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Mohammedan Sporting Club bestow the honour of the Shan-e-Mohammedan on Victor Amalraj

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club on Saturday bestowed the honour of the Shan-e-Mohammedan to Club legend Mr. Victor Amalraj for his overall contributions towards the Club.

The Shan-e-Mohammedan is the Lifetime Achievement Award of Mohammedan Sporting Club, which is awarded annually to respect and laud indispensable contribution of football players to the club.

“I am extremely honored to be receiving such an prestigious award. As a player, you never really thought of awards. As long as we got a win that was the most important thing for me.” said Amalraj.

His glittering statistics have earned him a place among the all time greats of Indian football, but his team-mates contributions to his own success were retold with vivid enthusiasm. 

“Let me tell you that it is not just my sole effort that has brought me here, it would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my team-mates. I sincerely thank everyone for helping me reach a stage where I can proudly hold up this award as a mark of my achievement.” Amalraj said after receiving the award and a sum of Rs. 1 lakh at the Iftar Party organized at Mohammedan Sporting Ground.

Amalraj, who captained Mohammedan Sporting in 1980, has spent six seasons with the Club and won several titles such as Federation Cup, Bordoloi Trophy, Rovers Cup, DCM Trophy, Sikkim Governors’ Gold Cup and Sait Nagjee Trophy.

Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation Jb. Firhad Hakim and Shri. Sudip Bandopadhay, MP graced the occasion respectively as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor.

Also present on the occasion were Subrata Mukherjee, Minister of Panchayats & Rural Development West Bengal Government, Smt. Sajda Ahmed MP, Smt. Nayna Bandopadhay MLA, Shri. Dipendu Biswas MLA beside Mohammedan Sporting Club Head Coach Shri. Subrata Bhattacharya, President Jb. Mohammed Amiruddin (Bobby), Working President Jb. Jameel Manzar, General Secretary Jb. Mohammed Qamaruddin, Assistant General Secretary Jb. Ishtiaque Ahmed, Football Secretary Jb. Sharique Ahmed, Ground Secretary Jb. Ghazal uz Zafar, Treasurer Jb. Shahid Rashid, Senior Official Jb. Iqbal Ahmed, General Manger Jb. Sk. Wasim Akram, Team Manager Jb. Belal Ahmed Khan and all other executive committee members.

Sovan on target as Young Panthers beat Daring Dinajpur South

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club registered their first win of the inaugural Zee Bangala Football League (Under-19) beating Daring Dinajpur South 1-0 at Mohun Bagan Ground on Saturday.

Winger Sovan Sen scored the all important goal in the 53rd minute.

Mohammedan were the first to launch attacks, with Ranajay Paul’s dazzling overlapping runs looking dangerous during the early stages.

Suraj Rajbanshi had the first shot of the game in the 5th minute but it sailed over the bar, and that was followed by Dinajpur’s first threatening attack which saw Ujjwal Saren try to play a through ball to the on-running Nirod Murmu, but he arrived late.

As the clock wound down in the first-half, most of the play had taken place at the heart of the field and the goalkeepers had less to do, only called into action when taking goal kicks.

Although Mohammedan dominated possession in the first-half, were unable to really stretch the Dinajpur’s defence and create scoring chances from open play.

In the second-half, the sides came out of the changing rooms with different tactics. Mohammedan were the first to surge forward, once again with the blistering pace of Ranajay, but Dinajpur’s defence were up to the standard and managed to clear.

In the 39th minute, a cross by Uttam Mitra was well matched by Sanjib Ghosh’s header from centre of penalty area but a comfortable save by Dinajpur custodian Sujay Besra to keep the sides locked at 0-0.

Striker Surajuddin Munshi came on in the second-half and sprinkled more life into Mohammedan’s game as his speed and skill down the left flank meant more trouble for the Dinajpur defence.

In the 53rd minute the goal finally came; Sovan showed all of his  brilliance to beat a clutch of defenders before slotting past Sujay.

After the goal, Sundowns looked revived as they threw waves of attack at the home side, with Sovan and Surajuddin proving to be serious trouble down the flanks.

Sujay produced two excellent saves to keep the score down to 1-0 in the dying minutes, keeping out goal-bound efforts from Uttam and Sovan as Mohammedan searched for a killer second goal.

I wish this award will serve as an inspiration to future generation, says Amalraj

KOLKATA: The recipient of 2019 Shan-e-Mohammedan award Mr. Victor Amalraj has arrived in Kolkata earlier this morning.

The Shan-e-Mohammedan is the Lifetime Achievement Award of Mohammedan Sporting Club, which is awarded annually to respect and laud indispensable contribution of football players to the club.

“It’s an incredible feeling. I thank Mohammedan Sorting Club for what they have done in making this possible. I am happy to spend 6 years in Mohammedan Sporting Club and was able to contribute in a way worthy of this honour. I wish this award will serve as an inspiration to the future generation to do their best for the club.” Mr. Amalraj told mohammedansportingindia.com.

Mr. Amalraj will be conferred with the Shan-E-Mohammedan award tomorrow at Club Ground during it’s annual Dawat-e-Iftar.

Mr. Amalraj’s elder sibling lt. John Victor was also conferred with the Shan-e-Mohammedan award in 2012.

Mohammedan go down fighting in Zee Bangla Football League opener

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club went down 1-0 against Adamas University North 24 Pargans Masters in their opening match of the inaugural Zee Bangala Football League (Under-19) at East Bengal Ground on Monday.

The Young Panthers were the first to launch attacks, with Sovan Sen’s dazzling overlapping runs looking dangerous during first-half.

Nonetheless, Shouvik Kar, against the run of play, scored the only goal of the match in the 57th minute to secure full three points for his side.

Mohammedan Sporting Club will face Daring Dinajpur South next on June 1, 2019 at East Bengal Ground. 

Black Panthers to start pre-season from June 15

KOLKATA: Newly appointed Mohammedan Sporting Club Head Coach Subrata Bhattacharya had a meeting with Club General Secretary Jb. Mohammad Qamaruddin, Football Secretary Jb. Sharique Ahmed and Team Manager Jb. Belal Ahmed Khan on Sunday evening at Club tent regarding the upcoming football season.

The Club handed over a list of 25 players to the new gaffer, which includes consistent performers from the previous season such as Priyant Singh, Kamran Farooque, Satyam Sharma, Prosenjit Paul, Desmos Arthur Kouassi, Balwinder Singh, Firoz Ali, Mohammed Amirul, Moniruzzaman Ansari, Asif Ali Molla and Safiur Rahman beside some new faces.

It has been decided that The Black Panthers will begin their pre-season training from June 15, 2019 at Mohammedan Sporting Club Stadium, which will be followed by a month long residential camp at Kalyani starting from July 1, 2019.

Luckless Mohammedan bow out of Hero Junior League

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club failed to qualify for the final round of 2018/19 Hero Junior League after playing out a goalless draw with United Sports Club in their last Kolkata Zonal Round Group B fixture on Monday.

After ATK defeated Keshab Uma Charitable Trust Football Academy (KUCTFA) earlier this morning, Mohammedan needed to win their match at any cost to qualify for the final round, but the Young Panthers could only manage a draw at home against United SC which left Mohammedan and ATK tied on 17 points, but the latter made it to the final round thanks to their better head-to-head record over Mohammedan. 

The teams traded a multitude of chances through the first-half, though there were a few which stood out as great opportunities to take the lead.

In the 14th minutes Mohammedan’s Sujay Buduk played a great ball into the penalty area to find a late run from Srimanta Kisku, but the midfielder’s flicked header flashed over the crossbar, much to United SC goalkeeper Manasa Manna’s relief.

Midway through the first-half, at the other end of the field, Mohammedan custodian Afroz Ahmed completely missed a cross from Jeet Nandi and Akash Das reacted well to control the unexpected ball, but then stabbed a shot wide of the target from just a few meters out.

Mohammedan midfielder Sany Mondal then hit the woodwork twice – in the 34th and 36th minutes – as he rattled the crossbar with a long-range effort, before redirecting a low cross from William Lalgoulien onto the base of the far post.

The Young Panthers continued to pile on the pressure early in the second-half and United SC needed goalkeeper Manasa Manna to make a finger-tip save to keep out a deft chip from Sujay in the 51st minute.

Mohammedan had a major scare in the 67th minute when Afroz allowed a tame effort from Soheyur Rahaman to slip through his fingers – luckily for the ‘keeper the ball trickled just wide of the target.

The remainder of the match was a frustrating time for Mohammedan, who dominated play but were unable to find a way through United SC’s resilient defence. Even the introduction of Nabakumar Santra and Dip Hazra off the bench didn’t help the hosts find the breakthrough.

Mohammedan beat KUCTFA to reclaim top spot in Group B

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club reclaimed their place at the summit of Kolkata Zonal Round Group B after beating Keshab Uma Charitable Trust Football Academy (KUCTFA) 2-0 in their Hero Junior League clash on Friday at Gangadharpur B.ed College Ground.

The Young Panthers struck in each side of the pitch through William Lalgoulien (45+1′) and Srimanta Kisku (61′) to claim their fifth win of the campaign.

Mohammedan SC hugely deserved all the three points as they dominated KUCTFA with their expensive attacking football where they dominated in every respect where they played the dominant football that their coach Yan Law preaches.  

Mohammedan SC dominated proceedings from the very beginning and kept the ball in the rival half itself during the opening quarter. However, with the KUCTFA defence staying deep, Mohammedan SC were finding it tough to penetrate.

On the other hand, KUCTFA who were pressed back for the majority of the half, did well to absorb the pressure and looked dangerous on the few times they attacked. Goalkeeper Afroz Ahmed had to make a number of fine saves to keep Mohammedan SC in the contest.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC almost took the lead when Sujay Buduk pumped up a ball from the midfield in the 34th minute. The perfect pass found Mohammad Zeedan on the run just outside the box, but the winger shot wide.

However, Mohammedan SC kept pressing and were rewarded with the opening goal in additional time William slotted past KUCTFA goalkeeper Dip Maity from close to give his side the well-deserved lead. 

Mohammedan doubled their advantage in the 61st minute. Srimanta made an unhindered run into the area, and was able to pick his spot in the back of the net as the KUCTFA defenders stood stunned.

KUCTFA reacted by using all five substitutions within 15 minutes of going 2-0 down and they proceeded to dominate the remainder of the game. However, they were unable to find a way past Afroz, who made several excellent saves.

Mohammedan SC could have even added to the scoreline through substitute Nabakumar Santra, who found himself one-on-one with Dip, but his chipped finish drifted just wide of the post.

The Young Panthers who have 16 points from 7 matches will face United Sports Club on April 29, 2019 at Mohammedan Sporting Ground in their last match of the Kolkata Zonal Round, and should they win the match then they will make it to the final round for the first time since 2016/17 season.