April 15, 2006: India drawn to Group A

The draw for the AFC Youth Championship 2006 was held today in Calcutta's 'Hotel Hindustan International'. India has been drawn into Group A along with Korea Republic, Kyrgyzstan and Jordan.
The matches of the AFC Youth Championship 2006 will be played in Calcutta (Group A and B) and Bangalore (Group C and D) from October 29 to November 12.

Draw Result:
Group A: Korea Republic, India, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan
Group B: China PR, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), United Arab Emirates, Australia
Group C: Japan, IR Iran, Tajikistan, DPR Korea
Group D: Iraq, Malaysia, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia

April 12, 2006: No chance for India U19

AFC U-19 Women's Championship - Group A:

India U19 0-6 Japan

AFC Match Report:
Japan sealed first place in Group A of the AFC Under-19 Women's Championship after a comfortable 6-0 victory over India at the MPPJ on Wednesday.
It was Japan's third straight win in the group after difficult victories over DPR Korea (3-0) and Korea Republic (2-1).
Mei Sato and Yuki Nagasato scored two goals each while Nodoka Hosaka and Aya Sameshima also scored.
Japanese oach Morinao Imaizumi praised India's never-say-die courage.
"We have a lot of respect for India, they kept fighting until the end," said Imaizumi. "We love football so it's important to show the respect to the game, opponents, referees and our own team.
"We've had some good experience from these three games and now it's time to prepare for the next match."
Indian coach Harjinder Singh was happy not to have conceded double figures as they did against DPR Korea (14-0) and Korea Republic (11-0).
"We showed an improvement and put up a strong fight," said Singh. "But Japan taught us a lesson in possession football.
"This was a good tournament for India since we have not played against strong teams like Japan, Korea Republic and DPR Korea for a long time."

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April 10, 2006: Second trashing for Indian eves

AFC U-19 Women's Championship - Group A:

India U19 0-14 DPR Korea

AFC Match Report:
Korea DPR revived their hopes of qualifying from Group A with a 14-0 thrashing of India in the AFC Under-19 Women's Championship at Kuala Lumpur Cheras Stadium on Monday.
After their 3-0 defeat to Japan on Sunday, DPR Korea needed a convincing win against the minnows, especially after group favourites Korea Republic had put 11 goals past the Indians.
With captain Hong Myong-gum in outstanding form, DPR Korea went 9-0 up at half-time before slowing the pace after the break.
Korean coach Choe Kwang-sok said his side did not go out to surpass Korea Republic's goal tally and was full of praise for India's hard-working players.
"It was not about goals," said Choe. "We just wanted fair play and do our best. In that sense, the Indian players did very well."
"They had a lot of spirit and even when they conceded a lot of goals, they still played as hard as they could right until the end."
Skipper Hong led the way with five goals, four of them coming in the first half. Midfielder Kim Kyong-hwa hit a hat-trick while Kim Song-hui and Kil Son-hui scored two goals each.
There were also goals for Ra Un-sim and Pak Kum-sun..
Indian coach Harjinder Singh managed to put on a brave face despite seeing his side give up double figures in goals for the second straight match. He said Korea DPR exploited India's weaknesses well.
"We were no match for them," said Singh. "They were all over the field. They were superior in possession and in shooting and they were very intelligent.
"They knew that the Indian players were small and therefore weak in the air. A lot of their play was about sending high balls in from the wings and out-jumping our players."
India's final match is against Japan on Wednesday while Korea DPR face neighbours Korea Republic.

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April 9, 2006: India crash out of AFC Challenge Cup

AFC Challenge Cup - Quarterfinal:

India U20 0-3 Nepal

Goals: 0-1,0-2 Pradeep Maharjan (15',26'), 0-3 Basanta Thapa (28')

AFC Match Report:
A brace from Pradeep Maharjan helped Nepal cruise into the semi-final of the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup beating India 3-0 at the MA Aziz Stadium here on Sunday.
Nepal started offensively against their less-experienced rivals and mounted many attacks at the rival citadel since the beginning. Their efforts bore fruits in the 15th minute when Maharjan opened their account. Surendra Tamang's shot on a Bijay Gurung corner rebounded from Indian defender N. Pradeep and an alert Maharjan slammed the ball in.
Maharjan doubled their advantage in the 26th minute when his shot on a Raju Tamang corner was deflected by an Indian defender and hit the left post before sailing into the net.
Two minutes later, Basanta Thapa's scorcher from about 20 yards found the back of the net. India got a chance in the very next minute but Vimal Pariyar's shot was parried away by Nepal custodian Bikash Malla.
The Nepalese team kept the momentum going after the restart but failed to improve the scoreline. In the 66th minute, Surendra Tamang had a golden opportunity on a cross from Bijay Gurung but his shot went wide while Raju Tamang and Basanta Thapa missed sitters in the 83rd and 84th minutes respectively.
Nepal coach Shyam Thapa expressed happiness over his team's performance. "My team clicked at the right moment. We took the lead which put the inexperienced Indian side under pressure," he said. “India also played well and they tried hard to make a comeback into the match but in vain."
India's Uzbek coach Islam Akhmedov said his team collapsed within ten minutes of the game. "We conceded goals early into the match and it was all over then itself," he said.
Nepal will face Sri Lanka in the semi-final on April 12.

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April 8, 2006: India U19 starts with heavy defeat

AFC U-19 Women's Championship - Group A:

Korea Republic U19 11-0 India U19

AFC Match Report:
Defending champions Korea Republic opened the AFC Under-19 Women's Championship with an impressive 11-0 victory over India in a Group A match at Kuala Lumpur Cheras Stadium on Saturday.
Despite heavy rain that delayed the match by half an hour, the Koreans made light work of the difficult conditions and their overwhelmed opponents.
Korea Republic took a 7-0 half-time lead and eased up after the break as they limbered up for their important clash against Japan on Monday.
"I'm very pleased with the result," said Korea Republic coach Back Jong-choul. "It was a good preparation for our next match and we will try our best to win that one as well."
Indian coach Harjinder Singh said his team had no answer to the Koreans' physical superiority.
"It was very difficult for our players," said Singh. "They were bigger than us, they were very good with the ball and they were very good without the ball."
"At half-time I told my players to keep calm, try to hold the ball and do the things I've told them to do. But Korea were better than us in every department."
Korea Republic's giant striker Park Eun-sun, who towered over Indian defenders half her size, snared a hat-trick, opening the scoring in the third minute and adding more goals in the 16 th and 84 minutes.
Midfielder Kwon Hah-nul, Yoo Younga and Park Eun-jung each scored two goals while defender Jung Mi-jung and substitute Ryu Ha-yun also got their names on the scoresheet.
India's defenders were the hardest working players of the match, showing great perseverance and ruggedness despite being under attack from the opening whistle.
Forward Bala Ngangon showed some nice touches for India but her skills, alone, were not enough to put a dent in Korea Republic's solid defence.

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April 5, 2006: India U-19 squad announced

In a press release today the AIFF informed that the India U19 Women's team leaves Calcutta for Malaysia tonight to participate in the AFC U19 Women's Championship to be held in Malaysia from April 8 to 18, 2006. India U19 Girls are placed in Group A along with North Korea, South Korea and Japan. India play their first match against title holders South Korea on April 8, North Korea on April 10 and against Japan on April 12.
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, Pinky Bompal Magar, Manpreet Kaur
Forwards: Bala Ngangom Devi (CAPTAIN), Lalbarmoi Hmar (Manipur), Sasmita Malik (Bengal), Domiana Gomendes, L Pramesware Devi
Chief Coach: Harjinder Singh
Assistent Coach: Sukhla Dutta
Goalkeeping Coach:
Chittra Jayaram
Dr. Laila Das
Nita Kavuluri
L Ranjit Roy
Assistant Manager:
Sunil Bhardwaj

April 5, 2006: Goalless draw against Chinese Taipei

AFC Challenge Cup - Group A:

India U20 0-0 Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

Goals: none

AFC Match Report:
India and Chinese Taipei played a goalless draw in their final Group A game to qualify for the quarter-finals of the AFC Challenge Cup here at the MA Aziz Stadium on Wednesday. Both have five points each but India top the group on the basis of better goal difference.
The teams started cautiously with Chinese Taipei getting the first crack at the goal in the fifth minute with Hung-Hsu Tai leading the move in a counter attack. His shot, however, parried out by Indian goalkeeper Paul Shilton.
The East Asian side was again on the move in the 23rd minute but midfielder Fu Hsiang Chang’s lob sailed over the bar. Indian substitute Pachuau Lalawmpuia’s shot on a N Pradeep cross in the 34th minute went wide.
Eleven minutes after the restart, Shilton again made a brilliant save on Chinese Taipei’s Wei-Lun Chuang shot while Indian Ong Tshering Lepcha was off the mark in the last minute of the game.
Both the teams were reduced to 10-man in the 71st minute when Indian midfielder Hamar Lalmalsawma and Chinese Taipei’s defender Yung-Jen Cheng were redcarded after they had a scuffle over ball possession.
Indian coach Islam Akhmedov said: “I can’t talk about quality of football today but I am happy with the result. Our strategy was to defend and secure at least a draw today.”
Chinese Taipei’s Japanese coach Toshiaki Imai was not happy with hisplayers’ show but expressed his satisfaction over the result.

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April 3, 2006: India held by the Philipines

AFC Challenge Cup - Group A:

Philippines 1-1 India U20

Goals: 0-1 Vimal Pariyar (8'), 1-1 Mark Alvin Valeroso (18')

AFC Match Report:
India’s hero in their 2-0 victory over Afghanistan in the opening match, Vimal Pariyar once again gave his side the lead in the eighth minute on a cross from captain NP Pradeep but Philippines restored the parity through midfielder Mark Alvin Valeroso 10 minutes later. Valeroso’s header found the back of the net on a Jeremias Jiao corner.
Both the teams were engaged in a midfield battle since the beginning with India, playing sans injured Xavier Vijayakumar, making a few good moves. In the 29th minute Pariyar’s shot from the edge of the area went wide and ten minutes later midfielder Lalmalsawma Hmar’s shot hit the crossbar.
Philippines dominated the second half but failed to find the match-winner. Valeroso’s solo effort in the 55th minute saw his shot sail over the bar while Indian custodian Paul Shilton made a diving save on a Alexander Borromeo shot in the 75th minute. James Gunn’s header on substitute Ian Araneta pass went wide three minutes before the final whistle.
Indian coach Islam Akhemdov was satisfied with the result saying his team still has a match in hand. “We lost nothing today and have a match in hand to qualify for the quarter-finals. I am happy with the result and the performance of the players,” he said.
“Philippines are strong team and they played good football. We had to adopt defensive strategy in the second half because our players were tired.” Akhmedov said he missed Xavier Vijayakumar and the player is doubtful for the third match also.
Philippines coach Aris Caslib said: “Our FIFA ranking is much lower than India but we managed to hold them. It is a positive result for us.”

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April 1, 2006: Vimal Pariyar shines against Afghanistan

AFC Challenge Cup - Group A:

India U20 2-0 Afghanistan

Goals: 1-0, 2-0 Vimal Pariyar (35', 60')

AFC Match Report:
A brace by Vimal Pariyar ensured a successful start to India’s campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup as they defeated Afghanistan 2-0 in their Group A match here at the MA Aziz Stadium on Saturday.
India dominated the proceedings from the start and Pariyar’s shot in the 19th minute hit the woodwork. Thokchom Singh skirted two defenders in the 35th minute and supplied the ball to Pariyar, who easily tapped the ball in. They were leading 1-0 at the breather.
Afghanistan started offensively after the restart but missed to score two easy chances. In the 52nd minute, Hafizullah Qadami missed a sitter on a cross from Mohammad Dalal Afshar and he once again failed to find the net 13 minutes later.
Pariyar made it 2-0 for India in the 60th minute on a pass from Xavier Vijay Kumar.
Indian coach Islam Akhmedov, however, was not satisfied with the performance of the players. “I am happy with the result but not with the performance. I hope the players will play more confidently in the second match,” he said.
“Afghanistan have produced a good side and I was surprised to see not only their fighting spirit but also the organization,” he added.
Afghan coach Mohammad Yousuf Kargar said: “We accept the result as India was a better team. We missed two good chances otherwise it could have been a 2-2 draw.”

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