Category: 2nd Division League

Super Sub Jiten Murmu On Target As Mohammedan Sink Bengaluru FC Reserves

HOWRAH: Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded their second win as may matches after beating Bengaluru FC Reserves 1-0 in their Hero 2nd Division League clash at Sailen Manna Stadium in Howrah.

In a match that was devoid of much action and chances infront of goal, Jiten Murmu came off the bench to find the net with a clinical finish which earned full three points for Mohammedan SC.

Home fans who showed up hoping to see a dominant performance from the Black Panthers over Bengaluru, had little to cheer about in the first-half, as a keenly contested but frustratingly scrappy battle developed between the two sides.

The hosts looked the most likely to open the scoring with John Chidi threatening in attack, well supported by Vanlalbiaa Chhangte and Satyam Sharma.

Despite some good build-up play and probing runs, the Black Panthers couldn’t get behind the well organised Bengaluru defence and the particularly impressive Lalhmunamawia at the centre of it.

At the other end Akashdeep Singh and Adavait led the Bengaluru offensive efforts but like their opponents, couldn’t find a way to break down that final line.

Following a scoreless opening half which failed to produce a clear goal-scoring opportunity, the hosts showed far more urgency and took the lead in the 48th minute when Jiten made a smart run in behind the Bengaluru back four to slot past a helpless Saron from Chidi’s pass.

The setback served to awaken Bengaluru from their slumber and they threw players forward with abandon, in search of an equalizer. Naushad Moosa’s charges fought hard to not only keep themselves in the match but to try and find a goal which would help them secure at least a deserved point.

Although Bengaluru remained determined to get back into the game, unfortunately the front line continued to fire off-target while Mohammedan SC started to establish a comfortable rhythm whenever they found themselves in possession making it tough for their opponents to impose their game.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC looked dangerous on the counter with Musa missing a golden chance to double his side’s advantage, however, at the end it didn’t matter as the Jiten’s lone goal proved to be enough to decide the thrilling encounter.

The Black Panthers who now leading the Group B log with 6 points from two matches will face Chennaiyin FC Reserves on February 20, 2020.

Good Vibe In The Team – Saheed Ramon

HOWRAH: Coach Saheed Ramon has called on his troops to show hunger going into tomorrow’s Hero 2nd Division League Group B clash against Bengaluru FC Reserves. “I am calling on all in the team to bring their A-game. We have to, everyone should show bravery.”

Ramon has expressed confidence in his side ahead of the 2 pm kick-off at the Sailen Manna Stadium in Howrah. Tickets are still available and can be purchased from TicketGenie, and Mohammedan Sporting Club/Sailen Manna Stadium box office.

Mohammedan SC started their Hero 2nd Division League campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over local rivals Bhawanipore FC last month. The Black Panthers displayed a professional performance against Bhawanipore and they are aiming to continue that fine form in their coming matches.

“It is still early days in the league,” said Ramon on the sidelines of the pre-match training session on Monday morning. “We are in the forming stage of the league. I’m encouraged though by the good vibe we have in the team. The energy is good with everybody working towards one goal. You can see it when you observe for yourself that there is positive energy at our training session.”

“We will have minimum changes from the last match in the team,” without hinting much about the possibilities, Ramon added: “We have a core team now and working on a consistent formation and approach.”

With Black Panthers returning to the action almost after three weeks Ramon said: “When you get a space in between the matches, it gives you opportunity to work on certain elements of the game. Back-to-back games don’t allow much opportunity to sharpen your tactics. We had a good two weeks of managing training sessions.”

Ramon also poured cold water on the early league positions of the various sides. “Current form doesn’t give much of an indication at this early stage of the league. All the games are difficult, because most teams are still working on getting their combinations and rhythm right.”

The gaffer admits Bengaluru are posing a somewhat unknown challenge and they are going to approach the game with a more patient lookout as they will prefer to read their opponents before hurling the attacks on the Naushad Moosa-coached club. Ramon holds Bengaluru in high esteem and believes it’s going to be one of the toughest challenges of the group. 

Moosa has been working hard with this group for last two years and although the squad features some new players, there is an element of experience in some of the older members. That could prove crucial against Black Panthers.

The match will broadcasted live on Kolkata TV and in the history of 2nd Division League this is the first time when a club has taken initiative to televise their matches.

2nd Division League Will Be Broadcasted Live On Kolkata TV

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club has signed a deal with Kolkata TV to broadcast their home games of the ongoing 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League live, starting from this Tuesday.

This will be the first time in the history of 2nd Division League when a club has taken initiative to broadcast their matches. Previously Kolkata TV, which is one of the leading satellite bengali news channels, has broadcasted Durand Cup, Calcutta Football League, IFA Shield and various other national level football competitions.

Furthermore the Club has announced match-day ticket sale for first home game of the 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League to be played against Bengaluru FC B at the Sailen Manna Stadium in Howrah on Tuesday February 11, 2020.

Tickets are already on sale at TicketGenie, and this is the first time when a 2nd Division League club is selling their match-day tickets online.

The tickets have been priced such that every Black Panthers faithful can afford to support their favourite team from the stands. The tickets are priced Rs 100 for for general seating and Rs 300 for vip seating.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan Sporting Club members will get free tickets from Mohammedan Sporting Club tent upon production of valid membership card of 2019/20 season.

Offline tickets sell will start tomorrow at 10 AM from Mohammedan Sporting Club box office and Howrah Stadium box office.

2nd Division League: Home Game Tickets Go On Sale

KOLKATA: The match-day tickets for Mohammedan Sporting Club’s first home game of the 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League to be played against Bengaluru FC B at the Sailen Manna Stadium in Howrah on Tuesday February 11, 2020 are currently on sale at TicketGenie.

This is the first time when a 2nd Division League club will be selling their match-day tickets online.

The tickets have been priced such that every Black Panthers faithful can afford to support their favourite team from the stands. The tickets are priced Rs 100 for for general seating and Rs 300 for vip seating.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan Sporting Club members will get free vip tickets from Mohammedan Sporting Club tent upon production of valid membership card of 2019/20 season.

The Black Panthers, who are lying second on the Group B log, come into this encounter on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Calcutta Football League Bhawanipore FC.

Happy With Win – Saheed Ramon

KOLKATA: “This is the result we wanted,” says Saheed Ramon after seeing through his side winning their first match of the 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League. “Credit to the entire team. We really worked hard for this win. I am happy with the three points.”

Mohammedan Sporting Club eased past Bhawanipore FC 3-0 on Saturday with Sanjib Ghosh (2nd), John Chidi (26th) and Satyam Sharma (80th) getting on the score-sheet at Kalyani Stadium.

“It is good to play and win with new the players we have introduce,” comments a visibly happy Ramon. “The new players have made a difference and gelling well with the team.”

Though happy with the three points, Ramon believes there is still a lot of work to do. “We had some moments of jitters at the back but recovered and became solid with the progress of the game. When you have collected three points it makes it easy to go back and fix the mistakes. I am happy with the start of the season.” added the Nigerian mentor.

Ramon was forced to alter his plans on the eve of the clash. “Tirthankar Sarkar felt some discomfort during the week,” says Ramon, “The technical team thought he was going to be fine to play but unfortunately the pain persisted. We took a decision to withdraw him and put him on the bench because we didn’t want to risk aggravating the injury.”

The coach also went into the first match of the season without skipper Musa Mudde and he says: “It is a matter of managing the player. I see the matter is receiving interest but everybody at Mohammedan Sporting Club is aware that Musa struggling with his hamstring and we are trying to give him the necessary care to recover. He will have time in the next two weeks to recover and be available for selection in the next match.”

The coach says that they will thoroughly prepare for the next match as it will be Black Panthers’ first home game of the season to be played on February 11, 2020 against Bengaluru FC Reserves.

Black Panthers Dismantle Bhawanipore in 2nd Division League opener

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club sounded a warning to their remaining 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League Group B rivals with a comprehensive 3-0 thrashing of Bhawanipore FC on the opening day itself at the Kalyani Stadium.

Nobody was doubting Mohammedan SC’s talent and credentials going into the game, however it’s hard to imagine many could foresee the relentless way they went about their work, from the outset till the final whistle, as they dismantled their opponent.

Goals from debutante Sanjib Ghosh (2nd), John Chidi (26th) and Satyam Sharma (80th) were enough to see off a spirited challenge from Bhawanipore who tested the visitors at times, especially in the second-half.

Mohammedan SC started the match with more purpose as they threw everything they had to impose their will on their opponents during the early exchanges.

And their efforts were soon rewarded in the 2nd minute itself when Sanjib rounded Bhawanipore custodian Arup Debnath to slot home from close range.

Conceding so soon rattled Bhawanipore and it took a fair while for the team to settle into the game as Mohammedan SC controlled the action keeping Bhawanipore contained in their half, and making sure Arup was kept busy.

Bhawanipore, however, didn’t lose focus and on a couple of occasions seemed like they could be on track to equalize. Jagannath Sana threatened Mohammedan SC’s goal several times throughout the first-half, creating some half chances inside the penalty area, but the Mohammedan SC defenders were quick to the ball and made the clearance any time it came near goal.

Inevitably, failing to convert their chances came back to haunt Bhawanipore as they fell even further behind when Vanlalbiaa Chhangte latched onto a long ball behind the defence, beat his marker to pull back to an arriving Chidi who neatly slotted past Arup in the 26th minute.

Mohammedan SC’s spirits were lifted by the goal and they played out the remainder of the first-half with a lot of energy, which they brought with them when they returned from the break.

Going into the second-half the Black Panthers continued to apply pressure and made some decent runs forward. Bhawanipore, however, are not a side to give up lightly and despite trailing by two goals kept the intensity high, and the pressure on their opponents as they battled to find a way back into the match.

Nonetheless, the lack of finishing in the attacking third and outstanding defending from Mohammedan SC meant Bhawanipore could not find a goal as reward for their early dominance.

Bhawanipore continued to show their fighting spirit as they pushed hard to find a goal which would keep them in the match, but between some solid defending and the safe hands of skipper Priyant Singh, meant the attackers were unable to get an edge on their opponent.

Mohammedan SC defence looked comfortable in absorbing Bhawanipore’s attacking pressure, while looking to catch their opponents off-guard on the counter.

As the clock counted down, Bhawanipore threw everything they had to get back into the game forcing a number of saves from Priyant, however Mohammedan SC flexed their scoring muscles once again in the 80th minute when Satyam scored a long ranger to put the result beyond any doubt.

Black Panthers will host Bengaluru FC Reserves next on February 11, 2020 at Kolkata maidan.

Mohammedan SC XI: Priyant Singh (GK), Shafiul Rahman, Prosenjit Paul, Balwinder Singh, Hira Mondal, Vanlalbiaa Chhangte, Firoj Ali, Satyam Sharma (Tirthankar Sarkar), Sanjib Ghosh (Moses Lalrinzuala), Jiten Murmu (Dipendu Dowary), John Chidi.

Priyant Reiterates The Importance of The Collective Game

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club vice-captain Priyant Singh repeated the same statement as technical director Dipendu Biswas before Black Panthers’ first match in 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League against Bhawanipore FC on Saturday.

Saying that the most important thing is to play a collective block and not focus on individualities. According to Priyant they will attack together and defend together to defeat an aggressive and talented Bhawanipore team.

Priyant doesn’t overestimate his team but he is confident because he knows they are good and they will play with the same commitment they had when they locked horns with Bhawanipore.

“We are a team and we share a common goal. We know our responsibility is to win and bring glory to the club. We had a good time in our preparations with the new players. We have a strong squad of humble and dedicated players. We have mixed well and are all ready for tomorrow.” said Priyant.

“We will play against a quality Bhawanipore team and we need to focus on the duties our coach give us, either in attacking or defending situations,” he added.

Priyant will lead the team against Bhawanipore tomorrow as skipper Musa Mudde is not available for selection due to injury.

Panthers Ready To Roar And Mark Their Territory

KOLKATA: “The first game is key,” said Dipendu Biswas. “We are starting with a clear mindset and that is to gain promotion to the I-League. Our preparations have gone very well. This match will serve to see the implementation of the pre-season preparations.”

Mohammedan Sporting Club are visiting Bhwanipore FC in their 2019/20 2nd Division League opener. Speaking after taking his charges through their pre-match session, an upbeat and optimistic Black Panthers technical director said: “There is not much that you can do in terms of surveillances on the opponents. Bhawanipore have added some new faces in their team. We have done our homework and we gathered intelligence about them, albeit limited because they haven’t been exposed that much.”

The Black Panthers looks to build on their Calcutta Premier Division exploits where they went very close to bagging silverware after 38 years before eventually settling for a fourth-place finish.

Biswas knows that there is a reasonable amount of pressure on his side to deliver a similar result to Calcutta Premier Division, and the former striker has insight into what is required at this level of competition and believes the preparations the team has followed will assist them in achieving their objective. The opening match could be the catalyst that Mohammedan SC need to finally start the league on a high as they are notorious for being slow starters.

“The first match is always hard because there is always some uncertainty. We will approach the game with all the seriousness it deserves,” he said.

For the Black Panthers the preparations have been long and at times arduous, but Biswas believes that is what is necessary if they want to qualify for the I-League.

“We have been training for last two months already and we are ready to go. It’s difficult and challenging as well, the task ahead of us. When you ask: ‘are you going to qualify for the I-League?’, of course it’s easy to say yes, but it’s hard to do it. If we want to qualify we really need to work hard and I believe my boys are doing just that and we will make a difference,” he explained.

Biswas brings a different style of play to the table and he is adamant that he has the players to make this work. Priyant Singh is likely to start the game in goal. Hira Mondal will start at left back while Prosenjit Pal and one of Balwinder Singh or Vikas Saini will start as centre backs. It will be Shafiul Rahman who will start as right back.

Although Musa Mudde and Tirthankar Sarkar are not fit to start, Biswas still has a wealth of options in midfield and it will be interesting to see who the former India skipper eventually picks to start the game. Firoj Ali and Satyam Sharma are likely options in the central midfield positions. The attacking and wing positions will be a tough choice for Biswas who will have to choose between Vanlalbiaa Chhangte, Dipendu Dowary, Sujoy Dutta, Moses Lalrinzuala, Sanjib Ghosh, Mohammad Farid and Shamsad Ali. Jiten Murmu will be a likely starter up front with John Chidi.

“We have a good squad of players to choose the best combination to face United,” commented Biswas. “We have few concerns over Musa and Tirthankar’s fitness, but we will have a very strong team on Saturday. The mood is high in the camp and I think the lads know their responsibilities. As individuals the players have reached a stage where they have a point to prove. That is good for the team.”

The match at Kalyani Stadium will kick-off at 2:30 PM.

We Are Better Prepared – Sharique Ahmed

KOLKATA: “We have done our homework,” remarked Football Secretary Sharique Ahmed. “We have brought in new blood in the team. I am happy with the preparation and think we are better prepared to challenge for the I-League promotion this season.”

Ahmed was speaking at a press conference held at Mohammedan Sporting Club on Wednesday afternoon where he was accompanied by General Secretary Md. Qamaruddin, Asst. General Secretary Dr. Taha Ahmed, Ground Secretary Ghazal Zafar, General Manager Sk. Wasim Akram, Technical Director Dipendu Biswas, Coach Saheed Ramon, Coach Suman Ghosal and Team Manager Belal Khan.

“We have done a lot of work, on and off the pitch,” said Ahmed, three days ahead Black Panthers’ opening fixture, “We have made notable changes to the playing personnel by onboarding a number of new players such as Jiten Murmu, Dipendu Dowary, Vikas Saini and Mohammed Farid. We have also added youngsters from our development structures, including Miraj Ali and Sanjib Ghosh. We continue to appeal for patience with the supporters as the process takes time and needs to done with great care. On and off the field, let’s all be one and unite behind the team.”

Mohammedan SC will open the season with a short trip to the Kalyani to face Bhawanipore FC.

“We worked with the individual players in the past two months to get everyone up to speed,” he added. “We respect Bhawanipore not just because they’ve betean us in CFL but they are a good side. It will be a tough game on Saturday.”

The match is scheduled to take place on Saturday January 25 at Kalyani Stadium. It will kick off at 2:30 PM.

“Our preparations have gone according to plan,” said Dipendu Biswas. “We have a good team, the kind we have not had in a long time. We want to start strong. From the start to the final whistle, we want to start and finish strong in every game we play this season.”

Panthers Return From Camp

KOLKATA: “The preseason camp went well. It gave us an opportunity to refresh our aims and objectives ahead of the 2nd Division League,” reflects coach Saheed Ramon. The Black Panthers have just returned from a pre-season camp held at Digha in East Midnapur, West Bengal.

The team started the camp on the 9th January and wrapped up the camp on Friday, 17th.

“The camp is always good,” continues Ramon. “Our strategy was to get there and integrate the players as a team. And address the questions in terms of the aspects of football that we will apply in the season. We shared many meals and there is no better interaction than in sharing a meal.”

“We remain focused on our aims and mission,” confirms Ramon. “The pre-season is an opportunity to work hard because we plan to fight to gain promotion to I-League. Our aim is to win as many games as possible.”

“The facilities in Digha were perfect for the preparations. We got more than the infrastructure capability. The people were helpful and available to work with us,” added Ramon. “We returned sharper and strengthened.”