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November 30
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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 2 | Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta | 17.30 IST:

East Bengal Club 1-3 JCT, Phagwara
Goals: 0-1,1-2,1-3 Eduardo da Silva Escobar (43',67',83'), 1-1 Edmilson Marques Pardal (50' pen).

EAST BENGAL: 21-Abhra Mondal; 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 3-Majekodunmi Bolaji, 32-Madhab Das, 5-Debabrata Roy; 23-Mehtab Hussain (71' 26-Mehraj din Wadoo), 7-Jayanta Sen, 6-Dipankar Roy, 9-Alvito D'Cunha, 30-Edmilson Marques Pardal, 25-Ashim Biswas (53' 35-McDonald Mukansi).
JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh; 13-Baldeep Singh Sr, 3-Anwar Ali, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 12-Daljit Singh; 6-Baljit Singh Saini (59' 8-Jaswinder Singh), 2-Jaspal Singh, 20-Marcos Pereira, 24-Gurwinder Singh; 10-Eduardo da Silva Escobar (84' 17-Praveen Kumar), 11-Sunil Chetri.
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Eduardo da Silva Escobar (JCT).
YELLOW CARDS: Jayanta Sen (49', East Bengal); Gurwinder Singh (23', JCT).
REFEREE: Benjamin D'Silva (Goa).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: A Arjunan (Services), Francisco Fernandes (Goa).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: A Rowan (Services).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Ravi Shankar (Delhi).

Match Report:
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Bangalore Super Division: Army Service Corps 5-0 Oriental FC - Goals: 1-0 Saurav Das (60'), 2-0,5-0 Raghu Kumar (65',89'), 3-0,4-0 MG Ramachandran (73',79').
Bangalore Super Division: Southern Blues FC 0-1 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC - Goal: 0-1 Bimal Minz (38').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Final: Haryana 1-0 West Bengal - Goal: 1-0 Tushar Chowdhary (15').

::: AIFF sign Protocol with the Portuguese League :::
The AIFF and the Portuguese Professional Football League (Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profesional) signed a Protocol in the Indian capital New Delhi to help the development of Indian football with a special focus on helping professional football.
The Protocol was signed by the Portuguese Professional League Vice President Ricardo Castanheira and the AIFF General Secretary Alberto Colaco, in the presence of the AIFF President and Union Minister, Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and M Laurentino Dias, Minister of Youth and Sports of Portugal.
Speaking on the occasion president Das Munshi welcomed the signing of the Protocol and thanked the Portuguese League for the opportunity given to Team India to practice and play friendly matches in Portugal last July. Senior Dias thanked the AIFF President for making it possible to sign the protocol.
The protocol involves development of Coaches and Referees, Sports Medicine, technical and logistic interchange for the U19 and U16 teams, best practices to set up academies and training centers.
An agenda has been set up for the year 2008 which includes a seminar in development of sports infrastructure, courses for referees, training camp and friendly matches for various Indian national teams and a match between a Portuguese League team and an AIFF team.

::: Colaba Youngstar FC re-union :::
It was a night to remember for all Colaba players. PIFA hosted a dinner party for the PIFA - CYFC team past and current at the Islam Gymkhana tonight.
Both the founders of Colaba Youngstar FC - Sudhakar Rane and Bharat Sakariya were present. The team was founded in 1990-91. They had a successful launch as they reached the finals of all tournaments they participated in. The team reached the MDFA Senior Division in 1992-93 and stayed there until 2002, the team was disbanded due to lack of sponsors with Bharat Sakariya also retiring due to his family commitments. Sudhakar Rane did not give up and pursued to revive the team. He approached PIFA to manage and sponsor the team in 2006. The team was promoted to Super Division for the first time in the very first year of this tie-up. PIFA hopes to reach the Elite Division in the coming years.
The CYFC team coaches Parkash Shetty (ex-Orkay) and Bandiya Kakde (ex-Indian Goalkeeper) along with well wishers Yusuf Ansari (Air India assistant coach), Shabirbhai (ex-secretary of Mohammedan Sporting), Shagir Ansari (ex-BOB) and many others were present.
All those associated with CYFC were feliciated - Coaches Chirag, Nelson and Chandra for getting their AFC - C license badges. Emanuel and Chand for playing for the Maharasthra team this year. Harshad Meher and Ajith Bhoir for playing for the India U16 they also received a JRD signature collection watch from Bandiya Kakde. Both boys also recived a cheque for Rs 5,000 from the PIFA Foundation.
All the well wishers spoke emotionally about the team and advised the boys - Dedication, Devotion & Discipline.
PIFA told us they are proud to be associated with such rich heritage.


November 29
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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 2 | Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta | 1x.xx IST:

Mohun Bagan AC 1-3 Viva Kerala
Goals: 0-1 Badmus Baba Thunde (16'), 0-2,1-3 Wisdom Abbey (25',88'), 1-2 Ishfaq Ahmed (68').

MOHUN BAGAN: 31-Shilton Paul; 14-Peter Odafe, 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria, 26-N Mohanraj; 16-James Lukram Singh, 22-Lalkamal Bhowmick, 13-Douglas da Silva, 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh (54' 23-Tapan Maity), 18-Dharamjit Singh (65' 11-Ishfaq Ahmed); 9-Pachau Lalam Puia (72' 8-Ayan Chowdhury), 15-Baichung Bhutia.
Unused Substitutes: 1-Sangram Mukherjee, 7-Rauf Sher Khan, 32-Anit Kumar Ghosh
VIVA KERALA: 25-MV Nelson; 5-Akshay Das, 3-Khelemba Singh, 4-Tutu George, 22-KV Lalu (83' 18-Chanambam Jatin Singh), 6-Othallo Tabia (86' 12-P Sajesh), 7-Bimanyu Bimal Birua, 8-Sagolsem James Singh, 2-Ebin Rose, 10-Badmus Baba Thunde, 17-Abbey Wisdom.
Unused Substitutes: 1-TG Purushothaman, 14-P Shineraj, 16-Shahbas Shaleel, 20-M Shyju
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Wisdom Abbey (Viva Kerala).
YELLOW CARDS: James Lukram Singh (36', Mohun Bagan).
REFEREE: Francisco Fernandes (Goa).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: A Arjunan (Services), A Rowan (Services).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Benjamin D'Silva (Goa).

Match Report:
Three-time NFL champions Mohun Bagan AC suffered another setback in the inaugural I-League with a 1-3 defeat at the hands of debutants Viva Kerala at the Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta. For the Green-and-Maroon it was the second defeat in as many matches, both coming from home games which will put some pressure on coach Pereira and his boys. For viva Kerala meanwhile it was the first win after their opening round loss to East Bengal Club.

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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 2 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 15.30 IST:

Salgaocar SC 1-1 Air-India
Goals: 0-1 Santosh Koli (79'), 1-1 Milagres Gonsalves (86').

SALGAOCAR: 2-Marcus Basumatari; 12-Remus Gomes, 22-Heri Habimana, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar; 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga, 25-Rocus Lamare [C], 30-Francis Fernandes (89' 6-Nicholas L Rodrigues), 29-Joe Rodrigues (21' 28-Premjit Singh); 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 11-PK Anil Kumar (77' 26-Milagres Gonsalves).
Substitutes: 20-Navjot Singh, 3-Peter Costa, 16-Nicolau Colaco, 14-Jerose Oliveira.
AIR-INDIA: 30-Sarath EC; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 22-Suley Musah, 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh, 4-Dhanachandra Singh, 19-Santosh Koli; 15-Sanju Pradhan, 11-Hringsolal Thomte, 20-Paresh Shivalkar; 27-Bashiree Mohammed Abbas [C] (88' 7-Njoh Jean), 8-Kumar Samson Singh (59' 7-Njoh Jean).
Substitutes: 1-Arnab Das Sharma, 26-Amritpal Singh, 5-Vijith Shetty, 13-Hirohito Elangbam, 10-T Narender Meetei.
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Rocus Lamare (Salgaocar).
YELLOW CARDS: Dhanachandra Singh (37', Air-India).
REFEREE: Mingashu Bhattacharya (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: -.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: -.

Match Report:
Promoted Salgaocar SC were held to a one-all draw by Mumbai's Air-India in the I-League at the Nehru Stadium, Margao. For Salgaocar it was the first point in two matches while for Air-India it was the second point from as many matches after another one-all draw.

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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 2 | Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 15.30 IST:

Mahindra United 1-5 Churchill Brothers SC
Goals: 0-1,1-5 Mboyo Iyomi (12',89'), 0-2 Khan Thang Paite (20'), 0-3 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (37'), 0-4 Reisangmi Vashum (45+2'), 1-4 Yakubu Yusif (67').

MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy; 7-Sushanth Mathew, 5-Harpreet Singh, 14-Dharmaraj Ravanan, 6-Manas Das (52' 28-Sushil Kumar Singh); 23-Steven Dias, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 29-Djidjia Douhou Pierre (59' 12-Manjit Singh), 19-Arata Izumi; 11-Mohammed Rafi, 10-Yakubu Yusif (66' 15-Khangemban Thoi Singh).
Unused Substitutes: 1-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, 16-Sunil Kumar, 9-Surojit Bose, 21-Goutam Debnath.
CHURCHILL BROTHERS: 1-Vinay Singh; 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 4-Rowilson Rodrigues, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 17-Robert Lalthalma; 12-Reisangmei Vasum (90+3' 25-Drupesh Dessai), 16-Bernard Pires, 7-Martin Louis Joseph Daniel (81' 6-N Govind Singh), 11-Khemtang Paite (86' 18-Saran Thangjam Singh), 10-Odafe Onyeka Okolie [C], 9-Mboyo Iyomi.
Unused Substitutes: 29-Arindam Bhattcharya, 28-Khontoujam Boboi Singh, 2-Villroy D'Cruz, 38-Jaison Valles
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Mboyo Iyomi (Churchill Brothers).
YELLOW CARDS: Mohammed Rafi (73'), Dharmaraj Ravanan (87', both Mahindra).
REFEREE: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Deepak Singh (Delhi), Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).

Match Report:
Mahindra United suffered one of their worst defeats at home ever, a 1-5 trashing at the hands of Churchill Brothers SC in the I-League at the Cooperage Ground, Mumbai. For Mahindra United it has been a mixed start with only one point from two matches, while Durand Cup champions Churchill Brothers moved to the top of the I-League standings with two wins out of two matches and a better goal difference then defending NFL champions Dempo SC.
While one will have to see if Mahindra United can really challenge for the title, Churchill Brothers can no longer be named as a underdog for the title but rather a real title contender.

Bangalore Super Division: MEG 3-0 SAI, Bangalore - Goals: 1-0 Lokeshwar Singh (17'), 2-0 Gabriel (66'), 3-0 Dipan Thapa (73').
Bangalore Super Division: Department of Youth Services&Sports 0-3 BEML (EM) - Goals: 0-1 Abdullahi Hamza (39'), 0-2 Wilfred (43'), 0-3 Govinda (89').


November 28
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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 2 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 15.30 IST:

Sporting Clube de Goa 0-1 Dempo SC
Goal: 0-1 Roberto Mendes Silva (80').

SPORTING CLUBE: 30-Luis Xavier Barreto; 5-Carlos Fernandes, 6-Philip Gomes [C], 4-Chinta Chandrashekar, 18-Denzil Franco, 27-Bisheshwar Singh (74' 32-Desmond Fernandes), 26-Micky Fernandes (90+1' 25-Terence Lobo), 22-Joseph Pereira, 19-Cavin Lobo (85' 8-Rajesh N Meetei), 20-Elijah Obagbemiro, 9-Freddy Mascarenhas.
Substitutes: 1-Felix D'Souza, 3-Mathew Gonsalves, 8-Rajesh N Meetei, 12-Lavino Fernandes, ?-Desmond Fernandes, 23-Bibiano Fernandes, 25-Terence Lobo.
DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 3-John Charles Dias, 16-Samir Naik; 14-Anthony Pereira, 8-Climax Lawrence, 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 22-Nicolau Borges; 30-Chidi Edeh, 9-Ranty Martins Soleye [C] (76' 12-Jerry Zirsanga, 85' 6-Peter Carvalho).
Substitutes: 1-Abhijit Mondal, 23-Dominic Noronha, 25-Pio Rodrigues, 6-Peter Carvalho, 7-Nascimento Silveira, 12-Jerry Zirsanga, 17-Joaquim Abranches
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Roberto Mendes Silva (Dempo).
YELLOW CARDS: Chidi Edeh (38', Dempo); Elijah Obagbemiro (12', Sporting Clube).
REFEREE: Subrata Sarkar (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: -.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: -.

Match Report:
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Bangalore Super Division: Army Service Corps 2-2 CIL - Goals: 1-0 Thirunavakarasu (13'), 1-1 Pradeep Kumar (36'), 2-1 Raghu Kumar (pen), 2-2 Manoj Kumar (66', pen).
Bangalore 'A' Division: Rail Wheel Factory 8-1 Sri Gajanana - Goals: 1-0 Satish (7'), 2-0 Santosh (13'), 3-0 Thyagaraj (15'), 3-1 Gautam (31'), 4-1 Sugandar (35'), 5-1 Umashankar (36'), 6-1 Naveen Babu (42'), 7-1,8-1 Rajan (65',85').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Semifinal: Haryana 0-0,4-2 Orissa [penalties] - Goals: none.
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Semifinal: West Bengal 1-1,3-0 Jharkhand [penalties] - Goals: 1-0 R Lalrindika (62'), 1-1 Milan Singh (89').

::: Indian footballer's body gets FIFPro membership :::
IANS report: Indian football players received a big boost as the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) was given a candidate membership by the FIFPro, the worldwide representative organisation for professional footballers.
"This a major step ahead for Indian football. FIFPro's advice will help us to give Indian football a new direction by professionalising the set-up," India captain and the FPAI president, Baichung Bhutia told IANS Wednesday.
FIFPro, which has 43 members, is recognised both by the world soccer body FIFA and also the UEFA. All the major football-playing nations like England, Brazil, France, Italy and Argentina are members of the FIFPro.
The provisional affiliation without voting rights was given to India at the annual Congress in Barcelona last Tuesday. India is the second Asian country after Japan to get the FIFPro membership.
Players, who are members of an association affiliated to the FIFPro, are by extension also guaranteed of the support of players' associations in other member-countries. All players are entitled to independent and fair arbitration in national and international disputes.
"With the membership we can raise our voice on the issues concerning Indian professional footballers. Our interaction with some of the top-footballing countries will help us to develop the game at the grass root level," said FPAI's chief executive Sumit Mukherjee.

::: Chandigarh Football Academy lose to Sachsen Leipzig :::
FC Sachsen Leipzig defeated state-run Chandigarh Football Academy by 2-0 in a practice match played under floodlights and on an artifical turf at the Egidius Braun School in Leipzig (Germany). The U17 FC Sachsen Leipzig participate in the top tier Youth Bundesliga in Germany.
Despite the temperature touching 1 degree celcius, the CFA trainees played with determination. They attacked their opponents time and again and had many opportunities to score but a goal eluded them, according to information received by Dr JPS Sidhu, Joint Director Sports, Chandigarh Administraion.
German coach Arbied and Director of the Egidius Braun School Leipzig Andre Kohn commented that the present batch of the Chandigarh Football Academy trainees are having better skill, speed and effective in defensive and attacking tactics. If their level of play is to be further improved, they should be allowed to play against those teams which play in senior division tournaments. The CFA trainees are already having higher level of play as compared to other teams of the same age group. Without playing against the senior teams, the CFA trainees cannot improve their game. Winning and losing at this stage does not matter.


November 27
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: Postal Department 1-1 ADE - Goals: 0-1 K Jairaj (25', 1-1 Ramesh (88').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 5-0 Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore - Goals: 1-0,2-0,5-0 Raja Verma (29',49',68'), 3-0 Robin D'Souza (56'), 4-0 Sridhar (62').

::: Chandigarh Football Academy trainees get exposure against German U17 team :::
The second batch of the state-run Chandigarh Football Academy was lucky because the German National U17 boys along with eight officials visited Leipzig for various tests and practice, and stayed at the Egidius Braun Sports School for five days from November 20 to 25, according to information received by Dr JPS Sidhu, Joint Director Sports, Chandigarh Administration.
On the request of the CFA trainees, the German coach Arbeid and E. Braun Sports School Director Andre Kohn, the chief coach of the German U17 team permitted the CFA trainees to play a practice match with the German junior national team. The CFA trainees played a 30 minute practice match. The CFA trainees got an opportunity to have a feel of their strength, speed, skill, tactics, etc.
The CFA trainees played well and tried their best to match their opponents skills. In the first 10 minutes both teams tried to have possession of the ball and the game was mostly confined to the midfield. After 10 minutes the German boys scored the first goal. Five minutes later the CFA trainee Aman restored parity. Slowly the German boys got control of the game and repeatedly attacked the CFA goal and pumped in three more goals. The last five minutes belonged to the CFA trainees as they had complete possession of the ball but could not score any more goal.
Meanwhile the stay at the Egidius Braun Sports School at Leipzig is comfortable. Breakfast for the trainees is laid at 7.a.m as they have to report for training 9.00/10.00 a.m. After fitness training breakfast includes plenty of milk, variety of non veg. food such as salamis. Besides, cheese, butter, honey, yogurt, jam, cornflakes with dry fruit, bread, fruits, apple, orange, bananas, juice etc. every item is laid on the table. The trainees can consume any variety up to their stomach is full. Lunch and dinner includes Indian food as well as German food veg and non-veg.
Two to three trainees have been put up in one room and rooms are centrally heated. Laundry facilities have also been provided by the school. A TV room is there, where trainees can watch matches. After strenuous training hot water shower provides a lot of relaxation to the trainees and they can consume fruits along with milk whenever they like as fruit and milk are placed in each room.
The CFA trainees were taken to Cottbus to watch a German Bundesliga match between Energie Cottbus and Werder Bremen. No doubt it was a two hour journey, but it was worthwhile as the trainees were able to watch international level football players in action.


November 26
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: FIFA president Blatter says at Soccerex, "India is a new market in football" :::
The official opening ceremony of Soccerex was held today 2 at one of the larger banquet halls of the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The opening was moderated by Sky Sports' Matt Lorenzo with Soccerex chairman Tony Martin, FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter, Gauteng Provincial Government Premier Mbhazima Shilowa, South African General Manager Carlos Alberto Pereira and Soccerex Ambassador & South African football legend Lucas Radebe on the dias. After the opening speech by Tony Martin and Mbhazima Shilowa it was the turn of FIFA president Sepp Blatter to deliver his address to the delegates.
And from an Indian point of view the FIFA president once more mentioned India as the market of the future for football! Something he has done regularly since the FIFA Congress last year ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Indian IT major Satyam, a leading global consulting and information technology services provider, has become the first Indian company ever to sign up as a FIFA World Cup™ Sponsor for 2010 and 2014. And president Blatter hoped that this would only be a start for more Indian involvement in the business of football.
President Blatter said, "India is a new market in football, a market of more than one billion people. That's not bad!"
It was surprisingly good to see that the FIFA president was very well informed about the latest happenings in Indian football. He told the gathered delegates that the new Indian Professional Football League had been launched in the last couple of days and that he hoped India would become part of the big football family very soon.
It is good to see that the first man of world football is keeping a close eye on what is happening in Indian football and with India in FIFA's development focus that will hopefully take our football forward.

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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 1 | Saltlake Stadium, Calcutta | 1x.xx IST:

Mohun Bagan AC 1-2 JCT, Phagwara
Goals: 0-1 Eduardo da Silva Escobar (13',77'), 1-2 Shanmugam Venkatesh (90+2').

MOHUN BAGAN: 31-Shilton Paul; 24-Bijay Basfore (53' 22-Lalkamal Bhowmick), 14-Peter Odafe, 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria, 7-Rauf Sher Khan (72' 11-Ishfaq Ahmed); 16-James Lukram Singh, 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh, 13-Douglas da Silva, 18-Dharamjit Singh; 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto (46' 9-Pachau Lalam Puia), 15-Baichung Bhutia.
Unused Substitutes: 1-Sangram Mukherjee, 2-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, 12-Peter Siddiqui, 26-N Mohanraj
JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh; 13-Baldeep Singh Sr, 3-Anwar Ali, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele, 12-Daljit Singh (18' 27-Baldeep Singh Jr); 6-Baljit Singh Saini, 2-Jaspal Singh, 20-Marcos Pereira, 24-Gurwinder Singh; 10-Eduardo da Silva Escobar, 11-Sunil Chetri.
Unused Substitutes: 21-Mukhwinderjit Singh, 23-Harish Sharma, 8-Jaswinder Singh, 28-Shivraj Singh, 17-Parveen Kumar, 25-Sakatar Singh
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Eduardo da Silva Escobar (JCT).
YELLOW CARD: Eduardo da Silva Escobar (4', JCT).
REFEREE: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Benjamin D'Silva (Goa), A Rowan (Services).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Francisco Fernandes (Goa).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Ravi Shankar (Delhi).

Match Report:
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Bangalore Super Division: Oriental FC 1-0 Department of Youth Services&Sports - Goals: 1-0 Emmu Raj (32').
Bangalore 'A' Division: AGORC, Bangalore 1-2 Dharmaraja Union - Goals: 0-1 Kelio (17'), 0-2 Mahesh (27'), 1-2 Raju (54').

::: Nike kicks off "Manchester United Premier Cup" - India Final 2008 :::
Nike today kicked off its annual grass root initiative for football in India - the Manchester United Premier Cup - India Final 2008, which will be conducted across India from November 28, 2007 to January 20, 2008. This is the third year in a row that Nike is conducting this tournament in association with the AIFF. Over the years, Nike's MUPC tournament has attracted participation from teams across different parts of the country such as Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Bangalore, Orissa, Pondicherry, Kerala, Gujarat, Delhi, Chandigarh, Goa, Calcutta and the North East. This year over 50 teams from across the country are vying to be the Indian finalists.
The competition, which is open to footballers under the age of 15, has gathered global momentum over the past few years having attracted a cumulative participation of 900,000 players and 9,000 teams from over 40 countries such as England, France, Brazil, Germany and many more. The tournament has witnessed past winners of champion clubs such as FC Barcelona, Corinthians, Manchester City, FC Sao Paulo to name a few.
"The Nike MUPC tournament is a testimony to our commitment to elevating the sport of football in the country. We are very encouraged by the growing participation in this tournament each year and we are committed to making this tournament a truly enriching experience for the young footballer," says Sanjay Gangopadhyay, Nike India's Marketing Director. "The winners of the India round will be flown to South East Asia to participate in the South East Asian regional finals of the tournament to be held in May 2008."
The tournament is conducted under the aegis of the AIFF with the support of the Tamil Nadu FA, Chandigarh FA and Goa FA. Welcoming the initiative AIFF General Secretary Alberto Colaco said, "This annual event would help popularise the sport at a grassroots level and encourage young talent by giving them an opportunity to participate in a global tournament. It is in line with the AIFF's Vision for Indian football and we will work together on similar initiatives in the future that aim to elevate the sport in the country."


November 25
    RESULTS & NEWS

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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 1 | Barasat Stadium, Calcutta | 17.30 IST:

East Bengal Club 2-0 Viva Kerala
Goals: 1-0 Edmilson Marques Pardal (73'), 2-0 Alvito D'Cunha (79').

EAST BENGAL: 21-Abhra Mondal; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh (21' 6-Dipankar Roy), 3-Majekodunmi Bolaji, 32-Madhab Das, 5-Debabrata Roy; 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo (49' 23-Mehtab Hussain), 7-Jayanta Sen, 9-Alvito D'Cunha, 30-Edmilson Marques Pardal, 35-McDonald Mukansi (65' 25-Ashim Biswas).
VIVA KERALA: 25-MV Nelson; 12-P Sajesh, 3-Khelemba Singh, 6-Othallo Tabia, 22-KV Lalu, 4-Tutu George, ??-Bimanyu Bimal Birua, 8-Sagolsem James Singh, 9-Ebin Rose, 10-Baba Tunde, 17-Abbey Wisdom.
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Jayanta Sen (East Bengal).
YELLOW CARDS: -.
REFEREE: A Arjunan (Services).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: -.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: -.
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Ravi Shankar (Delhi).

Match Report:
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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 1 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 15.30 IST:

Churchill Brothers SC 3-0 Sporting Clube de Goa
Goals: 1-0 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (32'), 2-0 Mboyo Iyomi (65'), 3-0 Reisangmi Vashum (90+').

CHURCHILL BROTHERS: ...
SPORTING CLUBE: ...
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Gouramangi Singh (Churchill Brothers).
YELLOW CARDS: Robert Lalthalma (Churchill Brothers); Harmanjot Singh Khabra (Sporting Clube).
REFEREE: -.
ASSISTANT REFEREES: -.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: -.

Match Report:
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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 1 | Cooperage Ground, Mumbai | 15.30 IST:

Mahindra United 1-1 Air-India
Goals: 0-1 Bashiree Mohammed Abbas (33'), 1-1 Yakubu Yusif (73').

MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy; 7-Sushanth Mathew, 5-Harpreet Singh, 14-Dharmaraj Ravanan, 6-Manas Das; 23-Steven Dias, 29-Djidjia Douhou Pierre, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 19-Arata Izumi (84' 28-Sushil Kumar Singh); 12-Manjit Singh (32' 11-Mohammed Rafi), 10-Yakubu Yusif.
Unused Substitutes: 1-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, 16-Sunil Kumar, 17-Sukhwinder Singh, 21-Goutam Debnath, 27-Noel Fernandes.
AIR-INDIA: 30-Sarath EC; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 22-Suley Musah, 6-L Uttam Singh, 4-Dhanachandra Singh, 19-Santosh Koli; 15-Sanju Pradhan (72' 5-Vijith Shetty), 11-Hringsolal Thomte (80' 10-T Narendra Meetei), 20-Paresh Shivalkar; 27-Bashiree Mohammed Abbas (75' 3-Nirmal Chetri), 7-Njoh Jean.
Unused Substitutes: 1-Arnab Das Sharma, 8-Kumar Samson Singh, 26-Amritpal Singh, 13-Hirohito Elangbam.
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Djidjia Douhou Pierre (Mahindra United).
YELLOW CARDS: Vijith Shetty (87', Air India).
REFEREE: Rizwan-ul-Haq (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Yusuf Khan (Madhya Pradesh), Deepak Kumar Singh (Delhi).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Dinesh Nair (Gujarat).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: GH Chauhan.

Match Report:
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Bangalore Super Division: BEML (EM) 2-0 Army Service Corps - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Gopi (11',30').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Government Press 3-2 HMT - Goals: 0-1 Muthu (7'), 0-2 Sharath (18'), 1-2 Dhanaseelan (28'), 2-2 Anthony Benedict (39'), 3-2 Sethuram (81').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group A: Haryana 1-0 Jharkhand
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group A: Bihar 2-3 Mizoram
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group B: Orissa 1-2 West Bengal
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group B: Karnataka 2-0 Assam


November 24
    RESULTS & NEWS

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1st "ONGC" I-League | Round 1 | Nehru Stadium, Margao | 15.30 IST:

Dempo SC 3-0 Salgaocar SC
Goals: 1-0,2-0 Chidi Edeh (4',25'), 3-0 Ranty Martins Soleye (68').

DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 3-John Charles Dias, 16-Samir Naik; 14-Anthony Pereira (86' 12-Jerry Zirsanga), 8-Climax Lawrence, 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 22-Nicolau Borges; 30-Chidi Edeh, 9-Ranty Martins Soleye [C] (79' 6-Peter Carvalho).
SALGAOCAR: 2-Marcus Basumatari; 12-Remus Gomes (82' 23-William Colaco), 16-Nicolau Colaco, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar; 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga, 25-Rocus Lamare [C], 14-Jerose Oliveira, 6-Nicholas L Rodrigues (57' 29-Joe Rodrigues); 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 11-PK Anil Kumar.
"ONGC" MAN OF THE MATCH: Mahesh Gawli (Dempo).
YELLOW CARDS: -.
REFEREE: Subrata Sarkar (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Komaleeswaran Shankar (Tamil Nadu), Shaji Kurian (Kerala).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: -.
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Hardev Jadeja (Gujarat).
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Michael Andrews.

Match Report:
Defending National League champions Dempo SC made a perfect start in the inaugural "ONGC" I-League with a 3-0 victory against promoted Salgaocar SC at the festive Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao.
Before the match the I-League was formally declared open by the AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and Bollywood star John Abraham, who not only came to promote his football movie "Goal" but is serious about promoting football in India, which John has termed as one of his passions.
During the match striker Chidi Edeh proved once more why he such a great asset for any side he plays for. The Nigerian scored the first goal of the I-League early on in the fourth minute when Nicolau Colaco failed to clear the ball and rather then giving away a corner he mispassed the ball to Ranty, who found Chidi free in the middle and he clinically finished it off. Chidi doubled the score in the 25th minute when Nicolau Borges played it forward to Ranty, who saw Chidi somewhat free on the right and the placed the ball past Marcus Basumatari. Dempo were crusing against a Salgaocar side, who seemed shocked at what come out and hit them. Captain Ranty Martins Soleye finished off the scoring with a delightful goal in the 68th minute off a pass from Anthony Pereira to give his side a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Dempo looked a transformed side to the team which had played the Federation Cup and Durand Cup lately. Playing their own game of attacking football depending on Chidi and Ranty to finish with Roberto Mendes Silva a perfect provider along with striker Anthony Pereira, who was doing a good job on the right flank.
Salgaocar meanwhile didn't look the team which just missed the Durand Cup final a few weeks ago. Marcus Basumatari in goal and the backline never looked at ease with Dempo always looking threathening. Sadly Malswam Tulunga was a non-starter on the right while Felix seemed to be left all alone by himself in attack. PK Anil Kumar, who after the Durand Cup was termed as the next potential IM Vijayan, didn't cause any such problems to Mahesh Gawli and John Charles Dias.

Bangalore Super Division: Southern Blues FC 4-5 Oriental FC - Goals: 1-0 Deepak Kumar (6'), 1-1,3-2,4-3 Rama Rao (9',55',63'), 2-1 Nirmal Kumar (32'), 3-1 A Roy (45'), 4-2 Sanuj (58'), 4-4 Mal (72'), 4-5 Arumugam (76').
Bangalore 'A' Division: BHEL (EPD) 4-2 South Western Railway Institute - Goals: 1-0,4-2 Tony (18',70'), 2-0 Thyagu (44'), 3-0 Parthiban (63'), 3-1 Vijayan (59'), 3-2 Mahesh (66').

56th Bordoloi Trophy, Guwahati - Final: Port Authority of Thailand, Bangkok 3-0 ONGC, Mumbai - Goals: 1-0 Wezrapong Sripech (13'), 2-0 Wittrya Nontalee (17'), 3-0 Niroot Kamsawad (81').
The Port Authority of Thailand, Bangkok won the 56th Bordoloi Trophy with a 3-0 victory against Mumbai's ONGC. For the Thai's it was their third Bordoloi Trophy title in Guwahati this afternoon against final debutants ONGC from Mumbai.

::: Satyam becomes first Indian FIFA World Cup™ sponsor :::
FIFA report: FIFA announced today that Satyam, a leading global consulting and information technology services provider, has become the first Indian company to sign up as a FIFA World Cup™ Sponsor. This historic agreement awards Satyam global rights for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil and the two FIFA Confederations Cups which fall within the 2007-2014 period. The partnership, sealed by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and Satyam chairman and founder B. Ramalinga Raju at a signing ceremony on the eve of the Preliminary Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ in Durban, represents the first major sponsorship deal the IT services company has entered into - a further indication of the enduring appeal of football.
"I am very proud that Satyam has chosen the FIFA World Cup for this historic move. Satyam's commitment is a testimony to the immense appeal of FIFA as a superior marketing platform for transporting a brand around the world. It is a big advantage for all those involved in the events to have such an experienced IT service partner on board," said the FIFA President. "We look forward to working with such a dedicated partner who shares our ideals and identifies with our mission to use football as a tool to touch the world and build a better future."
As the Official IT Services Provider to the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, Satyam, which already enjoys a business relationship with FIFA, will play a crucial role in developing the core IT event management system for FIFA and its service partner for IT, accommodation and hospitality - MATCH AG, as well as local organising committees during the next seven years. With a presence in more than 57 countries, Satyam can fully leverage its global expertise and therefore enable FIFA not only to deliver world-class events but also focus on generating a long-lasting legacy for the host countries through hiring and educating local event staff.
Satyam is a significant investor in South Africa and leads a skills development initiative for South Africans under the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA) programme. Currently, more than 80 South African students are enrolled in the year-long technical training programme at the company's campus in Hyderabad, India.
"We are pleased with the confidence FIFA has in Satyam to deliver mission-critical business and technology services for the world's foremost sporting event. This sponsorship recognises the sport's universal appeal and its tradition of skill, speed, competitiveness and teamwork - attributes that reflect Satyam's own qualities. Over the last two decades we have become an established global company, and this sponsorship will serve to further accelerate our global expansion," said B. Ramalinga Raju.
Satyam is the fourth company - after Anheuser-Busch, McDonald's and MTN - to join the proposed six-member FIFA World Cup Sponsor line-up under FIFA's commercial hierarchy, which comprises six FIFA Partners, six FIFA World Cup Sponsors and six National Supporters. FIFA has already signed contracts with adidas, Hyundai, Sony, Coca-Cola, Visa and Emirates Airline as FIFA Partners. In addition, Telkom SA was recently announced as the second National Supporter of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ after FNB.

::: Chandigarh Football Academy boys training in Germany :::
Eleven trainees of the Chandigarh Administration-run Chandigarh Football Academy are undergoing specialised training at the Sportschule Egidius Braun, Leipzig in eastern Germany after arriving here on November 15. Those attending the training session are: Sajandeep Singh, Harpreet Singh, Amandeep Singh, Subhash Pal, Pankaj Negi, Jonny Kumar, Abraham Lalrinngheta, Lalnuntluanga, Lalchuuanmawia, Bikramjit Singh and Deepak Kumar Devrani. They will continue to train in Germany till November 30. Lake Club General Manager Reet Mohinder Singh and international coach Tejinder Kumar have accompanied the second batch of the CFA to visit Germany.
According to information received, the second batch of the CFA trainees landed at Leipzig on November 15th night and commenced training on November 16 under 'A' licenced German coach Arbied.
In the first two sessions the German coach asked the trainees to perform certain fundamental skills so that he could observe their level. In his opinion the second batch is far better as compared to the first batch in respect of performing basic skills, ball control, co-ordination, ball eye coordination, shooting, as well as in grasping new skills. Training is imparted three sessions in an indoor football hall.
As the weather is bit cold the conditioning and fitness training takes place from 6 to 7 am and the second session starts at 10 am. for one-and-a-half hour. In this session stress is laid on basics. In the third session that start at 3 pm for 2 hours, the coach lays special emphasis on group and team training to teach tactics related to defence and attack. The coach also takes classroom teaching twice a week. The CFA trainees are also scheduled to play practise matches against the Egidius Braun School team.


November 23
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: INDIA stay 145th in FIFA World Rankings :::
In the latest FIFA World Rankings released by the world football governing body today, INDIA remain unchanged at 145th in the world, while in Asia INDIA continues to be ranked 27th amongst 46 ranked nations.
INDIA now have 162 points, six more since last month for their draw against Lebanon in their 2010 FIFA World Cup home return qualifier.

Bangalore Super Division: CIL 2-1 Department of Youth Services&Sports - Goals: 0-1 Patterson (3'), 1-1 Vasigaran (25'), 2-1 Pradeep (28').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Tilak Memorial 0-2 Bangalore United FC - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Ramesh (62',85').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group A: Bihar 3-4 Haryana
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group A: Mizoram 1-2 Jharkhand
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group B: Karnataka 0-2 West Bengal
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group B: Assam 0-0 Orissa


November 22
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: Army Service Corps 5-3 ADE - Goals: 1-0,4-0,5-1 Sourav Das (9',34',70'), 2-0 Thirunavakarasu (10'), 3-0 Thyagaraj (29th), 4-1 Donald (48'), 5-2 Juar (72'), 5-3 Vinod (86').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Rail Wheel Factory 5-0 Universal FC - Goals: 1-0,3-0 Satish (16',34'), 2-0 Naveen Babu (18'), 4-0 Lokesh (78'), 5-0 Sugandar (82').

56th Bordoloi Trophy, Guwahati - Semifinal: Abahani Limited, Dhaka 0-0,4-5 ONGC, Mumbai [penalties] - Goals: none.


November 21
    RESULTS & NEWS

The latest IndianFootball.Com Editor's Column by Harmit Singh Kamboe is title "We need to go back to the schools" looking at ways to develop talent which can take Indian football to the next level.
Read the complete article here >>IndianFootball.Com Editor's Column .

Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 6-1 SAI, Bangalore - Goals: 1-0,3-0,4-0 Bimal Minz (4',54',63'), 2-0 Rajendra Prasad, 5-0 Xavier Vijayakumar (65'), 5-1 Vishal Kumar (74'), 6-1 R Muralidharan (90+').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Dharmaraja Union 2-0 South Western Railway Institute - Goals: 1-0 Mahesh (30'), 2-0 Sam (66').
Mumbai Elite Division - Super Six: Air-India 2-1 Mumbai FC - Goals: 1-0 Sanju Pradhan (49'), 2-0 Bashiree Mohammed Abbas (66'), 2-1 Papiah Jagadish Kumar (84').

56th Bordoloi Trophy, Guwahati - Semifinal: Port Authority of Thailand, Bangkok 2-1 Oil India Limited - Goals: 0-1 Durga Boro (31'), 1-1 Weerapong Sripech (48'), 2-1 Wittaya Nontalee (71').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group A: Haryana 1-0 Mizoram
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group A: Jharkhand 2-0 Bihar
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group B: West Bengal 3-0 Assam
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Quarterfinal League Group B: Orissa 1-0 Karnataka

::: I-League formally launched today :::
The AIFF formally announced the launch of India's Professional Football League, which has been named I-League, today in New Delhi.
The AIFF and its marketing & TV partners Zee Sports today announced that Public Sector Oil Major ONGC will sponsor the inaugural edition of the "ONGC" I-League.
AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi will inaugurate the I-League in presence of Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and ONGC CMD RS Sharma. The AIFF hopes that Bollywood actor John Abraham will make an appearance at the opening game to be played on Saturday, November 24 in Goa.
In the opening match NFL champions Dempo SC will take on promoted Salgaocar SC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda in Margao. The inaugural I-League will feature matches in Goa, Calcutta, Mumbai, Ludhiana and Calicut. Some matches might be played in Delhi, while Viva Kerala has been forced to play away in Calicut instead of Kochi due to work at the Nehru Stadium and might play elsewhere in Kerala too.

Zee Sports will telecast 45 matches from across India Live and Exclusive while Ten Sports India will be telecast 15 matches. In a boast for Indian football's exposure abroad amongst expat Indians - Ten Sports Middle East and Zee Sports USA will be both showing 30 matches of the I-league live.

AIFF president PR Das Munshi said, "This is a historic moment in the history of All India Football Federation. It is a beginning of a new journey we have undertaken to recapture the lost glory of football in India. The process which has started with India winning the ONGC Nehru Cup.
He further added that with a very strong and ambitious line up respective clubs and the various incentives which are being provided to clubs participating in ONGC I LEAGUE we expect this year's event to be a big draw and a challenging encounter for dazzling and entertaining display of football than before

ONGC CMD RS Sharma said that ONGC felt proud to be associated with the progress and success of Indian Football in recent years. AIFF deserves credit for the action oriented programmes launched by them.

Zee Sports COO Gary Lovejoy said," It is heartening to see detailing and hard work put in over the last three years is taking shape. From this year onwards football fans will enjoy an exciting league being brought to them at viewer friendly times with in depth analysis, world class graphics, world class commentary and world class telecast LIVE and exclusively on Zee Sports."
To enhance the viewing experience, the channel is trying to rope in foreign commentators who work on various European leagues.
"Former Chelsea, Southampton and England star Graeme Le Saux has agreed in principle to do commentary for us and more such personalities may join us," Lovejoy informed.

The complete fixtures of the 18 rounds of the I-League were also released on this occasion, a first for the AIFF, as normally schedules of the home-and-away National Football League were released rounds by rounds.
For the complete >>1st I-League fixtures


November 20
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: CIL 2-0 Oriental FC - Goals: 1-0 Ravindran (60'), 2-0 Krishna Kumar (73').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore 0-1 BHEL (EPD) - Goal: 0-1 Thyagu (32').
Mumbai Elite Division - Super Six: Mahindra United 5-2 Akbar Travels - Goals: 1-0 M Mohammed Rafi (2'), 2-0,3-0 Izumi Arata (33,40'), 3-1,3-2 Jonathan Bobo (45',60'), 4-2 Yakubu Yusif (73'), 5-2 Khangembam Thoi Singh (86').

56th Bordoloi Trophy, Guwahati - Quarterfinal League Group B: Abahani Limited, Dhaka 0-0 Assam State Electricity Board - Goals: none.

::: Football Academy to train young talent in Kozhikode :::
PTI report: Aimed at promoting young talent, the Kozhikode District FA has decided to set up an academy here in memory of Olympian T Abdul Rehman.
"Olympian Rehman Memorial Academy of Football will provide free training to 150 selected candidates aged 10 in five different centres in the district," KDFA office-bearers told a press conference here on Tuesday.
The boys will be selected after a screening test which will be conducted by a five-member expert committee, comprising veteran football players. The focus will be on rural areas in Kozhikode, Vatakara and Koyilandy taluks and the training Centres will be set up in Koyilandy, Poremeri, Thamarassery, Mukkam and Kozhikode city. The selected candidates will be imparted training thrice a week for six years so as to prepare them to compete at higher levels.
The Academy would be formally inaugurated on December 15.


November 19
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: SAI, Bangalore 3-3 ADE - Goals: 1-0 Ananth (8'), 2-0 Damodaran (10'), 3-0 Arogya Kenneth (18'), 3-1 Sunil Kumar (27'), 3-2 Praveen Kumar (40'), 3-3 Donald (83' pen).
Bangalore 'A' Division: Dharmaraja Union 8-0 Tilak Memorial - Goals: 1-0 Ajith (48'), 2-0,3-0,8-0 Raian (60',61',90'), 4-0,6-0 Magesh (62',79'), 5-0,7-0 Alwin (77',80').
Delhi Senior Division - Group A: Simla Youngs 1-1 Tarun Sangha

56th Bordoloi Trophy, Guwahati - Quarterfinal League Group A: Port Authority of Thailand 1-1 ONGC, Mumbai - Goals: 1-0 Niroot Kamsawad (53'), 1-1 F Lalmuanpuia (88').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 3: Jharkhand 2-2 Delhi
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 4: Assam 3-0 Kerala
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 6: Goa 1-0 Uttar Pradesh
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 6: Orissa 1-0 Meghalaya
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 8: Karnataka 1-0 Manipur
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 8: Chhattisgarh 0-5 Chandigarh

::: Chelsea FC officials meet AIFF bosses in Delhi, looking at India for the future :::
Officials from English Premier League giants Chelsea FC met with the AIFF president PR Das Munshi and general secretary Alberto Colaco at the Lok Sabha (Indian Parliament) on their trip to Delhi as part of the Mayor of London's visit to India. Due to Mr. Das Munshi's commitments as Minister the meeting had to take place in the Parliament instead of Football House in Dwarka.
Chelsea's Chief Executive Officer Peter Kenyon said after the meeting, "The purpose of the talks was to get a better understanding of Indian football. The talks were very informative and both sides have taken some ideas away and we will have further discussions in the future about how Chelsea can potentially work to help develop Indian football."
AIFF President Das Munshi was presented with an engraved silver plate with the Chelsea badge to celebrate the meeting and a Chelsea shirt with his name on the back.
Kenyon went on to add, "There is a very long history and heritage in Indian football that many in England would not be aware of and the AIFF are very committed to building on this. Plus Indians are also extremely knowledgeable about the Premier League and Chelsea in particular."
Following this, the Chelsea delegation was introduced to Somnath Chatterjee (Speaker of the House), who is known in India as a big football fan.
If Chelsea FC decides to work in India the club will do so through the AIFF via the Asian Football Confederation with whom the club has an exclusive agreement to promote grass roots football across the region.
Chelsea are already involved in the Vision China project of the AFC and in the future could expand their involvement into India into the Vision India project.

Chelsea FC are down in India as one of Ken Livingstone's London Ambassadors for the trip to promote business, tourism, culture and sport between London and India.
Chelsea CEO Peter Kenyon spoke at a major sports conference in Delhi which dealt with the legacy and business opportunities surrounding big sporting events, primarily Delhi's hosting of the 2010 Commonwealth Games and London 2012.
Former English international Graeme Le Saux, who was part of the delegation in his role as a Chelsea Ambassador ,represented the club at the unveiling of a replica "Big Ben" in the centre of Delhi to mark the signing of a tourism agreement between the two cities.
Both Kenyon and Le Saux were in high demand from the Indian media who showed a great knowledge of the Premier League and were keen to check up on the latest transfer rumours as well as Chelsea's interest in Indian football.
Later in the evening Chelsea were amongst the Ambassador party representing London at the Partners in Globalisation reception.


November 18
    RESULTS & NEWS

Goan "Vodafone" Super Cup - Final: Dempo SC 1-4 Churchill Brothers SC - Goals: 0-1,1-3 Mboyo Iyomi (10',??'), 0-2 Jaison Vales (13'), 1-2 Clifton Gonsalves, 1-4 Reisangmi Vashum (83').
Man of the Super Cup finals: Mboyo Iyomi (Churchill Brothers).

Calcutta Premier League: Mohammedan Sporting Club 0-1 Mohun Bagan AC - Goal: 0-1 Pachau Lalam Puia (88').
Mohammedan Sporting: 1-Naseem Akhtar; ?-Seby Martins, ?-Subhas Mondal (83' ?-K Shyju), ?-Ayeni Bedemi Daniel, 6-Sheikh Azim, 30-Prem Kumar (90' ?-Tapan Giri), 25-Mir Farooq Hyder, 32-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, ?-Prasanta Chakraborty, 7-A Jyothi Kumar, 19-Kalia Kulothungan.
Mohun Bagan: 31-Shilton Paul; 24-Bijay Baspore, 2-Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, 20-Douglas da Silva, 7-Rauf Sher Khan; 29-Chinmoy Sarkar (58' 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria), 16-James Lukram Singh, 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick, 18-Dharamjit Singh; 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto, ?-Kumaresh Bhawal (12' 9-Pachau Lalam Puia).
Referee: Pradip Mukherjee.

Calcutta Premier League: East Bengal Club 2-2 Chirag United SC - Goals: 1-0 Syed Rahim Nabi (16'), 1-1 Shankar Oraon (44'), 1-2 Theodore Sunday Wrobeh (61'), 2-2 Ashim Biswas (76').
East Bengal: 24-Subrata Paul; 42-Madhab Das, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo (53' 12-Anupam Sarkar), 29-Saumik Dey, 5-Debarata Roy; 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 23-Mehtab Hossain, 7-Jayanta Sen, 9-Alvito D'Cunha (70' 22-Vimal Pariyar); 25-Ashim Biswas, 10-Dipendu Biswas (80' 6-Dipankar Roy).
Chirag United: 31-Shibram Dey, 15-Dulal Biswas (77' 11-Narugopal Hait), ?-Barun Oroan, ?-Safar Sardar, 5-R Dhanarajan; 8-Sasthi Dulay, ?-Denson Devadas, ?-Malswama Hmar (80' 4-Kingshuk Debnath), 10-Ashim Das Jr; 25-Shankar Oraon, 24-Theodore Sunday Wrobeh.
Referee: Dhanapati Roy.

Bangalore Super Division: MEG 5-0 Southern Blues FC - Goals: 1-0,5-0 Nguernilal Hmar (6',63'), 2-0 Dipan Thapa (17'), 3-0,5-0 Gabriel (??',66').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Bangalore United FC 2-4 HMT - Goals: 0-1 Madesh (34'), 0-2 Suresh (48'), 1-2 Sashi (58'), 1-3 Vikram (63'), 1-4 Benjamin (83'), 2-4 Amith (90').
Calcutta Premier League: Calcutta Port Trust 1-2 Peerless SC
Calcutta Premier League: Eastern Railway SC 0-0 George Telegraph SC - Goals: none.

2nd Sambalpur Cup, Orissa - Final: State Bank of Travancore 2-0 BNR, Calcutta - Goals: 1-0 TV Mohammed Harris (2'), 2-0 Martyn John.

56th Bordoloi Trophy, Guwahati - Quarterfinal League Group B: Abahani Limited, Dhaka 2-0 Oil India Limited - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Mohammed Shaifur Rahman (35',59').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 1: Haryana 14-0 Rajasthan
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 2: West Bengal 7-0 Gujarat
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 5: Maharashtra 4-1 Punjab
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 7: Tamil Nadu 1-2 Mizoram
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 7: Uttarakhand 0-0 Madhya Pradesh

::: Delhi Senior Division to kickoff tomorrow :::
The Delhi Soccer Association organised Delhi Senior Division will kickoff tomorrow at the Dr Ambedkar Stadium with former champions Simla Youngs taking on Tarun Sangha in a Group A match of the 14 team league, which has been split into two groups of seven clubs.
The top five teams from each group will qualify for the Super League, while the top four teams from the Super League will qualify for the semifinals. ONGC and SAIL are sponsoring the league, while Cosco and State Bank Of India are the co-Sponsors.
The much-anticipated Delhi Elite League, which is part of the AFC Vision India's Delhi project, supposed to be inaugurated tomorrow as a ten team league has been postponed indefinitely as the DSA was unable to reduce the number of participating teams from 16 to 10 and run the league on a home-and-away basis over a longer period of time. So this year the Delhi Senior Division survives and one has to wait and see what happens in the future.

::: Delhi squad for the 6th Girls' under-19 National Football Championships :::
The Delhi Girls' squad for the 6th Girls' under-19 National Football Championships will be led by defender Divya Sharma. The tournament will be held at Dindigul in Tamil Nadu from November 21 to December 7.
Delhi U19 Girls': Bhawna Sharma, Priya Jain; Divya Sharma (captain), Kanika Gola, Nupur Sharma, Mini Dua, Inderjeet Kaur, Sapna Saxena, Kanjan Kanojia, Diksha Hooda; Vibhanshi Choudhary, Sakshi Dhama, Kanchan Singhal, Divyanshi Nain, Sakshi Tandon; Niharika Malhotra (vice-captain), Veena Choudhary, Abhilasha Daga, Priyanka Chauhan, Mahir Dua.

::: PIFA International football camps in India a great success :::
According to the Premier India Football Academy their international organized football camps in India were a great success.
PIFA invited FA/UEFA licensed coaches Gary Lewis and Peter Tickle from Inspire Academy, England to conduct sessions at three venues in India.
Both coaches have great experience training youth academies such as BCSSA & Everton FC Youth Academy. This was Peter Tickles second visit to India and he was impressed by the progress that the children from the academy have made. He feels it will not be long before PIFA boys will be able to compete with the European youth teams.
At each of these camps, the children were trained like they would at the Everton FC Youth academy and were given talks on nutrition, fitness & football psychology. Their football knowledge was also quizzed. All participants competed in a skills contest. The winner won a Nike Football amongst other things. All participants were given a T-Shirt, cap and an information file.
The first camp held on October 29 to November 1 was an all Girls' camp held at the Unison World School. Forty-Eight girls benefited from the training program the first in Dehra Dun. The final day was quite sad, as the girls had formed a bond for the PIFA team. They tearfully bid the coaches and PIFA director Anjali Shah farewell, each of the girls gave the coaches a hand made card.
The second camp was held in South Mumbai at the Karnataka Sports ground from November 3 to 6. PIFA Director Nirvan Shah joined the camp after retuning from England on completion of his UEFA B license course. There were 52 participants that enrolled of which Dr Francis Saldanha of USA, sponsored 10 children for the camp that finished top in the PIFA Skills contest held in October at St Xavier's ground, Parel. The skills winner for this camp was Aryaan Sood with 760 points
The third and final camp was held in North Mumbai at the St Andrews School from November 7 to 10. Three girls participated in the camp along with forty-four boys. The skills winner was Calvin Lobo with 770 points.
The camps ended with PIFA Director Nirvan Shah felicitating the two boys of India U16 team Harshad Meher and Ajith Bhoir with a cheque for Rs 5,000 each from the PIFA Foundation. They returned from the AFC U16 Championship qualifiers in Saudi Arabia, unbeaten. Both boys are from PIFA.
The camps were all sold out and now PIFA planning camps to Spain, Italy and England next summer.


November 17
    RESULTS & NEWS

AFC U19 Championship | Qualifiers | Group B | Rah Ahan Stadium, Tehran (Iran):

INDIA U19 0-1 Iran U19
Goals: 0-1 Jalalaldin Alimohammadi (40').

INDIA U19: 1-Laxmikant Kattimani; 3-Raju Eknath Gaikwad, 7-Rajiv Ghosh, 19-Amarwant Singh, 26-Sushil Kisku; 8-Jewel Raja Shaikh, 11-Khangembam Jibon Singh, 22-Subodh Kumar (58' 6-Minto Boro), 29-Hiralal Chetri (71' 28-Pradeep Mohanraj); 10-Khangembam Thoi Singh [C], 15-Sathyan Sabeeth (80' 9-Jagtar Singh).
IRAN U19: 22-Davoud Noushi Sofiani; 3-Nader Houshyar Hasan Barough, 4-Seyed Reza Talabeh [C], 5-Ali Derakshan Atbatan; 6-Ahmad Amirkamdar, 7-Saman Agha Zamani (64' 24-Hossein Ebrahimi Lakmehsari), 10-Bakhtiar Rahmani, 13-Shahryar Shirvand, 20-Ali Amori; 9-Karim Ansari Fard (56' 29-Mohsen Mosalman), 15-Jalalaldin Alimohammadi (81' 23-Saeid Khalafi).

YELLOW CARDS: Jalalaldin Alimohammadi (15', Iran).

REFEREE: Kadhum Auda Lazim (Iraq).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Safarmahmad Shoimardonov (Tajikistan), Arslan Khatamov (Uzbekistan).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Khalaf Mohammad Allabany (Yemen).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Sunil Senaweera Arachchilage (Sri Lanka).
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Saeed Salem Rashed Hazim (UAE).

For detailed information go to the >>Indian National Team section.

Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 1-0 Army Service Corps - Goal: 1-0 Dada Nabeel (72').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Universal FC 2-4 South Western Railway Institute - Goals: 0-1 Eddy (10'), 0-2 Vinod (20'), 0-3,0-4 Srikanth (60',75'), 1-4 Harish (80'), 2-4 Sunil (82').

56th Bordoloi Trophy, Guwahati - Quarterfinal League Group A: Port Authority of Thailand, Bangkok 7-0 FCI, Guwahati - Goals: 1-0 Wezrapong Sripech (13'), 2-0 K Buransuk, 3-0 Ekachai Preechakul, 4-0 P Kuldilok (pen), 5-0 Wittrya Nontalee, 6-0 Aboubakar Salifou Bako, 7-0 Nirsot Kamsawad.

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 3: Tripura 1-0 Delhi
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 4: Kerala 15-0 Himachal Pradesh
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 6: Goa 0-3 Orissa
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 6: Uttar Pradesh 1-1 Meghalaya
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 8: Karnataka 0-2 Chandigarh
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 8: Manipur 1-0 Chhattisgarh


November 16
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: Postal Department 1-1 CIL - Goals: 1-0 Einstein (53'), 1-1 Ravindra (90+3' pen).
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 0-0 Bangalore United FC - Goals: none.
Mumbai Elite Division - Super Six: Mahindra United 4-2 Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers

56th Bordoloi Trophy, Guwahati - Quarterfinal League Group B: Oil India Limited 1-0 Assam State Electricity Board - Goal: 1-0 Marlanki Suting (53').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 1: Pondicherry 1-2 Rajasthan
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 2: Jammu&Kashmir 0-0 Gujarat
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 5: Maharashtra 0-4 Bihar
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 7: Uttarakhand 0-1 Mizoram
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 7: Tamil Nadu 1-2 Madhya Pradesh

::: "ONGC" I-League to kick-off on Saturday, November 24 in Goa :::
The AIFF Executive Committee meet today at Football House in Dwaka, New Delhi to take some urgent decisions ahead of the launch of the new "ONGC" sponsored I-League (Indian Professional Football League).
It was confirmed that the inaugural I-League would be launched in Goa on November 24 at the Nehru Stadium in Margao with defending NFL champions Dempo SC taking on state rivals Salgaocar SC, also a former NFL champion.
The I-League regulations were approved at the AIFF Executive Committee.

The following additional incentives have been provided for Clubs participating in the I-League:
1. Subsidy of Rs. 250,000 for fielding a team in the U19 I-League and a subsidy of Rs. 250,000 for appointing administrative staff.
2. To promote greater attendances and improve the revenues of the Clubs, after deducting the stadium hire charges, 90% of the gate collection will go to the host club. The club will be responsible to sell tickets.
3. The club will be given two perimeter boards, six fence level boards and six boards at the first tier level at their home games.
4. Prize Money for Winners has been increased from Rs. 4 Million to Rs. 5 Million, while the Runners-up would get Rs. 2,8 Million, Rs 600,000 more then earlier.
5. The winners of each match will get Rs. 35,000, an increase of Rs 5,000.

To offset the loss of revenue due to reduction of gate collection percentage from 25% to 10% the subsidy for the Local Organising Committee has been increased from Rs. 42,000 to Rs. 50,000.

The Committee has also reviewed the progress made by the Clubs to adopt the Club licensing criteria laid down by the AIFF. It was found that some clubs have not yet made much progress in this direction. It was decided to refer this to the I-League Committee and the Disciplinary Committee for review and necessary action.

In a major shift away from earlier thinking to reduce the number of foreigners playing in India, the AIFF Executive Committee decided on recommendation from it's President Das Munshi to allow all participating I-League clubs to register four instead of three foreigners. However only three foreign players can be fielded in a single match.

Amongst other decisions taken:
- 17th Datta Ray Trophy (under-21 Nationals) to be played in Madurai, Tamilnadu
- 16th Women National Championships will be played in West Bengal
- 4th Girls' under-17 National Football Championships in Assam


November 15
    RESULTS & NEWS

Goan "Vodafone" Super Cup - Semifinal: Churchill Brothers SC 1-0 Salgaocar SC
Goal: 1-0 Gouramangi Singh.

In the second semifinal match of the Vodafone Super Cup between 2nd placed Salgaocar SC and 3rd place Churchill Brothers SC, an instipid display by both teams in the first 20 minutes was almost followed by a goal, but Beevan's blistering drive in the 22nd minute after being setup by Agnelo Colaco went just wide off the post. It was Churchill's chance next to try and get the scoreboard ticking in the 28th minute, but a ball to Odafe in the danger zone saw an alert Milagres Medeira get off his line and punch the ball to safety. In the 38th minute, energetic Sachin Gawas who scored a brace in his last match against Benny XI sent a beautiful through ball to Felix, Churchill defender Rowilson Rodrigues totally mistimed the clearance, but to his good fortune the ball was a little to fast for Felix to latch on to. Churchill's sustained pressure on the Salgaocar citadel soon earned its rewards. A Chitrasen Chandam Singh corner kick found the head off Gouramangi Singh who came running in to head the ball past a hapless Milagres Gonsalves giving Churchill Bros a 1-0 lead. At the end of halftime the scoreboard favoured Churchill Brothers 1-0.
With no second chances in a knockout match, coach Savio Medeira introduced IM Vijayan play alike PK Anil Kumar in place of Sachin Gawas thus switching to a 4-3-3 formation. Despite the change in tactics, Salgaocar failed to make much headway and Churchill continued to be the dominant team. In the 76th minute Mboyo Iyomi almost doubled the lead for Churchill Brother when he latched on to a ball after it came loose from a goal mouth melee, but his shot went just wide off the post. Salgaocar SC who rested several of their key players almost grabbed an equaliser. In the 78th minute when Churchill goalkeeper Vinay Singh almost mishandled a Nicholas Rodrigues cross. He however managed to gather himself in time. In the 83rd minute, Odafe set-up Joseph Daniel just on top of the box, but his shot was well saved by an alert Milagrio. Salgaocar's best chance of the match however came in the 84th minute. Nicholas Rodrigues freekick found the head of Agnelo Colaco who headed it straight towards goal, but a brilliant save however by Vinay Singh made sure that the score-card stayed the same.
With this win, Churchill Brothers progress to the finals against Dempo SC on November 18.

Calcutta Premier League: East Bengal Club 1-3 George Telegraph SC - Goals: 0-1,0-3 Nuruddin Saleh Olawale (24',33'), 0-2 Gour Naskar (29'), 1-3 Ashim Biswas (40').
East Bengal: 24-Subrata Paul; 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo, 2-Muttath Suresh, 5-Debarata Roy; 23-Mehtab Hossain (64' 10-Dipendu Biswas), 14-Chandan Das, 37-MacDonald Mukansi (30' 9-Alvito D'Cunha), 6-Dipankar Roy; 30-Edmilson Marques Pardal, 25-Ashim Biswas.
George Telegraph: Arnab Das Sharma; Suman Dey, Eric Erhisennobe Jenue, Asto Karar, Biswajit Saha, Satyajit Bose (87' Samar Deb), Gour Naskar, Paban Das, Subha Kumar, Prodip Roy, Nuruddin Saleh Olawale (89' Goutam Thakur).
Referee: Kashinath Sen.

Calcutta Premier League: Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-0 Eastern Railway SC - Goals: 1-0 Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi (38'), 2-0 Kalia Kulothungan (63').
Mohammedan Sporting: 1-Naseem Akhtar; ?-Seby Martins, 6-Sheikh Azim, ?-Subhas Mondal, 30-Prem Kumar, 25-Mir Farooq Hyder, 32-Adebayo Tokunbo Adewusi, ?-Prasanta Chakraborty, ?-Muneer KP (39' 24-Nirapada Mondal), 19-Kalia Kulothungan, 10-Mike Okoro (29' 9-Raman Vijayan).
Eastern Railway: Tapan Kumar Karmarkar; Babun Kar, Santanu Bit, Subhankar Maity, Dipankar Ghosh, Niladri Chakraborty, Parvez Alam, Bapan Bera, Antony Soren, Bapi Haldar, Benjamin.
Referee: Debashish Mishra.

Bangalore Super Division: BEL SC 4-4 Southern Blues FC - Goals: 1-0 Murtaza (12'), 1-1 Nirmal Kumar (17'), 2-1 Devan Jayavardhan (42'), 3-1 Lal (57'), 3-2,3-4 A Roy (65',80'), 3-3 K Chandrashekar (73'), 4-4 Goverdhan.
Bangalore 'A' Division: Government Press 2-0 AGORC, Bangalore - Goals: 1-0 Dhanaseelan (38'), 2-0 Sethurman (79').
Calcutta Premier League: Chirag United SC 0-0 Calcutta Port Trust - Goals: none.
Mumbai Elite Division - Super Six: Air-India 3-1 Akbar Travels

56th Bordoloi Trophy, Guwahati - Quarterfinal League Group A: ONGC, Mumbai 2-0 FCI, Guwahati - Goals: 1-0 Jatin Singh Bisht (13'), 2-0 Kaushik Bose (76').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 3: Jharkhand 6-0 Tripura
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 4: Assam 9-0 Himachal Pradesh
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 6: Goa 1-3 Meghalaya
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 6: Uttar Pradesh 0-1 Orissa
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 8: Karnataka 8-0 Chhattisgarh
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 8: Manipur 3-0 Chandigarh


November 14
    RESULTS & NEWS

AFC U19 Championship | Qualifiers | Group B | Paas Stadium, Tehran (Iran):

INDIA U19 1-1 Oman U19
Goals: 0-1 Hussain Al Hadhri (39'), 1-1 Subodh Kumar (57').

INDIA U19: 1-Laxmikant Kattimani; 3-Raju Eknath Gaikwad, 5-Nallappan Mohanraj [C], 7-Rajiv Ghosh (50' 26-Sushil Kisku), 19-Amarwant Singh; 8-Jewel Raja Shaikh, 11-Khangembam Jibon Singh, 22-Subodh Kumar (68' 6-Minto Boro), 29-Hiralal Chetri; 10-Khangembam Thoi Singh (82' 9-Jagtar Singh), 15-Sathyan Sabeeth.
OMAN U19: 1-Bassam Al Alawi; 3-Azan Al Balushi (79' 17-Fahad Al Jalaboubi), 4-Amer Al Shatari, 14-Jaber Al Owaisi, 21-Qasim Hardan; 10-Hussain Al Hadhri [C], 23-Akram Al Rawahi, 25-Nasser Al Shamli, 27-Mansoor Al Naaimi (62' 11-Nayef Fada); 9-Waleed Al Saadi (73' 28-Ahmed Al Alwai), 18-Juma Al Mukhaini.

YELLOW CARDS: Khangembam Jibon Singh (25'), Laxmikant Kattimani (44'), Sathyan Sabeeth (90'+2', all India); Juma Al Mukhaini (11'), Akram Al Rawahi (46', both Oman).

REFEREE: Minh Tri Vo (Vietnam).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Alisher Karaev (Tajikistan), Mashhour Hamdan (Syria).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ali A. A. Al Mutlaq (Saudi Arabia).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Lt. Col. Haji Kamarudin Sakhari (Malaysia).
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Saeed Salem Rashed Hazim (UAE).

For detailed information go to the >>Indian National Team section.

Calcutta Premier League: Mohun Bagan AC 2-0 Peerless SC - Goals: 1-0 Pachau Lalam Puia (27'), 2-0 Baichung Bhutia (66').
Mohun Bagan AC regained the Calcutta Football League title from archrivals East Bengal Club after a 2-0 win against Peerless SC in their penultimate Calcutta Premier League match to win their 27th overall title.
Mohun Bagan: 31-Shilton Paul; 5-Habibur Rahman Mondal (57' 2-Subhasish Roy Chowdhury), 20-Sanjeev Maria, 12-Peter Siddiqui, 7-Rauf Sher Khan; 20-Douglas da Silva, 16-James Lukram Singh (77' 23-Tapan Maity), 18-Dharamjit Singh, 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto; 15-Baichung Bhutia, 9-Pachau Lalam Puia (6-Shanmugam Venkatesh).
Peerless: Subrabuddin Chowdhury; Zoheb Hassan (86' Kamal Bhunia), Satish Kumar Bharti, Saheb Ali, Tarak Roy, Gouranga Biswas, Soumen Sarkar, Ugwu James Agbo, Kartick Kisku (75' Arup Singha), Babin Biswas, Subair Muritala Ali (73' Debjit Bhowmick).
Referee: Minangshu Bhattacharya.

Goan "Vodafone" Super Cup - Semifinal: Dempo SC 1-0 Sporting Clube de Goa - Goal: 1-0 Chidi Edeh (66').

Bangalore Super Division: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC 4-1 LRDE - Goals: 1-0,4-1 Xavier Vijayakumar (19',86'), 2-0 Dada Nabeel (24'), 3-0 Rajendra Prasad (48' pen), 3-1 Saravana Jr (81').
Bangalore 'A' Division: HMT 1-1 Sri Gajanana - Goals: 0-1 Goutham (73'), 1-1 Vikram (76').

44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 1: Haryana 7-0 Pondicherry
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 2: West Bengal 7-0 Jammu&Kashmir
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 5: Punjab 1-2 Bihar
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 7: Tamil Nadu 1-2 Uttarakhand
44th Dr. B.C. Roy Trophy (U19 Nationals) - Group Stage Cluster 7: Madhya Pradesh 1-3 Mizoram


November 13
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: Postal Department 0-2 BEML (EM) - Goals: 0-1 Sanath Kumar (22'), 0-2 Wilfred (55').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore 0-4 Rail Wheel Factory - Goals: 0-1 Naveen Babu (2'), 0-2 Sathish (22'), 0-3 Uma Shankar (66'), 0-4 Thiagaraj (87').

::: Second batch of CF Academy to train in Germany :::
The second batch of the state-run Chandigarh Football Academy, comprising 11 players and two officials, will leave for Germany for specialised training at Sportschule Egidius Braun Leipzig from November 15 to 30.
The players will be accompanied by Reet Mohinder Singh, General Manager, Lake Complex and former international footballer Tejinder Kumar. Those who will get specialised training are: Sajandeep Singh, Harpreet Singh, Amandeep Singh, Subhash Pal, Pankaj Negi, Jonny Kumar, Abraham Lalrinngheta, Lalnuntluanga, Lalchuuanmawia, Bikramjit Singh and Deepak Kumar Devrani. Two CFA trainees, Sehnaj Singh and Narinderdeep Singh, would not be able to accompany their colleagues as their formalities were not complete. Consequently they were not granted visa.
Deepak Devrani and Bikramjit were also selected for the training in Germany in the first batch. However, they were dropped as the validity of their passports was not more than six months as required for obtaining visa.
According to Joint Director Dr JPS Sidhu, who was head of the delegation in the first batch, said the CFA trainees would return on December 2. They boys will be leaving for Germany tomorrow morning and train there from November 16 to 30.
Non-Resident Indian Mukesh Lal will coordinate with the CFA trainees in Germany. The CFA trainees are visiting Germany as the Chandigarh Football Academy and Sportschule Egidius Braun Leipzig of Germany had signed an ageement to provide training to the CFA players. Mr. Andre Kuhn, Director of Sportschule and Sh.S.K.Sandhu, Secretary Sports, U.T., Chandigarh had signed on December 19, 2006, an agreement on behalf of the Egidius Braun Sportschule, Leipzig and U.T. of Chandigarh respectively. The MoU is valid for five years.
The Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary Sports and the Director Sports, Mr Inderjit Signh Sandhu were deputed to Germany in connection with the formalization of a tie-up for advanced training to the UT Academy players and also to study the functioning of other institutions.
According to the agreement it was decided that the Chandigarh Football Academy would send 12 players alongwith one coach for 15 days to Egidius Braun Sportschule, Leipzig for advanced specialized training twice a year.
The first batch visited Leipzig from May 24 to June 8.
Under the agreement one German coach visited the Chandigarh Football Academy for 15 days for evaluation, assessment and to supervise the progress of the trainees.

::: Varadaraj to receive KOA Award 2007 :::
Veteran Olympian footballer Varadaraj is amongst 20 recipients of the Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) Awards 2007. The former goalkeeper represented India at the London and Helsinki Olympics and was widely lauded for his performance. The awards function will be held at Yavanika, State Youth Centre, on Wednesday.


November 12
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police 0-1 SAI, Bangalore - Goals: 0-1 Amarnath (85').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Bangalore United FC 5-1 Universal FC - Goals: 1-0 Madhu (20'), 2-0 Sharath (22'), 3-0 Kamal (24'), 4-0 Ashok (62'), 4-1 Harish (63'), 5-1 Chethan (78').

::: I-League to kick-off in Goa :::
AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco has revealed that the inaugural match of the new I-League will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru - Fatorda Stadium, Margao (Goa) on November 24. Colaco further stated that the draw of the I-League has been already finalized and will be officially disclosed next week.
A Dempo SC - Salgaocar SC match is set to kickoff the new I-League on November 24 with Mohun Bagan taking on Viva Kerala on November 25 and East Bengal Club against JCT from Phagwara on November 26 both in Calcutta also set to take place.
Meanwhile the AIFF will conduct a meeting for the ten I-League clubs today at Goa. Two representatives from each club along with two members representing the state associations will attend the meeting from 09.30 to 17.00 IST.

::: Calcutta Premier League fixtures once more changed :::
The fixtures of the ongoing Calcutta Premier League had once more to be changed. This time due to a political bandh (strike) called in West Bengal the final few matches would all be held a couple of days later with the league finishing on November 18 with all eight clubs in action.

::: Rakesh to lead Chandigarh in BC Roy Soccer :::
Rakesh Kumar of Sanjay Public School, Sector 44 has been appointed captain of the Chandigarh team which will take part in the 44th Junior National Football Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy to be held at Gurgaon and Faridabad from November 14 to 30. The team was announced here today by Chandigarh Football Association secretary Rakesh Bakshi. The team was selected during the coaching camp held at DAV Senior Secondary chool ground in Sector 8. Chandigarh will play their first match on November 16 in Faridabad. R K Sharma and Rajesh Kumar will accompany the team as manager and coach, respectively.
Chandigarh Squad: Rakesh Kumar(Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, captain), Anil (DAVP-15), Arman (Ryan International-49), Tejbir (St Xavier's-44), Nikhil (NPS-18), Gurpal (NPS-18), Jasspreet (NPS-18), Sukhman (NPS-18), Aditya (SPS-44), Rinku Masiah (SPS-44), Gurjit (SPS-44), Harinder (SPS-44), Gurdeep (SPS-44), Alam Singh (SPS-44), Pardeep (SPS-44), Partik (DAVSS-8), L Kamai (St Stephen's-45) Sahil (Moti Ram Arya School-27) and Harbir (Govt MSSS-23).

::: Passi to lead Chandigarh in 53rd National School Games :::
Meanwhile, Sumit Passi, a trainee of state-run Chandigarh Football Academy and student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37 will lead Chandigarh in the 53rd National School Games for Under-14 being organised under the aegis of School Games Federation of India at Salt Lake in Kolkata from November 13 to 19.
Waris Rashid of St Stephen's School, Sector 45 has been appointed vice-captain. The players attended a one-week coaching camp at the Government Model Senior Secondary School ground in Sector 37 under the supervision of Sewa Singh.
The 18-member squad comprise two players each from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, St John's School, Sector 26, Ryan International, Sector 49 and Saupin's School-32, eigth from St Stephen's, Sector 45, one each from St Xavier's, Sector 44 and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22.
The team will be accompanied by coach Sewa Singh and manager Varinder Singh.
Chandigarh Squad: Sumit Passi, Rajbir Singh (both GMSSS-37), Yatharth Malhotra, Arsh Sardana (both St. John's -26), Waris Rashid, Sonu Majhi, Umakantha, Golmei, Suraj Sungh, Attinderjeet, Sartaj Singh, Jasbir Singh (all St. Stephen's - 45), Pranav, Uday (both Saupin's - 32), Mohit (St. Xavier's -44), Karna Singh, Abhishekh (both Ryan Public School) and Sandeep Kumar (GMSSS- 22).


November 11
    RESULTS & NEWS

AFC U19 Championship | Qualifiers | Group B | Paas Stadium, Tehran (Iran):

INDIA U19 5-0 Pakistan U19
Goals: 1-0,4-0 Sushil Kisku (5' pen, 82' pen), 2-0 Sathyan Sabeeth (15'), 3-0 Khangembam Thoi Singh (19'), 5-0 Malsawmdawgliana (88').

INDIA U19: 1-Laxmikant Kattimani; 3-Raju Eknath Gaikwad, 5-Nallappan Mohanraj [C], 7-Rajiv Ghosh, 19-Amarwant Singh, 26-Sushil Kisku; 6-Minto Boro, 8-Jewel Raja Shaikh (80' 28-Pradeep Mohanraj), 29-Hiralal Chetri; 10-Khangembam Thoi Singh (71' 17-Malsawmdawgliana), 15-Sathyan Sabeeth (60' 9-Jagtar Singh).
PAKISTAN U19: 14-Jahangir; 6-Alamgir Khan, 7-Rai Akmal Shezad, 10-Sohaib Akram (87' 8-Mohsin Shah), 28-Muhammad Jalil; 9-Muhammad Mehdi [C] (69' 2-Khuram Shazad), 13-Irfan Khan, 20-Usman Hussain, 22-Rashid Ali; 4-Kaleemullah (54' 19-Muhammad Ashfaq), 23-Mohammed Haroon Ishaq.

YELLOW CARDS: Rai Akmal Shezad (15'), Muhammad Ashfaq (66', both Pakistan).

REFEREE: Mukhtar Al Yarimi (Yemen).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Amanat Halder (Bangladesh), Alisher Karaev (Tajikistan).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Khalaf Mohammad Allabany (Yemen).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Lt. Col. Haji Kamarudin Sakhari (Malaysia).
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Saeed Salem Rashed Hazim (UAE).

For detailed information go to the >>Indian National Team section.

Bangalore Super Division: MEG 0-1 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited SC - Goal: 0-1 Bimal Minz (41').
Bangalore 'A' Division: AGORC, Bangalore 2-1 South Western Railway Institute - Goals: 1-0 Kishore (25'), 1-1 Dinesh (36'), 2-1 Mathew (42').

::: Coaching-cum-selection camp for girls in Bangalore :::
The Karnataka State Football Association will conduct a coaching-cum-selection camp for girls at the Football Stadium, Bangalore from November 12. The selected team will compete in the National junior girls football championship at Dindigul from November 21. For details, call: KSFA, ph – 25512996, 25593873.


November 10
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: ADE 0-4 BEL SC - Goals: 0-1,0-3,0-4 Mushraff (8',68',90'+3'), 0-2 Lal (45').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Nationals FC 3-1 Tilak Memorial - Goals: Daniel, Robin D'Souza, S Dhruv Kumar; Nithesh.


November 9
    RESULTS & NEWS

AFC U19 Championship | Qualifiers | Group B | Paas Stadium, Tehran (Iran):

INDIA U19 0-1 Bahrain U19
Goals: 0-1 Mohamed Al Alawi (90'+3', pen).

INDIA U19: 1-Laxmikant Kattimani; 3-Raju Eknath Gaikwad, 5-Nallappan Mohanraj, 7-Rajiv Ghosh, 19-Amarwant Singh; 6-Minto Boro (86' 28-Pradeep Mohanraj), 8-Jewel Raja Shaikh, 11-Khangembam Jibon Singh, 29-Hiralal Chetri; 10-Khangembam Thoi Singh (85' 26-Sushil Kisku), 15-Sathyan Sabeeth (80' 9-Jagtar Singh).
BAHRAIN U19: 1-Mahmood Al Ajmi; 2-Aman Al Noaimi (73' 23-Isa Ali), 5-Ahmed Ahmed, 14-Rashed Hajeeh, 17-Ali Mubarak, 20-Mohamed Mahorfi; 7-Fahad Showaiter, 18-Mohamed Ali (53' 10-Mohamed Al Mulla), 27-Ahmed Ateeq, 30-Hasan Sharif (46' 19-Saad Al Amer); 8-Mohamed Al Alawi.

YELLOW CARDS: Jewel Raja Shaikh (35'), Khangembam Jibon Singh (83'), Amarwant Singh (90'+2', all India); Ahmed Ateeq (68', Bahrain).

REFEREE: Sabah Kasim Khalaf (Iraq).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Alisher Karaev (Tajikistan), Mashhour Hamdan (Syria).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Minh Tri Vo (Vietnam).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Lt. Col. Haji Kamarudin Sakhari (Malaysia).
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Saeed Salem Rashed Hazim (UAE).

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Bangalore Super Division: LRDE 3-2 Oriental FC - Goals: Saravana Junior, Satish, Venkat; Emulraj, Arul.
Bangalore 'A' Division: HMT 4-3 South Western Railway Institute - Goals: 1-0,2-0,3-0 Madhesh (17',40',58'), 1-1 Johnson (21'), 2-2,3-3 Dinesh, 4-3 Vikram (84').


November 8
    RESULTS & NEWS

Bangalore Super Division: Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore 3-3 Universal FC - Goals: -.
Bangalore 'A' Division: Southern Blues FC 1-3 SAI, Bangalore - Goals: -.


November 7
    Congratulations from IndianFootball.Com to Churchill Brothers SC on winning the 120th Durand Cup!!!

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Final | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi | 16.45 IST:

Churchill Brothers SC 1-0 Mahindra United | CLICK HERE FOR LIVE STREAMING
Goals: 1-0 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (11').

CHURCHILL: 1-Vinay Singh; 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 6-N Govind Singh, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 17-Robert Lalthalma; 15-D Raju (11-Khemtang Paite), 16-Bernard Pires (18-Saran Thangjam Singh), 36-Eangalis D'Silva, 12-Reisangmei Vasum; 10-Odafe Onyeka Okolie [C], 5-Mboyo Iyomi.
MAHINDRA: 24-Sandip Nandy [C]; 16-Sunil Kumar, 5-Harpreet Singh, 14-Dharmaraj Ravanan, 7-Sushanth Mathew; 23-Steven Dias, 29-Djidjia Douhou Pierre, 17-Sukhwinder Singh (65' 12-Manjit Singh), 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan (79' 10-Andrews Pomeyieh Mensah); 30-Yakubu Yusif, 19-Izumi Arata (51' 11-M Mohammed Rafi).
YELLOW CARDS: none.
REFEREE: Minagshu Bhattacharya (West Bengal).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Deepak Singh (Delhi), SB Saha (Delhi).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Pratp Singh (Services).

Match Report:
Churchill Brothers SC, Goa clinches their maiden Durand Cup title, while defeating Mahindra United by a solitary goal. The Goans were considered as favourites for the final due to their performance in the 120th "Osian's" Durand Cup. The final was a neck to neck competition and both teams got their chances to score. But it was again Churchill who capitalized their chances, while Mahindra just looked the way the title was moving out from their hands.
Mahindra tried very hard and performed well in comparison to the last three matches, but still had problems to connect their midfield and attacking line. Churchill once again had an outstanding Odafe Onyeka Okolie on their side. Okolie clinched the "Golden Boot Award" with eleven goals in just four match and scored the lone goal of the final.
Churchill started off with a bang, while scoring after just 37 seconds when Mboyo Iyomi netted in a Thokchom Naoba Singh cross. But the goal was disallowed by the referee due to offside. Churchill kept on controlling the match quite early and started to penetrate the ball from left to right. Mahindra were unable to settle and had to reduce their game to the defense. Reisangmei Vasum nearly gave Churchill the lead in the 8th minute, when Odafe Onyeka Okolie went past Indian international Krishnan Nair Ajayan and passed the ball into the box. But Vasum's weak finish didn't trouble Sandip Nandy in the Mahindra goal. Just minutes later Churchill finally went ahead and scored through Okolie in the 11th minute. The Nigerian striker took the advantage of the slacking defense by the Mahindra defenders and smashed a brilliant 18-yard shot into the goal.
Mahindra had their first chance of the match when Steven Dias' weak shot went over the bar without troubling Churchill goalkeeper Vinay Singh. The scoreline remained 1-0 till half-time.
After the lemon break Churchill started to play defensive football and gave Mahindra United a chance to move forward easily. Mahindra started off well with several counter attacks, but had their problems with a brilliant performance by the Churchill defense and Vinay Singh in the goal.
Churchill's Vasum could have increased the lead in the 49th minute, but failed to produce a goal by hitting the ball too far from the post. Mahindra on the other side got back to their playing rhythm and Yakubu Yusif showed some nice temperament and displayed his skill. Yakubu provided a chance for Steven Dias in the 69th minute, while beating two defenders before moving on the ball to the Dias. Dias missed the shot and the rebounder was taken by Ajayan whose shot went off the target.
Mahindra nearly got the equalizer in the 86th minute when Dias' brilliant cross was headed towards the goal by Manjit Singh. Vinay Singh pulled-off a great save to secure his team their maiden title.
India international Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh was the star performer of the final and was not only adjudged "Man of the Match", but also "Best Player of the Tournament".
Mario Soares, Churchill acting coach, on their maidan Durand Cup title: "It's really a great feeling. I can't express it; it is something which I will cherish for my whole life. The pressure in the second half was on our side as we scored the goal and we wanted to maintain the lead and that's why the team slowed down their pace in the second half."
Churchill's Nigerian skipper Odafe Onyeka Okolie: "It's a fantastic win for us. The guys are young and played a superb match; especially the midfield and defense! They are young and have lots of potential in them."
Derrick Pereira, Mahindra coach: "We are on the way to build a good team. The boys are young and it's good to see them fighting hard in the final. One costly mistake has caused the whole match. We should have avoided that but anyway it's part of the game. I am happy that the boys really fought well."

AFC U16 Championship | Qualifiers | Group C | Prince Saud Bin Jelawi Stadium, Rakah:

INDIA U16 4-0 Bhutan U16
Goals: 1-0 Ashish Chetri (34'), 2-0 Abhishek Das (36'), 3-0,4-0 Akshay Vimal Kumar Mall (68',83').

INDIA U16: 21-Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; 2-Ashish Chetri, 3-Deepak Devrani, 16-Arashpreet Singh, 17-Vishal Kumar; 6-Akshay Vimal Kumar Mall, 7-Ralte Lalrindika [C], 24-Tirthankar Sarkar, 29-Bikramjit Singh (72' 26-Shilton Sydney D'Silva); 10-Malaswamfela (40' 8-Vivek Kumar), 20-Abhishek Das (66' 11-L Prem Kumar).
BHUTAN U16: 1-Hari Gurung [C]; 3-Dawa Gyeltshen, 4-Kinley Tenzin, 6-Chanu (48' 5-Kinley Wangdi); 7-Man Bahadur Gurung, 8-Nima (69' 13-Tshering Wangdi), 10-Tashi Dendup, 14-Thinley Dorji; 11-Chogay Tshering (37' 9-Tashi Lhendup), 15-Tshering Tobgyel.

YELLOW CARDS: none.

REFEREE: Khalid Jasim Khalifa Jasim Al Senan (UAE).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan), Khaled Rashed Salem Al Allan (Bahrain).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ali Al Badwawi (UAE).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Chin-Po Chang (Chinese Taipei).
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Viktor Kolpakov (Kyrgyzstan).

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Bangalore Super Division: Department of Youth Services & Sports 1-4 Army Service Corps - Goals: 1-0 Kiran Kumar (8'), 1-1,1-2,1-4 Raju Biswas (28',34',79'), 1-3 Rakesh Singh (65',pen).
Bangalore 'A' Division: AGORC, Bangalore 4-0 HMT - Goals: Iman Khum (2x), Sashidhar, Kewal.

29th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - Final: NRT 2-1 Three Star, Nepal - Goals: 1-0 Nirajan Rai (19'), 1-1 Jumanu Rai (33'), 2-1 Balgopal S (58').


November 6
    RESULTS & NEWS

AFC U19 Championship | Qualifiers | Group B | Paas Stadium, Tehran (Iran):

INDIA U19 2-3 Lebanon U19
Goals: 1-0 Khangembam Thoi Singh (4'), 2-0 Subodh Kumar (29',pen), 2-1,2-2 Ali Baazi (35' pen, 71'), 2-3 Mustapha Chahine (86').

INDIA U19: 1-Laxmikant Kattimani; 3-Raju Eknath Gaikwad, 5-Nallappan Mohanraj, 7-Rajiv Ghosh, 19-Amarwant Singh; 8-Jewel Raja Shaikh, 11-Khangembam Jibon Singh, 22-Subodh Kumar, 29-Hiralal Chetri; 10-Khangembam Thoi Singh, 15-Sathyan Sabeeth.
LEBANON U19: 1-Mohamad Hijazi; 3-Nour Mansour, 5-Omar Ouaida, 15-Ahmad El Massri, 27-Hassan Nasser; 6-Abdallah Taleb, 11-Ahmad Zreik, 12-Ali Farran; 8-Kassem Leila, 9-Mustapha Chahine, 10-Ali Bazzi.

YELLOW CARDS: ...

REFEREE: Khalaf Mohammad Allabany (Yemen).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Arslan Khatamov (Uzbekistan), Amanat Halder (Bangladesh).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Sabban Ahmed Muhammad (Iraq).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Lt. Col. Haji Kamarudin Sakhari (Malaysia).
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Saeed Salem Rashed Hazim (UAE).

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Calcutta Premier League: Mohun Bagan AC 2-0 East Bengal Club - Goals: 1-0,2-0 Jose Ramirez Barreto (49',90'+2' pen).
Mohun Bagan: 31-Shilton Pal; 5-Habibur Rehman Mondal, 20-Sanjeev Kumar Maria, ?-Nanjangud Shivananju Manju, 16-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury; ?-Douglas da Silva, 16-James Lukram Singh (90' 32-Anit Kumar Ghosh), 18-Dharamjit Singh, 6-Shanmugam Venkatesh (65' 22-Lal Kamal Bhowmick); 10-Jose Ramirez Barreto, 15-Baichung Bhutia.
East Bengal: 24-Subrata Pal; 27-Irungbam Surkumar Singh (37' 29-Soumik Dey, 70' 6-Dipankar Roy), 3-Majekodumni Bolaji, 2-Muttath Suresh, D5-ebabrata Roy; 19-Syed Rahim Nabi, 7-Jayanta Sen, 26-Mehraj din Wadoo, 9-Alvito D'Cunha (79' 10-Dipendu Biswas); 30-Edmilson Marques Pardal, 25-Ashim Biswas.
Referee: S Suresh (Tamil Nadu).

Bangalore Super Division: CIL 1-1 ADE - Goals: 1-0 Pradeep (13'), 1-1 Ganaprakash (52').
Bangalore 'A' Division: Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore 2-1 Sri Gajanana - Goals: 1-0 Chinnappa (70'), 2-0 MA Ponnappa (77'), 2-1 Chandrashekar (83').

29th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - Semifinal: NRT 2-1 Nigerian Eagles - Goals: 1-0 Anil Gurung (47'), 1-1 Charles Egwara (54'), 2-1 Khem Gurung (66').
29th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - Semifinal: Three Star, Nepal 0-2 Punjab Police: Goals: 0-1,0-2 Jumana Rai (29',54').


November 5
    RESULTS & NEWS

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Semifinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi | 14.15 IST:

Churchill Brothers SC 3-2 Air-India
Goals: 0-1 Narender Meetei (7'), 1-1 Gouramangi Singh (17'), 1-2 Santosh Koli (27'), 2-2 Mboyo Iyomi (35'), 3-2 Odafe Onkeya Okolie (81').

CHURCHILL: 1-Vinay Singh (33' 30-Lalit Thapa); 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 6-N Govind Singh, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 17-Robert Lalthalma; 15-D Raju (18-Saran Thangjam Singh), 14-Chitrasen Chandam Singh, 36-Eangalis D'Silva, 12-Reisangmei Vasum (79' 11-Khemtang Paite); 10-Odafe Onyeka Okolie [C], 5-Mboyo Iyomi.
AIR-INDIA: 21-Raju Ekka; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 3-Nirmal Chetri (82' 16-Covan Lawrence), 4-L Dhanachandra Singh, 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh, 19-Santosh Koli; 15-Sanju Pradhan (71' 5-Vijith Shetty), 11-Hringsolal Thomte, 20-Paresh Shivalkar; 27-Bashiree Mohammed Abbas [C], 10-Narender T Meetei (78' 9-Jiten Rai).
YELLOW CARDS: none.
REFEREE: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Minagshu Bhattacharya (West Bengal), MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Mohammed Kamil (Delhi).

Match Report:
The hope of Air India flying to the final of the Durand Cup for the first time passed through several air pockets before it nose dived to a crash. Churchill Brothers SC came back into the game after trailing twice in the game. The match witnessed skillful football from both teams, who had several ups and downs. The Airmen from Mumbai went into an early seventh minute lead when Dhanchandra Singh headed in the ball from the free kick taken by Narender Meetei from just outside the left of the Goan box. Air India could not sit on the lead too long as Indian international Gouramangi Singh scored the equalizer ten minutes later in a fashion very similar to the first goal with the free kick taken by Odafe Onyeka Okolie. In the 27th minute Santosh Koli once again put Air India ahead. This time the lead was neutralized by Churchill Brothers Mboyo Iyomi following a pass from Odafe in the 35th minute to make it 2-2 during the lemon break.
The second session of the game saw entertaining football from both teams as they were trying to breakthrough. There were a few hits on the posts of the Goan goal from shots taken by the Airmen. The winning goal came in the 81st minute when Odafe netted the ball into an unguarded goal. Though the Air India players tried to level scores, they ultimately lost the game with a margin 2-3.

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Semifinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi | 17.00 IST:

Mahindra United 0-0,4-2 Salgaocar SC [penalties]
Goals: none.

Penalties:
- Rocus Lamare... shots right over the goal...
- Yakubu Yusif scores... right of the goalkeeper...
- Felix Chimaokwu... left of the goalkeeper...
- Harpreet Singh scores... right of the goalkeeper...
- Joe Rodrigues... left of the goalkeeper...
- Djidjia Douhou Pierre... left of the goalkeeper...
- Shylo Malswam Tulunga... shots left over the goal...
- Sunil Kumar... right of the goalkeeper...

MAHINDRA: 24-Sandip Nandy [C]; 16-Sunil Kumar, 5-Harpreet Singh, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (69' 17-Sukhwinder Singh), 14-Dharmaraj Ravanan; 12-Manjit Singh (61' 23-Steven Dias), 7-Sushanth Mathew, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan, 19-Izumi Arata; 30-Yakubu Yusif; 10-Andrews Pomeyieh Mensah (61' 29-Djidjia Douhou Pierre).
SALGAOCAR: 2-Marcus Basumatari; 12-Remus Gomes, 16-Nicolau Colaco, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar; 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga, 25-Rocus Lamare [C], 30-Francis Fernandes (84' 14-Jerose Oliveira), 29-Joe Rodrigues; 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 15-Agnelo Barretto (46' 11-PK Anil Kumar).
YELLOW CARDS: Krishnan Nair Ajayan (42'), Dharmaraj Ravanan (77', both Mahindra); Agnelo Colaco (43'), Felix Chimaokwu (47'), Shylo Malswam Tulunga (111', all Salgaocar).
REFEREE: Bikramjit Purkayastha (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi), Pradap Singh (Services).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Jagmohan (Services).

Match Report:
The second semifinal match of the day was not as exciting as the first one as both Salgaocar SC and Mahindra United failed to produce quality football. From the very first whistle of the game, none of the teams displayed what was expected from a Durand Cup semifinal. The ball flew from one side to the other and at times in the midfield area without any serious threat posed to either side till the half time. The only chance of the first half was produced by Mahindra striker Yakubu Yusif, but his shot hit the cross-bar and went wide.
After the lemon break both teams tried their best to score, but none of the two sides were able to do so.
The match then rolled over into extra-time as no goals were scored during regulation time. The extra-time too did not see any further change in game plan of both sides. Eventually a penalty shoot-out was the only way to send one of the teams to the final. In the penalty shoot out, Rocus Lamare and then Shylo Malswam Tulunga from Salgaocar missed the 1st and the 4th kick giving the victory to the Jeepmen to set-up title clash with Churchill Brothers SC in a repeat of the 2001 final.
Mahindra United coach Derrick Pereira: "I am happy with the result. We fought well! The boys played two games in succession and full 120 minutes. They are little bit tired. Still finishing has to improve!
Looking forward to the final Pereira added: "Churchill are a good side and in good form, especially their strikers! We definetly have our chances, if our players keep on fighting."

Bangalore Super Division: Southern Blues FC - Oriental FC = match postponed due to unplayable ground conditions
Bangalore 'A' Division: Dharmaraja Union - Bangalore United FC = match postponed due to unplayable ground conditions
Mumbai Elite Division - Super Six: Akbar Travels - Mumbai FC - Goals: 1-0 Jonathon Bobo (43'), 2-0 Okuwalum Ezekel (50'), 2-1 Noel Anthony Wilson (51'), 2-2 Assem Kutty (65').


November 4
    RESULTS & NEWS

AFC U16 Championship | Qualifiers | Group C | Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad Stadium, Dammam:

INDIA U16 3-0 Saudi Arabia U16
Goals: 1-0,2-0 Malaswamfela (42',50'), 3-0 Ralte Lalrindika (65').

INDIA U16: 21-Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; 2-Ashish Chetri, 3-Deepak Devrani, 17-Vishal Kumar, 18-Tonmoy Ghosh; 7-Ralte Lalrindika, 12-Milan Singh Ongbam [C], 24-Tirthankar Sarkar (74' 25-Subhojit Majumdar), 29-Bikramjit Singh; 10-Malaswamfela, 20-Abhishek Das.
SAUDI ARABIA U16: 1-Fawaz Al Khaibari; 5-Abdullah Al Hafith [C], 11-Abdulelah Mohammed, 13-Yasir Al Shahrani (59' Fahad Al Malki)), 18-Motaz Hawsawi; 6-Murad Harthi (46' 15-Mohammed Alasiri), 10-Hatan Babir, 14-Abdullah Otayf; 9-Abdulrahim Al Khamis, 17-Ahmed Aloufi, 19-Masood Bikit (68' Zain Nash).

YELLOW CARDS: Tonmoy Ghosh (74'), Vishal Kumar (81', both India); Abdulrahim Al Khamis (69', Saudi Arabia).

RED CARD: Fawaz Al Khaibari (88', Saudi Arabia).

REFEREE: Ali Al Badwawi (UAE).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Salim Gharib Al Rashdy (Oman), Khaled Rashed Salem Al Allan (Bahrain).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Khalid Jasim Khalifa Jasim Al Senan (UAE).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Chin-Po Chang (Chinese Taipei).
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Hussain Ghadhanferi (Kuwait).

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Quarterfinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi:

Sporting Clube de Goa 0-0,3-5 Mahindra United [penalties]
Goals: none.

Penalties:
- NP Pradeep scores... left of the goalkeeper...
- Boniface Ngairah Ambani scores... left of the goalkeeper...
- Manjit Singh scores... right of the goalkeeper...
- Samananda Singh misses... hit the crossbar...
- Harpreet Singh scores... left of the goalkeeper...
- Micky Fernandes scores... left of the goalkeeper...
- M Mohammed Rafi scores... right of the goalkeeper...
- Bibiano Fernandes scores... right of the goalkeeper...
- Yakubu Yusif scores... right of the goalkeeper...

SPORTING CLUBE: 30-Luis Xavier Barreto; 24-Samananda Singh, 6-Philip Gomes [C], 3-Mathew Gonsalves, 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra; 18-Denzil Franco (98' 4-Chinta Chandrashekar), 14-Wilton Gomes, 26-Micky Fernandes, 22-Joseph Pereira (91' 23-Bibiano Fernandes); 21-Olushola Ogundare, 20-Eze Isiocha (66' 11-Boniface Ngairah Ambani).
MAHINDRA: 24-Sandip Nandy [C] (119' 1-Subhashish Roy Chowdhury); 7-Sushanth Mathew, 5-Harpreet Singh, 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep, 21-Gautam Debnath; 23-Steven Dias (103' 12-Manjit Singh), 29-Djidjia Douhou Pierre (66' 10-Andrews Pomeyieh Mensah), 17-Sukhwinder Singh, 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan; 11-M Mohammed Rafi, 30-Yakubu Yusif.
YELLOW CARDS: Micky Fernandes (70', SPorting Clube); Sushanth Mathew (31'), Harpreet Singh (111', both Mahindra).
REFEREE: Deepak Singh (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Minagshu Bhattacharya (West Bengal), A Rowan.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: JM Stalin (Tamil Nadu).

Match Report:
Mahindra United defeated Sporting Clube de Goa in a thrilling encounter to book a place in the semifinals at the Ambedkar Stadium. Both teams played a compact football and neutralised the attacking lines. It was a tough match for the Mumbai-side, which has only scored a single goal in two matches. The team was not playing in full flow and even players like Krishnan Nair Ajayan and Steven Dias were unable to show their best. India's Nehru Cup hero Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep was once again the best player of the Mahindra United team.
Both teams tried hard to score, but none of them were successful in doing so. As far as the ball possession is concerned, Sporting Clube de Goa had the upper hand from the beginning on. Sporting could have scored in the 21st minute through Olushola Ogundare, but he was unable to utilize a Harpreet Singh error in the Mahindra box. Soon Yakubu Yusif produced a scary moment for the Goans with a brilliant shot in the 24th minute, which was superbly saved by Sporting goalkeeper Luis Xavier Barreto. On the other side Ogundare once again missed a scoring opportunity in the 38th minute.
The second half continued like the first one with both teams failing to score. A shot by Mahindra striker Yakubu Yusif in the 58th minute hit the bar post and went wide. Minutes later Sporting Clube had their chance to take the lead through Micky Fernandes, when his shot hit the cross-bar.
The match went on with a goalless extr-time and was decided in a penalty shoot-out, which was won by the Mumbai-outfit.
Derrick Pereira, Mahindra United coach: "We are yet to get into the right form. We are not in the rhythm. Some of our players were on national duty and joined us in Delhi. We need to work together."

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Quarterfinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi:

Salgaocar SC 2-1 JCT, Phagwara
Goals: 1-0 PK Anil Kumar (7'), 2-0 Shylo Malswam Tulunga 31'), 2-1 Sunil Chetri (45+1').

SALGAOCAR: 2-Marcus Basumatari; 12-Remus Gomes, 16-Nicolau Colaco, 8-Agnelo Colaco, 17-TV Biju Kumar; 19-Shylo Malswam Tulunga (88' 4-Vincent Brice Pires), 25-Rocus Lamare [C], 14-Jerose Oliveira (75' 30-Francis Fernandes), 6-Nicholas L Rodrigues (64' 23-William Colaco); 7-Felix Chimaokwu, 11-PK Anil Kumar.
JCT: 1-Karanjit Singh; 13-Baldeep Singh Sr, 4-Julius Irabor Akpele [C], 24-Gurwinder Singh (33' 2-Jaspal Singh), 12-Daljit Singh; 6-Baljit Singh Sahni, 28-Shivraj Singh (55' 16-Rakinderjit Singh), 20-Marcos Pereira, 8-Jaswinder Singh; 11-Sunil Chetri, 10-Eduardo da Silva Escobar.
YELLOW CARDS: Remus Gomes (15'), Agnelo Colaco (85', both Salgaocar); Jaswinder Singh (32'), Sunil Chetri (49', both JCT).
REFEREE: Mohammed Kamil (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Ramesh Subramaniyam (Tamil Nadu), Jamohan.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Sunil Dutt.

Match Report:
The second match of the day between Salgaocar and last years runners-up JCT went in favour of the Goans. Salgaocar surprised everyone with a spirited performance and neutralised the JCT stars Sunil Chetri and Eduardo da Silva Escobar. JCT played well but was unable to utilize their chances, while Salgaocar had two chances and made two goals!
Salgaocar took an early lead in the 7th minute through PK Anil Kumar who netted in a brilliant cross from Felix Chimaokwu. JCT tried their luck in the 22nd minute, when Marcos Pereira hammered a 30-yard shot on the target only to find it saved by goalkeeper Marcus Basumatari. Moments later Pereira once again produced a brilliant ball and finding his teammate Shivraj Singh. Singh's shot hit the crossbar and went wide.
Shylo Malswam Tulunga scored the second goal for Salgaocar in the 31st minute. A nice wall pass between Tulunga and PK Anil Kumar left the JCT defense out of contention and Tulunga's shot hit the post and went in.
India forward Sunil Chetri headed-in a Baljit Singh Sahni cross to reduce the margin and give JCT some new hope. JCT dominated the second half, but was unfortunate to score more goals.
Savio Medeira, Salgaocar SC coach: "I am happy with the scoreline but we still have a lot to improve. The performances of the players were good, although we were dropping back too much and showed lack of combination between midfield and defense. But victory is sweet and especially in the knock-out stage of the tournament."

Bangalore Super Division: Karnataka State Police - BEML (EM) = match postponed due to unplayable ground conditions
Bangalore 'A' Division: BHEL (EPD) - Tilak Memorial = match postponed due to unplayable ground conditions
2nd Manipur State League: YWC, Thambalkhong 3-2 AMOFA, Moirang - Goals: 1-0,2-0 S Herojit Singh, 2-1 Stephen Hmar (18'), 3-1 Th Santosh Singh (69'), 3-2 Premananda Singh (80').
2nd Manipur State League: Manipur Police SC 5-0 RACC, Churachandpur - Goals: 1-0 Ch Ojit Singh (2'), 2-0 N Helen Singh (26'), 3-0 K Premkumar (39'), 4-0 Ng Jenendra Singh (58'), 5-0 Ranabir Singh (75').
2nd Manipur State League: Tiddim Road Athletic Union 0-1 NEROCA - Goal: 0-1 T Dhiren Singh (52').
2nd Manipur State League: NISA, Thangmeiband 3-1 Phoudel Youth Club, Thoubal - Goals: 1-0 O Pritam Singh (8'), 2-0,3-0 Charan Rai (10',24'), 3-1 David Ngaihte (44').
2nd Manipur State League: Eastern Sporting Union 1-1 United Sports Association
2nd Manipur State League: Southern Sporting Union 0-0 Kakching FC - Goals: none.
Mumbai Elite Division - Super Six: ONGC, Mumbai 0-0 Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers - Goals: none.

12th M Chittamani memorial Winners' Cup, Nambol - Final 2nd Leg: TRUGPU, Nambol 9-0 Lenlai Club, Churachandpur

29th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - Quarterfinal: Three Star, Nepal 4-0 Bhutan XI - Goals: 1-0 Pradeep Mahrajan (70'), 2-0 Santosh Sahukhla (83'), 3-0,4-0 Jumana Rai (90+2',90+4').

::: 120th Durand Cup Semifinals & Final live on NDTV 24x7 :::
News channel NDTV 24x7 will be showing the semifinals and final of the 120th "Osian's" Durand Cup live and exclusive with Novy Kapadia and our own Editor-in-Chief Arunava Chaudhuri being the commentators for the matches.
The semifinals on November 5 will be played at 14.15 IST and 17.00 IST, while the final on November 7 will kickoff at 16.45 IST at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi.
You can catch the match action live in our IndianFootball.Com Matchcenter!
Meanwhile free tickets are available at the Ambedkar Stadium for the remainder of the tournament at Gates No. 2, 6, 7 & 8.


November 3
    RESULTS & NEWS

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Quarterfinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi:

Churchill Brothers SC 6-1 Central Railway, Mumbai
Goals: 0-1 Kasif Jamal (7' pen), 1-1,2-1,3-1,4-1,5-1 Odafe Onyeka Okolie (13',40',54',58',82'), 6-1 Saran Thangjam Singh (84').

CHURCHILL BROTHERS: 1-Vinay Singh; 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh (84' 3-Warundeep Singh, 6-N Govind Singh, 19-Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 17-Robert Lalthalma; 14-Chitrasen Chandam Singh, 36-Eangalis D'Silva, 15-D Raju (63' 18-Saran Thangjam Singh), 12-Reisangmei Vasum (77' 11-Khemtang Paite); 10-Odafe Onyeka Okolie [C], 5-Mboyo Iyomi.
CENTRAL RAILWAY: 1-Raghuvir Khanolkar; 12-Agnelo Fernandes [C], 4-Prabash Janardhan, 16-Revelino Fernandes, 21-Nasir Jamal (85' 2-Robin Joseph), 13-P Safique (66' 23-Karim Sheikh), 8-Arun EK, 11-KS Sumesh, 7-Dennis George (46' 9-Aziz QUreshi), 20-Soccor Velho, 18-Kasif Jamal.
YELLOW CARDS: Chitrasen Chandam Singh (41'), N Govind Singh (70', both Churchill Bros); Dennis George (13'), Arun EK (39'), Nasir Jamal (49'), Soccor Velho (72', all Central Railway).
REFEREE: Pratap Singh.
ASSISTANT REFEREES: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu), Deepak Singh Delhi).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Jagmohan.

Match Report:
Churchill Brothers thrashed Central Railway, Mumbai 6-1 to book their semifinal place in the 120th "Osian's" Durand Cup. Nigerian striker Odafe Onyeka Okolie was once again the star performer of the Goan side with five goals to make a total of nine goals in two games. Churchill played compact and their defenders didn't give too many chances to the Central Railway fowards. The Goans never looked in trouble throughout the whole game and outplayed their opponent easily.
Churchill defender N Govind Singh produced an early scare for his team when he committed a hand ball in the penalty area to stop a corner taken by Kasif Jamal. Jamal converted the resulting penalty and gave the Mumbai-side the lead in the 7th minute. Churchill didn't need much time to equalize and Odafe Onyeka Okolie netted-in a 18-yard free kick. Okolie could have scored again in the 26th minute, but he was denied by the Central Railway goalkeeper Raghuvir Khanolkar. Chuchill's second striker Mboyo Iyomi had a good match too and could have scored his first goal of the tournament in the 35th minute. Iyomi went past all defenders and took a shot on the target, but his shot hit the post and went wide. Just moments before half-time Okolie finally increase the lead, while chipping the ball over a surprised Central Railway goalkeeper.
In the second half Odafe Onyeka Okolie continued his one-man show and scored his third and fourth goal in the 54th and 58th minute. Okolie and Iyomi were always causing trouble to the Central Railway defense and showed some superb passing skills. The combination of this duo resulted in the fifth goal for the Goans with Okolie once again on the scoresheet in the 82nd minute. Saran Thangjam Singh put on the icing on the cake and scored the sixth goal from a Mboyo Iyomi cross.
'Man of the Match' Odafe Onyeka Okolie: "I am extremely happy by the way I and team played today! It's not a one-man show rather it's totally a team effort! I keep on getting good balls from by midfielders. I hope to continue my performance and will go on scoring with every possible chance given to me. I know the semifinal is going to be tough!"

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Quarterfinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi:

Dempo SC 1-2 Air-India
Goals: 0-1 Sanju Pradhan (3'), 1-1 Nicolau Borges (43'), 1-2 Santosh Koli (75')

DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 28-Mahesh Gawli, 3-John Charles Dias, 4-Cressan Antao; 16-Samir Naik (63' 15-Clifford Miranda, 79' 8-Climax Lawrence), 7-Nacimento Silveira, 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 22-Nicolau Borges; 30-Chidi Edeh, 9-Ranty Martins Soleye [C].
AIR-INDIA: 21-Raju Ekka; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 3-Nirmal Chetri, 4-L Dhanachandra Singh, 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh, 19-Santosh Koli; 15-Sanju Pradhan (59' 23-Surojit Roy, 90' 10-Narender T Meetei), 11-Hringsolal Thomte, 20-Paresh Shivalkar; 27-Bashiree Mohammed Abbas [C], 8-Kumar Samson Singh (55' 5-Vijith Shetty).
YELLOW CARDS: Chidi Edeh (5', Dempo); Kumar Samson Singh (20'), Hringsolal Thomte (82', both Air-India).
REFEREE: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Bikramjit, SB Saha.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ratheesh.

Match Report:
Air-India produced the biggest upset of the 120th "Osian's" Durand Cup by knocking out the defending champions Dempo SC in todays encounter. The Mumbai-side utilized their chances and boosted their confidence with this spirited performance. It was undoubtedly the most competitive match of this years edition of the tournament. The match was evenly poised and both teams had their opportunities to score. This victory ensures Air-India their first Durand Cup semifinal berth since 1998.
Air-India had a dream start when Sanju Pradhan opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. The right winger was unmarked and took the opportunity to utilize from a rebounder off a Kumar Samson Singh freekick. Dempo paced up their game but were not able to find any goal-scoring opportunity till the 41st minute as both Air-India central defenders Nirmal Chetri and L Dhanachandra Singh kept a close eye on the Churchill strikers. Ranty Martins Soleye could have scored the equalizer for Dempo, but failed to head-in a Sameer Naik cross. Dempo finally got their equalizer trough Nicolau Borges in the 43rd minute. A Samir Naik cross found an unmarked Chidi Edeh who headed the ball to Borges, who netted-in to equalize.
The second half was even more thrilling and went in favour of Air-India. Dempo could have taken the lead through Edeh, but his weak shot was easily saved by Raju Ekka in the Air-India goal. Ekka was undoubtedly the best player of the match and his double save in the 68th minute boosted his team. Santosh Koli scored the winner for Air-India in the 75th minute from a Haobijam Napoleon Singh cross and crashed the dreams of Dempo.
After the match Air-India coach Bimal Ghosh said: "It is really a wonderful team performance. I am very happy about the way the boys played today and it will boost their confidence for the semifinal. Further our goalkeeper and defenders are quite young, but the way they played this game shows that they surely have a bright future ahead! The semifinal against Churchill is going to be a tough one. Churchill is in good form and especially Odafe Onyeka Okolie, who was brilliant once again against Central Railway."

Calcutta Premier League: Mohammedan Sporting Club 0-4 Chirag United SC - Goals: 0-1,0-4 Theodore Sunday Wrobeh (46',85' pen), 0-2 R Dhanarajan (48'), 0-3 Gouranga Datta (78').
Mohammedan Sporting: 31-Sheikh Nasibul Haque; 2-Rajib Ahmed, ?-Tapan Giri (6-Sheikh Azim), 3-Ayeni Bedemi Daniel, 25-Mir Farooq Hyder, ?-Roque Barreto, 14-Basudeb Mondal (?-Mohammed Yasin Ansari), ?-Avinash Thapa, ?-Matthew Thangjom, 10-Mike Okoro, 19-Kalia Kuluthungan.
Chirag United: 31-Shibram Dey; 15-Dulal Biswas, 2-Louis Nigi Ebami, ?-Barun Oraon, 5-R Dhanranjan, 32-Gouranga Datta, ?-Lalmalswama Hmar (?-Sheikh Sanjib), ?-Denson Devadas, 8-Sasthi Duley (?-Surojit Chakraborty), 25-Shankar Oraon, 24-Theodore Sunday Wrobeh.
Referee: Biplab Poddar.

Bangalore Super Division: Department of Youth Services & Sports - SAI, Bangalore = match postponed due to unplayable ground conditions
Bangalore 'A' Division: Government Press - Sri Gajanana = match postponed due to unplayable ground conditions

29th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - Quarterfinal: Titanium XI 0-1 NRT - Goal: 0-1 Nirajan Raimaji (38').

::: India U-19 leaves for Iran :::
The India U-19 national team will be leaving Mumbai tomorrow to participate in the AFC U-16 Championship Group B qualifiers in Iran. The Indian youngsters will face Bahrain, Iran, Lebanon, Oman and Pakistan in the qualifiers.
INDIA U-19:
Goalkeepers: Laxmikant Kattimani, Jagroop Singh, Shahin Lal Meloli.
Defenders: Venkatesh Chetan Kumar, Raju Eknath Gaikwad, Nallappan Mohanraj, Rajiv Ghosh, Jagdeep Singh, Pradeep Mohanraj, Amarwant Singh, Sushil Kisku, Saikat Saha Roy.
Midfielders: Minto Boro, Jewel Raja Shaikh, Hiralal Chetri, Malsawmkima Chhangte, Subodh Kumar, Khangembam Jibon Singh.
Forwards: Jagtar Singh, Khangembam Thoi Singh, Sathyan Sabeeth, Malsawmdawgliana, Lalpekhlua.
Officials: Colin Joseph Toal (Chief Coach), Mridul Kanti Banerjee (Coach), Thomas Joseph (Coach), Jude Tiofilo Barreto (Coach), Jose Manuel Savio Messias (Manager), Chandru Jayaraman (Physiotherapist).


November 2
    RESULTS & NEWS

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Pre-Quarterfinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi:

Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 Army XI
Goals: 1-0 Olushola Ogundare (8'), 2-0 23-Bibiano Fernandes (71'), 2-1 MG Ramachandran (90+2')

SPORTING CLUBE: 30-Luis Xavier Barreto; 7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 6-Philip Gomes, 24-Samananda Singh, 5-Carlos Fernandes; 14-Wilton Gomes, 26-Micky Fernandes, 27-Lairenjam Bisheshwor Singh (4' 23-Bibiano Fernandes), 22-Joseph Pereira; 21-Olushola Ogundare (90' 12-Lavino Fernandes), 11-Boniface Ngairah Ambani (65' 20-Eze Isiocha).
ARMY: 1-Robikanta Singh; 14-B Bodra, 15-Irudaya Rajesh, 3-M Dileep, 5-KP Kabui, 12-MG Ramachandran, 13-Thirunavakarsu (85' 27-Sochungmi Releng), 6-Hemant Lama [C] (64' 10-Raghu Kumar), 11-Nguernilal Hmar, 9-RS Bhandari (71' 22-Mahesh Rai), 18-Laldingliana.
YELLOW CARDS: none.
REFEREE: Ramesh Subramaniyam (Tamil Nadu).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Mohammed Kamil (Delhi), SB Saha.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Harichand.

Match Report:
The first match of the day saw a repeat of Durand Cup 2005 final with Sporting Clube de Goa avenged their defeat with a 2-1 victory over Army XI to earn a place in the last eight. For Sporting Clube it was the third victory against Army XI in a row in a knockout tournament.
Sporting Clube de Goa began their 120th Durand Cup campaign with an edge over Army XI. They played quick moves and scored early into the match. The goal came in the 8th minute from the foot of their Nigerian striker Olushola Ogundare. After conceding the first goal, the Armymen improved their play and began to pose a threat with their counter attacks at regular intervals. But no further damage was done by either side till the lemon break. In the second half it was often goal-to-goal action with both teams playing an attacking game. Every thing was going well, till the Army defence miss passed within their own box and substitute Bibiano Fernandes, who was close to the ball, made full advantage of the army men's mistake to score in the 71st minute. Meanwhile, Army XI had some hard luck when they wasted couple of scoring opportunities with the ball bouncing back from the crossbar. but Army XI got some consolation when the last shot of the match taken by MG Ramachandran produced a goal in injury time.

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Pre-Quarterfinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi:

Mahindra United 1-0 Border Security Force
Goal: 1-0 Yakubu Yusif (87' pen)

MAHINDRA UNITED: 24-Sandip Nandy [C]; 7-Sushanth Mathew, 5-Harpreet Singh, 18-N Kali Alaudeen (46' 23-Steven Dias), 21-Gautam Debnath; 12-Manjit Singh, 17-Sukhwinder Singh (76' 2-Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep), 29-Djidjia Douhou Pierre, 11-M Mohammed Rafi; 30-Yakubu Yusif, 10-Andrews Pomeyie Mensah (46' 4-Krishnan Nair Ajayan).
BSF: 28-Deepak Kumar Jr; 4-Mandeep Singh, 5-Deepak Kumar Sr, 17-PB Ekka, 2-Tapan Bhattacharjee, 6-Sarbjit Singh, 25-Harjeet Singh (88' 20-Amarjit Singh), 16-Santosh Kujur [C] (59' 12-Gurjit SIngh Atwal), 18-Amanpreet Singh, 7-PH Boy Singh, 14-Banti Singh.
YELLOW CARDS: Manjit Singh (90+1' Mahindra).
REFEREE: A Ghosh.
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Rizwan ul-Haq (Delhi), Deepak Singh Delhi).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Sunil Dutt.

Match Report:
The last pre-quarterfinal match saw seven time champion Border Security Force fighting it out with twice champions Mahindra United from Mumbai for the last place in the quarterfinals of the 120th Durand Cup at the floodlit Ambedkar Stadium. But recent statistics failed as the charged-up Border Security Force men tested the skills of the Mahindra United boys in the first half. The BSF men came close to scoring several times, but hard luck denied them a lead and the score sheet remained blank for both sides before the lemon break. Into the second half, the Mahindra boys started poorly though bringing on Indian internationals Steven Dias, Krishnan Nair Ajayan and NP Pradeep. But that didn't change the complexion of the game as BSF had two close chances around the 65th minute mark, while Mahindra United desperate to score committed a number of easy and unnecessary fouls. In the 76th minute a penalty was awarded to Mahindra United, when Tapan Bhattacharjee brought down Yakubu Yusif in the box, but they failed to convert as an alert BSF custodian Deepak Kumar Jr made a good save as Pierre Douhou took a weak attempt. Ten minutes later Mahindra United earned another penalty as this time Bhattacharjee committed a handball in the box. This time round Yakubu Yusif was bang on target scoring with a placed shot to the right of the keeper, who got his hands to it but couldn't stop the strong shot. BSF came close to scoring towards the closing stages, but it wasn't to be for them as they wasted a couple of good chances. Riding on the lone goal scored from the spot kick, Mahindra United joins the last eight. In the quarterfinals they clash with Sporting Clube de Goa on November 4, a rematch of their Federation Cup quarterfinal encounter a few weeks ago.

Bangalore Super Division: MEG 1-0 Oriental FC - Goal: 1-0 Nigilraj (31').
Bangalore 'A' Division: South Western Railway Institute 1-1 Bangalore United FC - Goals: 0-1 Ramesh (54'), 1-1 Srikanth (87').

12th M Chittamani memorial Winners' Cup, Churachandpur - Final 1st Leg: Lenlai Club, Churachandpur 0-5 TRUGPU, Nambol

29th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - Pre-Quarterfinal: Bhutan XI 3-0 Tibetan NFA - Goals: 1-0 Gyeltshen (27'), 2-0,3-0 Wangay Dorj (38',61').
29th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - Quarterfinal: Mumbai United 0-0,5-6 Punjab Police [penalties] - Goals: none // Penalty Scorers: Elvis Pereira, Benit D'Souza, Javed Ansari, Abdul Olawale, Sunday Ogar (all Mumbai Utd); Sandip Singh, Sumit Bali, Guriqbal Singh, Gurpreet Kumar, Parminder Singh, Pardip Singh.


November 1
    RESULTS & NEWS

::: IndianFootball.Com interview: Neville Tuli (Osian's) :::
IndianFootball.Com Founder & Editor-in-Chief Arunava Chaudhuri had the chance to speak to Neville Tuli, the founder and Chairman of Delhi-based Osian's. Osian's is sponsoring the 120th Durand Cup, which is the world's third-oldest football tournament and is now also the sponsor behind the New Delhi Heroes.
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AFC U16 Championship | Qualifiers | Group C | Prince Saud Bin Jelawi Stadium, Rakah:

INDIA U16 3-0 Lebanon U16
Goals: 1-0,3-0 Deepak Devrani (9',64'), 2-0 Mandeep (47').

INDIA U16: 21-Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; 2-Ashish Chetri, 3-Deepak Devrani, 17-Vishal Kumar, 18-Tonmoy Ghosh; 7-Ralte Lalrindika (84' 25-Subhojit Majumdar), 12-Milan Singh Ongbam [C], 14-Bijendra Rai (71' 24-Tirthankar Sarkar), 29-Bikramjit Singh; 9-Mandeep, 10-Malaswamfela (76' 20-Abhishek Das).
LEBANON U16: 1-Mahmoud Atwi (53' 23-Ahmad Nasrallah); 2-Wissam Saleh, 3-Hassan Ez Deen, 4-Hussein Khreis (49' 14-Omar El Kurdi), 5-Hadi Sahmarani [C], 26-Jad Noureddine; 7-Mohamad Chaaban, 17-Mohamad Kdouh (80' 21-Ali Kabbout), 19-Mohammed Kabbout; 9-Kassem Abou Kechfe, 10-Bilal Sabra.

YELLOW CARDS: Malaswamfela (27'), Bikramjit Singh (66'), Mandeep (90'+4', all India); Mohamad Chaaban (68'), Hassan Ez Deen (73'), Hadi Sahmarani (85'), Jad Noureddine (88', all Lebanon).

YELLOW-RED CARD: Hadi Sahmarani (90'+1', Lebanon).

RED CARD: Omar El Kurdi (76', Lebanon).

REFEREE: Khalid Jasim Khalifa Jasim Al Senan (UAE).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Salim Gharib Al Rashdy (Oman), Mohammed Saleh (Jordan).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Jaafar Alawi Jawad Mahfoodh (Bahrain).
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Chin-Po Chang (Chinese Taipei).
REFEREE INSPECTOR: Hussain Ghadhanferi (Kuwait).

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Pre-Quarterfinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi:

Dempo SC 5-0 Indian Air Force, New Delhi
Goals: 1-0 Ranty Martins Soleye (6'), 2-0,4-0 Roberto Mendes Silva (21',71'), 3-0,5-0 Chidi Edeh (45',75').

DEMPO: 21-VP Satish Kumar; 18-Valeriano Rebello, 23-Dominic Noronha, 3-John Charles Dias, 4-Cressan Antao; 14-Anthony Pereira (46' 19-Johnny D'Cruz), 7-Nacimento Silveira (74' 20-Riston Rodrigues), 11-Roberto Mendes Silva, 22-Nicolau Borges; 30-Chidi Edeh, 9-Ranty Martins Soleye [C] (78' 17-Joaquim Abranches).
IAF: 1-Arobindo Bandopadhyay; 14-RK Singh, 2-GS Sandhu, 5-RS Bisht, 12-Kiran Kanwar, 13-Stephen, 7-WP Singh, 8-S Thapa (61' 3-LB Victor, 72' 17-Lalramzuava), 9-Ravinder Thapliyal, 15-Kalyan Pal [C], 22-Anil Kumar (45' 4-Mahesh Negi).
YELLOW CARDS: none.
REFEREE: MA Siddique (Madhya Pradesh).
ASSISTANT REFEREES: P Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu), Ramesh Subramaniyam (Tamil Nadu).
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Minagshu Bhattacharya (West Bengal).

Match Report:
Defending champions Dempo Sports Club, Goa started their campaign with a thumping 5-0 win over the Indian Air Force football team. The Goan side outplayed the Air Force in all fields of the game and knocked them out of the 120th "Osian's" Durand Cup. Dempo rested their Indian internationals Climax Lawrence, Mahesh Gawli, Clifford Miranda and Samir Naik after their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lebanon on Tuesday.
Ranty Martins Soleye opened the scoring in the 6th minute. Soleye converted the rebounder of a Chidi Edeh shot. Roberto Mendes Silva increased the lead with a powerful side volley in the 21st minute, while a good combination by three foreigners resulted in the third goal for the Goans when Chidi Edeh easily netted in the ball.
The Air Force team tried hard to score at least a consolation goal in the second half, but was unable to find the target. Dempo on the other side kept up their offensive playing style and their Brazilian player Roberto Mendes Silva utilized from a defensive error to make it 4-0 in the in the 71st minute. Chidi Edeh scored the fifth goal from a Ranty Martins Soleye cross in 75th minute.
Dempo coach Armando Colaco: "I am happy with the way the team played today. They combined well and it was nice to watch."

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120th "Osian's" Durand Cup | Pre-Quarterfinal | Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi:

Air-India 3-1 New Delhi Heroes
Goals: 1-0,2-1 Bashiree Mohammed Abbas (18',64'), 1-1 Malswama (48'), 3-1 Kumar Samson Singh (71').

AIR-INDIA: 21-Raju Ekka; 2-Haobijam Napoleon Singh, 3-Nirmal Chetri, 4-L Dhanachandra Singh, 6-Uttam Leishangthem Singh, 19-Santosh Koli; 15-Sanju Pradhan (71' 23-Surojit Roy), 11-Hringsolal Thomte, 20-Paresh Shivalkar; 27-Bashiree Mohammed Abbas, 8-Kumar Samson Singh (79' 5-Vijith Shetty).
ND HEROES: 12-Rashid Mehdi; 27-Stanley Cyprian [C], 3-Shariyat Raza, 24-Prashant Jaggi, 13-Amjad Hussain, 4-Manitombi Singh (66' 18-Bungo Singh), 22-Nwaeke Harrison Nwabueze, 7-Bhuvan Krishna Joshi, 21-Crispin Chetri (76' 21-Wajid Ali), 15-Harvinder Singh Jr, 14-Gyan Moin Thapa (39' 10-Malswama)
YELLOW CARDS: Prashant Jaggi (16'), Bhuvan Krishna Joshi (63'), Stanley Cyprian (69', all ND Heroes).
REFEREE: A Rowan.
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Pratap Singh, Ratheesh.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: MA Kumaran.

Match Report:
Air-India defeated local outfit Osian's New Delhi Heroes 3-1 to set-up a clash with Dempo SC in the quarterfinals of the 120th "Osian's" Durand Cup. Air-India looked like the better side with a well balanced mix of young and experienced players in their ranks. Osian's New Delhi Heroes hopes to pull a surprise in the world's third-oldest tournament were trashed as they were knocked out of the tournament by the Mumbai-side. The match was evenly poised but Air-India utilized their chances.
Bashiree Mohammed Abbas headed in a well-taken corner by Haobijam Napoleon Singh to give Air-India to lead in the 18th minute. The goal could have been avoided, but bad defending by the New Delhi Heroes players made things easy for Abbas.
The second half started-off with a completely new Osian's New Delhi Heroes team, which seemed to have received the right words from their Nigerian coach Chima Okorie. Substitute Malswama equalized the score in the 48th minute. The Osian's-sponsored team paced up their game from then on, but had difficulties to connect well.
Air-India could have scored their second goal in the 53rd minute, but Sanju Pradhan wasted the opportunity. It was finally Bashiree Mohammed Abbas who increased the lead in 64th minute, when his shot from the penalty area was too good to be saved by Heroes goalkeeper Rashid Mehdi.
A defensive error by Heroes defender Prashant Jaggi resulted in the third and final goal for Air-India in the 71st minute. Kumar Samson Singh made no mistake and netted in the ball.

Calcutta Premier League: Calcutta Port Trust 2-2 Eastern Railway SC - Goals: Eaji, Kousik Prasad; Santanu Bit, Benjamin.
Calcutta Premier League: Peerless SC 0-0 George Telegraph SC - Goals: none.

29th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - Pre-Quarterfinal: NRT, Nepal 2-1 JCT Academy [extra-time] - Goals: 1-0,2-1 Anil Gurung (35',111'), 1-1 L Lima (54').
29th Sikkim Governor's Gold Cup - Quarterfinal: BJS, Bangladesh 1-2 Nigerian Eagles - Goals: 0-1 Egmon Freeman (4'), 1-1 Liton (65'), 1-2 Efeyan Nkenchor (75').

::: Baichung is philosphical after India's elimination :::
by WorldSpace / Total Sports Asia: After India could only manage a 2-2 draw with Lebanon in the second leg of the FIFA 2010 World Cup qualifier, captain Baichung Bhutia reflected on the result.
"Football matches can change very quickly...the match changes completely with goals. We had total control until the penalty incident. It was a good scoreline to have in the first half. And then we had a couple of chances, which if we had scored, things could've been different."
Baichung took time out, in his capacity as a weekly guest, to speak to PLAY, India's only fully-dedicated sports radio station which can be found on Channel 520 on the WorldSpace Satellite Radio network. He was philosophical about the scoreline which meant that Lebanon would advance to the next round 6-3 on aggregate.
"I feel we dominated the first half. We scored the goal and we could have scored one or two more. And we stayed positive in the second half but when you need to win by a 3-0 margin, everything has to go perfectly and unfortunately that didn't happen for us. That's part of football.'
Trailing 4-1 from the first leg in Beirut, India went for an all-out attack and were rewarded with a goal from Sunil Chetri in the first half. Despite dominating, the whole match was turned on its head when Indian goalkeeper Subrata Pal was sent off for bringing down a Lebanese player in the penalty box and the resultant spot-kick was put away. For Baichung, that was the turning point of the match.
"A second goal could've turned the match but the penalty changed things - it got a bit difficult for us. The penalty was valid but i think the red card was too harsh. A lot of times the referee just shows a yellow card but you have to respect it."
The omens weren't good for India from the very moment the orignal Sunday game in Chennai was switched to Goa on Tuesday because of the bad weather down south and Baichung was quick to acknowledge that.
" It would have been better if we could have played in Chennai on Sunday. It's not easy because we had to travel travel to Goa and one to one and a half days is not enough to recover completely. Playing on Sunday would have given us an advantage because they (Lebanon) would have had less time to recover from jetlag and that plays a major role so it would have helped us. "
Baichung managed to get a consolation equaliser for India in the dying seconds. Or so he thought. FIFA later awarded the goal to Steven Dias who had taken the corner that had was adjudged to have gone in directly from his kick. Baichung disputes that. "It did touch a bit of me, then got a bit of a deflection, hit the goalkeeper and then went in. It came from a corner but it did touch me before it went in."
Baichung conceded that could well have been his last contribution in a World Cup qualifying match.
"It'll be another 3 or years before we play another World cup qualifier so you never know. But that could be my last World Cup qualifier match." Baichung has always made clear his passion for the sport and its future in the Indian context. He's pragmatic about what lies ahead for the national team.
"The sad thing is we've had a great 6 months. We've played 17 matches and we've just lost 2 of them. The team is shaping up well. We're in the process of building a nice team and things are looking good. Now these qualifiers are over, the national team doesn't play for another 5-6 months. If we don't play enough matches, the ranking suffers. That means news of the team doesn't get much coverage and people do forget that we've done well - that's the sad part. The football has to grow, we need to play more matches so people will see us more and identify with that."
Life has to go on for the team and next up is the SAFF Cup which has been postponed till 2008
"We've got to prepare for that.We don't play for 5-6 months but the team is combining and playing well. It took quite a long time for (coach) Mr Houghton to build a good team and we need to keep up the good work."

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