I-LEAGUE 2012-13: 16TH ROUND: Santosh Kashyap's magic going on, beat Salgaocar today at home..

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12.01.2013: ONGC FC   1-0   SALGAOCAR SC (DELHI - FT..)
ONGC: Lalmuanpuia 46'
MOM : Yusa (ONGC)
ONGC: Rehnesh, Adeola, Bimal, Waheed, Yusa, Kailash, Sandeep, Sachin, Jatin, Fanai, Joel.
SAL: Karanjit, Nicolou, Anthonio, Augustin, Quinton, Ravi, Randeep, Fulganco, Rocus, Francis, Marcus.

ONGC's winning streak at the Ambedkar stadium, continues unabated. In their 15th round match today, they ousted former champions Salgaocar 1-0. Striker Fanai Lalmuanpuia scored the match winner, flicking in an accurate free kick by Man of the Match Yusa Katsumi from the left. Salgaocar's international custodian Karanjit singh was to blame for this goal as he did not advance and fist the ball, allowing Lalmuanpia time and space to head in.

Yusa won his second successive man of the match award but the real heroes for ONGC is their well organised defence. They have now not conceded a goal for 340 minutes. Coach Santosh Kashyap expressed happiness that his defence was now compact and is not making unforced errors. The stalwarts in defence Hassan Mohammed Adeola, skipper Sandeep sangha and Waheed Mohammed Sali. Since taking over about a month ago, Kashyap has transformed ONGC. In five matches in Delhi, they have won four and lost one match, scoring nine goals and conceding just once.

Salgaocar missed their Brazilian defender Luciano Sabrosa due to a hamstring injury. Their foreign coach David Booth felt that his team dominated possession but lacked a striker. He hopes fortunes will change once they recruit Josimar and John Hankisnon as their foreign strikers from middle of this month.

Both Booth and Kashyap felt the ground was hard and difficult to control the ball. Kashyap felt that his team did not playing with the same confidence as in their heroic win against East Bengal and relaxed a little today. After their long stint in ddlhi, ONGC now leaves for Mumbai and will play their game against Dempo, Goa on January 27.

Booth lamented that referee Vishnu Chauhan did not award his team a penalty kick in the 88th minute when ONGC's stopper Waheed handled the ball whilst trying to head it away. Referee Chauhan felt it was an unintentional hand ball. But Salgaocar which dominated in the 2nd half, missed a complete sitter in the 71st minute. Striker Marcus Mascarenhas flicked wide from the edge of the six yard box, with an open goal in front of him, following substitute Royston D'Souza's cross.

Overall it was a battle of attrition in midfield with few scoring chances.ONGC relied on Yusa's speed and thrust to attack. Salgaocar played cohesive football and used the flanks and created some openings but ONGC's goalkeeper T.P. Rehnesh mad some daring saves.

ONGC has now reached 19 points from 15 matches and is in 7th position. Salgaocar remain stuck on 11 points from 14 matches and is in the relegation zone.

India's assistant coach savio Madeira and Delhi Soccer association vice-president O.P. Malhotra gave the man of the award and winning cheque of Rs. 35,000 to the winning team..

German company SHAAPP to sponsor the Bengal team in Santosh Trophy!

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The Indian Football Association ( IFA - West Bengal) has signed a sponsorship deal with Indo-German sports management company SHAAPP, to sponsor the Bengal state football team in the upcoming 67th edition of the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy.

The Hon. Sec. of IFA, Mr. Utpal Ganguli and the President and CEO of SHAAPP, Mr. Rainer Appold both look forward to take this association further for promoting and upholding the purpose of sports in West Bengal and also in India.. SHAAPP plans to work from its offices in Kolkata, India and Mannheim, Germany for the development of sports and would also like to focus on the entertainment industry.

The 67th Santosh Trophy is being hosted by Uttar Pradesh and Kerala from February 1 to March 3, 2013. Bengal has been placed along with Delhi and Railways in Group A of the Qualifying Round I, with two out of the three teams moving into the quarterfinal phase of the league.

The importance of medicine in modern day football : AIFF's Chief medical Consultant Dr. Manabendra Bhattacharya

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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) organised FIFA-AFC Football Medicine Regional Course which kicks-off on Monday (January 14, 2013) in New Delhi will be the first of its kind to take place in India. As doctors from all over the World have started to land in the Capital, AIFF's Chief medical Consultant Dr. Manabendra Bhattacharya spoke to www.the-aiff.com explaining the significance of the initiative, the importance of medicine in modern day football, in our daily lives and much more. EXCERPTS: What is the significance of the Conference?

It will help create a pool of doctors in Asia who have a good orientation in football medicine. Doctors from 12 countries will be attending the meet along with 11 doctors from India. Generally the quota stays two doctors per country but I have requested to increase the number for India as we are the hosts. This will surely help create a bigger pool.

Educate us as to who will be coming for the Conference.

Professor Giri Dvorak, FIFA Chief Medical Officer will be one of the Lecturers while Dato Gurcharan Singh of Malaysia (Chairman, Medical Department, AFC), Prof. Brun Shane Perry of Australia (associated with AFC), Dr. Patrick Yung of Hong Kong (associated with AFC) are some of the other lecturers. Among the 11 doctors from India, five are from Sports Authority of India.

How will this benefit India?

People who work with sports medicine will be updated. The orientation, which is very important, will also be done. Staying away from injuries stay the key to any player''s success and for that proper treatment and fitness regime needs to be maintained. You need well equipped doctors with proper orientation for that to happen.

This Course will help a great deal in preparing doctors. All the Indian participants have done their sports medicine diploma. So this course will enhance their education and bring in more practicality.

What is the importance of sports medicine in modern day sport?

First and foremost, sports medicine helps us to prevent injuries and keep it drug free. Few know that FIFA have developed a warm-up Programme called the ‘11-class’ to prevent injuries. It is being implemented globally.

"11+ - a complete warm-up to prevent injuries," is very significant indeed. "11+" is a complete warm-up to be performed prior to every training session. You should be at least 14 years of age to start "11+". FIFA is focusing on schools to start this Programme. To start with, in Mauritius they plan to bring every school under this Programme.

There is also Pre Competition Medical Assessment (PCMA) which reduces 50-60 percent injuries. It is generally done at the beginning of a camp before a competition.

Do you think people are ignorant about the impact of sports medicine?

In India, people including those who are associated with sports stay ignorant of the same. I believe proper coverage of this course will help enhance their knowledge about the relevance of sports medicine in modern day. In future, I believe this pool of 11 doctors from India can be referred to whenever in need. But at the outset, people need to know that sports medicine exists! This Course can bridge that gap.

Awareness stays the most essential part. I-League sides spend crores to build a team but don't have a doctor. They think a physio is enough. I'm not asking them to take the doctor with them every time but in training programmes, a doctor’s presence is very important.

What's the importance of sports medicine in our daily life?

If you have 20 grounds, you can afford one hospital less! If sports is a part of your life, sports medicine will also be. It'’s as simple as that.