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Kalinga Cup-Orissa - 2013 : INDIA BEAT MALDIVES TO REACH IN THE FINA8 teams Kalinga Cup will start from 1 Nov.

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FAO Press RELEASE : The Deptt. of Sports Y.S of Govt. of Odisha and Football Association of Odisha jointly announced that they will conduct the All India Kalinga Cup Football Tournament. The meeting held at O.C.A Office under the chairmanship of Mr. Asirbad Behera (Hon'y Secretary –OOA& Chairman Org. Committee ).

It was resolved in the meeting that the prestigious All India Kalinga Cup Football Tournament will be held from 1st Nov 2013 to 10th Nov 2013. The Champion team will be awarded with a cash prize money of Rs 3,00,000=00 (rupees three lakhs only) and the Runner's up team will get a cash prize of Rs 2,00,000=00 (rupees two lakh only).

Eight reputed clubs from out side Odisha along with the Four Semifinalist of FAO League-2012 (i.e Odisha Police, Jobra Durga Club, Rising Student Club and Sunrise Club ) and four semifinalist of Inter District Club Championship (Kalinga Cup Qualifying Round) - 2013 schedule to be played at Baripada (Mayurbhanj) from 24th September 2013 will also be participating in the All India Kalinga cup Football Tournament-2013.

The other dignitaries who were present in the meeting were Mr.Debashish Samantray (M.L.A& President - FAO), Mr.Sanjay Behera(Hon'y Secretary - FAO), Mr.Rashmi Ranjan Samantray (D.S.O - Cuttack), Mr.Bhakta Ballav Das, Mr.Bijaya Das (V.P - FAO) Mr.Rushinath Sahoo, Mr.Bikram K.Mahapatra, Mr.Avijit Paul, Mrs Sangeeta Sharma (Jt.Secy - FAO) and Mr.M.A.Alam (Treasurer – FAO).



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India will going to meet Afghanistan in the final of the 9th SAF football tournament at the Kathmandu. After a goalless 85th minute when the everyone is expecting for the extra time and tie breaker the Indian deep defender Arnab Mondal scored his maiden international goal and made the way for his team to the final. It may be mentioned that Arnab had scored an important equalizer against the Dempo Sports Club at the Federation Cup final at Siliguri in 2012. >>>>>>>   LIVE COMMENTARY

The first half was evenly poised as both the teams created some opportunities,though India were slightly on top. The Indian's started with Jeje and Robin in absence of Sunil Chetri. The Indian midfield looked composed leading by Mehtab and Rahim Nabi, who utilized the flanks while attacking.The danger man in the Maldives striking force Ali Ashfaq failed to create any danger as he was completely under the control of Arnab and Gourmangi.

Ali Ashfaq had scored 18 goals in the league stages but the Indian defenders had hardly allow the Maldives striker to be positive within the 18 yards. The Indian's created some opportunities, but failed to convert the chances. Robin, JeJe and Arata could have scored as they had wasted the chances from the close distance. Once Mehtab Hossain's free kick was well saved by the Maldives goalkeeper Imran.

In the second session Maldives were more positive as they had created more pressure in the Indian deep defense. But, the easiest of the opportunity was wasted by Robin Singh in the 60th minute of the match. Robin's left footer went wide as he had only the goalkeeper to beat.In the second session Subrata Pal, the Indian goalkeeper had tosave Maldives attacks in numerous occasions.

In fact the Maldives attacking force were more positive in the middle third and Gourmangi had to commit some fouls in and around the 18 yards.Mehtab and Gourmangi were shown the yellow card for rough football. The all important goal came in the 86th minute when Mehtab's corner was placed by Arnab Mondal . Arnab received the ball from a deflection and his right footer beat the Maldives goalkeeper Imran to give the 1-0 lead.

India will play the against the Afghanistan in the final.An unimpressive group league stages were overcome by some composed football in the semi finals. It is now the task of the footballers as well as the team management to prove themselves leaders in the SAF countries.

126TH DURAND CUP - 2013 : Young Pune FC go down fighting.

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PUNE FC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC were handed a 2-0 opening game jolt by Army Red in the quarterfinal group phase of the 126th Durand Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Monday. A goal in either half: first off a penalty-kick conversion by Vipin TV (36th minute) and later by Lallidianmawia (87th) left Pune FC choked.

Playing with a squad comprising of half who were playing their first big match, Pune FC took time to settle down as the opponents came in with full force. After a cautious beginning, Pune FC soon got into the groove and fought tooth-and-nail with the soldiers for every ball.

The Caitano Costa-led team then played cleverly and restricted the physically superior Army team to a midfield battle with both the teams failing to create any clear scoring chances. Pune FC, however, went close creating the first chance. Striker Subhasish Bose (9th) let-fly a powerful left footer, which ended being saved by the diving Army goalkeeper AK Balwant.

Responding to the attack, the opponents came close to scoring five minutes later. Arjun Tudu's try from just outside the left side of the box rattled the crossbar. Army Red kept the heat on, and six minutes later, winger Santu Subba shot just wide from inside the penalty area. Skipper Arjun Tudu then came close to scoring when he let fly a shot from outside the box, which went agonisingly wide.

The young players of Pune FC were feeling the pressure, and Kaushal Singh earned the first yellow card of the game in the 23rd minute. The Red Lizards were then dealt a huge blow, a minute later, when senior midfielder Prakash Thorat had to limp off the field due to an injury. Thorat was replaced by Altamash Sayed.

In the 36th minute, Pune FC conceded a penalty after goalkeeper Shahinlal Meloly brought down Lallidianmawia inside the box. The resultant spot kick was put in by Vipin TV after he sent Meloly to the wrong side. As the Army team continued to threaten, Henry Monsang came in with a fine tackle to deny Lallidianmawia another sniff at the goal, a minute before halftime.

After the interval, the opponents continued their upward surge as DK Mahto came in with a shot from across the goal, which, however, went just over the bar. At the hour mark, Pune FC's Henry was brought down outside the box and the resultant free kick stooped dangerously towards Subhasish who failed to connect well.

Shahinlal then came in with another close range save from Herojit Singh after Shadip Rai had made a delightful cross from the right flank. It was then Diganta Khaddar who came close to equalizing in the 76th minute with a shot from outside the penalty area which flew just inches wide of the goal.

Shahinlal once again produced a brilliant diving save in the 81st minute, after Herojit had let fly a shot from just outside the penalty area. With Pune FC desperately seeking an equaliser, their all-out attack led to Army Red take advantage with a swift counter, which ended with Lallidianmawia scoring from close range to make it 2-0.

In the 90th minute, Pune FC's Kaushal Singh was sent off for his second yellow, after he brought down Herojit at the edge of the penalty Box. The subsequent free-kick by Arjun Tudu was then brilliantly tipped over by Shahinlal to keep the scoreline at 2-nil. Pune FC next play ONGC on September 13th.