15.02.16 : INDIA - 1-2 - NEPAL - FT
NEP : N. Shesthra 70', Prakash Budhaoki 65'
IND: Holicharan 32'
IND : Rehenesh; Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Bikramjt Singh, Narayan Das (Captain); Udanta Singh, Rowlin Borges, Vinit Rai (Germanpreet Singh – 73rd), Halicharan Narzary (Zuala – 70th), Sumeet Passi, Jerry.

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : There were two Football Finals and both pitted India against Nepal. India won one and lost the other. After the Indian Women had accounted for Nepal 4-0 to win the Gold in the Women’s section in Shillong, the India U-23 Men after an one-sided performance in the first half eventually lost lead and match to Nepal to settle for the silver in the Men’s Championship in Guwahati.

India failed to follow up their stupendous first half performance in the second and eventually succumbed. Looking back, one may ponder about missed chances and the lack of conversion, but Indians have themselves to blame for the result.Chances in the first half came galore and had they been taken, the story could have been different. But it turned out to be different story altogether.

In the first half, India had to wait till the 31st minute to surge into the lead, something which should have happened long back. The domination was totally one-sided. The goal came off a conversion from the spot – local boy Halicharan Narzary slamming it in after Udanta Singh was brought down by Ananta Tamang.

India had seized the initiative early. Two corners were earned in the first 10 minutes and an Udanta Singh header disallowed for off-side. And in the next 10 minutes, another two were earned and Sumeet Passi’s header, off a Rowlin Borges corner missed by a whisker. In the 27th minute, Passi outjumed his marker but failed to direct it into the net.

Udanta stayed a thorn in the flesh of the rivals in the first half. The crosses from either side came flowing but despite having free-headers they were not directed to where it should have been. Also a plethora of corners went abegging.

Changing over, India failed to win the second ball, almost all throughout the last 45 minutes allowing Nepal to take over. Perhaps, the easiest chance of the entire Championship fell to Borges who failed to head into an open net. That described the day. In the last 15 minutes as Nepal desperately defended. India did win most of the aerial ball during the period but none had the direction and the power to beat the rival Custodian.


13.02.16 : INDIA - 3-0 - BANGLADESH - FT
IND : Udanta Singh 22', Jerry 39', Jayesh Rane 63'
IND : Rehenesh, Kotal, Bikramjit, Jhingan, Narayan, Udanta, Rowlin, Germanpreet, Jayesh, Halicharan, Jerry.

India U-23 registered a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Bangladesh to breeze into the Final of Men’s Football Championship in the ongoing South Asian Games in Guwahati on Saturday (February 13). India led 2-0 at the interval.

After Udanta Singh put India into the lead in the 22nd minute, Mawihmingthanga followed it up with a “fantastic” strike from outside the box five minutes before the interval. Changing over, Jayesh Rane sealed the fate in the 65th minute, a half which also saw Bangladesh Coach Gonzalo Moreno being sent to the stands.

"We were more organised in defence and midfield and though Bangladesh had more possession they were not able to penetrate," Head Coach Lee Johnson said post match. The first goal came in the 22nd minute. Jerry pressed Razaul Karim inside the 18-yard box forcing a bit of indecision on art of the latter. Udanta, who was complementing Jerry took advantage, sidestepped Topu Barman and pushed it into the net.

The second goal - Jerry's strike from outside the box which dug deep into the right bottom corner will stay in memories for long, especially when you will remember that it came from an 18-year old. "It was so encouraging to have two U-18s and a U-19 Player on the field in the second half," Johnson stated, referring to Zuala, Jerry and Vinit Rai.

“Jerry's goal was fantastic. But he still has a long way to go," he added. All three, in fact! "There were Players whom we could have selected who were available but we preferred to give these boys a chance. It's a big achievement and good for the development of Football in India,” he maintained. “

“The scouting network set up by the AIFF is allowing us to get new boys and without giving a chance to Players you don’t get to know their potential." Jayesh put it beyond the reach in the 65th minute, sending it in from inside the box. The final is slated for February 15.


06.02.2016 : INDIA MEN --- 0-1 SRI LANKA MEN
SRI : MCM Rinas 14'
IND :Rehenesh, Preetam Kotal, Ranjan, Sandesh Jhingan (C) (Bikramjit), Narayan Das, Udanta Singh, Rowlin, Vinit C.K, Zuala (Jayesh), Sumit Passi (Jerry), Halicharan.