June 24, 2005: India U23 announced

The AIFF today released a list of 35 probables for the INDIA U23 team, which will travel to the pacific island of Fiji in August 2005 to play three matches there, two of them against the Fiji national team. The selection camp would be held in Bangalore under the supervision of national coach Sukhvinder Singh from July 12 onwards.
India U23 squad:
Goalkeepers: VP Satish Kumar (Dempo SC), Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (East Bengal Club), Amit Nandy (EverReady SA), Souvik Mondal (Bengal)
Defenders: Arun Malhotra, Debabrata Roy, Surkumar Singh, Manju Nanjangud Shivananju (all Mahindra United), Valeriano Rebello, Raju Singh (both Dempo SC), Habibur Rehman Mondal, Syed Rahim Nabi (East Bengal Club), Subhas Mondal (JCT Mills), Mehraj Din Wadoo (Mohun Bagan AC), NP Pradeep (State Bank of Travancore), Gurjinder Singh (Tata Football Academy), Shaji D'Silva (Goa)
Midfielders: Sukhwinder Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Manjit Singh (all JCT Mills), Shylo Malswam Tulunga, Subhas Chakraborty (both East Bengal Club), Bernard Pires, Rocus Lamare (both Salgaocar SC), Jerry Zirsanga, Mehtab Hussain (both Mohun Bagan AC), Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh (Dempo SC), Sankha Roy Choudhury (EverReady SA)
Forwards: Marlanki Suting, Sampath Kumar Kuttimani (both Fransa FC), Ashim Biswas, Sunil Chetri (both Mohun Bagan AC), Surojit Bose (Tollygunge Agragami), Vimal Pariyar (Tata Football Academy), Samuel H Thuanga (Mizoram)

June 24, 2005: India U16 announced

Mridul Benerjee has been named coach of the INDIA U16 team which will travel to Portugal in September 2005 for an exposure trip. 25 probables have been named for a first 11 day camp in Goa from July 25.
India U16 squad:
Goalkeepers: Sunder Reddy (Assam), S Augustin (Tamil Nadu), Naveen Singh (Uttaranchal)
Defenders: Sukhwinder Kumar, Ravinder Singh (both Chandigarh), Pintu Manna (West Bengal), Jyotish Basumatry (Assam), Velukho Rhako (Nagaland), Lallanmzuala (Mizoram), Nitin Kr Choudhury (Uttaranchal) , B Satish Kumar (Andhra Pradesh)
Midfielders: Lalram Luaha, Malsawmzuala (both Mizoram), Hiralal Chetri (Tata Football Academy), J Satish Kumar (Karnataka), Nirmal Chetri (Sikkim), Sunil Kr Yadav (Uttaranchal), Rishanskhem Lynshing (Meghalaya), Jibon Singh (Jharkhand), Mintu Boro (Assam)
Forwards: Arjun Tudu (Bihar), Azmir H Lashkar (Assam), Malsawmdawgliana (Mizoram), Mohammed Moazzam (Andhra Pradesh), K T Singh (Manipur)

June 20, 2005: India go down to Taiwan

AFC Women's Championship 2005 Qualifiers - Hanoi - Quarterfinal: Thailand 3-2 India - Goals: 0-1,0-2 Sujata Kar (11',17'), 1-2 Wiphakonwat Suthonthip (23'), 2-2 Sukunya Peangthem (72'), 3-2 Pitasamal Sornsai (83')

June 18, 2005: Pakistan trash India

International Friendly - Quetta: Pakistan 3-0 INDIA

June 16, 2005: India defeats Pakistan

International Friendly - Quetta: Pakistan 0-1 INDIA - Goals: 0-1 MA Abdul Hakkim (68')

June 14, 2005: India go down to Taiwan

AFC Women's Championship 2005 Qualifiers - Hanoi - Group B: India 1-2 Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Goals: 0-1 Lan Mei-Fen (19'), 1-1 Oinam Bem Bem Devi (36'), 1-2 Lin Yu-Hui (46')
Chinese Taipei overcame a spirited Indian challenge 2-1 in a Group B match of the AFC Women's Championship qualifying round at the My Dinh Stadium here on Tuesday.
Now, Indian hopes of a qualification for the quarterfinals hinge on Chinese Taipei defeating Guam in the last group match on Thursday. Even if Chinese Taipei are upset, India's superior goal difference after the 10-0 defeat of Guam on the opening day is expected to stand the team in good stead. Two teams from each of the four groups qualify for the quarterfinals.
Chinese Taipei went ahead in the 19th minute through Lan Mei-Fen but India restored parity through Oinam Bem Bem Devi nine minutes from half time. Lin Yu-Hui supplied the winner a minute into the restart and Chinese Taipei managed to keep the lead till the end.
"One of our important players was down with injury and we are hoping that she recovers for our next match," said Indian coach Harjinder Singh. "We lost to a very strong team with a good strategy." "India has made rapid strides and their improvement is amazing," said Chou Tai-ying, coach of Chinese Taipei. "They played a great game."

June 14, 2005: India to take part in AFC Challenge Cup

The AFC is set to launch a new competition for emerging national teams, the AFC Challenge Cup. That was decided in the Organising Committee for AFC Competitions for the Emerging Countries today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first AFC Challenge Cup to be held in 2006 is a competition for national teams of 17 emerging nations with invitations also to be extended to India and Bangladesh, who are actually in the developing nations bracked. The south Asian duo would be invited to give them continental competition, which they otherwise do not get.
The 17 emerging nations are: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Guam, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor Leste.
How many teams would finally take part isn't known yet, but expectations are that some teams will pull out.
All expenses would be paid by the AFC for the competition.

June 12, 2005: Womens trash Guam

AFC Women's Championship 2005 Qualifiers - Hanoi - Group B: India 10-0 Guam
Goals: 1-0 Sradhanjali Samanta Ray (23'), 2-0,3-0,8-0,9-0,10-0 Sujata Kar (36',38',67',77',84'), 4-0 Pinky Bombal Magar (42'), 5-0,6-0 Tababi Devi (50',53'), 7-0 Oinam Bem Bem (58')
Report courtesy of the AFC: Sujata Kar unleashed five goals as India rolled over Guam 10-0 in the AFC Women's Championship qualifiers here late Sunday at the My Dinh Stadium.
According to the information on www-the-afc.com, Thangam Tababi Devi hit a brace, while Sradhanjali Ray, Pinky Bombal Magar and Oinam Bem Bem Devi supplied individual goals towards the rout.
India dominated in both halves of the Group B match and shut Guam out completely. There was excellent co-ordination among the Indian women and Ray kicked off the demolition job in the 23rd minute. Then Kar got into her act and scored her first goal in the 36th minute and grabbed her double two minutes later.
Magar added the fourth goal three minutes from half time and, after the restart, Tababi Devi blasted two goals in quick succession in the 50th and 53rd minutes.
Oinam Bem Bem also got on the scoresheet five minutes later and Kar weighed in with her third goal in the 67th minute. She tallied her fourth after 10 minutes and bulged the net for her fifth with six minutes left on the clock.
But the massive Indian win was not enough to satisfy coach Harjinder Singh. "Although we won I am not satisfied. The next game against Chinese Taipei will be a big challenge," said Singh. "We have brought our young players here to expose them to high-quality matches to prepare for the future."

June 12, 2005: Draw at Quetta

International Friendly - Quetta: Pakistan 1-1 INDIA - Goals: 0-1 Sunil Chetri (65'), 1-1 Muhammad Essa (81')

June 9, 2005: Womens squad announced

Orissa's Sradhanjali S Ray has been named captain of the Indian Women's national team for the Qualifiers to the Asian Women's Championships to be played in Hanoi, Vietnam. 13 of the 20 named players are from Manipur with former international Harjinder Singh being named the head coach.
India squad:
Goalkeepers: W Robita Devi, L Ronibala Chanu, W Thabal Devi (all Manipur)
Defenders: Th Ranjitha Devi , A Romi Devi, H Thoi Devi , K Rabika Devi (all Manipur), Madhu Kumari, Ansha (both Bihar), Enakashi Biswas (West Bengal)
Midfielders: Sh Rani Chanu, O Bem Bem Devi, Lal Varmol Hmar (all Manipur); Sradhanjali S Ray (Cap), Pinki Bompal (both Orissa)
Forwards: N Geeta Rani Chanu, Th Tababi Devi, Ng Bala Devi (all Manipur), Sujata Kar (West Bengal), Jagdeep Kaur (Punjab)
Head Coach: Harjinder Singh (Punjab)
Assistant Coaches: Ms L Chaoba Devi (Manipur), Sukla Dutta (West Bengal)

June 4, 2005: India squad announced

The AIFF today released a list of 21 players to represent the Indian national football team in the upcoming first-ever Indo-Pak Football Series, for which the Indian national team would be visiting our neighbouring country from June 10 to 20 to play three international friendly matches. Mahindra United midfielder Shanmugam Venkatesh has been named captain of a young team in the absence of a number of senior players, amongst them inspirational forward Baichung Bhutia. As per last seasons club squad lists Mahindra United have the biggest representation with seven players, while there are eight newcomers to the squad with two players returning after a longer absence, Jules Alberto Dias and MA Abdul Hakkim.
Two players have been named on stand-by, Tata Football Academy defender Gurjinder Singh and JCT Mills midfielder Manjit Singh.
India squad:
Goalkeepers: Sangram Mukherjee (East Bengal), Sandip Nandy (Mahindra United), VP Satish Kumar (Dempo SC)
Defenders: Mahesh Gawli, Manju Nanjangud Shivananju, Sukumar Singh (all Mahindra United), Syed Rahim Nabi, Habibur Rehman Mondal (both East Bengal Club), Philip Gomes (Dempo SC), NP Pradeep (State Bank of Travancore)
Midfielders: Shanmugam Venkatesh, Jatin Singh Bisht (both Mahindra United), Clifford Miranda (Dempo SC), Bibiano Fernandes (Sporting Clube de Goa), Climax Lawrence (East Bengal Club), Jules Alberto Dias (Fransa FC), Sukhwinder Singh (JCT Mills)
Forwards: Yadav (Mahindra United), Sunil Chetri (Mohun Bagan AC), MA Abdul Hakkim (State Bank of Travancore), Surojit Bose (Tollygunge Agragami)
Stand-by: Gurjinder Singh (Tata Football Academy / Defender), Manjit Singh (JCT Mills, Midfielder)
Chief Coach: Sukhwinder Singh (Punjab)
Assistent Coach: Stanley Rosario (Services)
Goalkeeping Coach: Brahmanand Shankwalkar (Goa)
Physical Trainer: Pradeep Datta (SAI, Calcutta)
Head of Delegation: Samir Thapa (Punjab)
Goodwill Ambassador: Ahmed Khan (Andhra Pradesh)

June 3, 2005: Fiji announces squad for India matches

While the Indian national team is preparing to travel to Pakistan in a weeks time, the opponent of the tour thereafter, the Pacific island of Fiji, is already preparing their national team to play India in August.
Fiji national coach Lee Sterrey has called 20 players to a camp from next Monday in Ba, while five players who play in Australia and New Zealand will join the camp closer to the tour with another Fijian, Esala Masi, playing in Malaysia at the moment is also set to play against India. India will have their camp from July 15 to August 7.
The three match of the series is set to be played at Ba's Govind Park on August 10, at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 12 ,while the final match will be played at the Post Fiji Stadium on August 14.

June 2, 2005: Indian womens in training

The Asian Football Confederation has changed the format of the latest edition of the AFC Women's Championships as more and more nations are sending their women national teams to the continental championships. So 12 teams will fight for a place in the finals at the Qualifiers to be played in Hanoi, Vietnam from June 12 to 24, 2005. The 12 teams have been split into four groups of three with the top two of each group moving into the quarterfinal knockout stage. The four semifinalists would make it to the championships proper.
Our Indian Women have been drawn in Group B along with Guam and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). India open their campaign on June 12 against Guam and then face Chinese Taipei two days later. India should be able to finish second in the group behind Chinese Taipei, who should be stronger than our women, while lowly Guam should be beaten.
The India women's team is currently undergoing a camp in Calcutta under the watchful eyes of former international Harjinder Singh, who is the chief coach assisted by Sukla Dutta and Chowba Devi. The team leaves for Vietnam on June 8 from Calcutta via New Delhi. Before leaving the team hopes to play a few friendlies in Calcutta.