Thursday, 23 October 2014

VIDEO - ISL - Fikru Lemessa (Atlético de Kolkata)!

Catch Fikru, the acrobatic striker from Atlético De Kolkata only in the Indian Super League. #HeroISL every night at 6:30PM on STAR Sports and STAR Gold (Hindi) #LetsFootball

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

AFC Women's Under-16 Championships qualifiers: India Girls await Jordan test!

India will have prayer on the lips and win on their minds when they take on Jordan in the AFC Under-16 Women’s Championship - China 2015 qualifiers at the Bangabandhu Stadium on Thursday (October 23, 2014).

The Blues will first have to register a win against out-of-contention Jordan and then hope for the permutations and combinations to work in their favour. For India to qualify, Bangladesh have to beat Iran. This will bring all three teams on nine points from three matches thus forcing a mini-table consisting of the three teams with Jordan and UAE already out of the race.

According to Asian Football Confederation (AFC) rules and regulations if two or more teams are tied on same number of points, the team with maximum points obtained in group matches between the teams concerned (here Iran, India and Bangladesh) will make the cut. If still the teams cannot be separated, goal difference resulting from the group matches between the concerned outfits will be taken into consideration.

Now all this will come into the picture only if Bangladesh manage to topple Iran come Thursday, and going by the current form of the Iranians that won’t be an easy job.

Not just have the red brigade scored 17 goals in three matches; they have looked the best team in the group.

“They are a good side,” India Head Coach Maymol Rocky maintained.

“We had a good first half against them but couldn’t hold on to the momentum in the second,” she added.

On Jordan, Rocky commented that, “we need to think about our win and how many goals we can score.

“I believe we have the ammunition to boss Jordan but for that we have to put out best foot forward. Te good thing is that the girls are on a high after this big win.”

India toyed with UAE and beat them 12-0, the highest pounding they have taken so far in this Group. Jordan won’t be such a cakewalk but are not expected to give India a whole lot of trouble going by their fluctuating form.

Easily the most prepared team in the tournament – Jordan went to Germany as part of their preparation. But they did not quite rise to the expectations succumbing to a shock defeat at the hands of the hosts Bangladesh before going down meekly to a roaring Iran side 6-1.

“They were not shambolic against Iran but could not match them physically and skill wise at the end,” Rochy mused.

The kick-off on Thursday is at 1.30pm.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

Durand Cup: AIFF Elite Academy thrashes YCC Chandigarh 5-0!

The AIFF Elite Academy got their campaign up and running as Milan Basumatary’s brace in second half demolished YCC Chandigarh 5-0 in their opening preliminary knockout match of 127th edition of Durand cup in Goa on Monday, October 20.

YCC Chandigarh arrived as rank outsiders, but seemed determined to enjoy their adventure, giving the AIFF Elite Academy a few anxious moments as they made a lively start. However, they were throbbed by a moment of class in the 33rd minute, when Amey Ranawade’s cross was cut back by Prasanth for Robinson Singh, who tapped the ball low past opponent’s goalkeeper and opened an account for the AIFF Elite Academy.

An early introduction of Malsawmzuala in the midfield alongside Robinson Singh gave the AIFF colts more attacking grips to the proceedings. Three half chances all fell to Daniel Lalhlimpuia, but the attacking midfielder could not take an advantage of any.

At the cusp of the interval, the score could have been more one-sided with Robinson Singh bolting a shot just wide of the post but the AIFF colts went into the break with one goal lead.

The second half did not opened up significantly but the AIFF Elite Academy came out with the knowledge they had what it took to secure their berth in the next round. Competing in Durand cup for the first time, the AIFF colts were undone. They launched series of attack in the space of 10 minutes.

Rakesh Oram notched a second for the AIFF in 53rd minute on Milan Basumatary’s low drive which ricocheted for the reckless winger to place his shot into the bottom corner. In the thick of things the visitors found themselves 3-0 down in 55th minute, when Prasanth latched on to Daniel Lalhlimpuia’s decisive through ball before placing the ball into far post.

Milan Basumatary found the right bottom corner to see him on a score sheet after evading his marker to latch onto Malsawmzuala’s through ball. The AIFF Elite Academy introduced their passing machine; Hayden Fernandes in 65th minute, who was instrumental in 21 passes move which lead to the AIFF’s fifth goal scored by Milan Basumatary on Daniel Lalhlimpuia’s measured through ball.

In a Second knockout encounter, Goa Velha SC beat Corps of Signals 2-1 on at the Raia Sports Complex. Goa Velha, playing in the Goa Pro League will be facing the AIFF Elite Academy in Round two of Durand cup on October 24 at 3MTR signals ground, Goa.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)

Baichung Bhutia inducted into the AFC's Asian Hall of Fame!

Former Indian National Team Captain Baichung Bhutia has been inducted to the AFC’s Hall of Fame, a letter from Dato Alex Soosay, General Secretary, Asian Football Confederation, to the All India Football Federation, confirmed.

"The AFC is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in Philippines on November 30 this year where a joint event will take place to celebrate the Anniversary as well as reward Asia’s finest at the AFC Annual Awards," the letter read.

Dato Alex Soosay further wrote, "It is my pleasure to announce that India’s legendary Player Mr. Baichung Bhutia has been selected to be honoured as an inductee to the AFC”s Hall of Fame."

Besides Baichung, nine other legendary Players from Asia would also be honoured. The Awards are being instituted for the first time and Baichung is the lone Indian in the glittering list.

In his congratulatory message, AIFF president Praful Patel said, "Baichung has been the flag bearer of Indian football in over 100 International matches. My heartiest congratulations to him! Post retirement, he has been closely associated with AIFF and we expect to work closely for the development of the sport in the Country."

Congratulating Baichung, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, stated: "It’s a huge honour for Indian Football. Being an inductee into AFC’s Hall of Fame is recognition of all his hard work and commitment. We at AIFF are very proud of his achievements and look forward for his involvement as we move ahead."

Bhaichung thanked AFC for selecting him into the Hall of Fame. "It's a great honour for me. I need to thank AFC for finding me competent enough. I also need to thank All India Football Federation for their continuous support."

"Obviously it won’t have ever been possible without the support of all my teammates whom I have played along with and also the Coaches for their guidance and Clubs I have represented. A special thanks for all my fans for standing beside me. This Award more for you than mine," he maintained.

VIDEO: Chennaiyin FC 2-1 Kerala Blasters FC - Match Highlights!

In last nights Indian Super League encounter, Chennaiyin FC beat Kerala Blasters FC 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Here a clip of all the goals.