INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (APRIL)


AFC goal keeping COURSE IN GOA

13.04.2019 : GFA PRESS RELEASE : The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Goa Football Association (GFA) will conduct an AFC Goalkeeping Level 1 Course from April 22-27 in Goa, in a quest to produce able goalkeeping coaches, who in turn will help develop stellar goalkeeping talents. The Level 1 course is a basic goalkeeping course for a goalkeeping coach, and is followed by the Level 2 course, which further zooms in on the technicalities in the field of goalkeeping.

In all, 24 participants from all over India including four from Goa will attend the course which will be held at Don Bosco Fatorda grounds, Fatorda, Margao. Mr. Yong Wai Hwang from the AFC will be the main course Instructor and he will be assisted by Mr. Gumpe Rime and Mr. Dinesh Nair from the AIFF. Details may be obtained from Genevieve Colaco, AIFF Development Officer with GFA, Panjim. This is the fourth course being coordinated by the Goa from November 2018.

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AIFF RULED OUT ANY SUSPECIOUS INCIDENT AGAINST CHENNAI CITY

AIFF LEAGUE COMMITTEE MEETS IN BHUBANESWAR 13.4.2019: AIFF League Committee today sit at Bhubaneswar to decide certain issues. The meeting was chaired by Subrata Dutta, Senior Vice President, AIFF and chairman League Committtee. The other officials who were present in the meeting, I League CEO Sunanda Dhar, B K Roka, Chirag Tanna and Rochak Langer, Rahul Mascarenhas, Chairman, Legal Advisory Committee and Vece Paes, Chairman, Sports Medical Committee.

The Hero I-League 2018-19 match between Real Kashmir FC and Minerva Punjab FC scheduled on February 18, 2019 was to be rescheduled later as per the decision taken by the Emergency Committee. Both the teams have communicated to AIFF that they agree to share one point apiece and the same was approved by the League Committee in today’s meeting. Hence, Real Kashmir FC finish their campaign third on the points table with 37 points from 20 matches whereas Minerva Punjab FC will wrap up in the ninth position with 18 points having played the same number of matches..... I-LEAGUE TABLE NOW

The AIFF Integrity Officer conducted a thorough investigation on the Hero I-League match between Chennai City FC and Minerva Punjab FC. Thee matter was investigated from all angles and relevant documents were collected and persons were examined. The AIFF Integrity Officer didn’t find anything against the integrity of the game and there is nothing to suspect about the true spirit of the game. The committee accepted his views.

he committee deliberated upon withdrawal of the Hero I-League clubs from Hero Super Cup 2019 relying upon the relevant clauses/sections of Hero I-League participation agreement and Hero Super Cup regulations. The committee unanimously decided to refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee.

It was decided that TW3 method of bone-age determination will be implemented for the Sub-Junior National Championship next season onward. Meanwhile, the Committee decided that the eligibility to participate in upcoming Hero Sub-junior and Junior League 2019-20 season will be a bone-age rating upto 13.4 and 15.4 years respectively, received under the AIFF BADP Guidelines.

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Goa’s former sportspersons meet again on Sunday

12.04.2019 - DEMPO SC PRESS RELEASE :The Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) will organise its third annual get-together which will see former players, officials, administrators and media come under one roof and relive the glory days. For the last two years, former sportspersons have been gathering once every year to meet their teammates and compatriots with whom they share wonderful memories.

In 2017, only former footballers gathered under one roof at Goa Velha for the first-ever get-together, but since last year when everyone met at Agasaim, players and officials from different sports disciplines met and exchanged memories.The third get-together, the only such initiative and gathering in the state, will be held at the BPS Sports Club in Margao on April 14, 11am onwards.

“It’s always nice to see our former greats come together. This time are expecting even bigger attendance,” said AWES president Avertano Furtado. At the get-together, will also felicitate the Goan teams who won the National Football Championship for the first time as joint winners in 1983 and then outright for the first time in 1984.

Most players who were part of those two Santosh Trophy winning teams will attend the felicitation function. “The Santosh Trophy is a tournament that remains close to the heart of all Goan football fans. I remember how proud we all felt when Goa won the Santosh Trophy for the first time. It’s time for us to honour our heroes,” said Furtado.

Goa finished joint winners alongside hosts Bengal in 1983 when two days of football could not produce a winner. Packed with internationals, Bengal were the favourites playing at home, but Goa measured up to the challenge to force a famous draw. The next year, Goa won the Santosh Trophy outright for the first time as Camilo Gonsalves scored the goal that gave Goa the trophy against Punjab in Madras.

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2020 Olympic AFC Women Qlf -> PAGE REFRESH
09.04.2019:(M-3)INDIA WOMEN 3-3 MYANMAR WOMEN (90+4 FT.)
IND: Sandhiya 10', Sanju 32', Ratanbala 64'

IND: Linthoingambi, Sweety, Jabamani, Ashalata, Sangita, Ratanbala, Sanju, Grace, Indumathi, Dalima, Sandhiya

INDIA WOMEN <b><font color=red> 3-3 </b> </font> MYANMAR WOMEN
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : On a stage where the Indian Senior Women’s National Team had to secure nothing less than a win, the Maymol Rocky coached team with an average age of just 21, showcasing class, composure, tenacity, and maturity to be held 3-3 by hosts Myanmar at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium here today (April 09, 2019).

Courtesy the result, India despite finishing on level points with Myanmar (7 points from 3 matches) in Group A, bowed out of the Olympic Qualifiers due to an inferior goal difference of +4, in comparison to Myanmar’s +8.

Sandhiya had given the Indian women an early lead in the 10th minute but a hat-trick from Win Tun for Myanmar (17’, 21’, 72’) held India, as Sanju’s 32nd minute strike and Ratanbala Devi’s 64th minute goal couldn’t help gather three points. The Indian women, ranked 62, displayed their intentions to grab the match by the scruff against Myanmar, ranked 42 in the FIFA ladder.Sanju coming close to giving India the lead as early as the 2nd minute when her shot from close range, off a Dangmei Grace cross, went out for a corner.

The women had to wait eight minutes more before surging into the lead. In the 10th minute, Ratanbala burst out on the right flank, and released a low cross for Sandhiya Ranganathan, who made no mistake to finish from inside the box giving India the lead.The lead, however, was short-lived as Myanmar scored two goals in five minutes. First, in the 17th minute, Win Tun’s header from inside the box equalized the deficit for the opponents.Four minutes later, Myanmar took the lead from the spot. Goalkeeper Linthoi Devi dived to her right to save the penalty, but Win Tun lurching around scored off the rebound to make it 2-1 for the hosts.

The Indian women fought for every inch on the pitch. They stayed willing to put their bodies on the line, and committed to every play. The hard work down the flanks, and in the midfield bore fruit in the 32nd minute.Myanmar goalkeeper May Nwe fluffed her lines and made a howler of a clearance that fell to Ratanbala Devi, who chested it down for Sanju. Making little mistake, Sanju buried her chance in the back of the net to level proceedings as both teams headed to the interval at 2-2.

In the second half, Myanmar dominated the opening minutes, and the Indian defence had to shut the opponents with some astute defending. Sweety Devi’s perfectly timed tackle on Win Tun showcased the maturity displayed by the young team with an average age of just 21.In the 64th minute, Ratanbala Devi turned the tide for India. The midfielder cut into the box from the right flank and unfurled a curling shot which crashed into the back of the Myanmar net leaving the opponent custodian dumbfounded, giving India the lead as the scoreline read 3-2.

Eight minutes later, Win Tun completed her hat-trick, finishing from close range to equalize Myanmar’s deficit.India could have sealed the fate in the 76th minute when Sanju ran clear of the defensive mix, but the Myanmar custodian made a world-class reflex save from close range to tip her shot over the bar. A minute later, Dangmei Grace burst through but this time the custodian put her body on the line to shield the ball.

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06.04.2019:NEPAL 1-3 INDIA (FT)
INDIA : Punam (og, 6'), Sandhiya 59', Ashalata (p 79')
NEPAL : Niru Thapa 7'

IND: Linthoingambi, Sweety, Jabamani, Ashalata, Sangita, Ratnabala, Sanju, Grace, Indumathi, Dalima, Sandhiya.
NEP : Anila, Punam, Hira, Renuka, Sabita, Anita, Gita, Rinu, Manmaya, Manjali, Dipa

NEPAL  <b><font color=red> 1-3 </b> </font> INDIA

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The Indian women’s national team defeated Nepal 3-1 in their second group stage match of the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 at the Mandalarthiri Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar today (April 06, 2019) to go top Group A with six points out of two matches, with hosts Myanmar to play later in the day against Indonesia.

A Punam Magar own goal gave India the lead in the 6th minute which was subsequently cancelled out by Niru Thapa’s strike in the 7th. However, Sandhiya Ranganathan’s header in the 60th minute and skipper Ashalata Devi’s 78th-minute penalty led India to a hard-fought win, grabbing three crucial points in Group A.Speaking after the match, skipper Ashalata Devi said, “We wanted to win this match and I am happy that I could contribute for my team with a goal. Nepal are always a tough opponent to face so this win is all the more sweeter.”

“We are very happy to go into the last match (against Myanmar) on a winning momentum and now our focus shifts towards that," added Sandhiya Ranganathan.The Indian women had spared little time in pleasantries and switched on their attacking mode from the fire whistle. With Grace and Sanju on the wings terrorizing the opposition defenders, the first few minutes of the match played out in India’s favour with a goal coming in the 7th when Nepal’s Punam Magar slid the ball into her own net after a cross from Sanju to give India the advantage.

But caught off-guard, the Indian defenders were left reeling after Niru Thapa equalized, tapping home from inside the box, in the next minute itself to level proceedings. Sanju hit the post from inside the box in the 9thminute as the Indian women looked to regain their lost lead. Ratanbala Devi had a golden chance to give India the lead again in the 25th minute but her header off a Sanju cross went inches past the goal.

With end-to-end action enveloping the early minutes of the match, the game evolved into a battle for possession in the midfield with the Indian midfielders dominating and the opponents relying on counter-attacks.The Indian women aimed to continue their momentum in the second half of dominating possession and in the 48th minute Sandhiya’s shot from close range after Ratanbala Devi had slid her onto goal was easily collected by the opposition custodian.

In the 58th minute, Dalima Chhibber attempt to slyly tuck a curling shot into the corner of the net from inside the box but her attempt which inches wide of the goal as Nepal survived another Indian attack. A minute later, Ratanbala was found inside the box by Grace’s low cross but her attempt resulted in a weak shot that was subsequently swept for a corner.From the resulting corner, Sandhiya made clean contact and headed home from close range to give India the lead as the scoreline read 2-1.

Spurred by the sudden Indian goal, Nepal tried to commit bodies in attack and look for a way to equalize proceedings. Attempts by Sabitra Bhandari and Dipa Rai went inches away from the Indian bar. Some resolute defending in the latter stage of the match by the centre back pairing of Sweety and skipper Ashalata Devi, saw the match out for India and the skipper herself got on the scoresheet, converting a penalty in the 78th minute to double India’s lead as the full-time scoreline read 3-1.

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03.04.2019: INDIAN WOMEN 2-0 INDONESIA WOMEN (FT)
IND : Grace 28', 67'
IND: Linthoingambi, Sweety, Jabamani, Ashalata, Sangita, Ratanbala, Sanju, Grace, Indumatihi, Dalima, Sandhiya

INDIAN WOMEN  <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b> </font> INDONESIA WOMEN
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The Indian Women’s National Team took bold steps towards the 2020 Olympics Tokyo after registering a 2-0 win over Indonesia in their first match of the Qualifiers Round 2 for women’s football at the Mandalarthiri Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar today (April 03, 2019). Dangmei Grace’s brace (27’, 67’) proved to be the difference between the two teams in a match largely dominated both in terms of possession and chances created by Maymol Rocky’s wards.

Speaking after the match, Maymol informed that, “We wanted to start our qualifying campaign on a winning note and we have done so. Indonesia proved to be tough opponents that committed bodies in defence but we found a way to gather three points” It is important to keep the winning momentum alive and we were able to do so. We are taking one match at a time and our focus shifts on our next opponents Nepal (on April 06)”, she added.

Keeping their winning momentum alive after the success of their 5th consecutive SAFF title win, the Indian women spared little and heaped pressure on the opponents from the opening minute. Some crafty work down the wings by Sanju and Ratanbala Devi proved to wreak havoc on the opposition defence that were unable to read the play of the Indian women between the lines. Sanju’s cross in the 24th minute caused chaos in the Indonesian defence with one defender almost turning it into an own goal, before clearing the lines.

Sandhiya’s run in the 26th minute, after she was found by Sanju left a trail of Indonesian defenders in her wake – sidestepping one and casually rolling the ball into the space to create a shot, beating another. Her stinger of a shot from inside the box was saved by the Indonesian custodian Riska Julianti but Dangmei Grace applied the finishing touches from close range to give India the lead in the 27th minute.

The India defence made quick work of any Indonesian counterattacks to equalize deficits with goalkeeper Linthoingambi Devi not being tested once under the sticks as India led 1-0 at half-time. India’s momentum continued in the second half with little difference in the attacking tempo. Ratanbala Devi’s shot from distance in the 56th minute earned an uncanny save from the Indonesian goalkeeper as she fluffed a routine collection. Three minutes later Dangmei Grace failed to score from close range after Sanju found her with a rasping cross that bewildered the Indonesian defence line.

In the 67th minute, Dangmei Grace once again applied the finishing touches to a shot from Sumithra Kamaraj that was haphazardly parried away by Riska Julianti and fell in front of her, to double India’s lead. With the Indian defence extinguishing whatever the Indonesian forwards could cajole, the midfield dominated possession and kept Indonesia on their toes, chasing the ball. The full-time scoreline read 2-0 in favour of India as the women take pole position in Group A of the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2.

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