23 MAY

WIFA will felicitate ONGC for winning 2nd Divn I-League

Western India Football Association , Mumbai (W.I.F.A ) will be felicitated 2nd Divn I-League winner ONGC, on 28th May before starting of the the 26th Round Match between Mohun Bagan and Mumbai F.C at Cooperage Ground.

On the other hand, AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel told that the decision about conducting the Super Cup 2010 between I-League winner Dempo and Federation Cup winner East Bengal is a commitment of AIFF. They will take the final decision in this regards within one or two days .I-League 26th Round All matches will start from 15.30 PM.

23 MAY

Bravo Milito : Inter the Champion of Europe

Jose Mourinho’s Internazionale became the new European Champions at the Real Madrid haven, Santiago Bernabeu stadium. This they did after a gap of nearly half-a-century. Bayern Munich’s wily coach, Louis Van Gal could not devise a game plan to break the water-tight defense of Inter and conceded two soft goals in either half.

Diego Milito, the Argentine touch-artist neatly executed with clinical precision in each half of play that left the German side shell-shocked. Mourinho’s Inter completed a treble and are at the pinnacle of success.

The game style of both the clubs did not match up to the same level as say Giorgio Armani or Versace. At best it resembled Primark. Cheap but effective and Mourinho dished out what at the end made millions of his fans happy.

Mourinho had a lot of things to prove. He is currently perhaps the best Manager under the blue sky and takes over the reins of the beleaguered Real Madrid in a week from now. He had his three-dimensional plan in place against Bayern. Eleven men behind the ball always, quick counter-breaks to catch the Bayern side in numerically deficient places where it mattered most and finally neutralize their play-maker, Arjen Robben with cynical fouls if he managed to get past the first marker. Bayern supporters had always believed that their side played entertaining football as opposed to the negative and too Italian like play by Mourinho’s boys. At the end Bayern failed to get past the granite-like Inter defense where Lucio at times looked a bit suspect but Julio Cesar was at his flamboyant best.

Every Inter player seemed ready to die for the cause and all obeyed the orders that Mourinho was barking from the touchline throughout the 90 minutes. Although Inter had the upper hand in the initial exchanges it was Bayern who looked the more threatening and twice Lucio spared the Italians with timely interventions.

After 10 minutes Robben skipped past Christian Chivu, raced down the left and squared to Ivica Olic. But under pressure from Lucio, the Croat hitman fired wide from eight yards. On 18 minutes Robben crossed, Daniel Van Buyten headed and Maicon clearly blocked with his right hand but the English referee Howard Webb missed the offence as did his assistant.

Midway through the opening half Olic fed Thomas Muller, Lucio intervened and it fell to Robben who fired over from the edge of the box. Immediately thereafter, Webb flashed the first yellow card to Martin DeMichelis for a challenge from behind on Diego Milito. Sneijder tried his luck again from 35 yards but it fizzed straight at Butt. Robben then robbed Chivu who took the flying Dutchman out with a dirty challenge that led to a yellow from Webb.

Typically against the run of play, it was Inter who went in front with Milito after 35 minutes. It was Route One football. Julio Cesar took a long kick, Milito nodded to Snejider who played it back to the Argentine and he coolly slotted past Butt. Once Inter went ahead they retreated another 10 yards sucking Bayern forward, always ready to strike with a counter-punch. Inter should have made it two just before the interval but Sneijder blasted straight at Butt after Milito's brilliant square ball flat-footed Bayern's back-line once again.

In typical Mourinho style Inter left their opponents waiting for five minutes before they re-emerged for the second half, getting a dirty look from an exasperated Webb. It would not have been a Mourinho final without a show of gamesmanship and complete disregard to the unwritten rules of engagement - but it works and so he gets away with it. Bayern almost made them pay immediately. Seconds after the restart Altintop put Muller through but Cesar stopped with his legs sparing Inter an early blush.

Within moments Inter could have put the game to bed but Goran Pandev forced an acrobatic save from Butt. The Germans did come close when Lucio gave the ball away in the box but Altintop's quick-fire shot missed the target. As the minutes ticked by it seemed clear that for all their possession and industry Bayern would be unable to find a breakthrough.

Van Gaal threw Miroslav Klose on for Altintop and immediately Muller was forcing Esteban Camibasso to clear on the six-yard line. Robben's curler then seemed destined for the top corner but Cesar took off acrobatically to tip it over for a corner.

Then came the moment that sealed the triumph for the Italians…..

Samuel Eto'o found Milito and he turned Van Buyten inside out before beating Butt to send their fans to delirious rupture in the stands. The Italians saw Mourinho mastermind the historic triumph for them. Webb's final whistle sparked scenes of utter jubilation for Mourinho and his heroes. Van Gaal, who gave Mourinho his first job as No 2 at Barcelona back in the 1990s had to watch stony-faced as Inter collected the trophy and savoured the glory. He's now expected to spearhead Real Madrid's bid for world domination starting next week. But not before Mourinho had milked every second of his enormous success. For the night belonged to him and Inter.

FC Bayern :Butt, Van Buytens, Badstuber, Demichellis, Lahm, Altintop (Klose 62’), Robben, van Bommel, Schweinsteiger, Olic’ (Gomez 73’), Muller,

Inter Milan :Cesar, Maicon, Samuel, Lucio, Chivu (Stankovic 68’), Cambiasso, Zanetti, Pandev (Muntari 80’), Sneijder, Eto’o, Milito (Materazzi 90’)

Referee – Howard Webb

21 MAY

ONGC Steps into the big league in Indian Football

ONGC, the successful Indian flagship body corporate has been associated with Indian football for quite some time. They have been the principal sponsor and patron for various football tournaments in this country.

The officials have shown enough wisdom in not confining themselves to just sponsoring the game. They have now ensured that the team successfully qualifies for the next year’s I-League.

They had tried doing it the year before. They missed out at the final stage of qualification. However this did not deter or dishearten the officials. They showed wisdom by reposing unflinching faith and support on a young Bengali, Sujit Chakraborty, the ex-IFA CSF Football Academy coach. Chakraborty polished his boys to perfection and ensured qualification with one round of qualifying match still to be played.

This ONGC football side is primarily Mumbai based. It boasts of a few promising players who have both quality and the urgency in their game, the goalkeeper Billifan Nargery has shown promise and assurance as has Kamal Thapa in defense, the seasoned midfielder Jatin Singh Bisth and Striker Babatunde upfront have provided the desired firepower. Young Bhaskar Sengupta as the team physio and ONGC Sports In-charge Bibek Bhowmick lent their expertise and did well to convert this side into a well conditioned outfit.

This augers well for Maharashtra football as the vacuum that would have been created with the pull-out of Mahindra United from the next year’s competition was avoided. Sujit Chakraborty’s foray into successfully coaching the ONGC side was influenced by the ex-IFA Secretary Late Ranjit Gupta who cajoled him into taking this assignment. Mr. Gupta’s recent demise of a road accident cast a spell of gloom and a personal loss for Mr. Sujit Chakraborty even in this moment of success. He was graceful enough to dedicate this success to his late mentor .

What has been the reason for Sujit Chakraborty’s success? He approached it scientifically and in a thoroughly professional way conducted a 2-months coaching camp for the boys. They responded and showed the willingness to perform. However, he feels he has a long way to go having to counter teams of a slightly better level. There will be teams like defending champions Dempo Sports Club, Churchill Brothers, Kingfisher East Bengal, McDowell Mohun Bagan and Chirag United. He will need to make a few subtle changes in his outfit to match their strengths and to provide a semblance of a fight.

This is wishing Sujit Chakraborty and his boys all success in the football season ahead.

19 MAY

"Adidas FIFA Fair Play Flag Bearer" from India in South Africa

As a constant endeavor to promote sports at the grassroots level, adidas, the World’s No 1 football brand, hosted a three city selection event in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh to select six students, football enthusiasts who will be the official ‘adidas FIFA Fair Play Flag Bearer’ at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

At the event, children present undertook the ‘adidas Light Speed Test’ which was a test divided into four stages in order to assess the speed and sportsmanship of the participants. The ‘adidas LIGHT Speed Test’ consisted of tasks like sprinting over the ladder, dribbling around the cones, dribble around the obstacle and finally shooting the ball in the goal. The participants clocking the fastest time across the three cities were shortlisted and chosen as the final winners.

The six lucky winners who will fly to South Africa and will carry the FIFA Fair Play flag on to the centre of the football field during the match between Portugal and North Korea at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South that will be played on the 21st of June.

The six lucky students who won the opportunity to be the official ‘adidas FIFA Fair Play Flag Bearer’ at 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa from India are :

Name Age City
Abhiveer Arjun 15 New Delhi
Vedaant Nag 14 New Delhi
Shubhro Bhattacharya 14 New Delhi
Hitansh Sadana 16 New Delhi
Gaurav Pai 15 Mumbai
Sarfaraz Singh Lega 14 Chandigarh

Subhro Bhattacharyya is a U-14 student of S.N. Roy Soccer Academy of Delhi under coaching of Ex- Indian International footballer Tarun Roy. Subhro is very talented player who represent Delhi in U-13 National Tournament at jamshedpur.

18 MAY

Premier Cup 2010 Africa Qualification Tournament - Opening Ceremony & Draw

HILVERSUM, Holland : Volcanic ash could not cloud the proceedings at the Opening Ceremony & Draw of the Premier Cup 2010 Africa Qualifications at NIKE’s European Headquarters in Hilversum this evening. Teams from Esperance de Tunis and Right to Dream Academy from Ghana beat the weather – and the odds - to arrive earlier today whilst Daga Young Stars and ENPPI, the under-15 Premier Cup Champions of Cameroon & Egypt, will arrive later this evening.

Presiding over the Draw was Cameroon & Ajax Midfielder Enoh Eyong , who welcomed the assembled youngsters and left them with some sound advice. "Remember your dreams. If you want to achieve your ambitions you need to have the discipline to work hard and the desire to always improve - but the most important thing is to remember that you have a dream. If your dream is to win this tournament then you must bring that determination and commitment to every match you play. Enjoy yourself on the pitch, take pleasure in your game, always play to your best – and you will be on the road to becoming a professional footballer.“

Group matches commence tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10.00am with the last matches scheduled for Wednesday 19 May at NIKE’s Hilversum Campus - and the final battle for the title of Premier Cup Africa Champions. The winner will take the title and secure a highly coveted place at the 2010 Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) World Finals from 4-7 August next.

Over 9,000 teams have fought their way through local, national and regional tournaments over the past twelve months to win 1 of just 20 places at the MUPC World Finals in Manchester. They will then have the opportunity to measure their skills, their passion and their determination against the very best of their peers; in an effort to prove that they are the top under-15 team in the world.

On May 19th, a new team will be celebrating and dreaming of becoming the first ever African MUPC World Champions. The Road to Manchester continues…

MATCH SCHEDULE

1.(18 MAY 2010) : 10.00: RIGHT TO DREAM ACADEMY, GHANA VS ENPPI, EGYPT

2.(18 MAY 2010) : 11:00:DAGA YOUNG STARS FC, CAMEROON VS ESPERANCE DE TUNIS, TUNISIA

3.(18 MAY 2010) : 13:00: RIGHT TO DREAM ACADEMY, GHANA VS ESPERANCE DE TUNIS, TUNISIA

4.(18 MAY 2010) : 14:00 : ENPPI, EGYPT VS DAGA YOUNG STARS FC, CAMEROON

5.(18 MAY 2010) : 16:00: ESPERANCE DE TUNIS, TUNISIA VS ENPPI, EGYPT

6.(18 MAY 2010) : 17:00: DAGA YOUNG STARS FC, CAMEROON VS RIGHT TO DREAM ACADEMY, GHANA

7:(19 MAY 2010) : 10:00 T3 VS sT4

8:(19 MAY 2010) : 12.00 T1 VS T2

18 MAY

Home and Away table after ending of 25th Round of I-League


18 MAY

AIFF released 26th Round match dates of I-League

The fixtures and dates for the final round of the ONGC I-League have been released by AIFF. All matches will be started from 16.00 hrs.

May 27: Mahindra United VS JCT (Mumbai)

May 27: Dempo SC VS Pune FC (Goa)

May 27: East Bengal VS Viva Kerala (Kolkata)

May 28: Salgaocar VS Shillong Lajong FC (Goa)

May 28: Chirag United VS Sporting Clube-de Goa (Kolkata)

May 28: Churchill Brothers VS Air India (Goa)

May 28: Mumbai FC VS Mohun Bagan (Mumbai)

Regulations: The two (2) teams standing last in the I-League will be religated to the Second Division next year.

17 MAY

Business house ICore will be the new co sponsor of Mohun Bagan .

Icore is the new co-sponsor of Kolkata Giant Mohun Bagan Club but Mcdowell as the title Sponsor of Mohun Bagan. Today in a press meet at Club Tent Mohun Bagan Secretary Anjan Mitra announced it . Very recently Mr. Anakul Maiti CMD, Icore E Services Ltd has been selected as Vice- President of Mohun Bagan A.C.

Meanwhile Mohun bagan also announced today in the press meet that their Brazilian and Nigeiran duo Barreto and Chidi will remain with Mohun Bagan for the 2010-11 season.

Mahindra United star Muritala Ali, who scored 16 goals and got Man of the Match for 8 times or Lajong Star Bidemi Daniel would be the third foreigner of Bagan side for next year.

But Mitra told that the full players list of the next season will announce in due course.

On the other hand, Player Transfer windows has been allotted to AIFF by FIFA on & from 9th June - 31 Aug 2010 and 16th Jan - 15th Feb 2011....AIFF will conduct a practical course of FIFA TMS ( Transfer Matching System ) for all I-League Clubs from tomorrow at Delhi.

17 MAY

Mahindra United colts suffer solitary goal defeat against JCT

Mahindra United Under-19 team failed to make further progress in the Under-19 I-League Football Tournament after they suffered a solitary goal defeat at the hands of hosts JCT in the concluding match of the preliminary stage, played at the Guru Nanak College Stadium, Phagwara on Monday.

While remaining unbeaten going into their final match, Mahindra United U-19 who had shared points with league leaders Pune FC in their last outing, just needed a draw against JCT to make their way to the next stage but were undone by an early goal from the home side, who did extremely well in protecting their slender advantage till the final whistle.

Mahindra United colts, who looked good with their approach play but lacked the end product following the reversal remained on five points while JCT who were in a must-win situation, earned a berth in the final round of the competition while ending with seven points, that includes two wins and a draw.

Having already completed their league engagements, unbeaten Pune FC who secured a comfortable three nil victory over Air India on Sunday, topped the group with ten points en route to confirming their place in the next stage to be played in Kolkata during the last week of May ( 23rd to 30 th May).

Following the defeat for Mahindra United colts, which led to their exit, the final round of the U-19 I-League Football Tournament will have no teams from Mumbai as both Air India and Mumbai FC, who ended without a win, were already out of contention for making the next stage after a series of ordinary results in the preliminary round.

16 MAY

East Bengal lost again in I-League Derby to Arch rival

In an exciting I-League derby encounter in Salt Lake Stadium Mohun Bagan registered 2-1 victory over their arch rival East Bengal. In the first leg derby match of this edition of I-League Mohun Bagan got 5-3 victory over East Bengal and now they doubled in this edition by defeating East Bengal with 2-1 scoreline in the return leg.

With the kick off both the teams cleared their attacking strategy against each other. But in the 15th minute of the match from a fine cross of Sueoka Bareto scored the first goal of the match and put Bagan in the lead. After conceding early goal East Bengal tried everything to fight back in the match but due to the efficient role played by the Bagan defenders the Red and Gold Brigade could not make any harm to their opponents.

In the second half both the teams fought with equal strength. Though in the 61st minute Bhaichung came out to the field but yet again he could not make any difference to the derby. On the other side in the 77th minute a wonderful long ranger of Surkumar Singh deflected out by hitting the goalpost.

In reply of that Sanju Pradhan also created a great opportunity for East Bengal to level up the scoreline but his shot also deflected by the bar and thus went out. In the 86th minute again from a brilliant cross of Sueoka Snehasish Chakraborty scored the second goal for Bagan and thus confirmed the full 3 points for his team.

In the dying minute due to a very casual play of Bagan defence Yakubu scored a goal to reduce the margin but it was to let then as immediately after the goal referee blew the final whistle and Bagan won the match with 2-1 scoreline.

Sueoka Ryoji was declared as the Man of the Match as he was the chief architect behind both the goals of Mohun Bagan.

LIVE UPDATE HERE

Mohun Bagan   2 - 1   East Bengal ( YBK - FT..)

MMB : Sangram, Dipak, Azim, Masih, SurKumar, Mohonraj, Isfaq ( Snehasish 66'), Seouka, Marcos, chidi, Barreto

KEB : Gurpreet, Okpara, Mehraj, Soumik, Nabi ( Baichug 57'), Khabra, Mehtab, Alvito ( Sanju 46'), Bekhokhei, Hammond, Yakubu............

Goal MMB : Barreto 15', Snehasish 86' :: Goal KEB : Yakubu 93'

FT: Match End. Mohun Bagan win the Derby 2 - 1.

92': GOALLLLLLLLL ... East Bengal reduced their margin through Yakubu. Sanju well crossed from right and unmarket Yakubu scored his 103rd goal.

92': Surkumar well cleared an attack of Yakubu. Bagan is leading 2 - 0 . Few seconds left.

91': Now police came and remaining match has started.

90': Three minutes added as injury time. Match stopped now. Fans are throwing stones in the field.

88': Bagan is leading by 2 - 0. Seuoka of Mohun Bagan has been declared Man of the match.

86': GOALLLLLLLLL ...Snehsish Scored for Bagan. Nice crossed by Seuoka from right.

85': Outstanding playing by Mehtab Hossain of East Bengal and . 84': Well saved by Gurpreet off Snehasish movement. Khaba cleared finally.

83': Good luck of Bagan. Sanju shot hits the post and out.

82': Long thrw in of Mohonraj in left went direct to Gurpreet's hand.

81': Few minutes to left. Bagan is still leading by 1 - 0 in this Derby match.

80': Yellow card to Bagan keeper Sangram for arguing with referee.

78': 6th corner of East Bengal. Hammond cross cleared by Azim. Sanju kick went to Okpara. Okpara shot again cleared by Surumar by a corner.

77': Goal miss by Bagan. Bad luck. Surkumar's long ranger beat Gurpreet but hits the post and out.

76': Baichug to Sanju in right side.Sanju's weak cross cleared by Masih.

73': Bagan is attacking from right through Chidi. Bagan win a throwin . Sur Kumar's long throwin went away.

70': Yakubu shot cleared by Azim by a corner. East Bengal got their 5th corner. Bagan keeper Sangram cleared the Sanju corner. Mehtab Got the ball but missed the target.

69': Yellow card to Marcos who handed an action of Baichug. Marcos will miss next match. Free kick for East Bengal.

68': Marcos kick went to unmarked Barreto who crossed well but Seuoka was unable to header well.

68': Soumik fouled Chidi of Bagan. Referee awarded fre kick in favour of Bagan just out side the East Bengal Box.

67': Change of Bagan side. Isfaq out and Snehasish ame in his place.

65': Surkumar cleared well a cross of Sanju from right. East Bengal is attacking now.

63': Yellow card to Hammond who fouled Seuoka. will miss next match. Free Kick for Bagan. No damage done in Marcos kick.

62': Isfaq from left. Crossed from their but Gurpreet was alert.

60': Bagan is still leading 1 - 0.

57': Change in East Bengal side. Captain Nabi out and Baichug came in his place.

55': Deepak to Surkumar in right. Overlaping Surkumar passed to Marcos but it was too long.

54': Corner for Bagan. Seuoka kick well clered by Gurpreet Singh. Isfaq was slightly injured but now fit.

53': Slow pace of the match. Marcos to Seuoka in right but Mehraj cleared the attack.

51': Yellow card to Mohonraj of Bagan who fouled Sanju. Free kick for East Bengal. Sanju shot could not receive by Nabi in Bagan box.

49': Yakubu from left. Dipak fouled him but referee denied. Baichung is warming up in side line.

48': Sanju to Bekhokhei. Aim cleared the ball in right side of Bagan Box.

47': Starts of 2nd half. East Bengal has changed their player. Sanju Prodhan came in place of Alvito.

HT: It's half time now in Kolkata Derby. Mohun Bagan is leading 1 - 0 against arch rival East Bengal

45': 2 minutes added as extra time by refere. Surkurmar shot went away.

44': Yakubu attacked from left but beautiful cleared by Sk. Azim of Bagan. Counter attack of Bagan. Okpara clered an attack of Chidi in his own Box.

43': Bekhokhei missed a chance to score. Missed an well pass of Yakubu in Bagan Box.

42': Isfaq of Bagan from left. Ball passed to Barreto. Barreto to Chidi in East Bengal BOx but Khabra was alert and cleared the ball.

41': Bagan is attacking through Chidi. Passed to Marcos. But Marcos missed his pass.

40': Okpara well cleared by a hede off Marcos kick.

40': Nabi fouled Seuoka in right side of Box. Free Kick for Bagan.

38': East Bengal is attacking mainly from left side with Yakubu and Hammond.

36': Soumik cleared an attack of Chidi. East Bengal is attacking more and more but unable to get any fruitful results.

35':Throwin for East Bengal. Alvito missed to received a pass from Nabi.

34': Yakubu shot went away.

33': Rakesh Masih inhjured. Now fit.

30': Still Bagan is leading 1 - 0.

28': Again effort of Bareto 27': Barreto vs Mehtab in left. Referee awarded free kick in favour of Bagan. Okpara cleared the kick of Marcos. Counter attack of East Bengal.

25': Barreto of Bagan fouled Alvito. Free kick of East Bengal. Khabra well crossed from right but no East Bengal player was there.

24': Isfaq well shot but went direct to Gurpreet of East Bengal.

24': Hammond crossed rom left. Dipak well cleared the ball. Throw in for Bagan.

23': Seuoka well crossed from right but Chidiheader went away.

21': Nice kick of Yakubu. Sangram saved it by a corner. No damage done in corner of Alvito.

20': Mohun Bagan is leading 1 - 0 now. East Bengal in attacking. Fouled by Azim. Free kick for East Bengal just out side the Box.

17': Sur Kumar of Bagan injured when he charged with Bekhokhei.Now fit.

15': Counter attack of East Bengal. Danger for Bagan. Alvito to Yakubu. Yakubu beat two defenders of Bagan but finally missed the target.

14': GOALLLLLLLLL ... Goal scored by Barreto. Nice crossed by Seuoka from right and Barrreto header went to goal. It's the 91st goal of Barreto in NFL and 14th of this season.

12': Missed..missed... by Seuoka. Barreto from right well shot which deflected from Gurpreet's hand and came to Seuoka but he missed to push in the open net.

11':Alvito of East Bengal well effort but off the target.

9': Still no score yet. Long ranger of Chidi but effortless.

9': Bagan from right. Barreto to Seuoka but it was too long to receive. Goal kick for East Bengal.

7': Alvito well cleared an attack of Chidi.

7': Azim fouled Mehta of East Bengal. Free kick for East Bengal. Okpara log ball cleared by Dipak of Bagan.

6': Chidi of Bagan long ball towards East Bengal box but no team mate was there.

5': Hammond in left. To Bekhokhoi..cleared by Bagan defence.

4': Khabra to Soumik of East Bengal in left but Soumik missed pass. Ball went to Sangram of Bagan.

3': Nabi of East Bengal wants to enter in the Bagan bo but he was offside.

2':Seuoka attack from right cleared by Okpara well.

2': Bagan in East Bengal box. Okpra and Barreto collision. Okpara injured in own box.

1': Mehtab of East Bengal fouled Barreto of Bagan. Free kick. No damage done.

1': Math starts. Bagan is going to attack.

1': One minute silence in memory of Ranjit Gupta ( Ex IFA Secretary)

Temperature : 36 degree.

First Leg Result : East Bengal 3 - 5 Mohun Bagan

Total Played uptodate in League/NFL = 25 Times
East Bengal won = 11 Times || Mohunbagan Won= 8 times
Match Drawn = 6 Times
Goal::East Bengal=29 (Foreighers - 8 :: 21 Indians)
Goal :Mohun Bagan =22 ( Foreigners - 11 : 11 Indians)
Hattrick : Chidi Edeh (MMB) - 4 goals ( 25.10.2009)

16 MAY

Indian team in AFC U-14 football festival at Iran

A 22 member India U-14 Boys team to participate in the AFC U-14 Boys Football Festival, South Asia region to be held at Hamedan City, Iran from May 10-23. The Festival, which is less about competition and more about providing an arena for talented juniors from their respective regions to play against each other and forge bonds of friendship, is held in five regional locations.

India other than host Iran, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, Afghanistan will participate in this South Asian Zone of nine-nation AFC U14 Festival.In this Festivals, the teams will play each other in 30-minute and 60-minute matches with Size 5 ball which will move around field having dimension 90 M x 60 M. There are no finals or league format to determine winners.

India will play their first Match on May 17. The Indian team will leave to Iran on May 16.

India U-14 Squad

Goalkeepers : Supratim Bhattacharjee (West Bengal), Agyapal Singh (Punjab)

Defenders : Mohd.Sajid Dhot (Punjab), Myron Sezie Mendes (Goa), Rahul Saji (Kerala), Anis Kaithara (Kerala), Yogesh Kumar (Delhi) N Bidyanand Singh (Manipur), Nitin Jayal (Uttarakhand), Maibam Jimmy Singh (Assam)

Midfielders : Aurochit Patnaik (Maharashtra), Enester Malngiang (Assam), Sidharth Mukhi (Jharkhand), Manraj Singh (Punjab), Germanpreet Singh (Punjab), Hanan Javed Nellikkavil (Kerala), Harmanjot Singh (Punjab), Avilash Mukhi (Jharkhand)

Strikers : Alen Deory (Assam), Uttam Rai (Kolkata), Prokash Majumdar (Karnataka), Vikrant Bhatti (Uttar Pradesh)

Coach : Jude Barreto