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Subrata Bhattacharya takes over on Mohammedan bench

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have appointed  former Indian national team defender Subrata Bhattacharya as the Head Coach for the upcoming season.

Bablu, as he is fondly known in the Kolkata football fraternity, takes over from previous incumbent Raghunath Nandy, whose contract with the club expired last month.

The 66-year old mentor joins the club with an extensive knowledge and experience in coaching having been in the business for over 20 years.

Announcing the appointment, Club General Secretary Jb. Mohammad Qamaruddin said: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Bablu Da to Mohammedan Sporting Club. He brings with him a wealth of experience and professionalism. It is our desire that the club goes back to it’s former glory and in Bablu Da we believe that we have someone who can achieve that.”

Meanwhile, Bhattacharya, who is known for his exceptional game reading skills and knack to fox the opponents through his surprise moves, said: “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work as Head Coach of Mohammedan Sporting Club. It is my sincere hope and desire that I can repay the faith the club has shown in me.”

Young Panthers make roaring start in Hero Junior League

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club outplayed NBP Rainbow Athletic Club 3-0 to begin their campaign in the 2018/19 Hero Junior League (Under-15) on Tuesday at Kamalgazi Ground in Kolkata.

After a barren first-half substitute Srimanta Kisku (62′, 70′ and 73′) scored a brilliant hat-trick to hand the Young Panthers a well-deserved victory.

The Young Panthers began the game in attacking mode and created a couple of close chances early on. While striker Mohammad Zeedan did well to get into spaces, he lacked the killer finish in the rival box.

As the half progressed, Mohammedan SC continued dominating the possession. On the other hand, Rainbow AC defended deep and had their custodian Firoj Sardar to thank after he denied William Lalgoulien, Sujay Buduk and Zeedan on multiple occasions as both sides went into the breather tied at goalless.

Needing a goal, Mohammedan SC came out all guns blazing in the second-half as they attacked by pushing high up. The pressure paid off as the Young Panthers finally broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute through Srimanta. Ramij Raja Mollah with a brilliant run on the right got past his marker and passed across the goal to Srimanta, who slotted in at the far post.

Having taken the lead, Mohammedan SC got a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure up front before doubling their lead in the 70th minute as Rainbow AC defence was left gaping at the back, which allowed for Zeedan to supply a ball into the box towards Srimanta, who made no error by turning on the ball and striking the back of the net.

Three minutes later, Mohammedan SC virtually finished off the game when Sujay won the ball inside his own half and launched it towards Srimanta, who did well to run inside the box, fend off a Rainbow defender, and strike the ball into the back of Firoj’s net.

The Young Panthers will face Keshab Uma Charitable Trust Academy next on April 5, 2019 at Kamalgazi Ground.

Arthur Kouassi Looking Forward To Adjah Partnership

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club, on Wednesday, have registered Ivorian striker Arthur Kouassi at the Indian Football Association (IFA) Office for the ongoing 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League.

The former Gokulam Kerala FC striker was accompanied by Club official Mr. Belal Ahmed Khan to the IFA Office.

“It won’t take long for me to settle in. I am feeling comfortable from the very first day here. In a big club like Mohammedan SC you have to be tuned in all the time. Definitely it’s challenging but challenges are good because that’s how you grow. I will make sure to repay the confidence and trust the club have shown in me.” Kouassi told mohammedansportingindia.com.

Kouassi says he is looking forward to form a effective partnership with Philip Adjah.

“Adjah is a great player. He is kind of player who play for you. He can score, but he also give good balls for you to score.” Kouassi noted.

“It will be a pleasure to play alongside him. I hope to be able to form a good partnership with him” he added.

Kouassi will wear the number 7 on the back at Mohammedan Sporting Club.

Mohammedan SC Rope In Ivorian Striker Desmos Arthur Kouassi 

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club is delighted to announce the signing of Ivorian striker Desmos Arthur Kouassi on a deal that runs until the end of the 2018/19 season.

The much-travled Kouassi has been added to the squad to strengthen attacking options further as the Club is looking for someone who can compliment skipper Philip Adjah Tetteh.

Kouassi began his career with Chinese Super League club Shenzhen FC in 2012, before moving to Hong Kong First Division side Citizen AA for the 2013 season. After leaving Hong Kong, Kouassi spent three seasons in the Philippines with Manila Jeepney and Global FC. During his time with Global FC, they reached the 2016 UFL Cup final, where they lost 3-1 to Ceres. After leaving Global FC, Kouassi scored six goals in thirteen games for Chin United in the Myanmar National League during the first half of 2017. In the second half of 2017, Kouassi returned to Philippines with Ilocos United, scoring eleven goals in twenty games before leaving in early 2018. In April 2018, Kouassi joined Mongolian Premier League side Ulaanbaatar City FC, where he has played under current Neroca FC coach Manuel Retamero Fraile.

Kouassi, who has represented Ivory Coast at youth level on five occasions, has also turned out for Gokulam Kerala FC in the current edition of I-League, before parting ways by mutual consent after both parties had a dispute.

Management Keeps Faith In Raghu Nandy

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporitng Club Management, led by Hony. General Secretary Jb. Mohammad Qamaruddin, has decided to keep faith in current incumbent Mr. Raghunath Nandy, who wished to resign after the Black Panthers suffered a 3-0 away defeat against Chhinga Venga FC in 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round on Friday.

Jb. Qamaruddin felt changing coach isn’t the solutions to the Black Panthers’ problems and since Mr. Nandy’s has been in charge since the begining of the season so he has a better chance of brining the team back on track. Mohammedan Sporting Club will resume training from February 5, 2019 at Club ground.

Young Panthers’ performance offeres promise

KOLKATA: Despite putting up a valiant effort Mohammedan Sporting Club U-13’s journey in the 2019 All India U-13 Padmashree Sailen Manna Smirity Gold Cup finished in the semi-final after they went down against Bidhan Nagar Football Academy.

The Young Panthers began their campaign in the knockout competition with  a 1-0 victory over Southern Samity before registering a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Avenue Sammilani.

However, The Young Panthers’ journey in the competition came to an end when they went down 0-1 against Bidhan Nagar Football Academy. Despite the heartbreaking defeat The Young Pnathers’ all-round performance offered promise and shows that under the leadership of Hony. Football Secretary Jb. Sharique Ahmed and Youth Development Chairman Jb. Wasim Akram, The Club is heading in the right direction in terms of youth development.