindra United in the 11th National League at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. Today's loss somewhat ended Mahindra United's title challenge as the Mumbai Jeepmen on 27 points from 16 matches are five points behind league leaders Dempo SC with only two matches to go. JCT moved into fourth place with now 25 points from 16 matches with now even a chance to have a shot at second place.
    JCT and Mahindra United played out an even first half in which both sides had their chances to go ahead. After the break the intensity of the match went up further with both sides aiming for a win. Mahindra could have gone ahead in the 58th minute when Mohammed Rafi did the spade work for Yakubu Yusif, but the Ghanians shot hit the post. Thereafter substitute Andrews Pomeyie Mensah could have given the Jeepmen the lead but he missed the ball. In the 71st minute JCT went ahead when Chidi Edeh, who had missed a chance just a couple of minutes earlier, beat the whole Mahindra United defence and keeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury. Thereafter Mahindra United did try to get the equaliser but it wasn't to be as the Phagwara Millmen continued their strong run in the NFL.
    JCT have another home match coming-up on May 5 in Ludhiana against Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC, while Mahindra United will have to travel to Calcutta to face East Bengal Club in their next NFL asignment on May 12.

    JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh; 2-Jaspal Singh, 24-Gurwinder Singh, 3.Anwar Ali, 23-Harish Sharma; 13-Baldeep Singh Sr (56' 8-Jaswinder Singh), 7-Sukhjinder Singh (79' 28-Shivraj Singh), 20-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, 15-P Renedy Singh (12-Daljit Singh); 11-Sunil Chetri, 10-Chidi Edeh.
    Unused substitutes: 22-Kalyan Chaubey, 4-Harpreet Singh, 17-Parveen Kumar, 25-Sakatar Singh.
    MAHINDRA UNITED: 1-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh (46' 25-Andrews Pomeyie Mensah), 2-Naduparampil Pappachan Pradeep, 3-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 7-Sushanth Mathew, 8-Mbaka Bokembe Dady, 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh (74' 15-Abhishek Yadav), 11-M Mohammed Rafi (66' 23-Steven Dias), 12-Manjit Singh, 10-Yakubu Yusif.
    Unused substitutes: 22-Amit Nandi, 5-Samson Fernandes, 29-Rauf Sher Khan, 16-James Lukram Singh.
    ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Chidi Edeh (JCT).
    YELLOW CARD: Irungbam Surkumar Singh (27', Mahindra United).
    REFEREE: Subrata Sarkar (West Bengal).
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu), BS Negi (Services).
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: JP Pandit (Bihar).
    For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

    11th National League - Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta: Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-4 Churchill Brothers SC
    Goals: 0-1,0-2,0-3,1-4 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (31',46',63',76'), 1-3 K Muhammed Nisam (69').

    Relegated Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered a 1-4 home thrashing at the hands of Churchill Brothers SC in the 11th National League at the Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta. Churchill Brothers moved into third place with now 26 points from 17 matches, while Mohammedan Sporting Club stay ninth with only 12 points from 17 matches.
    Churchill Brothers Nigerian striker and captain Odafe Onkeya Okolie was the star attraction of the day scoring all four goals for his team to move to the top of the NFL goal scoring chart with now 16 goals. Odafe gave his team the lead in the 31st minute and followed it up with further goals in the 46th, 63rd and 76th minute. Mohammedan Sporting's substitute K Muhammed Nisam was only able to score the consolation goal in the 69th minute in a non-contest.
    In their last NFL match Mohammedan Sporting Club will face Mahindra United in Mumbai, while Churchill Brothers SC will host Air-India in Goa.

    MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: 21-Arindam Ghosh; 25-Mir Farooq Hyder, 5-Habibur Rehman Mondal, 26-Eric Bolwe Mputu, 16-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, 13-Amjad Hussain (56' 22-Surojit Roy), 29-Jamir Ali Mondal, 28-Muttath Sudheesh, 24-Sunil Kumar Thakur, 19-Kalia Kulothungan (62' 9-Raman Vijayan), 18-Harvinder Singh (40' 11-K Muhammed Nisam).
    Unused substitutes: 31-Nasibul Haque, 2-Ashim Das, 3-Madhab Kumar Das, 30-Ambalath Suliman Firoze.
    CHURCHILL: 1-Vinay Singh; 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 3-Warundeep Singh, 23-Vinu Jose (76' 7-Louis Joseph Daniel Martins), 17-Robert Lalthalma, 15-D Raju (82' 12-Dennis Cabral), 5-Nicholas Muyoti, 13-Mashangva Genius Zenith, 26-Vanlal Rova, 9-George Ekeh, 10-Odafe Onkeya Okolie.
    Unused substitutes: 29-Arindam Bhattacharya, 2-Villroy D'Cruz, 25-Drupesh Dessai, 18-Ong Tshering Lepcha, 11-Khemtang Paite.
    ONGC MAN of the MATCH: Odafe Onyeka Okolie (Churchill Brothers).
    YELLOW CARD: George Ekeh (85'), Robert Lalthalma (90', both Churchill Brothers).
    REFEREE: PK Bose (Madhya Pradesh).
    ASSISTANT REFEREES: T Pradeep Kumar (Tamil Nadu), Shiba Jyoti Chakraborty (Tripura).
    FOURTH OFFICIAL: Bhaskar Nanda (Orissa).
    For detailed information and pictures go to the >>IndianFootball.Com National League Special

    7th Kerala State Football League - Group B: Viva Kerala 4-3 Titanium XI
    Goals: 0-1,2-3 Ebin Rose (2',54'), 1-1,3-3,4-3 Badmus Baba Thunde (14',82',88'), 1-2 Cleetus (27'), 2-2 Firoz Kalathingal (41').

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Group II: Karnataka 2-1 Uttar Pradesh
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Group III: Mizoram 15-0 Uttarakhand
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Group IV: Jharkhand 1-2 Maharashtra
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Group V: Tamil Nadu 2-0 Assam

    13th Youth Soccer Championship - Semifinal: Penguin Club 5-0 Merhόlietsa FC - Goals: 1-0 Nandibonang (12'), 2-0 Vikuzo Zhotso (32'), 3-0,5-0 Abong (35',72'), 4-0 Tia Sunep (66').

    ::: Wanderland Youth Soccer Cup in New Delhi :::
    Wanderland Inc. is organising a football tournament for children (under-13) on May 5/6 and May 12/13 at the Air Force Ground, Racecourse Road in New Delhi between 16.00 to 19.00 IST. IndianFootball.Com is a media partner in this youth football development project which is also supported by the Vision India - Delhi Project.
    The tournament initiated under its Youth Sports Development Programme aims at promoting the cause of football in India. Under its training programme, Wanderland has prepared 10 teams from an underprivileged background, having provided them coaching, balls, kits and technical assistance. The league cum knock-out tournament hopes to achieve a synthesis of both privileged and underpriveliged teams, besides recognising and directing real talent.
    Everyone is invited to watch the action!

    May 1
        RESULTS & NEWS

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    You can see a lot is happening and is set to happen...
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    7th Kerala State Football League - Group A: State Bank of Travancore 6-1 Kerala State Electricity Board
    Goals: 1-0,3-0,5-0 MA Abdul Hakkim (2',23',40'), 2-0,4-0 AG Mohammed Aslam (17',28'), 5-1 R Renjith (56'), 6-1 S Anil Kumar (75').

    15th Women's National Football Championship - Group I: Meghalaya 0-4 Haryana
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Group I: Orissa 14-0 Rajasthan
    15th Women's National Football Championship - Group VI: Bihar 4-0 Punjab

    13th Youth Soccer Championship - Quarterfinal: United Hakka, Chedema 0-1 GATD Fitness Club - Goals: 0-1 Ngonthung (17').
    13th Youth Soccer Championship - Quarterfinal: Kohima Science College 0-2 Lirie FC - Goals: 0-1 Vikito (7'), 0-2 Aboi (23').

    ::: Zee Sports to telecast tomorrow's JCT vs Mahindra United match LIVE :::
    Tomorrow's JCT, Phagwara vs Mahindra United Round 16 match of the 11th National League will be shown LIVE and Exclusive by Zee Sports from 16.00 IST. The kickoff time of the match is 16.30 IST at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana, Punjab. Highlights of the match will be shown at 20.00 and 23.00 IST.
    Which NFL matches will be shown thereafter will depend on the situation in the title race by per information received from Zee Sports.

    ::: SPT to organise Coaching Clinic in Bangalore :::
    Bangalore's SPT Sports will organise a Level I Coaching Clinic for six days over weekends starting from May 5. English FA qualified coach Tom Legg will be in charge of classes both in theory and practices. For details, contact Tom Legg (SPT Sports) Phone Number: 65983284, 28441566.

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