31.01.2013.2012 : .KFC. | HOME PAGE

Himachal Pardesh Football association started their Football coachingCamp which is divided into 2 phases. The first coaching camp started at PINGROW SCHOOL DHARMPUR (Solan) where 15 boys were selected from a camp 40 boys.

At first the 20 days first phase coaching camp held MALERKOTLA PUNJAB and then it shifted to SANT BABA BHAG SING COLLEGE LUDHIANA where 30 boys in the camp.

From a selection trial 30 boys has been selected and added them with 15 boys and the camp capasity increased to 45 boys now. HPFA secretary Mr. Deepak Sharma told that to proper guidence of the boys they have recruited MR SUDHIR B.T as CHIEF COACH trained from KNVB, MISS MONIKA (PHYO) MR SANTOSH as ASST COACH FROM KERLA and MR AMAL IS GOAL KEEPER COACH.

The final secection of the boys is going on which is expected to fialize on 3rd Februart.

Pune FC midfielder Arata Izumi turned a new leaf in Indian football history.

29.01.2013.2012 : PFC RELEASE...KFC. | HOME PAGE

The 30-year-old, on Tuesday (29th January 2012), became the first person of Indian origin (PIO) to earn the nod on the National squad after he fulfilled norms laid down by the sports ministry when he obtained an Indian passport in August 2012.

The selection fulfilled Arata's long cherished dream of playing on a National team shortlisted for the forthcoming International Friendly against Palestine. The match is scheduled for 6th February, 2012 at Kochi. The National call up is a first for Arata at any level after being eligible to represent Japan. Arata quest as a professional career began in 2005 before moving to the sub-continent and plying his trade since the 2006-2007 season.

Arata's association with Pune FC began in 2009-10 when he was signed as a PIO as per norms of the National association. Subsequently, he represented the club as Asian player (when the rule was change). Arata sought an Indian passport in his fourth season at Pune FC which made him eligible to play for India. His first match as an Indian citizen was against Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the 125th Durand Cup at New Delhi on 23rd August.

"This (selection) was always something I dreamt of the moment I received my Indian passport," said Arata. While donning the India colours is his next dream, Arata for now thanks all who made his dream. "It's been a tough process, an anxious wait and a decision that took a lot of thought. But I guess the wait was worth it all."

Apart from Arata, Pune FC left-wing back Gurjinder Kumar has been named by National Head Coach Wim Kovermans in the 23-man squad. Gurjinder returns to the national team after almost a year. He made his debut on 23rd February, 2012 during the friendly international against Oman which India lost a 1-5. The game was a preparation for India’s ahead of the AFC Challenge Cup 2012, which Gurjinder was omitted.

Thereafter, Gurjinder was called up for the 2012 Nehru Cup camp, but again was not in the final squad for the tournament. "Its a great feeling to be in the radar once again. It's a friendly match and I am looking forward to playing. I am ready and ready to put out my best," Gurjinder informed.

Looking back, Gurjinder felt it was disappointing to be left out but added that Coach Derrick Pereira was very encouraging. "When I returned from the camp (Nehru Cup) I did feel down, but back in Pune I got support from Coach who told me to work hard. He was motivating and coupled with hard work I aimed at getting back."

Meanwhile, striker Jeje Lalpekhlua also returns to the India camp after a year-long absence. Jeje has been named in the stand-by list for the game in Kochi. Jeje's last appearance for the Seniors was during the an exhibition match against German giants Bayern Munich. His last competitive game was in the 2011 SAFF Cup.

Pune FC coach Derrick Pereira said, "I am happy for Arata and wish him all the luck to be a successful Indian footballer for years to come. He is a hard worker on the pitch. A special word for Gurjinder who worked equally hard to get back and so had Jeje."

National Coach Wim Koevermans named his squad of 23 for the International Friendly against Palestine

29.01.2013.2012 : AIFF RELEASE...KFC. | HOME PAGE

The 23-member list is as follows:
National Coach Wim Koevermans named his squad of 23 for the International Friendly against Palestine scheduled to played in Kochi on February 6, 2013

GOALKEEPERS : Subrata Pal (Prayag United), Sandip Nandy (Churchill Brothers). Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar SC).

DEFENDERS: Nirmal Chhetri (Mohun Bagan), Gouramangi Singh (Prayag United), Shouvik Ghosh (Pailan Arrows), Syed Rahim Nabi (Mohun Bagan), Gurjinder Kumar (Pune FC), Raju Gaikwad (East Bengal), Denzil Franco (Churchill Brothers).

MIDFIELDERS: Lenny Rodrigues (Churchill Brothers), Lalkamal Bhowmick (Prayag United), Arata Izumi (Pune FC), Mehtab Hossain (East Bengal), Francis Fernandes (Salgaocar), Anthony Pereira (Dempo SC), Alwyn George (Pailan Arrows), Jewel Raja (Mohun Bagan), Clifford Miranda (Dempo SC), Vineet CK (Prayag United).

FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri (Sporting Lisbon), Manandeep Singh (East Bengal), Sushil Kumar Singh (Shillong Lajong FC).

STAND BYES: Subhashish Roychowdhury (Dempo SC), Dhanachandra Singh (Prayag United), Sandesh Jhingan (USFC), Arnab Mondal (East Bengal), Gurwinder Singh (East Bengal), Rocus Lamare (Salgaocar SC), Lalrindika Ralte (East Bengal), Peter Carvalho (Dempo SC), Tomba Singh (Churchill Brothers), Asif K (Prayag United), Malswamtulunga (Prayag United), Joaquim Abranches (Dempo SC), Robin Singh (East Bengal), Jeje Lalpekhlua (Pune FC).

Rowan to officiate in International Friendly

All India Football Federation has selected the following Match Officials for the International Friendly match between India and Palestine to be played in Kochi on February 6, 2013.

Referee: A Rowan (SSCB).
Assistant Referees: Shaji Kurian (Kerala), Md. Kamil (Delhi).
Fourth Official: MB Santosh Kumar (Kerala).
Match Commissioner: J Ravishankar (Delhi).