INDIAN FOOTBALL NEWS 2019 (MARCH)

24.03.2019 : TAJIKISTAN U23 2-0 INDIA U23 (FT)
TAJ : Daler Yodgorov 30', Solehov’s 85'
In FIRST Match on 22nd March India u23 lost 0-3 to Uzbekistn u23

India U23 National team  23-member squad for AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The Indian U-23 National Team ended their AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers campaign with a 2-0 loss to Tajikistan in their second match of the group stage at the Pakhtakor stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan today (March 24, 2019). Daler Yodgorov’s 30th minute strike and Solehov’s 85th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as India succumbed to their second defeat of the qualifying campaign ending without a point out of a maximum six.

The opponents had mounted a barrage of attacks in the early minutes of the match, trying to unsettle the Indian defence but some astute goalkeeping by Dheeraj Singh kept them at bay. In the 10th minute, the custodian made a fine save to deny the opponents an early breakthrough. India could have surged ahead into lead in the 12th minute but Sarthak Golui’s header off a Komal Thatal free-kick failed to find the net, leaving the Tajik goalkeeper to scramble to clear his lines; courtesy of an onrushing Anwar Ali in pursuit of the rebound.

After a nervy start, the Indian team found themselves some bright spots and in the 27th minute, Rahim Ali found Komal Thatal inside the box. With defenders closing in, Komal could only launch the ball over the woodwork in an attempt to give India the lead. India’s attacking momentum was short-lived as Tajikistan took the lead in the 30th minute with Daler finding the back of the India net from inside the box.

Attempting to find the equalizer before half-time, Rahim Ali went on a run down the middle and found Anirudh Thapa, whose shot was blocked by the Tajik defence line. The urgency for the equalizer for India kept them on their toes and soon after the second half re-started, India cajoled an opportunity in the 48th minute. Rahim Ali brought the ball down inside the box and passed it to an onrushing Abdul Sahal, who failed to hit the target from outside the box.

Restricting the opponents in the half for much of the second half, India had a chance in the 60th minute and once again it fell to Sarthak Golui, who this time headed wide from a Vinit Rai free-kick. India tried to keep Tajikistan on the defence and score the equalizer but could not find the decisive goal. Tajikistan held on to their slender lead and committed bodies in defence. The opponents scored through Solehov in the 85th minute and saw out the match as the full-time scoreline read 2-0 in their favour.



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22.03.2019: INDIA-WOMEN 3-1 NEPAL WOMEN (FT.)
IND : Dalima ( From Free kick 26'), Grace 63', Anju Tamang 78'
INDIA : Aditi Chauhan (GK); Jabamani Tudu, Sweety Devi (Ranjana Chanu 90'), Ashalata Devi, Dalima Chhibber; Indumathi Kathiresan, Sangita Basfore, Ratanbala Devi, Sanju, Dangmei Grace, Sandhiya Ranganathan (Anju Tamang 64').

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

India continued its dominance at the SAFF Women's Championship with the team lifting its fifth straight title on Friday (March 22, 2019) in Biratnagar, Nepal with a 3-1 win over the hosts in the final. The win extends India's unbeaten run in the tournament's history to 23 games as goals from Dalima Chhibber, Grace Dangmei and substitute Anju Tamang saw India lift the trophy in front of a partisan crowd at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium.

The pace of the match was intense from the word go, with both sides pressing hard from the first whistle. Grace Dangmei fashioned a couple of early chances down the right wing for India while Nepal registered a couple of shots from distance, with Manjali Kumar testing Indian custodian Aditi Chauhan in the 14th minute.Just three minutes later, after some excellent build-up play down the right, Sandhiya laid off a ball for Sanju to shoot from the top of the box. The winger's effort was a powerful one but was saved by the opposition keeper. On the other end, Sabitra Bhandari posed a threat for India inside the penalty area but her curling effort was off target.

In the semifinal against Bangladesh, it was Dalima who opened the scoring for India and this time around too, it was the right-back who gave India the advantage. In the 26th minute, she smashed the ball the past the keeper from a free-kick from 30 yards with a powerful drive and put the defending champions into a 1-0 lead. Ratanbala Devi could have added a second goal six minutes later but her shot from distance from saved by the Nepal goalie. In the 34th minute though, Sabitra equalized for the hosts as she rose high above her marker and headed the ball into the back of the net.

The break saw both sides go locked at a goal apiece but it could have easily been either team with the lead. Grace failed to connect well with a cross from Sanju down the left in the 41st minute and Aditi made a brilliant double save to deny Sabitra in first half stoppage time.The second half began with India creating the majority of the opportunities, with Sanju and Ratanbala putting their respective efforts just over the bar. Nepal were under the cosh and India's pressure paid off in the 63th minute after Sanju put Grace through on goal with a delightful through ball.

The winger swiftly broke through and showing great composure, she rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball home to restore India's advantage. It proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back as the away side continued to keep the Nepal side at bay and almost added another as Ratanbala's shot was spilled by the keeper. Coach Maymol Rocky brought on Anju Tamang in place of Sandhiya midway through the second half at the top of the pitch and in the 78th minute, the move paid rich dividends as she slammed the ball on the volley for India's third after a crafty first-time assist from Indumathi Kathiresan.

Towards the end, Nepal threw the kitchen sink at the Indian defence but they refused to bow down and stood firm. Sabitra and Renuka Nagarkote threatened to halve the deficit but could not get past Aditi in goal as India romped to a fifth SAFF trophy in a row.

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Indian women's team secured their berth in the final of the SAFF Women's Championship

20.03.2019: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The Indian women's team secured their berth in the final of the SAFF Women's Championship for the fifth time in a row with a clinical 4-0 win over Bangladesh on Wednesday (March 20, 2019) at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium in Biratnagar, Nepal. Dalima Chhibber opened the scoring for India, which was followed by a brace from Indumathi Kathiresan and an injury-time strike by Manisha, as the defending champions took their tally to 15 unopposed goals in three matches.

Indian women's team secured their berth in the final of the SAFF Women's Championship
20.03.2019: INDIA WOMEN 4-0 BANGLADESH WOMEN INDIA : Dalima, Indumathi-2, Manisha

INDIA :: Aditi Chauhan (GK), Jabamani Tudu (Michel Castanha 90'), Sweety Devi, Ashalata Devi, Dalima Chhibber; Sangita Basfore, Ratanbala Devi (Anju Tamang 56'), Indumathi Kathiresan; Sanju, Dangmei Grace (Manisha 66'), Sandhiya Ranganathan

The match began with both teams going hard from the first whistle as Bangladesh looked to make the most of their physical prowess and pressed the Indian defenders with rigorous pace. The Indian centre-back duo of Ashalata and Sweety Devi, however, stood tall and denied the opposition forwards any sniff at goal. After a tense start, the Indian eves found the foothold they wanted with their first corner of the match. With 18 minutes gone, Sanju curled in an excellent delivery from the left that fell to Dalima inside the box and the right-back made no mistake as she placed the ball into the back of the net.

The tempo of the match went up a notch after the opener, with both sides fashioning good chances to score. Bangladesh centre-back Mosammat Khatun skied an effort from close range while Sanju was denied by the custodian in a one-on-one situation in quick succession. India registered their second in the 23rd minute through midfielder Indumathi, who showed excellent composure to slot the ball past the keeper after being played through on goal with a delightful reverse through-ball from Sanju.

Bangladesh then looked to hit back, trying their luck from distance - only to be denied by a confident Aditi Chauhan in goal. India, who scored 11 goals in their first two matches at the tournament, showed how clinical they can be with a classic counter-attack goal in the 37th minute to take their lead to three goals. Dalima played the ball out from the right after an attack from Bangladesh and in no time, Sanju and Sandhiya combined excellently to put through Indumathi once again, who found the net once again with a well-placed finish.

As the sides switched ends for the second half, it was India that started out stronger and controlled most of the possession. Sanju and Dangmei Grace were a handful for the Bangladesh defence down the flanks and it was the latter who came close to scoring at the hour mark but saw her shot across goal go inches wide of the post. Coach Maymol Rocky brought on Anju Tamang and Manisha in place of Ratanbala Devi and Grace respectively, and both substitutes produced impactful performances as soon as they came on. With 15 minutes to go, Anju ran in goal and looked to chip the keeper with a volleyed effort but it sailed just over the bar.

Manisha too was a handful for the Bangladesh defence after coming on and almost gave India their fourth goal with a shot from inside the box that was saved excellently by the rival custodian. However, she was not to be denied in the dying moments of the match as she pounced on a loose ball in the box, rounded the keeper and scored her first goal of the tournament. The match ended 4-0 in favour of the Indian side, who will now take on hosts Nepal in the final on Friday (March 22, 2019).

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India U23 National team 23-member squad for AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers

20.03.2019 -AIF PRESS RELEASSE : India U23 National team head coach Derrick Pereira named ten 19-year-olds and even one 16-year-old in India's 23-member squad for the forthcoming AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers which is to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from March 22.

India U23 National team  23-member squad for AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers

India U-23 National Team squad is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS : Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Md. Nawaz.
DEFENDERS : Narender, Nishu Kumar, Sarthak Golui, Gaurav Bora, Mehtab Singh, Anwar Ali, Asish Rai.
MIDFIELDERS : Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul, Amarjit Singh, Rohit Kumar, Anirudh Thapa, Komal Thatal, Rahul KP.
FORWARDS : Liston Colaco, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Rahim Ali, Rohit Danu.

“We should be excited about the possibility of making history, quipped Pereira. “We need to find the right combination and fight with the correct spirit. Incidentally, India have never made it to the final round of the AFC U23 Championship until now. In Tashkent, they have been clubbed with defending champions Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Pereira further went on to stress the importance of the friendly that India played against Qatar, which he believes was a technically accomplished side. “This is why the friendly against Qatar was so helpful. They are a technically accomplished side, and we showed that we can perform well against such teams,” he said. “In our group, Uzbekistan is the team that has the acumen for such style of football, and judging by our last game, I think we can stand our ground against them.”

India had controlled large bouts of possession against Qatar, whose senior team had clinched the AFC Asian Cup title, earlier this year. Although the Blue Colts created a lot of opportunities, they failed to put away their chances, which is something that Pereira has been working on. However, the 57-year-old believes that finishing is not the sole responsibility of his attackers. Instead, Pereira believes in an all-round approach, which would be more likely to improve India’s style of football.

“Scoring is not the only responsibility of my strikers. The whole team should work together to create opportunities. Whoever gets the chance, in the end, needs to keep calm and finish it, but the main emphasis is on teamwork,” signed off Pereira, as he hopped on to the bus with the team.

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(MOU) was signed between the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Lakshmibhai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior ( LNIPE)

20.03.2019 -AIF PRESS RELEASSE : A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Lakshmibhai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior ( LNIPE) on March 19, 2019, for the development of football in general. The MOU was signed by the General Secretary of AIFF Mr. Kushal Das on behalf of the Federation and by Prof. Dilip Kumar Dureha, Vice Chancellor of the University on behalf of LNIPE,Gwalior.

The facilities available at the Institute would be used for the development of referees, coaches and players as the Institute houses facilities ranging from rehabilitation centres to astro turfs and multipurpose courts.

In his brief address Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary thanked LNIPE for the support to AIFF. He said, “I was really impressed with the infrastructure and facilities provided. The AIFF in association with LNIPE would largely contribute to the development of Indian football ranging from the referees to coaches”. Meanwhile, Prof. Dilip Kumar Dureha, Vice Chancellor, described the signing of the MOU as an “historic event”.

The facilities at LNIPE were already being used by the AIFF’s referee for quite some time and now the same had been formalized into an MOU which will see not only the referees, but coaches and players also train at LNIPE.

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Salgaocar FC win the 4th CEM Gold Cup 2019

SFC PRESS RELEASE : 15.3.19 - Salgaocar Football Club beat Sankata Club, Nepal 4-2 to win the 4th CEM Gold Cup 2019, organised by Karbi Anglong Sports Association at KASA stadium, Diphu, Assam on Thursday. Salgaocar led 1-0 at break.

Salgaocar FC win the 4th CEM Gold Cup 2019

The Greens dominated from the start and their superiority mirrored on the scoreline when striker Devendra Murgaonkar sent a powerful shot from inside the box, past the Sankata Club goalkeeper, after receiving an assist from Selwyn Costa. At the other end, Sankata Club also found a few opening but Salgaocar defenders did a good job of keeping the slate clean.

The second period was no different but there were more goals to boot for the Goans. Salgaocar kept the pressure up and Devendra scored again as he hoodwinked a host of rival defenders and slotted it past the advancing goalkeeper, off well laid cross from Ronaldo Oliveira.

Salgaocar then slammed two more goals to all but seal the title. The third goal came when Ronaldo split the rival defence open with a free kick to mount more pressure on Sankata. Selwyn then killed the contest with a superb shot past a hapless rival goalkeeper. The Greens did concede two goals but were never threatened by the Nepalese opposition.

Salgaocar coach Anthony Levino Pereira was overjoyed with the performance of his team. “The most important thing was winning the tournament and we have achieved that. The boys performed exceptionally well. We dedicate this win to our club boss Shivanand Salgaocar – President of Salgaocar F C and his daughter Swati Salgaocar – Vice President, Youth Development and family,” Pereira stated.

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6th edition of Salgaocar FC Community Outreach Program draws to a close

SFC PRESS RELEASE : 15.3.19 - Amidst a colourful and electric atmosphere, the 6th edition of Salgaocar FC’s annual Community Outreach Program came to a close at the Chicalim Panchayat Ground on Sunday, 10th March, with their Grassroots Football Festival for children enrolled in the program and their parents.

6th edition of Salgaocar FC Community Outreach Program draws to a close

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Swati Salgaocar, Vice President-Youth Development said that “Salgaocar FC’s commitment to developing football at a grassroots level has remained unwavering in the uncertain economic situation in Goa and lack of clarity on the way forward for football in India. This would not have been possible without the support and involvement of the local community”.

The festival began with the children playing small sided games. Various football related fun games were organised for the parents as well. The games concluded with fun football matches between the parents and the coaches, volunteers and older children. Medals & mementos were handed over to the volunteers and coaches of the Community Outreach Program for their voluntary service. Prizes were also given to the winners of the games organized at the festival.

The evening concluded with words of appreciation from the parents and young footballers.Recognised by the AIFF and AFC for having one of the best Youth Development Programs in the country, the Club continues to set the benchmark in Grassroots and Youth Development initiatives in India. At Salgaocar FC, encouraging and promoting young Goan talent and engaging with the community at large has always been essential to the club’s philosophy.

Since its first edition in 2013, the program has been a roaring success with the number of boys and girls increasing significantly every year. Held every Sunday between October 2018 and March 2019, this year the program saw the registration cross 500 children from in and around Vasco.

The children head to the ground, every Sunday, proudly wearing a full Salgaocar FC kit, for an afternoon of learning and excitement. Divided into two batches of 6-8 years and 9-11 years, they are trained under the watchful eyes of highly qualified and experienced Salgaocar FC coaches. A total of 40 licensed coaches and volunteers were involved in the program this year. Youngsters are taught the basics of football through fun drills and games while the older children learn more challenging skills & tactics for competitive play. The most promising players from the program are absorbed into the Club’s U-13 youth team.

This year also saw the introduction of Baby Leagues for children in the 8 and 10 year age group. Around 90 children participated in 40 matches between November and March.

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I LEAGUE PLAYING CLUBS WITHDRAW THEIR NAME FROM SUPER CUP

KFC NEWS DESK: 13.3.19 - The seven I League playing clubs, Chennai City FC, Quess East Bengal, Mohun Bagan,Neroca FC,Aizawl FC,Gokulam Kerala FC, and Minerva Punjab FC decided to withdraw their name from the forthcoming Super Club which is scheduled at Kalinga Stadium, Bhuwaneshwar, at the end of March. Churchill Brothers of Goa are yet to confirm their decision. The Teams from ISL and I League, played in knockout basis in Super Cup to decide the champion club of India.

The I League playing clubs written to All India Football Federation President Praful Patel seeking some clarity on the future of the I-League and the clubs. But All India Football Fedaration are yet to give any answer. The I League playing clubs in a collective press release stated the reasons for withdrawing their participation from Super Cup.

DETAILS OF COLLECTIVE PRESS RELEASE
1.Our letter dated 18th February requesting the President of AIFF to address the various issues of the I-League has not been responded to.
2. No Clarity of the I-League and its future.
3. Increasing inability to find financial sponsors in the absence of clarity of the League and its future. 4. Lack of an agenda for the game at the grass root level.

You will notice that the issues we stand for are not related to any single club but for the overall development of the game in India. Neither of these moves are targeted to any individual or entity but is aimed at ensuring that the agenda of the AIFF is focussed on the structure of Football and the development of the game.

Each of our clubs are keen to play and win at every level for our fans and players. We hope that the AIFF will take necessary steps to address our issues and therefore enable the conduct of the tournament. Whenever our concerns are addressed, we are ready to play and look forward to growth of this beautiful game in our country.

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Chanmari Zothan Futsal are the champions of Mizoram FA Futsal League

Chanmari Zothan Futsal are the champions of Mizoram FA Futsal League

MFA PRESS RELEASE 09.03.2019 : Chanmari Zothan Futsal are the champions of RFL Plastics MFA Futsal League Season 2. They defeated Chhinga Veng Futsal Club 6-4 in the final played tonight (March 8, 2019). Infront of a sellout crowd at Electric Veng Indoor Stadium, Aizawl, the young Chhinga Veng team started well by taking a two goal lead in the first 10 minutes. Defending champions Chanmari equalised and eventually took the lead by the end of first half. Experienced Chanmari controlled the second half and won the match 6-4.

FINAL SCORE : Chanmari Zothan Futsal 6-4 Chhinga Veng FC.
CZF : Rochhingpuia 11', 16', Lalnunmawia 14', 45', Samuel Laltlanthanga 25', Johny Lalremruata 32'
CVFC : Lalsawmzela 4', 10', 44', Vanlalhriata 15'

Chanmari Zothan Futsal are the champions of Mizoram FA Futsal League

PRIZES
Champion : Chanmari Zothan Futsal, Rs 80,000/-Trophy+Medal
Runner Up : Chhinga Veng FC, Rs 50,000/-
Semi finalists : FC Ramhlun Venglai & Zonuam FC, Rs 20,000/- each
Quarter finalists : Saron Veng FC, IDBI Capital Tuikual North, FC Bungkawn, Laipui FC, Laipuitlang - Rs 10,000/- each
Best Player : Lalsawmzela, Chhinga Veng FC, Rs 5,000/- trophy
Fair Play : Saron Veng FC Rs 5,000/-

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East Bengal Head Coach, Alejandro have agreed to extend their contract

East Bengal Head Coach, Alejandro have agreed to extend their contract

06.03.2019-PRESS RELEASE-QEB : Towards the end of a successful season, we are pleased to inform that Quess East Bengal FC and the Head Coach, Alejandro have agreed to extend their contract with the Club for further period of two years. When the former Real Madrid Coach, took responsibility as Head Coach of Quess East Bengal FC this I-League season, he had his work cut out. With support from new owners Quess Corp to professionalize the team, Alejandro brought in significant improvement which led the team to being a contender for the I-League title this season.

In addition to the success on the pitch, the Coach has also been able to improve the ability of new players and create potential players to represent India at international level. Commenting on the contract renewal, Alejandro Menendez said “I believe in the new management Quess Corp, for the support and trust they have built in me and I am delighted to continue this relationship for next two years and build Quess East Bengal FC as a world class Club.”

Commenting on the association with the Head Coach, Ajit Isaac, Chairman of Quess East Bengal FC said “The dominating performance by the team this season guided by our Head Coach Alejandro is taking the team in the right direction. This investment has worked very well for the brand Equity of Quess, while taking the footballing accolades of East Bengal Club to greater heights. We continue to support him to take the team to the next level.”

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2019 AFC Cup South Zone Qualifying Playoff Round 1st Leg - Chennaiyin FC held to goalless draw on AFC Cup debut

06.03.2019: Colombo FC (Sri Lanka) 0-0 Chennaiyin FC (India)
CFC : Karanjit, Renthlei, Nailson, Eli, Tondoba, Germanpreet, Thapa, Raphael, Francisco, Issac, Jeje
2019 AFC Cup South Zone Qualifying Playoff Round 1st Leg - Chennaiyin FC held to goalless draw on AFC Cup debut

cFC PRESS RELEASE 06.03.2019 : Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC played out a 0-0 draw with Sri Lanka's Colombo FC in their AFC Cup debut in the 2019 edition's qualifying playoff first leg at the Race Course Ground here today. It was a closely contested affair with chances at a premium for both sides on a humid afternoon in Colombo. The second leg of the qualifying playoff will be contested at The Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad a week later on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:30 PM with all to play for.

"It was a tough game as we had expected. We didn't get the away goal we were hoping to get but we managed to keep a clean sheet. It's all to play for in the second leg in one week's time," commented Chennaiyin FC Head Coach John Gregory post-match. Chennaiyin became the first ISL side to qualify for the AFC Cup after having won the 2017-18 ISL title. There were two changes to the Chennaiyin side that concluded their 2018-19 ISL campaign against FC Goa last week. Midfielder Germanpreet Singh came in for Australian Chris Herd who missed out due to illness, while Francisco Fernandes replaced CK Vineeth, who started from the bench.

After a tepid opening few minutes, the game's first real chance fell to Chennaiyin's Francis on the right, whose shot from distance following a chest-down from striker Jeje Lalpekhlua went just wide. Colombo midfielder Yapo Momas had a pop from outside the box shortly after, with Chennaiyin keeper Karanjit Singh scrambling. Jeje held up play well upfront as Chennaiyin enjoyed majority of the possession in the first period. Francis and Isaac were willing outlets on the flanks with Raphael Augusto and Anirudh Thapa pulling the strings in midfield.

For Colombo, Mohamed Aakib led the line with Cameroonian Tagne Dimitri and Mohamad Fasal on the wings as Ivory Coast man Yapo Momas played in behind the forward line. With half hour gone, the referee called for a water break given the hot and humid conditions in Colombo. After the water break, Chennaiyin rode out a short spell of Colombo pressure and started building attacks of their own.

Both sides were unable to find the telling pass in the final third as the first half finished goalless. The second half began much like the first as both teams found it difficult to get going. Thapa and Raphael continued to keep the ball in midfield but the incisive pass in the final third was lacking. Colombo made the first change of the afternoon just past the hour mark as Zarwan Johar replaced Afeel Mohamed in midfield.

With the last quarter of the match to go, Colombo drew a sharp save out of Karanjit with a fizzed in cross from the left. The Chennaiyin custodian did well to parry it away from goal. Chennaiyin made two quick changes shortly after as Thoi Singh and CK Vineeth replaced Isaac Vanmalsawma and Francis respectively. Colombo also brought on Buddika Perera for Mohamed Aakib upfront.

Thoi's and Vineeth's introduction injected some urgency in the Chennaiyin forward line with half chances falling the substitutes' way, but to no avail. Dimitri then made a surging run on the right flank for Colombo with a minute of normal time left, his eventual shot looping just above Karanjit's goal. Striker Mohammed Rafi came on for Jeje in the final minutes as Chennaiyin pushed for the winner, but Colombo held on as it finished 0-0.



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The Indian women's national team earned 6th place at the Turkish Women's Cup

The Indian women's national team earned 6th place at the Turkish Women's Cup

06.03.2019-PRESS RELEASE- AIFF : The Indian women's national team ended its run at the Turkish Women's Cup with a narrow defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan on Tuesday (March 5, 2019) in Alanya, Turkey. As a result, India ended the tournament in sixth place after a victory in the group stage against Turkmenistan and losses at the hands of Romania and Uzbekistan.

India Starting XI: Aditi Chauhan (GK); Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Ashalata Devi, Jabamani Tudu; Sangita Basfore, Indumathi Kathiresan, Ratanbala Devi; Sanju, Dangmei Grace, Anju Tamang.

The first 45 minutes failed to produce any goals, with India enjoying the lion's share of the chances. The Indian forwards created a flurry of chances in the first 25 minutes – with Sanju, Dangmei Grace and Indumathi all coming close to scoring the opener but were denied by the Kazakh defence. In the 33rd minute, the Indian eves put the ball in the back of the net, only for the referee to rule out the effort for offside. Kazakhstan threatened the Indian goal in the first half on a couple of occasions, most notably in the 45th minute, but Indian custodian Aditi Chauhan was up to the task and saved a shot from a close-range free-kick.

The second half saw coach Maymol Rocky's charges come out fired up as they hunted for the go-ahead goal. Dalima Chhibber came close in the 58th minute with a shot from distance and just three minutes later, Ratanbala Devi's header looked destined for goal but was cleared by the Kazakh defence off the line. Manisha came on for Anju in the 64th minute and tested the keeper almost immediately with a powerful shot. The Indian side continued to commit players forward as the match headed towards the end but the opening goal still remained elusive. Sanju, Roja Devi and Grace all recorded efforts on goal which, however, did not find the back of the net.

With the game scoreless after regulation time, the players headed for the dreaded penalty shootout. Ashalata Devi put India into a 1-0 lead as her Kazakh counterpart skied her shot. Dalima then stepped up to convert her effort before Manisha saw hers saved by the rival keeper as the score got locked at 2-2. Grace scored from India's fourth attempt but Sanju missed her subsequent effort as the Kazakh side converted its last two shots, thus handing the Indian side a narrow 4-3 defeat in the shootout.

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Indian U17 World Cup star to train at Blackburn Rovers
05.03.2019-PRESS RELEASE-KSMN Sports : Indian Under-17 World Cup star Aniket Jadhav will undergo a training spell at English Championship football club Blackburn Rovers Football Club. ‎Jadhav played in all three matches for India at FIFA Under-17 World Cup, held in his homeland, in October 2017.

Aniket Jadhav-Indian U17 World Cup star to train at Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers - one of only six Champions of the Premier League alongside Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester City - are owned by Venkys London Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pune-based poultry conglomerate Venkateshwara Hatcheries Group (VH Group).

Jadhav will be the first Indian professional player to train in England at Blackburn Rovers' Academy at Brockhall village, Lancashire. Mr. Balaji Rao, Owner of Blackburn Rovers Football Club, said: “We, as supporters of sport, especially football, want to help young Indian talent. Our Academy at Blackburn Rovers is one of the finest Category 1 Academy in the UK. This training stint will help Aniket to develop technically as a player, which will in turn contribute to the improvement of his performances on the pitch. We want to support young talented footballers in the best way possible to help improve the Indian national team’s performances and FIFA ranking on world stage.”

Aniket Jadhav, who currently plays for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League, commented: “I would like to thank Blackburn Rovers FC for believing in me and my ability, and inviting me to train at their world class Academy. I am very thankful to Mr. Balaji Rao Sir for this opportunity. I would also like to thank my agent, Jehan Kothary of KSMN sports, and my current club, Jamshedpur FC, who have been very supportive of this opportunity and have assured their complete support.”

Mukul Choudari, of Jamshedpur FC, said: “We are very happy for Aniket. In fact, very rarely do Indian football players get such an opportunity and if they get it at this age, it is just fantastic, as this will only help him grow and enhance his skills further. It is going to be a win-win for everybody. As Jamshedpur FC, we congratulate Aniket for his talent and the opportunity that he's got, which we are sure he will make the best of and come back as a much better player and make us proud.”

Jehan Kothary, of KSMN Sports, who facilitated the training spell, said: “One of our main objectives at KSMN Sports is to assist young Indian football players in their development by providing them with unique training opportunities. We are thankful to the VH Group and Blackburn Rovers FC for giving Aniket this chance."

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AIFF Baby League ended at Kolhapur GUFC
AIFF Baby League ended at Kolhapur GUFC

05.03.2019 : Maharashtra based Kolhapur District's Gadhinglaj United Football club ( GUFC) has been successfully complected AIFF Baby league with permission of Western India Football Association ( WIFA) & Kolhapur Sports Association ( District Association) in guidance of All India football federation. the said Baby Football League started from 9th December 2018 and ended on 3rd March 2019.

Mr. deepak Kuppanwar - General Secretary of GUFC told us that a total 42 local school football teams participated in the league for three different age groups of U8, U10 & U12 . 14 kids were registered in each group 14. Total 400 players registered for this Baby league. The League played and organized only tow days per week means Saturday & Sunday evening.

AIFF Baby League ended at Kolhapur GUFC

In u-12 Group of he League Sadhana High School emgerged Champions with a highest points 37 they collected. Nipani Football Academy with 33 points runners up. Sai International School is 3rd with 32 & Sarvodaya School is 4th 29 points.

In U 10 Group Shivaji Vidyalya emerged as Champion with 37 points while New Horizon School stood Runners up with 32 Points. Thirst and fourth place went to Sadhna School with 30 and Sarvodaya School with 29 points

AIFF Baby League ended at Kolhapur GUFC

In U-8 Group Shivaraj School is winner & Sarvodaya school is runner.

Gadhinglaj United Vice President Arvind Bardeskar, Director Suresh Kolki, TCG Foundetion President Prof. Pramod Inchanalkar, Sanjay Patil, Gangaram Naik, Raju Bhopale, Jingonda Patil, Manish Kole are present for prize distribution.

Deepak told more that Association felecitated the kids of as Hero of the tournament Jit Futankar ( U12), Aditya Mande (10), Romil Shah (U8) .All winner & runner teams given full kit and footballs. In the Tournament there were the awards for Man of the Match for every match.

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AIFF League Committee decision of Real Kashmir FC and Minerva Punjab match

05.03.2019: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The recommendation of the AIFF League Committee related to the decision of cancellation of the match scheduled between Real Kashmir FC and Minerva Punjab FC on February 18, 2019 in Srinagar was referred to the AIFF Emergency Committee.

Considering the nature of the matter, and in the interest of time it was decided that it would not be possible to convene an Emergency Committee meeting at short notice, and therefore, it would be appropriate that the decision be passed by way of circulation. The Committee has deliberated on the recommendation of the League Committee, and the provisions of the Hero I-League Regulations 2018-19, and also taken note of the situation prevailing in Kashmir since February 14, 2019.

The Committee firmly believes that football is apolitical and must continue to be a humane expression of conciliation and solidarity with everybody affected by terrorism. The best way to do that is by playing, albeit in a safe and secure environment, allowing the players to express themselves best.

With the current situation in Kashmir not conducive to conduct a match, and keeping in mind the current extraordinary situation as well as the desire of teams to play football on the field, the match stands rescheduled to be held after March 6, 2019, at a time and location feasible for AIFF, and the participating teams.

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MR. PATEL LAUNCHES AIFF STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2022

04.03.2019: AIFF PRESS RELEASE : All India Football Federation President Mr. Praful Patel launched AIFF’s 2nd Strategic Plan in Mumbai on Saturday (March 2, 2019) along with Mr. Theodore Giannikos, FIFA Director, Member Association Services, and Mr Sanjeevan Balasingham, FIFA Director, Member Associations Asia & Oceania.

The first copy was handed over to both the FIFA Directors by Mr. Patel. Similar to the 1st plan, the 2nd Plan has been developed after several months of discussions with key stakeholders of Indian Football. Learnings and shortcomings from executing the 1st Plan were considered in formalizing the key targets.

Furthermore, data from the last 2.5 years (post digitization) were analysed in detail to identify key success factors and improve the quality of delivery of the development programs in future.Similar to the first edition, the 2nd edition is also for a period of 4 years, from January 2019 to December 2022 with the primary objective of aligning it with the next cycle of FIFA Forward (January 2019 to December 2022). FIFA Forward, is the new system of development funding provided by FIFA to its Member Associations. Objectives and targets in this 4-year Plan have been set keeping in mind the long-term goals to be achieved for Indian Football over the next 25 years.

The 1st Strategic Plan had identified 13 core areas of focus for the AIFF along with desired outcomes in each of these areas. In the current Plan, 7 key Strategic Goals have been enlisted on which the AIFF shall work across the 13 core areas that were previously identified. These strategic goals shall act as the connecting threads between individual developmental projects, and shall align key stakeholders and help define priorities while formulating policies, implementing plans and taking decisions.

1. Competition-oriented Development.
2. Pursue Excellence.
3. Go Local (Capacity Building at State Associations).
4. More Opportunities for Women.
5. Infrastructure and Legacy (including Mega events).
6. Broad-basing the Game.
7. Use of Technology to Fast-track Growth.

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AIFF 'D' LICNSE COURSE AT IFA ENDED ON 1ST MARCH 2019

AIFF 'D' LICNSE COURSE AT IFA ENDED ON 1ST MARCH 2019
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AIFF 'D' LICNSE COURSE AT IFA ENDED ON 1ST MARCH 2019

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