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DERBY - DERBY - DERBY : Kolkata is boiling for tomorrows IFA CFL Premier League Derby

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22.5.2013- JAYDIP DASGUPTA : The stage is set for the forth Derby of the season to decide the fate of the CFL league at the Yubabharati Kriaangan on Thursday evening. This is going to be the forth derby between the arch rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. In the first Derby East Bengal were leading by Hormonjot Khabra's goal when Bagan denied to continue and the I league committee awarded the match in favor of East Bengal. The second match of the I league ended goalless. In the IFA Shield semis East Bengal won the match by tie beaker to reach the final.

Mohan Bagan who had saved the relegation in the I league are keen to win the crown as they had won the Kolkata league for 28 times.The mariners will have to depend on the skills and individual brilliance of Odafa Okiri who was their savior all through the season.

He will be assisted by Tolgey Ozbey who has to prove himself in the Bagan and Thursday evening is going to be his real testing time.Tolgey had scored a hatrik in the last match of last year's CFL against the Mohammedan Sporting. The mariners are confident of having the services of stopper back Iche after he had recovered from an injury.

The Bagan physio Jonathon Corner had a lot of concentration with Iche in the last couple of days in order to make him fully fit.Bagan will definitely miss the service of Quinton Jacobs who will be out of the final eleven as he had to marched of the field in their last match against United Sports.

Quiton had a commanding role in the Bagan's midfield which has proved in his performances.So, Karim will definitely have his new strategies in order to keep his forward line active.

East Bengal will be depending on their passing football. The midfield of East Bengal can build the fate of the match as the East Bengal midfield are more confident than the mariners and they will depend a lot on Mehtab and Penn. The East Bengal deep defense are quite economical through out the season leading by Uga opara, but their prime task is to take care of Odafa who is the most powerful and dangerous striker in side the 18 yards.

Cheddi Eddeh has proved himself successful in the Red and Gold forward line.He has scored a hatrik in the pre quarter final match of the AFC Cup at Kolkata and Trevor Morgan will be depending on this Nigerian as his Indian strikers are yet to prove themselves in order to reach the desired level.

It can be said the Thursday evening will be a battle of strategies for Karim and Morgan.Morgan requires a point to create a history.If he can win, then it will be his third CFL win in a row and the only overseas coach to create the record. But Karim requires three points to give Mohun Bagan the CFL title after a gap of three years.

Do or Die match for Indian Women in AFC Women's Asian Cup (Qualifiers)..

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AIFF MEDIA RELEASE : Football is cruel at times. It refuses to give you a second chance, even if you deserve one. The Indian Women's Senior National Team despite giving a good account of themselves against Myanmar in their opening game of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup (Qualifiers) have their backs to wall after a 0-2 reversal.

Against Chinese Taipei, who pumped in six goals against hosts Palestine in the Group D curtain-raiser on Tuesday, the Women in Blue have their task cut out. A win will keep them in the hunt for a place in the Finals of the AFC Cup. A defeat will mean otherwise.

"It is a do or die match for us," National Coach Anadi Barua maintains.

"In such Tournaments where you get three games and only one team qualifies, there is absolutely no breathing space. We have played well against Myanmar, especially in the second half. They got the goals early. We took time to settle and that was the key," he adds.

"Once we got a hold of the match, we looked so much better. I am not taking anything out of Myanmar's victory. They deserved it. They got the goals, we didn't. But we played well. On another day, the script could have been different," added the India Coach.

As the game progressed on Tuesday, the passing improved, flank play sharpened and backline held firm. The second-half belonged to India as Myanmar did everything they could to protect the two-goal cushion.

"Bala (Devi) is not fully fit and we will take a call on her on the match day morning. Tuli (Goon) is also nursing a rib injury. Otherwise, our defence held fort and midfield played well," assistant Coach Surmala Chanu informed.

Taipei Coach Yen Shih Kai exuded confidence after their 6-0 victory against Palestine.

"We are confident of doing well against India. I am happy with the way the girls are playing. Lin's (Ya Han) hat-trick was a treat to watch. I hope she continues in the same vein in the next two matches."

He added: "We have been preparing for the Qualifiers for a long time. I am glad that we are reaping dividends, though it is a little early to say. India and Myanmar won't come easy and we are leaving no stones unturned in our preparations."

India's last three International matches:

May 14, 2013: v Bahrain. India won 2-1.
May 16, 2013: v Bahrain. India won 2-0.
May 21, 2013: v Myanmar, India lost 0-2.

Chinese Taipei's last three International Matches:

November 22, 2012: v China. Taipei lost 0-2.
November 24, 2012: v Hong Kong. Taipei won 2-1.
May 21, 2013: v Palestine. Myanmar won 6-0.

We cannot let our shoulders droop: Tuli Goon (Captain India Women Team)

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AIFF MEDIA RELEASE : Chinese Taipei look the strongest Team on paper in the AFC Women's Asian Cup. A day after the loss to Myanmar, Captain Tuli Goon feels the 'fear element needs to be eliminated.' In an interview to, Tuli spoke at length on India's performance in the opening game, the road ahead, what needs to be done against Chinese Taipei and much more. EXCERPTS:

Do you think the result against Myanmar is a true reflection of India's performance?

Sometimes the scoreline does not reflect the real picture but that's what matters. They won, we lost. We conceded two in the first-half. We were the much better team in the second half and Myanmar could only attack once, in the dying minutes of the match. But all of that doesn’t count.

How is the mood in the Camp?

It pinches when you know you have played a good game and end up on the losing side despite dominating one half. On another day, we could have won. So the mood was gloomy after the match. But we need to move on from there and the squad is gearing up for the next challenge.

You injured your rib in the process. How is it now?

I hope I can play against Chinese Taipei. This was troubling me and got aggravated while going for the tackle. Tomorrow’s match stays a very important one for us. I hope I recover in time. I am raring to go.

What’s your responsibility as a Captain?

As a Captain it is my responsibility to look that everyone stays in the right frame of mind. Along with my Technical Staff, I am working on it. We cannot let our shoulders droop.

How do you assess Chinese Taipei?

They are a very strong side. We watched them score six goals past Palestine. Against such a team, we have to be on our toes all the time. The opening 20 minutes would be very crucial indeed.

What are the positives which you will be carrying from the Myanmar match? Our backline played well. We adjusted quickly to the artificial turf after conceding early. The passing was good and mobility on the field defined our strength. The element of fear has to be eliminated.