KOLKATA: “We are switched on and we want to keep it that way,” Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Saheed Ramon remarks. “Winning matches is a confidence booster. We have been in a winning mood and it’s now a matter of consolidating the winning spirit.” Continue reading “Mohammedan’s Moment Of Truth As They Face Title Rivals Peerless”
DARJEELING: Ghanaian front-man Philip Adjah Tetteh admits that there is an expected pressure that comes with playing for a big club like Mohammedan Sporting Club.
The 20-year-old was signed by the Black Panthers in August during 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign and has made a huge impact since, bagging 16 goals and assisting a further five from 16 appearances in all competitions.
Adjah, who joined Mohammedan SC from Ghana Division Two side Bafali Sporting Club, says he enjoys playing under pressure as it gives him an edge, while it helps to improve his game.
“Big clubs are demanding‚ we want to win every game. We are not here to sit and relax‚ we are here to win.” Adjah said.
“The minute I signed for Mohammedan SC I felt the pressure; there is so much expected of the club. But it’s sometimes nice to play with the pressure, because it means you don’t relax and it helps you to become a better player.”
“I don’t remember the last time we played without pressure. If you want to play without pressure, you have to sit at home and watch it on television. There is always pressure.” He added.
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club overcame Calcutta Customs 1-0 in their last match of the 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ at Barasat Stadium on Saturday. The result meant Mohammedan SC ended their campaign with 19 points.
A second-half goal from midfielder Satyam Sharma (66th minute) proved to be the decider between the two sides.
Going into the match, Mohammedan SC technical director Raghuanth Nandi for the first time in the season opted for a 4-4-2 formation to begin with as Philip Adjah Tetteh partnered Princewill Emeka upfront.
The game started at a furious pace with Mohammedan SC‚ as expected‚ pressed high to nullify Customs’ effort to rapidly circulate the ball. It was a fascinating tactical battle although‚ at times‚ a little predictable.
Resultantly there was a lot of possession turn over and not enough in the way of scoring chances.
The first real opportunity came after 19 minutes when Customs goalkeeper Suvam Sen made a save from Princewill‚ who had done well to turn the defence and put himself into a shooting position. But the Nigerian failed to get any real power behind his shot.
On the half hour mark‚ Adjah hit a wild effort from a tight angle well off target and eight minutes later defender Lancine Toure rose unchallenged to head a free kick narrowly wide.
Customs’s only chance of the first-half fell to Stanley Ifeanyi in between the Mohammedan SC defenders but his first touch let him down and the opportunity slipped by because of poor technique.
But the half ended with a chance for Mohammedan SC as Samuel Kane attempted to clear, only to play it onto the head of Princewill but he directed the ball straight at Suvam.
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 Black Panthers finally broke the deadlock in the 66th minute. Dipendu Dowary held off a defender on the left flank and floated in a cross to the far post finding Satyam who converted with a right footed shot to put Mohammedan SC 1-0 up.
Having taken the lead, Mohammedan SC got a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure up front dominating the game entirely. Despite creating numerous scoring opportunities, once again it was lack of finishing that prevented a bigger scoreline as the game ended 1-0 in Mohammedan SC’s favour.
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will be firing with all cylinders to cap the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign on the highest note when they take on Calcutta Customs on Saturday at Barasat Stadium, kick-off at 4:30 pm Continue reading “CFL 2018/19: Fourth spot up for grabs as Mohammedan face Customs”
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club attempt to salvage some pride from a disappointing Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign when they take on newly crowned champions Mohun Bagan on Tuesday at Saltlake Stadium, kick-off 4:30 pm. Continue reading “CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan fight for pride against Mohun Bagan”
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club striker Philip Adjah Tetteh has expressed huge delight after guiding Black Panthers to a 2-1 win over East Bengal on Tuesday at Saltlake Stadium Continue reading ” I had to stay sharp in my reading of the game, says Philip Adjah”
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Sudip Sarkar is looking forward to their Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ clash with East Bengal on Tuesday at Salt Lake Stadium. Continue reading “Games Like This Build Character Says Sudip Sarkar”
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Football Secretary Sharique Ahmed accused referee Pranjal Banerjee of being biased after they suffered a shock defeat to Peerless SC last evening.
Anthony Wolfe’s 20th-minute goal handed Black Panthers their second loss of the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign at Mohammedan Sporting ground.
Ahmed has since stated that he did not feel the game was officiated fairly, suggesting that the referee favoured Peerless.
“The referee was an embarrassment. I have to say this, referee made it enormously difficult for the players to play properly,” said Ahmed, making reference to the stop-start nature of the clash, where Banerjee went instinctively to his whistle whenever there was a slight contact.
“A good game is when the game ends and you don’t even know who the referee was. I think if more referees knew that‚ we would probably have better football,” he continued.
He was frustrated with Banerjee, who turned down a penalty shout after a Peerless defender committed handball inside the box which was visible to all but Banerjee.
“Was it a handball? Yes. Was it a penalty? Yes. I saw the replay over and over again. Everyone would agree that it was penalty, but that’s not important. All that is important is what the three or four gentlemen with the whistles think. We never got any decisions for us.”
“We have no problem with the result because Peerless were the better side. All I want Mohammedan Sporting Club to be refereed fairly and I didn’t think we were refereed fairly,” he added.
“We have filed an official complaint to the India Football Association (IFA) and Calcutta Referee’s Association (CRA), and we really hope this type of instances won’t be repeated in the future because rest of the country follows CFL with a lot of anticipation and when they sees officiating like last evening, they laugh at Kolkata football.” Ahmed concluded.
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have added Ghanaian striker Phillip Adjah Tetteh to their roster for the ongoing CFL Premier Division ‘A’ as a replacement for Leonce Dodoz, who is sidelined owing to a ankle injury.
Since the former Aizawl FC forward suffered injury at Mohammedan Sporting’s residential training camp ahead of 2018/19 campaign in Kalyani last month, the Black Panthers were running thin on attacking options despite bringing in Princewill Emeka from TRAU, and they have decided to strengthen their options further by bringing on board another foreign striker as they are looking for someone who can compliment Princewill.
The 20-year-old Phillip joins the Black Panthers from Ghana-based Bafali Sporting Club. Phillip has completed his registration at Indian Football Association (IFA) office this afternoon, and he is available for selection against Peerless SC on Thursday.
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club continued their superb form in the U-13 Youth League, as they thrashed East Bengal 4-0 to log their eighth successive win in Kolkata Zonal Round at Kamalgazi Sorts Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Mohammedan SC who led 2-0 at interval thanks to a goal each from Irfan Mondal (28′) and Sahil Ghosh (35+1′), struck two quick goals in second-half through Sujay Buduk (52′) and Koushik Paul (54′).
The Young Panthers enjoyed the early dominance in the match, though they were nearly stunned in the 6th minute when East Bengal striker Jit Sarkar let fly with the left foot and clipped the top of the crossbar.
In the 26th minute it was the hosts’ turn to be denied by the woodwork, as winger Rajesh Singh got a shot away from just inside the penalty area, but watched in frustration as the ball rebounded to safety off the inside of the post.
However, the Young Panthers claimed the lead in less than two minutes, as defender Irfan Mondal took advantage of some poor marking at a corner kick to score with a superb diving header.
The hosts didn’t have to wait long for the second goal to arrive as winger Sahil Ghosh played a one-two with skipper Sujay Buduk before firing home a shot from inside the box, giving East Bengal keeper Tritam Lodh no chance.
The visitors tried to fought back in the second-half, as striker Ratan Burman almost scored a superb solo goal, only to see his chip over keeper Afroz Ahmed rebound off the post.
However, any thoughts East had of a comeback went up in smoke in the 52nd minute when substitute Koushik Paul played a superb pass to put Sujay through and the striker made no mistake one-on-one with the keeper and made it 3-0 Mohammedan SC.
Two minutes later Koushik went from provider to scorer when he ran onto a fine pass from midfielder Bhuto Singh before guiding a shot beyond Tritam to make it 4-0 and wrap up a great afternoon for the Young Panthers.
Mohammedan SC now have perfect 24 points from 8 outing and will host HDSA next on 7 Januray 2017.