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MUMBAI ELITE LEAGUE - 2014

17 leading football teams under MDFA (Mumbai District Football Association) will participate in the MUMBAI Elite Division League Ė 2014-15, which is scheduled to start at Cooperage football ground from 17th oct. I-league 1st Division team Mumbai FC will participate including the defending champions Air India and runners-up ONGC.

Air India to open their campaign against Union Bank of India on October 24. Former champions Mumbai FC take on Kenkre FC October 27. The Tournament's opening match will be playing a derby between two Railway teams - Western Railway and Central Railway on 17th oct. The top of the 17-teams league will be declared champions second in the league table will be the runners-up.

The participating teams are :

Air India
ONGC
Mumbai FC
Indian Navy
Western Railway
Central Railway
Mumbai Customs
Union Bank of India
G.M. Sports
Companeroes SC
M.S. Police
Central Bank of India
Kenkre FC
PIFA Colaba
Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizersv(RCF)
Dena Bank
Karnataka Sporting Association.

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MUMBAI ELITE LEAGUE - 2014 - RESULTS

17.11.2014: Air India 5-2 Karnatak Sporting Association
AIR : Ashkar C.V. 26th min, Praveen Sharma 42nd, OG-Ryan K 88th, Vijith Shetty 90+3rd, Sagar Chile 90+4th.
KSA : Ashkar C.V. 26th min, Praveen Sharma 42nd, OG-Ryan K 88th, Vijith Shetty 90+3rd, Sagar Chile 90+4th

16.11.2014: Mumbai FC 2-1 Indian Navy
MFC : Kali Alauddin, Joshimar da silva

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12.11.2014: Mumbai FC 2-0 Dena Bank
MFC : Manuel DíSouza 25th, Paresh Shivalkar 75th-Pen

10.11.2014: Air India 1-1 Mumbai Customs
AIR : (Jonychandra Singh 42nd)
MUC : (Deepak Irmali 68th)

08.11.2014: Indian Navy 2-0 Union Bank of India
INV : V. Lalchuanmawia 18th, 89th-Pen

07.11.2014: Maharashtra State Police 0-0 Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers 0.

03.11.2014: Union Bank of India 2-6 Mumbai FC
Josimar D'Silva Martins - 2 , Abhishek Ambekar - 2, Cletus Paul - 1 Goal, Self
UBI : Shanon Pereira, Aaaron D'costa

02.11.2014: Maharashtra Police FC 3-0 Companeros FC
MSP : Azar Shaikh 4', Fnraz Shaikh 41', Azar Shaik 80'

01.11.2014: GM Sport 1-0 Dena Bank
GM Sport : Michael Idewele

28.10.2014: PIFA Colaba FC VS Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers FC (RCF) postponed

27.10.2014: Mumbai FC 3-0 Kenkre FC
MFC : Cletus Paul 15', 39', Allan Dias 70'

24.10.2014: Air India 1-0 Union Bank of India
AI R : Sagar Chilk

18.10.2014: Mumbai Customs 2-1 Maharashtra State Police (MSP)
MU : (Sagar Bedekar 35th, Gilroy Aranha 51st)
MSP : (Azhar Shaikh 65th).

17.10.2014: Western Railway 3-2 Central Railway
WES : Charanjit Singh, Tarun Nirwan and Somi P.T (pen)
CEN : Chetan Waghela and Zuber Desai

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PREVIEW : Mumbai FC aim for fifth straight win in match against RCF

MFC PRESS RELEASE : League leaders Mumbai FC face Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) in the MDFA Elite Division on 23rd November at Cooperage Football Stadium, Mumbai.

Mumbai are on a roll as having won their first four matches in a row which has provided them with a 5 point lead at the top of the table. RCF come into the game with only one point in as many games will provide a tough challenge for Mumbai. "Each match is different from the other. Football is unpredictable. We go into each match looking for nothing else than a win because when we attempt to do that, in our mind we are trying to give our best shot." said Khalid Jamil Ė Mumbai Head Coach.

He added, 'Yes, winning the game will give us a lot of breathing space in the league but I am only concerned about the game right now. I have always said that the Elite Division league is a great way to prepare for the upcoming season."

One of Mumbai's latest signings, Collin Abranches, looks forward to the game as he looks to get back on the field after a long-term injury. "I am really eager to get back on the pitch. It's been nine months since I played last and I have been missing playing football. I don't know if the gaffer has decided to play me against RCF or not but if he does, I'll give my best. I feel stronger than ever."

On the performances of Mumbai in the Elite League he said, "We have been scoring a lot of goals which is a big plus point. This is the best way to prepare for the new season as it provides us with game time and builds our fitness." Mumbai are at the top of the MDFA Elite Division table with 12 points in four games.

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16.11.2014: Mumbai FC 2-1 Indian Navy
MFC : Kali Alauddin, Joshimar da silva

REPORT : Mumbai score a hard fought victory against Indian Navy .

16.11.2014: MFC PRESS RELEASE : Kali Alaudeen and Josimar Da Silvaís goals were enough to help Mumbai FC extend their lead at the top of the table to five points. The first few minutes saw most of the game being played in midfield as both teams fought hard for the ball. Mumbai kept up the pressure over the Indian Navy as they slowly started taking charge of the game.

Paresh Shivalkar took a corner and found Kali Alaudeen but the header was easily dealt with by Navy defence. In the 21st minute, Manuel D'Souza went down as he is caught on his knee by a Navy defender. Indian Navy got a free kick which was easily cleared by the omnipresent Kali Alaudeen.

In the next minute, Josimar exhibited some great skills, true to his Brazilian roots, and went through on goal but his shot went wide. The long awaited goal came in the 34th minute as a long throw from Rahul Bheke found Allan who flicked it to Josimar and he headed it back to an incoming Kali who leapt high to score.

The chances kept coming as Paresh's cross found Allan in the clear but he volleyed the shot wide. The first half ended 1-0. Mumbai started the second half and didnít waste any time as they won a corner within a minute. The next few minuted saw great exchanges from Mumbai on both flanks. Kutty eventually crossed the ball from the left but it just missed Paresh.

Taisuke was looking stronger and he ran from the midfield to the right flank. He successfully put a dangerous cross in to Pradeep who was fouled by a Navy defender. Mumbai was testing the Indian Navy resilience with continued possession and slick passing. A second goal beckoned.

On a sudden counter attack in the 60th minute and against the run of play, Indian Navy got a free kick in the Mumbai half but couldn't convert. Navy slowly started getting back into the game. They were hardly giving the ball away and dominating possession. Allan Dias received a yellow card in the 70th minute for a rash studs up challenge on the opponents. The resultant free kick was well taken by Navy and the Mumbai goalkeeper barely managed to parry it away.

The best chance for Navy came in the 75th minute. The midfield combined with slick passing as play started from the left flank. The resultant shot on goal was cleared off the lone by Taisuke on the touchline. The second goal came in the 85th minute as a sweet lob from left of midfield by John found Josimar in the clear who danced around the keeper and slot it into an empty net to make it two nil. Navy scored a late consolation goal as a shot from Raman Rai found the back of the net. Rahul Bheke saw yellow as he was booked for time wasting towards the end.

Mumbai FC continue their time at the top of the table with 12 points from 4 games.

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PREVIEW : Mumbai FC look to continue rampant form in the MDFA Elite Division face Indian Navy.

15.11.2014: MFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai FC find themselves at the top of the table after scoring a hattrick of wins in as many games in the MDFA Elite Division. They are 2 points clear at the top and will look to extend that gap to 5 points against the Indian Navy football team.

The game against Dena Bank saw Mumbai totally dominating the game. At the end some great keeping alongwith many missed opportunities saw the game finish 2-0 in favour of Mumbai. That said, the Mumbai players will be looking to make more of the opportunities they create against the Indian Navy.

Having started in all 3 games for Mumbai FC, Manuel D'Souza gave his insights on the campaign so far. "We are playing really really well. The only frustration was against Dena Bank because we weren't really taking our chances. We need to be more clinical and kill the game as soon as possible. I was happy to get onto the scoresheet. We have played some beautiful football in midfield & attack and our defence has been robust."

Indian Navy come into the game having played only one Elite Division game till now which was a 2-0 victory against Union Bank of India thanks to a brace from their skipper Lalchuanmawia. This game will prove to be a stern test for Mumbai FC as they continue to build on their momentum.

Mumbai FC Head Coach is wary of the threat the Indian Navy possess. 'They have a good squad and their players are in good shape. We will have to be alert all the time and we need to continue keeping the ball the way we have in the last few matches. We are here to win.'

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PREVIEW

Mumbai FC vs. Dena Bank : Mumbai FC face Dena Bank as they look to extend lead at the top

11.11.2014: MFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai FC will look to continue with their great form against Dena Bank as they resume their Elite Division campaign this Wednesday. A win tomorrow will mean that Mumbai FC go two points clear at the top of the table ahead of second placed customs who were held back by Air India in a 1-1 draw.

The Mumbai FC forwards have been prolific with 9 goals in the first two games and they will be looking to maintain their supremacy against Dena Bank. Head Coach Khalid Jamil opined, 'It's been a good start ofcourse. Every competition we participate in is important to us. The boys have a good mentality. They want to win every game that comes their way. At the end of the day we require a 'team' and not just a set of individuals. I am happy to see the players are gelling well with each other."



Dena Bank come into the game with just one point from two games. Nevertheless, with players like Arif and Sajid Ansari in the middle, one should expect a tough midfield battle between the two sides.

Mumbai FC defender Kali Alaudeen who has started in both Elite Division matches said, "We have had a couple of solid performances. Obviously we were a bit disappointed that we conceded two goals against UBI. I feel we couldíve had a clean sheet. Although I am happy about the fact that the team is communicating well on the pitch."

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REPORT

Mumbai hits a six with complete dominance over Union Bank of India

03.11.2014: Union Bank of India 2-6 Mumbai FC
Josimar D'Silva Martins - 2 , Abhishek Ambekar - 2, Cletus Paul - 1 Goal, Self
UBI : Shanon Pereira, Aaaron D'costa

MFC : Nidhin Lal; Allan Dias, Justin Stephen, Kali Allaudeen, Rahul Bheke; Pradeep Mohanraj, Taisuke Matsugae; John Coutinho, Abhishek Ambekar, Manuel D'Souza; Cletus Paul

UBI : Sheldon Raghavan, Jiten Koli, Kevin DíSilva, Tejas Raut, Pankaj Koli, Shanon Pereira, Chetan Tandel, Khalid Siddiqui, Manish Koli, Aaron DíCosta, Pratik Koli

03.11.2014: Mumbai FC Press Release : Mumbai came into the game with a confident win against Kenkre FC. The first ten minutes saw a series of fouls as both sets of players were vying for the ball. Regardless of that, Mumbai tried hard to control possession but were not able to put their stamp on the game.

The match broke into life as UBI got a free kick in the Mumbai FC half. The free kick was cleared with ease by Kali which led to a Mumbai FC counter-attack but was dealt with as the UBI defenders kept their stance. Midway through the first half, Mumbai got a series of opportunities in the form of two free kicks and three corners but failed to capitalise on them as UBI got back into the game steadily and the game finished evenly at half-time with both sides unable to break the dead lock.

Mumbai FC were kept waiting by UBI players at the start of the second half. Mumbai kicked off with a long ball from the centre to Abhishek Ambekar who ran in from the right but failed to connect as the UBI goalie rushed in to collect the ball. Allan Dias received a yellow card for a rash challenge.

Mumbai FC began to show urgency as they stepped up the pressure. Rahul Bheke crossed from the right flank to John Coutinho whose header was parried away by the diving UBI custodian. Taisuke lead another attack from the midfield and quickly the ball to the right to Abhishek Ambekar who with his quick feet, induced a foul from the opponents. John Coutinho took the free kick and the flat cross was mistakenly headed in by UBI player Tejas Raut. Mumbai went one goal up in the 50th minute.

On a sudden counter attack in the 58th minute, UBI player Shannon Pereira headed in the ball as Mumbai goalkeeper Nidhinlal fumbled and the ball rolled in to the Mumbai goal. The entire game scenario changed when Josimar came in for Manuel DíSouza in the 68th minute. His presence pumped up the adrenaline in the Mumbai players.

In the 73rd minute, Josimar began the attack by distributing the ball to Abhishek Ambekar on the right who lobbed it in for Taisuke to head the ball back towards Josimar. Josimar made no mistake and showed his class with a cool header to score his first goal for Mumbai FC.

The high tempo game then saw attack after attack from Mumbai. Josimarís header hit the post and a loitering Cletus made no mistake to thump in Mumbaiís third goal in the 75th minute. The goal fest continued as Taisuke took a corner in the 77í. His looping cross was flicked in by Kali Alaudeen to Josimar who scored his second goal with a sublime finish. Another great play on the left flank saw Allan Dias go through and cross it in. Abhishek Ambekar was calm to chest the ball down and thumped it in the goal to score his first for Mumbai. UBI player Aaron DíCosta scored a consolation goal in added time. However, Mumbai had some more fuel left in their tank as Josimar, again the creator; put a through ball to Abhishek Ambekar who scored his second with a clean finish.

Mumbai now has six points from two games in the MDFA Elite Division having scored nine goals and conceded two. Mumbai FC is powered by Playwin, our Main Sponsor for season 2014-15.