08.02.2013.2012 : Jaydip Dasgupta..KFC. | www.kolkatafootball.com HOME PAGE

...The AIFF has nominated a panel of Referees for the high profile derby match at Kolkata on Saturday afternoon. The panel of the referees include Mr C.R.Srikrishna Mr M.B.Santosh Kumar, Mr Dinesh Nair, Md Kamil and it is likely that Mr. A.K. Mamu Kaya will be going to officiate as the Match Commissioner.

REF C.R.Srikrishna/Coimbatore Ramaswamy Srikrishna: was selected as the referee of the year by AIFF for the year 2012-13 started to officiate football matches at a very young age of 19 in Chennai Super League. He played for L.G. Sports club in the Chennai League.Srikrishna started to officiate the I-league matches from 2008 onwards and successfully controlled a number of important matches.
Srikrishna played 15 I-League matches so far in this I-League upto 19th Round. As 7 times Refere and 8 times 4th Referee. Shown 7 yellow card and 3 red cards. Last Match Sporting Goa vs Salgaocar.

At present he is not only a FIFA referee from India but he is also included in the AFC Elite Panel Of Referees. In 22nd June 2012 he was designated as the referee of the year by the AIFF.

REF Madhavan Dinesh Nair :was the only Indian referee to be selected by Asian Football Confederation to officiate in the 16th Asian Games that were held at Guangzhou in China from November 7 to 25 last year. Nair, who turned international in 2004, has also officiated in all important Asian soccer tournaments including AFC Cup and SAF games.
Dinesh Nair played 7 I-League matches so far in this I-League upto 19th Round. As 5 times 1st Asst Refere and 2 times 2nd Asst Referee. From 28.04.2010 to 19.11 2011 he played 16 International Football under AFc..His last match was ONGC vs Salgaocar.

In 2006, he also officiated two World Cup qualifiers matches.This experienced referee from Gujrat was in the panel of the high profile Argentina vs Venezuela FIFA friendly match at Kolkata.

Dinesh was the refree of three I-League/NFL derby matches at YBK. 2006-07 (1st leg - EB 1-0 MB, 2007-08 2nd leg (EB 0-2 MB) and 2008-09 2nd leg (EB 3-0 MB).

Muringothumalil Bhaskaran Santosh Kumar: The man from Kochi started his journey at the are of 20. This man had to engage himself in various low profile jobs during his struggling days. M.P.Santosh Kumar is among the three contracted professional referees nominated by the AIFF. He has a contract of Rs 2 laks apart from the allowances for seven months. Santhosh Kumar has refereed over 100 national matches, even ones featuring football stars like Lionel Messi, Thomas Mueller and Bhaichug Bhutia. He is the only referee from Kerala with FIFA accreditation.

As a professional referee his first match was between East Bengal and Sporting Clube De Goa in this current I league.Santosh Kumar was promoted to a FIFA referee from the State referee in the year 2012. He was the Referee in the final of 29 September 2011 Federation Cup between East Bengal 1-3 Salgacar.

M.B.Santosh Kumar played 17 I-League matches so far in this I-League upto 19th Round. As 11 times Refere and 6 times 4th Referee. Shown 11 yellow card and no red cards. His last match was Mohun Bagan vs United Sikkim..HE WAS THE 4TH OFFICIAL ON 6TH FEB IN THE FIFA INTERNATIONA FRIENDLY BETWEEN INDIA AND PALESTINE.

REF Md Kamil : is an experienced man from Delhi is the youngest in the panel. Md Kamil was in the panel of the India vs Palestine International friendly match at Kochi this week. This national referee had officiated in a number of I league and national level matches, though this is the first time he is being paneled in a high profile derby match.

Md Kamil played 22 I-League matches so far in this I-League upto 19th Round. 15 times as first Asst Referee and 7 times as 2md Asst Referee. His Last match Dempo Vs Mumbai FC. HE WAS THE ASST REFEREE ON 6TH FEB FIFA INTERNATIONAL MATCH BETWEEN INDIA AND PALESTINE.

MATCH COMMISSIONER A.k.Mamu koya is the first FIFA referee from Kerala. Mamu Kaya will going to officiate as the Match Commissioner in the Kolkata Derby in Saturday afternoon. This senior officer from Kerala State Electricity Board had an experience of conducting a number of East Bengal Mohun Bagan matches during his carrer.
He was the Referee in Nehru Gold Cup USSR v China PR, 19 January 1991 held at Kerala. In the year 1993 Federation cup final Mamu Koya was the Referee where Mohun Bagan beat Mahindra United 1-0 scord by PV Satyen.

It seems from the above that the AIFF has been paneled a successful and experienced referees for the proper conduct of the Derby match. In last 9th Dec 1st Leg Derby Ex-FIFA referee Gulab Chauhan was the Match commissioner.

I-LEAGUE 20TH ROUND: PREVIEW-Pune FC in a must-win situation as 'Maha-Derby' beckons

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Pune FC faces a test of belief when they take on Mumbai FC in an I-League Round-20 away clash on Saturday. With progress stalled for the past three rounds, Pune FC's aim is to shrug off the winless phase they've had at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex that has bothered them since Round 12.

Pune FC Coach Derrick Pereira however, was optimistic on the eve of the match. "The players are positive as usual. All teams go through a phase of ups and down. It's been our turn I guess. God willing we hope to change that trend tomorrow."

Host's Mumbai FC themselves go into the game with two draws in their last 2 league games, something Pune FC will have an eye and cash in on. Pune FC Coach, however, is clear in thought, "My advice to all is to think about winning, be positive and above all put in the hard work." Both teams go into the game with near-similar runs in their respective campaigns. Mumbai FC's mid-season rally surged their position from the bottom of the standings to 5th place after Round 12. But following that, in their 6 games, the Mumbai team has managed only 1 win and their momentum somewhat halted.

Pune FC, likewise, had a 9-match unbeaten run (includes 7 wins), but ever since Round-15 have only managed 1 point (vs Sporting Clube de Goa; at home). The Coach explains, "Results in some matches have somehow not gone our way, except for some matches where we did not play well and lost." In fact, the last match (vs. Salgaocar FC) was the result of the previous match (vs East Bengal) wherein a lot of effort was put in but the result went against us. It mentally affected us a lot and we need to shake that off and get back to performing."

While Pune FC has struggled at home, the one-factor that swings in their favour is the better record they hold in these Maha Derbies. So far Pune FC has won 3 and drawn 3 out of the 8 played. Pune FC have always done well to hold their fort whenever this fixture has been played in Pune, with 2 back-to-back wins in the last 2 fixtures at Balewadi (where Pune FC have managed to score thrice on both occasions), preceded by 3 draws.

The key for Pune FC will be to get the first goal and counter the Mumbai side's typical time-wasting theatrics they have so often employed. Strikers Subash Singh (3) and Jeje Lalpekhlua have both netted in the past and much will be expected from them. Likewise, James Moga (who missed the Leg-1 due to sickness) adds up to Pune FC's variety in their quest to turn out a result from this crucial Derby encounter.

"I've always said, we need to collect points match by match. We are a very good team and are also mentally strong to overcome all this. All we need to do is work hard," Pune FC Coach added. Mumbai FC would bank on their ever-reliant foreign recruits, with experienced Yusuf Yakubu (6) leading their charts accompanied by Nigerian N.D Opara (5). Even the defensive Evans Quao (4) has chipped in highlighting Mumbai's reliance on set-pieces to get past opposition defences. In fact, in the last four fixtures, it has been only their foreigners who have breached the Pune FC citadel.

The exception to the reliance on foreign player is Goan attacker Gabriel Fernandes, who has netted four goals in the league. Both Pune FC and Mumbai FC will miss the services of one player each due to suspension. Pune FC's left-back Gurjinder Kumar saw a red card against Salgaocar FC in the last game, while it was midfielder James Singh (Mumbai FC) in their draw against Dempo SC in home and away games respectively.

Pune FC have decided to drop midfielder-striker Daisuke Nishiguchi from their 18, while medios Nikhil Kadam and Velington Rocha has been incorporated for the two slots that open in the 18-member squad. With the game being the last before the I-League break, Pune FC hope to end on a positive note.

I-LEAGUE ROUND 20: Pre-Match Report: Salgaocar FC vs Shillong Lajong FC

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Shillong Lajong FC will lock horns with Salgaocar FC in the Round 20 of the I-League at the Duler Stadium Goa, which promises to be an exciting encounter as both sides will settle for nothing less than a win to improve their standings in this year's I-League.

The North Easterners hosted the Goans on the 12th of October last year and shared the spoils as the match ended in a 1-1 draw (Angel 52' and Ebi Sukore 53').

The morale of the team is certainly upbeat following their recent win against United Sikkim FC. Coach Thangboi is very pleased with the team's performance at the moment and feels that the boys are fit and will definitely put up a big fight tomorrow.

Coach Thangboi Singto said, "Our captain Renedy Singh including Chitra and Govin Singh have not recovered and are still injured but Eugeneson Lyngdoh who was out in the last game due to suspension will feature in tomorrow's game."

"We will be looking to turn things around tomorrow and put up a good fight against Salgaocar."As our away record against the Goan teams has not been good, we want to change it by performing well against against Salgaocar. Hopefully we play to our potential and we are going all out for 3 points."

"As the team look good in all respects we can change things around this time", he concluded. The resilience of the boys will be tested in tomorrow's game considering the fact that Salgaocar is just one place behind Lajong with 17 points, and is quite a team to reckon with .

A win is vital for Shillong Lajong as the team will be looking to secure a better position in the league and avoid staying near the danger zone.