17 MARCH

East Bengal lost 0 - 3 to Al Nejmeh of Lebanon in AFC Cup


Lebanon League champions Al Nejmeh beat Fed Cup Champion KF East Bengal of India 3 - 0 in Group D of the AFC Cup held at Beirut Sports City Stadium without Captain Rahim Nabi and Striker Baichung Bhutia .East Bengal suffering a second consecutive defeat.East Bengal who is unable to win a single in their last Ten Matches.

In a 17 Degree Temperature cool weather,Al Nejmeh took the lead on 20th minutes through Makhete Diop when Ali Hamam crossed for Diop who headed home. Earlier, East Bengal Keeper Abhra saved a powerful punch of Diop in 13 minutes.

Al Nejmeh doubed their margin in 24th minutes to beat East Bengal Keeper Abhra Mondol, who got the ball from Akram Moghrabi from midfield area.The half time result was 2-0 in favour of Home team.

In the 2nd half Al Nejmej scored their last and third through a penalty.Defender El Najjarine made no mistake to score from the penalty.

Bilal El Najjarine’s 48th minute penalty sealed the three points three minutes into the second hald as Al Nejmeh joined Al Ittihad on four points at the top of the table after the Syrians shared a goalless draw with Al Qadsia.

With this defeat East Bengal at the last of the table with Al Qadsia on two points after a second draw in two games.

EAST BENGAL: ABHRA, NIRMAL, OKPARA, KHABRA (RENEDY 61'), SUBASH SINGH (ALVITO 55'), MEHTAB, SANJU, MEHRAJ, BEIKHOKHEI (SOUMIK 53'), HAMMOND, YAKUBU,

East Bengal : last Ten Matches

1) 12.02.2010  :  CFL - East Bengal  1 - 1   Cal Customs (YBK)

2) 16.02.2010  :   EK Nayanar Trophy - Pune FC   0 - 0   East Bengal

3) 18.02.2010  :  EK Nayanar Trophy - East Bengal  1 - 1  Chirag United

4) 19.02.2010  :  EK Nayanar Trophy - East Bengal  0 - 0  Lajong FC

5) 27.02.2010 - CFL  :   Est Bengal   0 - 0   Mohammedan S.C

6) 02.03.2010-I-League 2009-2010  :   East Bengal  1 - 2  Pune FC

7) 06.03.2010-I-League 2009-2010  :   Lajong FC  1 - 0   East Bengal

8) 10.03.2010-AFC Cup 2010  :   East Bengal  1 - 4  Al Ittihad (SYR)

9) 13.03.2010-I-League 2009-2010  :  East Bengal  1 - 1  Mahindra United

10) 17.03.2010-AFC Cup 2010  : Al Nejmeh (LEB)   3 - 0   East Bengal(IND)

16 MARCH

East Bengal will face Al Nejmeh of Lebanon in AFC Cup


East Bengal arrived in Beirut on Monday without hamstring injury victim Team India Captain Baichung Bhutia, who is set to be sidelined for three weeks.So East Bengal will play against Al Nejmah of Beirut in their 2nd match in AFC Cup without Baichung at Beirut Sports City Stadium.

on Sept 18, 2007,Mahindra United went down 1-2 to Lebanon's Al Nejmeh club in the first leg of the AFC Cup quarter-final at the Ambedkar stadium in Delhi.

After losing 1 - 4 to Al Ittihad at home in their first match in AFC cup East Bengal's Belgian coach Philippe De Ridder is confident East Bengal can bounce back.He told that last match was bad luck for East Bengal as the team lost so many goals scoring chances in that match. Earlier East Bengal made a 1 - 1 draw against league leader Mahindra United in I-League.

On the other hand Al Nejmah has appointed their new Egyptian coach Abdulaziz Abdulshafi in place of Emile Rustom,who resigned after a 1-1 draw with Kuwait’s Al Qadisa. The team win against Al Ahli Saida 3 - 0 last week under the coaching of new coach.

Abdulaziz told taht they will play an attacking game in their home ground.

Al Nejmeh Performances in AFC Tournaments

  • AFC Champions League: 1 appearance

    2002-03: Qualifying West - 1st Round

  • Asian Club Championship: 1 appearance

    1997: Second Round

  • AFC Cup: 4 appearances

    2004: Quarter-Finals
    2005: Finalist
    2006: Semi-Finals
    2007: Semi-Finals

  • Asian Cup Winners Cup: 2 appearances

    1990/91: First Round
    1997/98: First Round
    1998/99: First Round

    East Bengal Performances in AFC Tournaments

  • Asian Club Championship: 2 appearances

    1986: Group Stage
    1999: First Round

  • AFC Cup: 3 appearances

    2004: Quarter-Finals
    2005: Group Stage
    2008: Group Stage, 3rd In Group

  • Asian Cup Winners Cup: 5 appearances

    1991/92: Second Round
    1993/94: Second Round
    1994/95: First Round
    1995/96: Second Round
    1997/98: Second Round

  • 16 MARCH

    Chirag United returns to winning path


    Chirag United again back to the winning track. Today in an away I-League encounter against Mumbai F.C. Chirag registered 2-0 win under the coaching of their new coach Anjan Nath who earlier in this year due to the absence of Subrata Bhattacharya Coached the team in the E.K. Nayanar Gold Cup where Chirag came out as the Champions.

    Today both the teams started the match in aggressive mode but Chirag established their dominance early in the match and as early as in the 18th minute from a well direct cross of Lalkamal Bhowmick, Joshimar headed the ball into the net to score the opening goal of the match.

    In rest of the first half Chirag continued their dominance in the match but in couple of occasions also the home side came close to score but in both the occasions their attempts were well denied by the Chirag defence. Again in the 43rd minute Joshimar forwarded a fine pass to Asim Biswas and Asim made no mistake to convert the opportunity into another goal to extended the lead for his team.

    In the second half the entire game was dominated by the boys of Anjan Nath and the visitors could have scored more goals during this span of time but again and again poor finishing prohibited extending the goal margin further and finally the match ended with 2-0 scoreline in favour of Chirag.

    With this crucial win Chirag not only returned back to the winning track but also climbed up to the fourth position in the I-League table with 26 points from 16 matches. Joshimar de silva of Chirag scored 13 goals so far as the top scorer after ending of 16th round .

    At the end Joshimar De Silva of Chirag United has been declared Man of the Match.

    Chirag United:Sandip, Subhasish, Arnab, Kingshuk, Dhanarajan, Gouranga Biswas, Denson, Lalkamal, Gouranga Dutta, Asim, Joshimar(Jayanta).

    Mumbai FC:Nithinlal, Quao, Anas, Faizal, Bernard, Noel, Vincent, Ambrose, Kamaljeet, Nishat, Coutinho.

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    Mumbai FC   0 - 2    Chirag United ( Mumbai .. FT )
    CU:Joshimar 18', Asim Biswas 43' :: M.O.M : Joshimar (CU)

    FT.: Match end. Chirag United get three points from their away match by nbeating Mumbai FC 2 - 0.

    88': Sandip Nandy well saved a header of Subhash Chakrabarty who came in place of Noel Wilson.

    88': Joshimar Da Silva has been declared Man of the Match today.

    86':Asim Biswas lost a chance to score. Subhasish well passed him but Asim's shot went away.

    78': Good effort by Gouranga Dutta. His long ranger went away.

    75': Jayanta Sen came in place of Joshimar. Asim,Gouranga Dutta is playing well in upfront.Arnab and Subhasish well playing in defence.

    68':Chirag missed a golden chance. Gouranga Dutta missed an one to one situation.His shot direct went to MFC keeper's hand.

    60': Well attack by Asim from left. Noel wilson was there who stopped him. Counter attacking by Mumbai side.

    46': 2nd Half started. Chirag is trying to increase the margin.

    HT: It's half time now. Chirag is leading by 2 - 0.

    43': GOALLLLLLLL..2nd goal of Chirag United. Joshimar passed well in the Box towards Asim Biswas who made no mistake to score.

    34': Vincent of Mumbai FC got a chance to score. Alex Ambrose passed him in the box but Vincent was unable to received properly and fallen down in front of goal. Arnab cleared out.

    20': Chirag is pressurising more and more therough Joshimar, Asim.They have got five corners but utilized one just now.

    18':Chirag got a corner which was taken by Lalkamal Bhowmick. Joshimar was Unmrked and his brilliant header beat MFC keeper Nidhinlal.

    18': GOALLLLLLLL...Chirag scored goal Through Joshimar.

    10':Still No score.

    5': Match starts. Both teams are in attaching mode.

    16 MARCH

    Kuwait F.C hold Churchill Brothers in AFC Cup


    Churchill Brothers   2 - 2     Kuwait FC ( Goa .FT.. )
    CB: Odafa Okolie 68', Ogba Kalu 71'
    FC: Nawaf osama 64',Bashar abdullah Abdulaziz 90'

    CB:Arindam, Rowilson, Naoba, Kalu, Vasum, Nacimento,Gourmangi, Ralte, Lalthalma, Felix, Odafa,

    FT: Match end. Kuwait FC hold Churchill Brothers in their last minutes goal.

    90': GOALLLLLLLL..Kuwait equalized the score through Bashar abdullah Abdulaziz. Substitute Ahmad Sobeah took a shot which hit the crossbar and came to Rodrigo Vergilio who passed the ball towards unmarked Bashar Abdulaziz scored with his right footer.Arimdam was not in his position. Now the result is 2 - 2.

    74': Churchill Brothers is leading now 2-1.

    71': GOALLLLLLLL.. Ogba Kalu scored this time off a nice cross from Lalrindika. Kalu's header went to goal.

    70': Now the score line is 1 - 1.
    68': GOALLLLLLLL.. Odafa equalised for Churchill. Ogba Kalu well passed him after getting a cross from R. Vasum from right side.

    64' GOALLLLLLLL.Kuwait FC scored goal. Nawaf osama scored the goal by his nice header off Hussain Hakim free kick.

    25': Again chance missed by Churchill. Odafa got a ball from Vasum but bad luck of Odafa. Kuwait keeper well saved his back volly from a closer.

    20': Felix got a chance to score but finally his shot went over the bar. . Good passed to him by Ogba Kalu.

    16': Churchill is fighting well against defending Champions Kuwait FC. Felix and Odafa missed open chances two times.

    15 MARCH

    Churchill Brothers to face Al Kuwait FC in AFC cup tomorrow


    FILE PIC: Mohun Bagan vs Al Kuwait FC

    Defending Champion churchill Brothers will start their AFC cup campain tomorrow against defending champions Kuwait Sporting Club of Kuwait in group 'B' to be played at Nehru stadium Fatorda Margao. The team who beat Mohun Bagan two times in group league match in AFC cup 1-0 and 6-0 last year.

    Churchill Brothers currently laying in 3rd position in I-League after 16th Round of the match .At home a four-year unbeaten record of churchill at Nehru Stadium in Goa recently ended to Mahindra United by losing 1 - 4.

    Churchill Coach Brazilian Carlos Pereira told that the match will be very tough against the defending Champion Kuwait F.C.But we hope we can get full points against the visiting team.Churchill lost to get the place in the AFC Champions League play-offs by losing 1 - 5 to Al Wahda.

    Pereira will mainly depends on Nigerian forwards Odafe Okolie, who scored 12 goals in his in the current I-league, along with Felix and Ogba Kalu.

    On the other, the Kuwait team, coached by Brazilian Arthur Bernardes Da Silva Filho said they have prepared for tomorrow's match and are raring to go. Players are in a good form to play their second match.They were held to a 1-1 draw by Al Hilal of Yemen in first match in AFC cup.

    They have two foreigners striker Rodrigo Vergilio and midfielder Rogerio de Assis Silva Coutinho. But Kuwait coach also told that his team could find the going tough in the hot and humid conditions of Goa.He had no idea about Churchill's style of play.

    15 MARCH

    Development Course for AFC Future Referees Batch.


    Mr. Pranjal Banerjee, an upcoming referee from Bengal and a product of the IFA Referees’ Academy, has been selected by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the first Development Course for AFC Future Referees Batch.

    In March 04, 2005 Mr. Subrata Dutta (Hony, Secretary of IFA then) founded the IFA Referees' Academy at Kalyani in collaboration with Kalyani Municipality and Calcutta Referees Association.

    Project Future is among the key education programmes initiated by AFC to boost the quality of referees and coaches in Asia.

    Mr. Banerjee will attend the course in Kuala Lumpur from April 18 to April 23.The IFA Honorary Secretary, Utpal Ganguly and the AIFF vice president, Subrata Dutta have expressed their happiness over Mr.Banerjee’s selection .

    15 MARCH

    Mohun Bagan Settled with a Goalless Draw against JCT


    In an away encounter today Mohun Bagan registered a goalless draw against Jct. A win in this match could take Bagan in a very competitive position but the Mariners settled with a draw today. Though Mohun Bagan was definitely the better team of the match but series of goal misses took them away from the very much needed 3 points.

    With the kick-off Bagan players took the control of the game and one by one effective attacks were built by them and soon the JCT defence looked like panic stricken. During this span the visitors wasted numbers of opportunities to move ahead in the match. Especially in the 16th minute of the match Marcos remained unlucky to open the scoreline as his shot went out of the goal with an inch. Mohun Bagan kept their dominance in the first half but failed to score even a single goal.

    While in the second half the home team tried to fight back in the match but the Maroon and Green brigade continued their supremacy in the game. During this span of time Karanjit Singh the JCT keeper saved the fall of his team with two brilliant efforts. In the 59th minute Chidi was brought down into the penalty box and the referee offered an unquestionable penalty to Mohun Bagan. But surprisingly Bareto wasted this golden opportunity as his spot kick went outside the goal.

    In the final day 0f 2009 in a semi-final match of the Federation Cup against East Bengal Bareto also missed a penalty kick and Bagan paid heavily in the match as the Red and Gold won the match with 2-0 scoreline. Again today Bareto Made va similar mistake and as the result the visitors failed to score even a single goal in the match and finally the match ended as a goalless draw to confirm single point to each team.

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    Mar 15 : JCT FC   0 - 0    M.Mohun Bagan ( Ludhiana FT )

    JCT : Karanjeet, Sunil Kumar, Narinder, Baljit Sahni (Jaswinder), Penn Orji, Emmanuel Okoro (Balwant Singh), Daljit, Lalchhuanmawia, Henry Ezeh, Gurwinder, Sakhtar (Harish Sharma)

    MMB: Sangram, Deepak, Masih, Surkumar, Manju, Marcos, Seuoka, Snehashis (James), Isfaq, Barreto, Chidi.

    Jaswinder Singh Man of the Match, Jaswinder came as substitute and got Man of the Match for his brilliant goal line save, goalkeeper was beaten.

    MATCH ENDS 0-0.

    90+2: Good attack by Mohun Bagan, Barreto pass to Sueoka, but cleared by defence.

    90: Referee gives 3 minute injury time.

    89: James corner, brilliant head by Barreto, but nicely saved by Jaswinder from goalline.

    89: Ishfaq earns a corner for Mohun Bagan.

    87: Attack by JCT, Penn tries to take a shot, cleared by Dipak.

    85: Harish Sharma in Sakhtar Singh out.

    84: Marcos pass to Barreto, brilliant try by Barreto, but his placement to left of goalkeeper beat Karanjit but just misses target.

    82: Marcos takes the free kick but foul against Barreto.

    82: Mohun Bagan gets free kick for foul on Chidi.

    81: Chidi pass to Barreto to Sueoka, but cleared by defence.

    80: Good move by JCT, but Henry's run intercepted by Manju.

    78: James free kick, but Karanjit collects the ball over Chidi's head and he is wasting time by falling to the ground.

    78: Barreto fouled outside penalty box near touch line.

    77: Corner for Mohun Bagan, but headed out by JCT defence.

    76: Good play by Chidi, his cross from right after he gets past 1 player, but ball just a little high for Barreto who tried a lot to head the ball.

    74: Counter attack by Mohun Bagan, Sueoka and Barreto combine well, but nothing results.

    72: Change for Mohun Bagan, James in, Snehashish out. Ishfaq goes to left half from right half and James will play in right half.

    70: Another change for JCT, Baljit Singh Sahni out and Jaswinder in.

    68 Another JCT move, nicely cleared by Masih.

    66: Okoro out and Balwant Singh in for JCT.

    65: Henry to Sakhtar, cleared by Surkumar.

    62: JCT attacking more now.

    60: Barreto shot goes out left of goalkeeper.

    59: Mohun Bagan gets penalty, Chidi fouled by Narinder Singh.

    57: Attack by JCT, pass to Penn, but intercepted by Dipak.

    53: Marcos to Ishfaq, switches flank, but JCT player gets ball before Snehashish could get the ball.

    52: Chidi gets a ball from Barreto, but his shot out of target, took a good shot.

    50: Midfield action going on in 2nd half.

    43: YELLOW CARD. Ishfaq booked for arguing with referee.

    38: Baljit takes the corner, ball comes to Mohun Bagan box, but defence manages to clear the ball, it goes to Sueoka, he passes the ball to Ishfaq in right flank, but ball goes out.

    37: JCT attack, Baljit Sahni attacks down right flank, Rakesh tries to clear the ball, ball hits Manju and goes out for corner.

    36: Marcos corner, but JCT defence clears the ball.

    35: Marcos brilliant free kick, Karanjit fists the ball out for corner.

    35: Mohun Bagan gets free kick.

    33: Okoro to Sakhtar to Henry, but intercepted by Surkumar.

    32: Through pass by Penn towards Daljit, but he cant reach the ball.

    30: Sueoka pass to Ishfaq, he runs but his cross headed out.

    28: Marcos corner, Dipak tries to head the ball, but cleared by defence, from outside box Ishfaq takes a shot, it hits a JCT player and they counter attack, but Manju makes a good clearance.

    28: Barreto earns another corner for Mohun Bagan.

    26: Snehasish pass to Manju, but he gives mispass. JCT counter attack, but nice interception by Dipak.

    24: Another move by JCT down right flank, but Henry's effort goes to Sangram.

    23: Rakesh brilliant tackle on Penn, appeals for penalty, but referee rightly says play on.

    21: Forward pass by Chidi for Barreto, but nicely cleared by JCT defence. Mohun Bagan dominating the match now.

    19: Corner for Mohun Bagan. Marcos corner, Barreto leaps to head the ball, referee gives foul against him.

    18: Throw for JCT. Long throw taken by Baljit, but nicely headed out by Dipak.

    16: It was a very good move by Mohun Bagan. The ball came to Chidi from a combined move of Marcos and Barreto.

    16: Good chance for MOhun Bagan but Chidi's shot just goes wide.

    13: Corner for Mohun Bagan, Marcos corner but cleared by defence.

    11: JCT attack down left flank, ball goes to Penn, his cross goes to Sangram.

    9: Marcos free kick cleared by JCT.

    9: Mohun Bagan gets a freekick.

    8: Marcos long ball meant for Chidi, but headed out by defence.

    6: Ball with Chidi, but cleared by defence.

    5: Ishfaq to Sueoka, tackled by JCT player.

    3: First attack by Mohun Bagan, Snehasish run down left flank, his cross meant for Sueoka, but defence heads out the ball.

    3: For Mohun Bagan, Manju is playing as left back while Masih and Dipak is in stopper position. Ishfaq is in right half while Snehasish is in left half. Marcos is playing as defensive medio while Sueoka as attacking medio with Barreto and Chidi the two strikers.

    2: JCT gets a free kick outside Mohun Bagan box, ball goes straight to Sangram.

    1: Match starts.

    Total Match - 28 (upto 15.3.2010)
    win - 7 | lost - 11 | Draw - 10
    GF - 27 | G A - 29

    14 MARCH

    I League : Mohun Bagan against JCT All time


    2009/2010   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   1:2
    JCT: Penn Orji 47',Baljeet Sainy 56' :: MMB: Branco 82'

    2008/2009   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   1:1
    2008/2009   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   2:0
    2007/2008   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   1:1
    2007/2008   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   1:2
    2006/2007   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   1:3
    2006/2007   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   2:0
    2006   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   0:1
    2006   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   0:2
    2005   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   0:0
    2005   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   1:0
    2004   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   0:0
    2004   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   0:1
    2003   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   1:0
    2003   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   3:3
    2002   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   1:2
    2002   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   2:0
    2001   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   2:2
    2001   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   2:2
    2000   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   3:1
    2000   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   2:1
    1999   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   1:1
    1999   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   0:0
    1999   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   1:2
    1999   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   0:0
    1998   :   Mohun Bagan AC - JCT FC   :   1:0
    1998   :   JCT FC - Mohun Bagan AC   :   0:0

    Total Match - 27
    win - 7 | lost - 11 | Draw - 9
    GF - 27 | G A - 29

    14 MARCH

    Karim Magic: Salgaocar stun Dempo S.C in I-League


    Goan Giant Dempo S.C suffered second defeat in I-League as they went down to Salgaocar 2-3 in the 16th round of the I-League, played at Nehru stadium Goa today.Dempo,played without their striker Sunil Chhetri.Dempo's Brazilian play playmaker Beto along with Ranty Martins played in the upfront.On the other hand this is the first win of newly appointed Karim Benchirifa as Coach.

    Today Dempo scored first through Ranty Martins in 33rd minutes.Nicholas Borges crossed from left and Salgaocar Iranian defencer Samiena unable to clear the ball and for his mistake Ranty Martins got the ball pushed easily 1 - 0. Salgaocar equalised it just after six minutes through a nice header of Iranian Rouhollah Samienia off a Francis Fernandez corner kick in 39th minutes 1 - 1.

    Just before 2 minutes before of half time Salgaocar increased their margin through Ikenwa 2 - 1. The half time result was in favour of Salgaocar 2 - 1.

    In 2nd half Benchirifa Boys got some chances to score but failed . Dempo found the equalizer in the 60th minute when their defrnder Anwar Ali found the net from inside the box off a free kick taken by Climax Lawerence in 60th minute 2 -2.

    Salgaocar scored the winner in 66th minute when Ekene Ikenwa again scored for his team.3-2.Dempo still remained 2nd in the league table on account of superior goal difference with 29 points each along with Mahindra United, While Salgaocar moved up with 18 points from 16 Matches and jumped into 11th place from 10th.. .

    In the other two matches of the day, Kailash Patil scored in 55th minutes as Air India defeat their arch rival Pune F.C while Shillong Lajong and Sporting Clube-de Goa shared a goalless draw at Nehru Stadium in shillong.But Sporting Goa lost an oppertunity to score from a Penalty.Lajong Keeper well saved Nicholas Rodrigues spot kick.

    13 MARCH

    Mahindra Comes to the Top of the I - League Table


    Mahindra United now reached to the top position of the I-League table. Today in Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Salt Lake Mahindra United hold East Bengal with 1-1 scoreline and thus registered 29 points for the team in the I-league. Though Mahindra now have equal point with Dempo S.C. but on the basis of the goal difference Mahindra currently hold the top position in the League table.

    Today with the kick off both the teams tried to creat pressure on each other. Though Mahindra built the early attacks but it was East Bengal who played better football in the first half. Numbers of opportunities were wasted by the home teams in the first half to open the scoreline. Especially in the 14th minute of the match Sanju Pradhan failed to convert a golden opportunity into goal when he failed to beat Mahindra keeper Subhashis Roy Chowdhury in one to one position. The visitors also created quite a few opportunity but could not make any changes to the scoreline.

    In the second half both the teams showed urgency for scoring and finally in the 65th minute of the match from a brilliant 40 yards shot Mehtab opened the scoreline for the home side. But the joy of the home crowd did not last long as in the 74th minute from a decent cross of Sushil Singh, Md. Rafi scored the equalizer for the visitors. In rest of the time the match remained almost uneventful as the final scoreline denote a 1-1 draw. But as usual today also Bhaichung Bhutia the star of the Red and Gold brigade was in off colour which was quite a bit threatening to his team in the I-League.

    KEB: Abhra, Nirmal, Okpara, Hammond(alvito 91'), Khabra, Yakubu, Mehtaab, Baichung (Subhash 46'), Nabi(C) (Bekhokhai 46'), Sanju, Mehrajuddin

    MU: Subhasish, Tamba, Sushant(C), S.Mizin, Rafi, Franco, Kali Alauddin, Paresh , Dias, Debabrata , Sushil

    TEAMMWDLGFGA +/- PTS
    Mahindra United 167813215 +17 29
    Dempo S.C 158523118 +13 29
    Churchil Brothers 166822621 +5 26
    M.Mohun Bagan 157353423 +11 24
    Pune F.C 15 5821914+523

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    KF East Bengal   1 - 1   Mahindra United

    KEB:(Mehtab Hossain 65') :: MU :(MD. Rafi 74')

    M.O.M:Mehtab Hossain (KEB)

    90+3': MATCH ENDS, 1-1 FINAL SCORE.

    90'+2': Mehtab declared Man of the Match, still 1 minute left.

    90'+1': Player changing of East Bengal. Hammond out and Alvito came in.

    90': 3 minutes injury time.

    90': Counter attack by Mahindra, but shot straight to Abhra.

    89': Khabra pass to Subhash, blasts over bar.

    87': Mehtab misses an easy chance.

    85': Still 1-1.

    80': Hammond pass to Sanju, misses easy goal.

    74': GOALLLLLLLLLLL Sushil cross, Rafi header, goes into goal.

    65': Mehtab scores for East Bengal, seeing Subhashish out of charge, he takes a good shot from about 40 yards out, ball hits post and goes in.

    65': GOALLLLLLLLL, Mehtab scores for East Bengal.

    52': Again brilliant play by Sonju, cross from right, Yakubu header goes out, could have done better, he was very close to goal.

    49': Steven free kick way over cross bar.

    47': Rafi pass to Paresh, but ball goes out.

    Double substitution by East Bengal coach Rider, Baichung and Nabi replaced by Subhash and Bekhokhai.

    HT: Half time 0-0.

    45': Injury time going on, Mahindra playing better now after initial part was dominated by East Bengal.

    43': Easiest chance of the match missed by Mahindra, Sushil Singh 1:1 with Abhra but his shot straight to goalkeeper.

    42': Nabi pass to Yakubu, but intercepted by Mahindra defence. East Bengal having more possession but not able to penetrate into Mahindra defence much.

    41': Another attack by Mahindra, Rafi runs, but tackled by EB defence.

    40': Abhra miskicks, ball goes to Rafi, but he fails to push ball in empty goal.

    38': Paresh pass to Rafi, his cross straight to Abhra.

    36': Yakubu gets ball from Nabi, dribbles past 2 player but his shot goes to Subhasish.

    34': Sonju takes corner, cleared by Sushant.

    33': East Bengal gets corner, Yakubu's attempt deflects off for corner.

    30': East Bengal attacking more.

    28': Yakubu shot hits post and goes out.

    26': Hammond shot brilliantly saved by diving Subhasish.

    24': Good play by Steven, his pass towards Sushil, cleared by EB defence.

    23': Good move down left flank, Yakubu-Hammond combining well in left flank. East Bengal playing better now.

    20': Bad luck East Bengal, goalline save by Mahindra, Hammond head, deflects off Subhasish's hand, as it was going in, cleared by Mahindra defence.

    18': Midfield action going on.

    16': Yakubu to Baichung, but tackled by Mahindra defence, Baichung still has not done anything positive.

    14': Brilliant play by Sonju, dribbles past 2 players, but his shot over crossbar.

    12': Mizin pass to Rafi, he enters box but timely tackled by Okpara.

    9': Khabra shot just out of target from Yakubu pass.

    7': Paresh pass to Steven, his cross headed out Okpara.

    6': EB attack down right flank, Sonju runs, but Mahindra defence alert.

    4': Sushil-Rafi plays 1:1, enters box, tries to take the shot, but Mehraj brilliant tackle.

    2': Good move by East Bengal, Hammond pass to Sonju, his shot goes out.

    1': Match starts, Mahindra makes the first move, but EB defence alert.

    East Bengal : All time VS Mahindra in I-League (Upto date)

    Match - 28; win - 13; Drawn - 7 ; Lost - 8; GF - 33 ; GA - 22

    12 MARCH

    Head to Head : East Bengal vs Mahinra United in I-League


    2009/2010    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    3:2
    2008/2009   Mahindra United - East Bengal Club   2:1
    2008/2009    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    1:1
    2007/2008    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    1:0
    2007/2008    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    2:1
    2006/2007    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    2:1
    2006/2007    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    2:2
    2006    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    1:0
    2006    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    0:1
    2005    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    1:0
    2005    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    1:1
    2004    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    2:0
    2004    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    0:1
    2003    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    2:0
    2003    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    1:0
    2002    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    2:1
    2002    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    1:1
    2001    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    0:0
    2001    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    2:0
    2000    Mahindra United - East Bengal Club    1:0
    2000    East Bengal Club - Mahindra United    0:0
    1999    East Bengal Club - Mahindra & Mahindra    4:0
    1999    Mahindra & Mahindra SC - East Bengal Club    0:2
    1998    East Bengal Club - Mahindra & Mahindra SC    1:0
    1998    Mahindra & Mahindra SC - East Bengal Club    0:1
    1997    East Bengal Club - Mahindra & Mahindra SC    3:1
    1997    East Bengal Club - Mahindra & Mahindra SC    1:0

    East Bengal

    Match - 27; win - 13; Drawn - 6 ; Lost - 8; GF - 32 ; GA - 21 p>

    11 MARCH

    Alvito out of the Derby Matches for this Season.


    Within a record time the IFA ordered exemplary punishments to the six footballers who are involved in the violent fight during the last East Bengal- Mohammedan Sporting Calcutta Football League derby match held on 27th Feb. The main two accused of the event, Alvito D' Counha the player and Brand Ambassador of East Bengal and Eduardo Escober the Brazilian star striker of Mohammedan Sporting Club cannot play next five CFL matches in this season due to the punishment settled against them. In fact they cannot play even a single match for their team in rest of this edition of the Sahara CFL.

    Thursday evening the IFA Premier and First Division League Sub-committee members met all the accused players at IFA Office where all footballers accepted the charges and demanded apologies and promised in front of the committee members not to repeat the same event. The video clippings of the match were also watched by the committee members before declared the punishment.

    After the meeting the Secretary of the IFA Utpal Gangopadhyay declared the punishment for the accused footballers.

    Earlier in England Emmanuel Adebayor, the Manchester City striker was accused with same kind of charge and on 24th February, 2010 because of a dangerous foul committed by him during FA cup match against Stoke City. Adebayor was shown red card and finally he was suspended for next four matches.The 25-year-old Togo forward received a straight red for raising an arm at Stoke's defender Ryan Shawcross .

    The IFA declared the punishments to the accused footballers as follows…….

    IFA League Sub committee meeting decision against the accused Footballers who shown Red Cards during a CFL Derby match between East Bengal and Mohammedan S.C on 27th Feb.

    Alvito d Counha (East Bengal) : 2 Match suspend for Seeing Red Cards alongwith 3 extra match suspend and Rs.50,000 fine.

    Ugo Okpara (East Bengal) : 2 Match suspend for Seeing Red Cards alongwith 1 extra match suspend and Rs.25,000 fine.

    Eduardo Escober (Mohammedan S.C) : 2 Match suspend for Seeing Red Cards alongwith 3 extra match suspend and Rs.50,000 fine.

    Dipankar Roy (Mohammedan S.C) : 2 Match suspend for Seeing Red Cards alongwith 1 extra match suspend and Rs.25,000 fine.

    Abhra Mondol (East Bengal) : 1 Match suspend and Rs.10,000 fine.

    Amrit Pal Singh (Mohammedan S.C) : 1 Match suspend and Rs.10,000 fine.

    Amount of Fine will be deposited before playing their next CFL match after ending their said match suspension.

    11 MARCH

    UNICEF has appointed Lionel Messi as a global Goodwill Ambassador.


    Messi’s relatively short career has taken him to the summit of world football. He was named the FIFA World Player of the Year and also won the Golden Ball award for the best European footballer of the year 2009.

    FC Barcelona, achieved a historic sweep of the football championships in 2009, winning the UEFA Champion´s League, the FIFA Club World Cup, La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the European Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup.

    In 2006, FC Barcelona and FC Barcelona Foundation signed a global agreement with UNICEF. Since then, the club has worn the UNICEF logo on its shirt, broadcasting a message about the rights and needs of children as a symbol of the club’s values and its solidarity with children.

    A UNICEF statement said that Messi's "determination to use his fame to help the world's most vulnerable children" led to his being chosen for the role.

    Messi said he was "grateful for this chance to give support to children and hope that his role as a global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, he would be able to support children who need help.He will start his activities as a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF with a planned trip to his native Argentina, the home of the Leo Messi Foundation, which supports access for vulnerable children to education and health care.

    FC Barcelona and UNICEF signed an agreement in 2006. Since then, FC Barcelona, through its Foundation, has donated a total of $5 million in the past three years and has pledge another 3 million over the next two years. Part of the 2010 donation will also be directed to the children of earthquake-struck Haiti.