> MARCH 2006
30, 2006: Indian squad for AFC Challenge Cup announced
has announced the INDIA squad for the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup. INDIA
will be represented by the INDIA U20 team, which will be led by senior
international Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep of State Bank of Travancore
with HALs Xavier Vijayakumar as vice-Captain. Bungo Singh of Churchill
Brothers SC is the third senior player in the side, who have been taken
from 2.Division NFL sides to strengthen the U20 team. The side faces Afghanistan,
Chinese Taipei and the Philippines in Group A.
The INDIA U20 side arrived in northeastern Bangladesh city of Chittagong
today where the Group A matches will be held from April 1.
India U-20 squad:
Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharjee (Tata Football Academy),
Shilton Paul (Tata Football Academy)
Defenders: Naduparambil Pappachan Pradeep (Captain; State Bank
of Travancore), Rakesh Masih (Tata Football Academy), Hirohito Elangbam
(Tata Football Academy), Rino Anto (Tata Football Academy), Warundeep
Singh (Tata Football Academy), N Khemtang Paite (Tata Football Academy),
Reisangmi Vashum (Manipur)
Midfielders: Xavier Vijayakumar (Vice-Captain; Hindustan Aeronautics
Limited SC), Baldeep Singh (JCT Football Academy), Bungo Singh (Churchill
Brothers SC), Lalramluaha Hmar (Tata Football Academy), Ong Tshering Lepcha
(Sikkim), Lalmalswama Hmar (Mizoram), Zaidinmawia Hmar (Mizoram)
Forwards: Vimal Pariyar (Tata Football Academy), Pulparambil
Shafique (Kerala), Lalawmpuia Pachuau (Tata Football Academy), Parwinder
Singh (Tata Football Academy)
On standby: Malsawmdawgliana (Forward; Mizoram), Lavino Fernandes
(Midfielder; Sesa Football Academy), Shaji D'Silva (Forward; Indian Navy,
Chief Coach: Islam Akhmedov (Uzbekistan)
Assistant Coach: K Birbal Singh (Manipur)
Goalkeeping Coach: Hemanta Dora (West Bengal)
Manager: Borkynsai Diengdoh (Meghalaya)
Team Doctor: Dr. Manabendra Bhattacharya (West Bengal)
28, 2006: India U20 to leave on Thursday
U20 national team will arrive in Bangladesh on Thursday, March 30 to participate
in the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup. The Indian youngsters, coached by
Uzbek Islam Akhmedov, will face the senior national teams of Afghanistan,
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) and the Philippines in Group A.
On our opponents: The Afghanistan national team left Kabul yesterday for
Bangladesh, while the Philippines lost a friendly match 0-5 away to Thailand
on Sunday. The Philippines will also sadly miss the Younghusband brothers
Phil and James, who play for the Chelsea Reserves in England.
22, 2006: Nayeemuddin officially sacked
and his team of coaches plus manager PK Banerjee have now been officially
sacked by the AIFF. This comes on the resolutions adopted by the Executive
Committee on March 8 and endorsed by the Technical Committee a few days
later. The Technical Management of the Indian Senior National Team and
Asian Games U23 bound squad would now be reorganised with the search for
a suitable foreign coach on. As reported earlier the AIFF has asked for
help from FIFA to recommend a suitable new coach for Team INDIA.
Meanwhile over 30 applications from coaches from around the world have
been received by the AIFF for the vacant post of Head Coach.
There are some prominent names amongst them, which the AIFF has released.
Some have coached national teams and have experience in coaching top level
clubs around the world.
(1) Michel Hidalgo (France)
(2) Brian Kerr (Ireland) - former Chief Coach of the Republic of Ireland
(3) Pedrag Jurrig (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
(4) Andre Gusset (Switzerland)
(5) Jose Mario Olguin (Argentina) - a former Argentinian World Cupper
(6) Acacio Alfredo Casimiro (Portugal)
(7) Peter Obermaier (Germany)
(8) Jason Withe (England) - has coached in Thailand
20, 2006: Bikramjit Singh to lead India U14
today appointed Chandigarh midfielder Bikramjit Singh as captain of the
Indian Under-14 team, which will take part in the AFC Under-14 Football
Festival to be held in Iran from March 23 to 30. Six players in the team
hail from Chandigarh. Announcing the team in Chandigarh today after the
evening session of the camp, which began on February 12 at the Sector
17 Football Stadium, Chandigarh FA president Principal Ravinder Talwar
said that Bengal striker Abhishek Das would be the vice-captain of the
Talwar said that the AIFF spotters Mariano Dias (Goa), Syed Shabir Pasha
(Tamil Nadu) and Satheevan Balan (Kerala) had selected 40 probables for
the National coaching camp after the conclusion of the National Under-14
Football Festival conducted in Chandigarh from December 20 last year.
The AIFF deputed Kerala's Satheevan Balan and Carlos Gomes of Goa as chief
coach and assistant coach, respectively, to impart training in the National
camp. During the camp, scrutiny was done and 25 probables were retained.
Out of selected 18 players, eight are new comers. They are Rajesh S, Ashish
Chetri, Harpreet Singh, Gaurav Sharma, Bishwajit Gupta, Manandeep Singh
and Sumit Rawat. Ten players took part in the AFC Under-13 Football Festival
held in Uzbekistan last year.
Chief coach Balan was confident that the Indian team would give outstanding
performance in Iran. 10 boys, who went to Uzbekistan for the Under-13
Festival, had graduated to the Under-14 squad. With experienced and newcomers,
India have a balanced team and Balan, who worked hard with the trainees
along with Carlos, is expecting good results in the festival which is
basically not a competition. "Next year, these boys would be ready
to take part in competitions. In Iran we hope to finish on top in the
Central Asian Zone," said Balan.
Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Krygyzstan are the other
nations competing in the AFC U-14 Football Festival in Iran.
India U-14 squad:
Goalkeepers: Sudipta Bannerjee (Bengal), Rajesh S (Tamil
Defenders: Tirthankar Sarkar (Bengal), Ashish Chetri (Sikkim),
Arashpreet Singh (Chandigarh), Samuel Shadap (Meghalaya), Shalun Pires
(Goa), Vikash Gupta (Chandigarh), Sumit Rawat (Delhi)
Midfielders: Bikramjit Singh (Captain, Chandigarh), Harpreet
Bedi (Chandigarh), Sajandeep Singh (Chandigarh), Gaurav Sharma (Uttaranchal)
Forwards: Nikhil Regni (Uttaranchal), Abhishek Das (vice-captain,
Bengal), Niswajit Dutta (Bengal), Jonny Kumar (Chandigarh), Manandeep
Chief Coach: Satheevan Balan (Kerala)
Assistent Coach: Carlos Gomes (Goa)
Manager: Rakesh Bakshi (Chandigarh)
Team Doctor: Siddarth Kamat
17, 2006: Baichung Bhutia new NIKE ambassador
today at a press conference in Calcutta made some announcements about
their involvement in Indian football. Firstly India captain Baichung Bhutia
would be their brand ambassador plus they would bring the Manchester United
Premier Cup youth tournament to India.
Baichung Bhutia, who earlier was a brand ambassador for Adidas, has signed
a five year contract to be the new brand ambassador of Nike in India.
Baichung was happy to be now associated with Nike and see's his involvement
in marketing, public relations and community relations exercise for the
To promote youth football in the country Nike India is jointly organising
with the AIFF for the first time ever the Indian-leg of the Manchester
United Premier Cup in Calcutta from March 22 to 26. Taking part in the
U15 tournament will be the sub-junior sides of East Bengal Club, Mohun
Bagan AC, Mohammedan Sporting Club, EverReady SA, Tollygunge Agragami,
Mahindra United, JCT Mills and Vasco SC.
The winner will have to survive a league-cum-knockout format to make it
to the South-East Asian finals in Bangkok in May 2006. The South-East
Asian champions would make it to the world finals in Europe.
"The aim of this event is to popularise the sport at the grass-roots
level and encourage young talents by giving them an opportunity to participate
in a global tournament," said Sanjay Gangopadhyay, marketing director
of Nike India.
"The effort bears testimony to our commitment to elevating the game
in the country," he said.
17, 2006: India U19 Women to kick-off against South Korea
The AFC has
released the schedule for the AFC U19 Women's Championship finals to be
held in Malaysia next month. Our India U19 Girls' open against defending
champions South Korea on April 8 at the KLFA Stadium Cheras at 17.30 local
time. They then take on North Korea on April 10 again at the KLFA Stadium
Cheras at 17.30 local time. The final Group A match is against Japan on
April 12 at the MPPJ Shah Alam at 19.45 local time.
15, 2006: India remain 118th
118th in the latest FIFA World Rankings released today by the world football
governing body. INDIA now have 381 points, one more than in February,
to be joint 118th with Turkmenistan. In Asia INDIA move up a place to
21st also jointly with Turkmenistan, who have lost a couple of places
in the world rankings.
15, 2006: AFC press release
release: The draw for the AFC Youth Championship 2006 will be held in
Calcutta, India, on April 15 at 1600 h IST.
The tournament will be played in India from October 29 to November 12,
2006. Sixteen teams have qualified for the tournament proper and these
are India (automatic qualification as hosts), Australia, Jordan, Iraq,
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Malaysia,
Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, DPR Korea and defending champions Korea
The top four teams in this tournament will qualify for the 2007 FIFA World
Youth Championship in Canada.
11, 2006: AIFF press release
release:In some Newspapers, distorted News reports have been published
as if AIFF have sacked the Chief Coach Mr. Syed Nayeemuddin and the Manager
& Technical Adviser, Shri P.K.Banerjee, not a factual. The correct
position is as follows:
"In disposing of the agenda items of National Team preparation for
Asian Games and Asia Cup, the Members of the Executive Committee of AIFF
heard every member and their assessment based on some reports. At the
end, Executive Committee of AIFF unanimously adopted a resolution that
it is necessary to re-organize the Technical Team of AIFF, at the earliest,
in the process of making National Team, to enable our senior training
programme effective. In this regard, Executive Committee further advised
to negotiate with FIFA and AFC for a foreign Coach, if available or otherwise
to take an appropriate decision". Naturally, therefore, the question
of sacking any individual of the Technical Committee did not arise. However,
in the Technical Team, since only Chief Coach, Syed Nayeemuddin is working
on an agreement between AIFF and him, appropriate clause of the agreement
shall provide AIFF to take decision in this regard, if required".
AIFF did express their thanks to the Technical Team for their contribution.
President, AIFF clarified the position to Mr. P.K.Banerjee this morning
over the telephone. President today also faxed to the General Secretary,
FIFA, whether any competent Foreign Coach is available at the earliest.
Padmashree Mr. P.K.Banerjee is a distinguished sports personality of the
country and did not serve AIFF on any contractual assignment on the on-going
project and therefore, sacking or questioning his integrity, is beyond
our thinking. Sayeed Nayeemudin, since was engaged on the contractual
assignment, AIFF has every right to consider or re-consider the matter
whenever the Committee feels it proper within the scope of the agreement.
AIFF has no intention to discredit any football personality as has been
reported in some Newspapers.
10, 2006: India U-19 in though group
U-19 Women's Championship - FINAL DRAW:
our INDIA U19 Girls' qualified for the AFC U19 Women's Championship
finals and today the draw of the finals were carried out in Kuala
Lumpur. The INDIA U19 Girls' will face defending champions South
Korea, Japan and North Korea in a tough Group A of the AFC U19 Women's
Championship finals, to be held in Kuala Lumpur from April 8 to
18, 2006. The 11-day event will be played at the MPPJ and KLFA stadiums
with the top three teams qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Women's Championship
in Russia in August.
A: Korea Republic, DPR Korea, Japan, India
Group B: China PR, Malaysia, Jordan, Australia
9, 2006: India management sacked
The All India
Football Federation (AIFF) has sacked the Indian national team coaches
and the manager. Syed Nayeemuddin (Chief Coach), Gabriel Joseph (Assistent
Coach), Atanu Bhattacharya (Goalkeeper Coach) and PK Banerjee (Manager)
have been released from their assignments with immediate effect. The AIFF
is reacting to the latest disappointing performances and the problems,
which occured in the team.
Several India players were very criticial of the training methods and
tactics, while captain Baichung Bhutia has been attacked by Nayeemuddin
for some critical statements.
9, 2006: India U-19 roots Bangladesh
U-19 Women's Championship - Qualifiers:
U19 10-0 Bangladesh U19
1-0,5-0 Manpreet Kaur (8',37'), 2-0,10-0 Bala Ngangom Devi (10',78'),
3-0,6-0,8-0 Sasmita Malik (21',39',58'), 4-0,7-0,9-0 Lalbarmoi Hmar
5, 2006: India U-19 trashes Kyrgyzstan
U-19 Women's Championship - Qualifiers:
U19 7-0 Kyrgyzstan U19
1-0,2-0,7-0 Lalbarmoi Hmar (11',17',81'), 3-0,4-0,5-0,6-0 Sasmita
3, 2006: No action against Baichung Bhutia
The All India
Football Federation has turned down a request by national coach Syed Nayeemuddin
to show cause captain Baichung Bhutia for his outburst against the Indian
team management after losing to Yemen in the AFC Asian Cup 2007 qualifier.
Nayeemuddin and PK Banerjee met AIFF president, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi
in the capital and sought action against Bhutia. The AIFF boss did not
agree with the suggestion and said he would talk to Bhutia before taking
any appropriate action.
2, 2006: India U-19 squad announced
The All India
Football Federation has announced a 20-member team for the AFC U-19 Women's
Championship qualifiers to be held at the Ambedkar Stadium, Delhi. The
Indian girls will play Bangladesh on March 5 and Kyrgystan on March 9.
India U-19 squad:
Goalkeepers: W Thabal Devi (Manipur), Arshy Sharma
Defenders: Thangjam Ranjita Devi, Ashem Romi Devi (both Manipur),
Bijay Laxmi Sahu, Alochona Senapati, Tuli Goon, Khusurbala Devi
Midfielders: Annu Kumari, Gracy D'Costa, Poonam Chauhan, Neha
Kapoor, L Ashrani Devi, Chingtham 'Sanathoi' Chanu, Manpreet Kaur
Forwards: Lalbarmoi Hmar (Manipur), Sasmita Malik (Bengal), Dornina
Gormendes, L Pramesware Devi, Bala Ngangom Devi
Chief Coach: Harjinder Singh
Assistent Coach: Sukhla Dutta
Goalkeeping Coach: Chitra Gangadharan
Manager: Sunil Bhardwaj
1, 2006: Baichung Bhutia on the match
Baichung Bhutia after match to a press gathering: "We had no plans
and our preparations lacked the needed punch. The entire training system
has to be modernised. Our gameplan was zero and so we got beaten in every
department of the game. I don’t know what measures should be taken
to improve the performance. That is for the federation to plan about.
But with this kind of training schedule and playing style, we are not
going to reach anywhere. That’s for sure."
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