Panthers Aim To Conquer The City Of Nizams

HYDERABAD: Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to record their fourth straight win in the ongoing 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League when they face Hyderabad FC Reserves at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium in Gachibowli, Hyderbad on Wednesday, kick-off 3:30 pm.

The Black Panthers landed in the City of Nizams faced with a challenge of keeping up the momentum in the league. Leading the Group B log with a convincing run of three wins in a row coming to this fixture against Hyderabad FC Reserves.

“Winning is always great and it is understandable that it gives the players a different confidence. But we don’t want our players to be relaxed and our aim is to keep improving with every single game,” said Mohammedan SC technical director Dipendu Biswas.  

“We are not getting ahead of ourselves. I am taking each game as it comes. We need to keep concentrated and focused on the task at hand, and make sure that we play the next game in the best way possible,” he added.

The Black Panthers are enjoying a good run in all competitions, with six matches won in a row. “I don’t look at that,”Biswas refuses to be drawn into the record books, “our focus is on the now and the preparation for the match against Hyderabad.”

“We are here to do business,” comments Biswas about tomorrow’s encounter. “We don’t check too much on what other teams are doing, we are solely focused on our own game plan. We are looking forward to a good encounter, Hyderabad won’t allow us a walk in the park in their own backyard.”

“The facilities are fine and are conducive to play our game of football,” commented Biswas, while also taking into consideration the hotel and related logistics.

“Things are good in training. We are rectifying shortcomings and the players are responding well to our tactical philosophy. Usually you find players looking tense before an important game, but I am happy to see that they all look at ease and in good spirit. Hopefully, we can put on another good performance,” he concluded.

Black Panthers Embark On A Tough South India Tour

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will travel to South India to play three successive away games in the ongoing 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League.

The Black Panthers will face Hyderabad FC Reserves on February 26 at Gachibowli Stadium before taking on Chennaiyin FC Reserves at SSN College Ground on March 2 and Bengaluru FC Reserves on March 5 at Bangalore Football Stadium. The Black Panthers will leave for Hyderabad tonight.

Mohammedan SC are currently leading the log table in Group B with 9 points after three wins in as many games.

Winning matches outside Kolkata has been an ‘Achilles Heel’ for the Black Panthers during the previous two editions of 2nd Division League as Mohammedan SC won just 1 out of 8 matches they played outside Kolkata since 2017/18 season.

However, technical director Dipendu Biswas made it clear that they have the team that can do well in any part of the country.

“We are looking forward to this period of playing away from home. We look to play our normal game and it does not matter whether we are in Kolkata or anywhere else,” he said.

Defender Balwinder Singh will be missing the tour due to his father falling ill. The Black Panthers replaced him with Arjijit Singh with technical director sending Balwinder’s family his best wishes.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Balwinder and his family during this difficult time and we understand that family obligations always come first.” said Biswas.

Mohammedan Sporting Club’s Travelling Squad:

Goalkeepers: Priyant Singh, Subham Roy

Defenders: Prosenjit Paul, Vikash Saini, Arijit Singh, Hira Mondal, Shafiul Rahman, Sourav Das.

Midfielders: Musa Mudde, Tirthankar Sarkar, Firoj Ali, Satyam Sharma, Sanjib Ghosh, Vanlalbiaa Chhhangte, Sujay Dutta

Forwards: John Chidi, Jiten Mumru, Jaskaranpreet Singh

Mohammedan Take Stand Against Plastic Pollution On 129th Foundation Day

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club on Saturday (22 February, 2020) celebrated the 129th Foundation Day at the Mohammedan Sporting Club tent in the midst of much fanfare.

Mohammedan Sporting Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious football clubs in Asia, was founded originally in 1887 under the leadership of Nawab Aminul Islam as ‘Jubilee Club’. Later it was renamed as ‘Crescent Club’, which was again changed to ‘Hamidia Club’. Finally in 1891, the club was named as the ‘Mohammedan Sporting Club’.

The Occasion began with President Mohammed Amiruddin and General Secretary Mohammed Qamaruddin hosting the Club flag alongside Football Secretary Sharique Ahmed, Cricket Secretary Deepak Kumar Singh, Technical Director Dipendu Biswas, Athletic Secretary Hasnain Ahmed, General Manager Sk. Wasim Akram, Team Manager Belal Khan, East Bengal Official Debabrata Sarkar, Indian Football Association (IFA) General Secretary Joydeep Mukherjee, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Abhishek Dalmiya and Former India international Alvito D’Cunha.

The club also organized a workshop on Awareness on Single Use Plastic Pollution. The aim of the workshop was to create awareness on the disastrous impacts of the increasing amount of plastic bags in the waste on the environment and pursuade people to switch to using paper bags.

The dignitaries did more than raise awareness as they collected plastic bottles, plates and other garbage thrown around the Mohammedan Sporting Club tent to set an example that every single individual has to put in their best effort in keeping their surroundings clean.

Highlighting the theme, Sharique Ahmed briefed about the programmes for preventing the use of single use plastic in maidan area. He called upon the audience to stop using the single use plastic themselves and spread the awareness among the masses. 

Mohammedan Run Riot Against Chennaiyin Reserves

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club ran riot with four unanswered goals against Chennaiyin FC Reserves in their Group B fixture of the 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League on Thursday.

Goals from Sanjib Ghosh (45′), John Chidi (59′), Balwinder Singh (67′) and Jaskaranpreet Singh (86′) helped Black Panthers to log yet another convincing win at Kalyani Stadium.

Going into the match Mohammedan Sporting technical director Dipendu Biswas made two changes to the side by handing starts to Hira Mondal and Jiten Mumru at the expense of Sujit Sadhu and Firoj Ali.

Mohammedan SC looked a lot more comfortable in the first-half, adopting a passing game that often had the visitors giving chase rather than being able to control the game themselves.

There were a slew of chances for the Black Panthers but they were thwarted each time either by the penalty area management from Joel Aju, or their own difficulties finding the target.

Chennaiyin, on the other hand, started the match with the deep defensive block, so deep at times that the full 11 members of the squad were sitting deep in their own half.

It’s an approach which Dipendu Biswas’ charges found incredibly frustrating as they dominated possession but struggled to find any gaps to exploit.

The break eventually came for the Black Panthers in the very last minute of the first-half when Sanjib latched onto a long ball over the back-line and fired it past an approaching Joel to give his side the lead going into the breather.

Chennaiyin came out of the sheds much stronger than they’d appeared in the first-half, playing some decent football and stringing together some good passages of play, however they were repeatedly denied by their hosts, and forced to deal with a wave of rapid counter attacks.

The constant attacking by the Black Panthers eventually wore down the Chennaiyin defence to the point where a heavy touch allowed Chidi to steal possession and slot the ball past Joel to give the home side a 2-0 lead in the 59th minute.

A double change for Chennaiyin midway through the second-half injected some fresh legs into the mix, however even that wasn’t enough to stem the attacks from Mohammedan SC who continued to out-pace their rivals across the park before Balwinder headed home from a Tirthankar Sarkar corner to make it 3-0 in the 67th minute.

Thereafter, Mohammedan SC continued to dominate proceedings creating multiple chances for Vanlalbiaa Chhangte and Tirthankar up front.

Vanlalbiaa should have made it 4-0 in the 82nd minute when a perfect cross was supplied to him across the face of goal by Hira, but the Mizo winger failed to tap it in from close range.

Four minutes later Jaskaranpreet put the final nail in the coffin when he managed to lose his marker before sending a powerful shot into the top right corner.

An elated Dipendu Biswas gave all credit to his players for a very important win. “It’s a nice win for us. Credit to the boys they have done well as they followed what we told them to do,” the former India international said.

With this victory, the Black Panthers remained on top of Group B with 9 points from 3 matches and will face Hyderabad FC Reserves next at Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on February 26.

Mohammedan SC XI: Priyant Singh (GK), Shafiul Rahman, Prosenjit Paul, Balwinder Singh, Hira Mondal, Vanlalbiaa Chhangte, Musa Mudde, Satyam Sharma, Sanjib Ghosh (Sujoy Dutta), Jiten Murmu (Tirthankar Sarkar), John Chidi (Jaskaranpreet Singh).

Former Skipper Dhanarajan’s Benefit Match Held At Mohammedan Ground

KOLKATA: Former national players came forward to play a charity match at Mohammedan Sporting Ground on Wednesday afternoon to help former Black Panthers skipper Dhanarajan Radhakrishnan’s family.

Dhanarajan, the most successful Mohammedan Sporting captain of the past decade, died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 29, 2019 while playing in an All India Sevens tournament at Malappuram, Kerala.

Player’s Forum along with Indian Football Association (IFA) and Income Tax Recreation Club organised the match with will all profits from the match went to Dhanarajan’s family.

Dipendu Biswas, Jose Ramirez Barreto, Arnab Mondal, Mehtab Hossain, Rahim Nabi, Debabrata Roy, Denson Devadas, Lalkamal Bhowmick, Kinshuk Debnath and several other former national players took the field for this noble cause.

Income Tax Recreation Club won the match on penalties after scores were locked 2-2 at the end of regulation time. Denson and Biswajit Biswas were on target for Income Tax Recreation Club while Mehtab and Nabi scored for Indian Football Association XI.

Dhanarajan led the Black Panthers in 2013/14 I-League season. Under his captaincy Mohammedan Sporting cliched the Durand Cup title after 73 years beating ONGC in the final before winning IFA Shield after 43 years beating Bangladesh’s Sheikh Jamal Dhamondi Club on penalties following an grueling final.

We Want To Keep Adding To Our Performances, Says Dipendu Biswas

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to continue their momentum in the ongoing 2019/20 Hero 2nd Division League when they host Chennaiyin FC Reserves in their third Group B fixture at Kalyani Stadium on Thursday.

The match is slated for a 2:30 PM kick-off and will be broadcast LIVE on Kolkata TV with online streaming available on Kolkata TV’s YouTube channel.

The Black Panthers are leading the Group B standings with 6 points from two matches, and technical director Dipendu Biswas is keen for his players to build on their previous two outings.

“We just want to keep adding to our performances. We have said after game one that we want to get better, and after game two we want to get better for game three,” he said.

Despite his side’s recent success, Biswas insists his side cannot afford to be complacent.

“We are pretty happy with the work we have done so far but we take nothing for granted. Every team in our group is strong. We will have to work really hard to overcome them. We are focussed and have a strong mentality. We hope to get another good result another win,” he said.

The former India striker admits he has limited knowledge of their opponents, but he is confident his side will be able to deal with any challenge thrown at them.

“I don’t know much about Chennaiyin, and it’s not easy to come up with a strategy when you are not sure about their style and the type of football they play, so it will be a challenge. But it’s a challenge we are looking forward to. It’s important we start strong and we score goals,” said Biswas.

Leading up to the match the team morale is high and the players can’t wait to face their next challenge according to the technical director.

“The mood is really good, really nice environment, players are really positive, we have everyone available to us, so we are just really looking forward to playing Chennaiyin,” Biswas informed.

According to Biswas there is a healthy competition for places within the Mohammedan squad and every player is desperate to impress the coaching team.

Ramon Hails Teamwork After Bengaluru Win

HOWRAH: “It was great work of attitude and chemistry that saw us through,” reflects Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Saheed Ramon after the Hero 2nd Division League game against Bengaluru FC Reserves. “We anticipated a tough game and credit to the entire team. They really worked hard for this win.”

The encounter finished 1-0 in favour of the Black Panthers with Man of the Match Jiten Mumru finding the back of the net in the second-half.

“The match was tough. Credit goes to Bengaluru. They really gave us a run for our money. It’s not always about how you play; it is about getting the points in the bag,” Ramon added.

“We created some chances that could have buried the game earlier in the first-half. There were moments of transition during the game that we could have exploited. Moving the ball quickly from the back could have resulted in more opportunities. When you have collected three points it makes it easy to go back and fix the mistakes,” the Nigerian mentor explained.

“I want to repeat and emphasise that I don’t look at the log that much. I am not really interested in the log positions. We focus on the game and try to find the right balance always. I have maintained that we will stay grounded and humble about the situation. We will not be carried away and we will continue working hard to get better.”

Ramon was also pleased with the fact that they were able to keep a clean-sheet in second successive match.

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.