Saturday, February 6, 2016

South Asian Games: Team India go down 1-0 against Sri Lanka

South Asian Games 2016
Team India start with a defeat against Sri Lanka, South Asian Games
South Asian Games 2016
India U-23 0-1 Sri Lanka U23
SL:MCM Rinas(14th)

The U-23 Indian Football Team went down to Sri Lanka by a solitary goal to Sri Lanka in their opening match of the South Asian Games in Guwahati on Saturday (February 6).

India enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and dominated most of the proceedings but inability to convert the chances cost them dear.

Sri Lanka surged into the lead in the 14th minute when Captain MCM Rinas curled in a free-kick from around 30 yards.

Apart from conceding the goal, India dominated most of the first half creating a fair number of chances, three of which should have been converted in the first half itself.

First, midway into the half, Udanta Singh outwitted his marker on the right flank and found Sumit Passi all in the clear. But with the rival Goalkeeper at his mercy, Passi failed to control it, thus muffing it up.

Thereafter, Lallainzuala followed up a cross from the right but his weak push wasn’t able to make its way into the net through the jungle of legs.

Late in the first time, Udanta once again found Halicharan Narzary but Narzary failed to lob it over an onrushing Goalkeeper.

Changing over, Head Coach Lee Johnson brought in three changes. Immediately after resumption, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, an U-19 Player in place of Passi and then Bikramjit Singh replaced Skipper Sandesh Jhingan who got injured; and later Jayesh Rane was introduced for Lallianzuala.

The story did stay the same but the equaliser never came. Having more of the possession even in the second half,  did't help as they were not able to break the shackles. The last golden chance came to Rowlin Borges in injured time but he blasted it over from top of the box.

India next play Maldives in their last Group League match on February 10. The top two from each Group advance to the semis.

INDIA U-23: Rehenesh; Pritam Kotal, Salam Ranjan, Sandesh Jhingan © (Bikramjit Singh), Narayan Das; Udanta Singh, Vinit Rai, Rowlin Borges, Lallianzuala Changte (Jayesh Rane), Halicharan Narzary, Sumit Passi (Jerry).

Hero i-League: Odafa's brace sink Bengaluru FC at Kanteerava

Hero i-League 2015-16 Results
Man of the Match Odafa Okolie of SC Goa, Bengaluru FC vs SC Goa,
Hero i-League, Pic Courtesy: i-League Media
Hero i-League 2015-16
Bengaluru FC 1-2 Sporting Clube de Goa
BFC: Vineeth CK(64th - Assist Unknown)
SCG: Odafa Okolie(9th - John Johnson lost possession, 73rd - Assist Unknown)

Live Streaming Link: India vs Sri Lanka - South Asian Games 2016

South Asian Games - India vs Sri Lanka - Live Streaming
India vs Sri Lanka - South Asian Games - Live Streaming

Live Streaming Link of South Asian Games 2016 clash between India and Sri Lanka on 6th February 2016. Kick off at 2 PM IST.

Friday, February 5, 2016

20 member Indian Squad announced for South Asian Games

South Asian Games
20 member Indian Squad announced for South Asian Games
20 member Indian squad for South Asian Games announced by Lee Johnson.

The 20-Member squad stays as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Kamaljit Singh, Rehenesh TP, Laxmikant Kattimani.
DEFENDERS: Bikramjit Singh, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Salam Ranjan Singh, Kaushik Sarkar, Narayan Das, Samad Ali Mallick.
MIDFIELDERS: Vinit Rai, Lallianzuala Changte (both U-19 Players), Rowlin Borges, Jayesh Rane, Germanpreet Singh, Udanta Singh. 
FORWARDS: Jerry Mawihmingthanga (U-19 Player), Sumeet Passi, Amoes T, Holicharan Narzary.

India's first match is against Sri Lanka scheduled to kick off at 2 PM IST on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Hero i-League: Mendy scores on debut as East Bengal win against Aizawl FC

Hero i-League 2015-16 Results
East Bengal's Bernard Mendy in action against Aizawl FC,
Hero i-League, Courtesy: i-League Media
Hero i-League 2015-16 Results
Barasat Stadium, Kolkata
East Bengal 2-0 Aizawl FC
EB: Bikash Jairu(72nd - Assist Joaquim Abranches), Bernard Mendy(74th - Assist Cavin Lobo)

East Bengal moved to second position in the Hero i-League 2015-16 table with a home win against Aizawl, played at the Barasat Stadium, Kolkata. East Bengal scored both of their goals in the second half after a goalless opening 45 minutes. Bikash Jairu scored the opener from a low cross by Joaquim Abhrances which was acrobatically headed into the net by Jairu. Two minutes later, East Bengal put the game to bed when former PSG and French International Bernard Mendy's headed found the back of the net.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

LG IFA Shield U-19 kicks-off on 16th February 2016

LG IFA Shield U-19
IFA Shield U-19 tournament to start from 16th February 2016
IFA announced its partnership with LG Electronics for the LG IFA Shield U-19 Tournament. The IFA Shield is the most prestigious football competition organized by the Indian Football Association since 1893. It is the fourth oldest club cup competition in the world after the English and Scottish FA cup's and the Durand cup. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the viewership of football in India and the IFA Shield, which was made into a U-19 Tournament two years ago, is confident of gaining huge popularity.

To spread the popularity of LG IFA Shield U-19 Football Tournament beyond the borders of Bengal, some of the group matches of the tournament will be played in Kerala and Goa. As part of IFA’s commitment of development of youth football, IFA is committed to make the LG IFA Shield U-19 Tournament 2015-2016 into the most popular U-19 tournament in India.

Mr Baichung Bhutia unveiled the shield, which, even though the tournament has been modified into a U-19 tournament, has not changed since its inception. The country’s biggest U-19 sporting spectacle will see ten teams competing with each other over four weeks beginning 16th Feb.

With 23 matches being played across Bengal, Goa, and Kerala, this tournament celebrates the vibrant spirit of football showcasing some of the best U-19 talent available in the country today. The historical shield will also be taken on a Trophy Tour across various malls and social clubs in Kolkata in bid to bring the game closer to football fans and create more excitement around the tournament.

The participant includes Kingfisher East Bengal Club, Mohun Bagan AC, Md. Sporting Club, United Sports Club and U-19 team of All India Football Federation.

Besides these 5 teams, discussions are on with a team from Kerala, a team from Goa, Crystal Palace FC and one other overseas team.

LG India has also planned various online and on-ground promotional activities to engage with consumers and football aficionados and create a buzz around the tournament. The promotions will happen at all the major brand stores and MBOs. With buy-and-win offers, if you are lucky you could even win a chance to meet the celebrity.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr Niladri Datta, Head Corporate Marketing, LG Electronics India said, “LG has always believed in the spirit of sports and it is a great honour for LG to be associated with the Indian Football Association. We are happy to encourage young sporting talent by providing a platform for them to showcase their skills and spirit. Kolkata is the city of football lovers, where the game is followed ardently and we are thrilled to be here amidst all the positivity. LG salutes the spirit of the game that resonates strength, competition and dynamism. This association with IFA also serves as a platform for LG to connect with consumers who are football fans and passionate about the game.”

Speaking at the Press Conference, Mr UK Ganguli, Hony. Secretary of IFA (WB) said, “We are delighted to have LG Electronics as our partner for LG IFA Shield U-19 Tournament 2015-2016 and are extremely grateful for their support for Bengal football in general, and LG IFA Shield U-19 Tournament 2015-2016 in particular. The development of youth football is essential for improving the performance of Bengal football as well as Indian football and the LG IFA Shield U-19 Tournament 2015-2016 will provide an opportunity for the most talented U-19 players of the country to showcase their performance. LG, apart from supporting the tournament as the Title Sponsor, has planned various promotional activities to create interest for the tournament and we hope that the football loving people of Bengal will extend their support for the tournament by watching the matches in large numbers and cheering for their favourite teams in person.’’

Mr Baichung Bhutia, who attended the Press Conference as Special Invitee, said, “Kolkata and football are synonymous with each other and it is a great honour to be here for the LG IFA Shield U-19 Tournament 2015-2016. It gives me immense pleasure in promoting a game that is close to my heart and embedded into the socio-cultural fabric of the city.”

Ms Mimi Chakraborty, the popular film actress and youth icon said, “I have grown up watching football in Kolkata and I am very happy to be a part of this legendary tournament. I hope to see Kolkatans come together to celebrate the spirit of the game and have an experience of a lifetime.”

AIFF allow disqualified teams to participate in Sub Junior Championship

AIFF decision on disqualified teams in Sub Junior Championship
AIFF allows disqualified teams to participate in Sub Junior Championship
After the announcement by the All India Football Federation(AIFF) to disqualify four teams fielding over-aged players in the Sub Junior National Football Championship 2015-16, the Federation have re-evaluated their decision. The four disqualified Teams – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh and Punjab will be allowed to play in the Sub Junior National Football Championship 2015-16 with players who are eligible but with a constraint that they wont be awarded any points for their fixtures in the Tournament. AIFF official press release said that the decision was taken with regards to the right age Players as they should have a chance to play and participate in the scouting process for the AIFF Academy at Imphal.
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