Category: 2nd Division League

Spirited Chhinga Veng Ease Past Mohammedan SC

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered yet another crushing defeat in the 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League when Chhinga Veng FC beat them 3-0 in an Preliminary Round Group C encounter on Friday.

MS Dawngliana (2′), Lalromawia (25′) and Lalmuanzova (81′) were on target for the hosts at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl.

Going into the match Mohammedan SC manager Raghunath Nandy made five changes to the side by handing starts to debutante Asif Ali Molla alongside Stephenson Pale, Joyroseland Mrong Kharraswai, Amarendu Chakraborty and Priyant Singh at the expense of Nirmal Munda, Laltu Hembram, Safiul Rahman, Kushant Chuhan and Laltu Mondal.

Chhinga Veng were the better side in the opening exchanges and they managed to grab an early goal through MS Dawngliana, the speedy forward outpaced the Mohammedan SC defence, before firing past goalkeeper Priyant Singh to make it 1-0 to Chhinga Veng two minutes into the game.

From that goal onwards, Chhinga Veng dominated the proceedings, but poor decision-making let them down in the final third.

Nonetheless, Chhinga Veng’s pressure finally paid off as they doubled their lead in the 25th minute. A well-crafted move saw Chhinga Veng switch the play from left to right allowing Lalliansanga to set up Lalromawia, who received the ball on his chest before hitting the back of the net from inside the box.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC were presented with an opportunity to pull one back in the 35th minute, but Prosenjit Chakraboty’s effort from a corner was well saved by Chhinga Veng keeper Zothanmawia.

Philip Adjah was isolated upfront and more of a spectator, and failed to make any telling contribution.

Chhinga Veng, thereafter, continued to attack the rival goal and had a couple of really close chances, but poor finishing in the final third meant the first-half ended 2-0.

Chhinga Veng failed to control the game the way they did in the first stanza and Mohammedan SC managed to carve out a chance in the 49th minute after some neat interplay, but Zothanmawia saved comfortably from Mohammad Amirul.

Mohammedan SC launched attacks relentlessly, but Chhinga Veng – thanks as much to good defending as their opponents’ ineptitude – held them at bay before Lalmuanzova put the game to bed with a 81st-minute strike.

The victory took Chhinga Veng to the top of Group C with 7 points from 3 matches while Mohammedan SC on fifth with one point.

MOHAMMEDAN SC XI – Priyant Singh (GK), Balwinder Singh, Moses Zutah, Prosenjit Pal, Prosenjit Chakraborty (Kushant Chauhan – 80′), Asif Ali Molla, Amarendu Chakraborty (Firoj Ali – 64′), Pankaj Moula (Mohammad Amirul – 39′), Joyroseland Mrong Kharraswai, Stephanson Pale, Philip Adjah.

You Need To Exploit Pressure For Motivation, Says Raghu Nandy

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club manager Raghunath Nandy insists he thrives in pressure situations as his side gears up for Friday’s Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round fixture against Chhinga Veng FC at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl, kick-off 2 pm.

Nandy came under pressure from their supporters after a lethargic performance by his team resulted in a 1-1 draw with NBP Rainbow Athletic Club in their previous league fixture, and he has it all to do now to convince the Mohammedan SC faithful that he is the right man for the job.

However, the concern Nandy has over Mohammedan SC’s slow start to the season doesn’t give him sleepless nights, as he argues The Black Panthers have enough quality to shake themselves out of their slumber.

The draw with Rainbow AC put Mohammedan SC in an awkward position, and they will look to get themselves out of that predicament by winning convincingly against Chhinga Veng.

Tactically Mohammedan SC looked poorer with defenders were exposed and looked incredibly vulnerable. There was no intensity in their play, they kept playing long balls, losing possession cheaply and failed to find the penetration needed to threaten the rival goal.

Nandy has acknowledged that things have to improve in order to win their next fixture.

“We can’t be coming out flat like that,” said Nandy. “We have to find a way to recover the team. This is a match where we need to show character.”

The former defender conceded that he will be under a considerable amount of pressure to win against Chhinga Veng, but he insists pressure can sometimes be a positive influence.

‘‘About the pressure‚ every coach‚ every player that comes here to Mohammedan SC needs to understand‚ needs to accept that pressure‚” Nandy told mohammedansportingindia.com.

“Our job is to close the pressure because this is a big club that has got high expectations from the fans. We need to manage this pressure for the positive.”

‘‘As a person 25 years in this job of coaching I understand if this pressure puts you in trouble‚ then this is a big problem. You need to exploit this pressure for motivation, to motivate the players,” he added.

Hero 2nd Division League: Raghu Nandy Wants ‘A Big Push’ Against Rainbow AC

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club manager Raghunath Nandy, wants ‘a big push’ from his team as they look to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they face Rainbow Athletic Club on Thursday, kick-off 2 pm.

The Black Panthers face Rainbow AC at Barasat Stadium in their second Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round clash, but go into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat against ATK Reserves last weekend. Rainbow AC, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Chhinga Veng FC on their Hero 2nd Division League debut on Monday.

Nandy is hoping that his side can forget about the result on Saturday and focus on getting back on track.

Speaking to mohammedansportingindia.com ahead of the clash, Nandy said, “We need a big push from the players to put the past defeat behind. We will field a team that is ready tactically, physically and with the desire to go win the game.”

It’s a match Nandy will obviously be desperate to get a reaction from his men, but has admitted he faces a tough task to lift the battered morale of his players.

“It’s never feels good when you lose a match, but we still have a lot of work to do.” Nandy said. “Even in the dressing room we are being realistic because there are still many matches to play and many points to play for. We need to remind players that it’s not the end of the world.”

Despite losing to ATK Reserves, Mohammedan SC played a good brand of football and were let down by their finishing in the last third, with one such noticeable player being Philip Adjah Tetteh, who time and again found himself in good space but failed to convert and seemed like an attacker, who was suffering from lack of confidence.

However, there is little doubt in Nandy’s mind about Adjah’s ability to contribute goals and assists consistently, as he backs the Ghanaian to rediscover his goal-scoring form.

Going into the match Nandy is expected to make a few tactical changes as Kushant Chauhan is likely to start with Adjah upfront which means Pankaj Moula will move to a more central role. Prosenjit Chakraborty could be preferred over Amarendu Chakraborty on the right wing while Balwinder Singh might be shifted from centre back to right back with Moses Zutah partnering Prosenjit Pal at the heart of the defence.

Nandy insisted that everyone‚ including the Black Panthers faithfuls must have faith in the team and have belief that they are capable of eking out the needed result against Rainbow AC.

Black Panthers Sign Ghanaian Defender Moses Zutah

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have added Ghanaian defender Moses Zutah to their roster for the ongoing Hero 2nd Division League 2018/19.

”I am very happy, thanks to the General Secretary Mr. Mohammad Qamaruddin and everyone for making this move possible. I am delighted to be a Black Panther,” Moses told mohammedansportingindia.com.

Moses joins the the Black Panthers from Ghana-based Revelation FC.  He has completed his registration at Indian Football Association (IFA) office this afternoon, and will be available for selection for Mohammedan Sporting’s second Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round fixture against Rainbow Athletic Club on Thursday.

Raghu Nandy Demands Immediate Response After Opening Day Loss

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club manager Raghunath Nandy acknowledged his side were not on par with ATK Reserves following their 2-0 defeat in 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League opener on Saturday afternoon at Kalyani Stadium.

Black Panthers were beaten after a convincing display from ATK Reserves, who created the greater chances and looked threatening each time they poured forward, and Nandy admits his side were a level below their counterparts in their on-field display.

“They had better energy and better intentions – I think we were a yard away from what they were doing,” he said after the game. “Each time we got the ball we lost it, and they were faster on transitions. When we regained possession, we were not as swift or as quick.”

Nandy noted that set-pieces, from which both of the game’s goals were scored, are a vital component of the game, and hopes his side will be able to bounce back quickly from the loss.

“We just need to go back and re-think what happened today. I believe in the group and I know that they will pick themselves up and respond from this defeat,” Nandy added.

Mohammedan SC Go Down Against ATK In Hero 2nd Division League Opener

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club went down 2-0 against ATK Reserves in the 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League opener on Saturday at Kalyani Stadium.

Thomyo L. Shimray (26′) and Sheikh Azaruddin (59′) scored on the either side of the pitch for ATK Reserves.

The game started at a furious pace with Mohammedan SC‚ as expected‚ pressing high to nullify ATK’s effort to rapidly circulate the ball. It was a fascinating tactical battle although‚ at times‚ a little predictable.

Reluctantly there was a lot of possession turn over and not enough in the way of scoring chances.

The first real opportunity came after 11 minutes when ATK goalkeeper Jedidi Haokip  made a save from Philip Adjah‚ who had done well to turn the defense and put himself into a shooting position. But the Ghanaian forward failed to get any real power behind his shot.

On the 15th minute mark‚ Adjah hit a wild effort from a tight angle well off target and six minutes later Balwinder Singh rose unchallenged to head a corner narrowly wide.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, opponents ATK managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end. Thomyo L. Shimray capitalized on a defensive error to beat Black Panthers custodian Laltu Mondal in the 26th minute.

Having conceded, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Adjah, Pankaj and Safiul Rahman but rivals ATK managed to hold on defending deep as the first-half ended 1-0.

ATK goalkeeper Jedidi Haokip was a spectator in the first-half, but he saw more action in the second, keeping out an angled drive from Adjah before twice having to punch away an awkward aerial ball in the 54th minute as Mohammedan SC began to put more pressure on the ATK defense looking for the equalizer.

Despite the momentum turning in Mohammedan SC’s favour, ATK fought back to add a second when Sheikh Azaruddin slotted from a free-kick in the 59th minute.

Mohammedan SC, to their credit, never gave up but it appeared as if getting on the score sheet just wasn’t to be for the side today with every shot went anywhere but on target as ATK held on on for a well-deserved win.

ATK’s Sumit Rathi, who was responsible for blocking most of Mohammedan SC’s advances, was named Orion Hero of the match.

Hero 2nd Division League: Mohammedan SC Face ATK Reserves In Season Opener

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to turn around their fortunes from last season, when they host ATK Reserves in their first match of the 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League on Saturday at Kalyani Stadium, kick-off 1:30 pm.

Black Panthers managed just 3 wins in the previous season under former coach Biswajit Bhattacharya and failed to make it to the final round. This time, however, Mohammedan SC wants to make their intentions clear on the opening day itself.

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. We will surely try not to repeat mistakes from last season,” said Mohammedan SC manager Raghunath Nandy.

“We have done our homework and we gathered intelligence about ATK, albeit limited because they haven’t been exposed that much,” he added further.

Mohammedan SC began their preparations for the 2nd Division League way back in October as they traveled to Assam thrice to participate in the Independence Day Cup, Bordoloi Trophy and Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup respectively, before participating in the GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup in Darjeeling. Nandy feels these experiences will help the team immensely in the 2nd Division League.

“Playing outstation tournaments has really helped us build the bond within the team especially with those who joined after Calcutta Football League. We had some exciting matches in Assam and Darjeeling and those helped us experience different situations. Every match has been a learning experience.” Nandy explained.

Nandy brings a different style of play to the table and he is adamant that he has the players to make this work. Laltu Mondal is likely to start the game in goal. Snehasish Dutta will start at left back while Prosenjit Pal and one of Balwinder Singh or Ashim Kumar Dey will start as centre backs. It will be  Prosenjit Chakraborty who will start as right back.

With a wealth of options in midfield, it will be interesting to see who the experienced tactician eventually picks to start the game. Laltu Hembram and Joy Mrong Kharraswai are likely options in the central midfield positions. The attacking and wing positions will be a tough choice for Nandy who will have to choose between Stephenson Pale, Amarendu Chakraborty, Debasish Pradhan, Safiul Rahman, Firoj Ali and Eijingmut Lyngdoh. Pankaj Moula will be a likely starter up front with Philip Adjah Tetteh.

Although the Nandy appeared worried about the absence of international players – Adjah is the only foreigner available for the opener – he insist his young and exciting squad will be up for the challenge.

2nd Division League to begin in first week of January

NEW DELHI: All India Football Federation League Committee met at the AIFF Headquarters in New Delhi today (December 7, 2018). Subrata Datta, Senior Vice President chaired the meeting while Souter Vaz, B.K. Roka and Chirag Tanna, attended the meeting. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF and Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League were also present in the meeting.

The committee reviewed submissions made by the various HERO 2nd Division League applicants under the club licensing process. After several deliberations, the committee came to the decision to confirm the participation of only the following clubs for Hero 2nd Division League 2018-19:

CLUB

Ozone Football Club

South United FC

Fateh Hyderabad AFC

New Barrackpore Rainbow FC

Mohammedan Sporting Club

Chhinga Veng FC

Lonestar Kashmir

Hindustan Football Club

ARA FC

Tiddim Road Athletic Union FC has been granted time to complete club licensing process in the next 3 days, commencing tomorrow. The committee granted the extra time considering the recent issues with the Manipur League, which the club had no control upon and also acknowledged the fact that the club had participated in last season’s Hero 2nd Division League and qualified for the Final Round.

The committee also approved the participation of the following reserve teams of Indian Super League in Hero 2nd Division League 2018-19:- ATK, Jamshedpur FC, Bengaluru FC, FC Goa, Kerala Blasters FC and Chennaiyin FC.

As per the relevant regulations of the competition, reserve teams can only participate in the preliminary round of the tournament. The Hero 2nd Division League is scheduled to start from the first week of January 2018 and go on till mid-April.

It was also unanimously decided by the committee, that teams from Hero I-League and Hero Indian Super League and Hero 2nd Division League will have to undergo the AIFF Academy Accreditation process to be eligible to participate in the Hero Youth Leagues from the season 2019-20 onwards.

The Committee also unanimously decided on the new names for all the age group LEAGUE tournaments of AIFF. Under this change, “U-13 Youth League” from now on will be known as “Hero Sub Junior League”, the “U-15 Youth League” from now on will be known as “Hero Junior League” and “U-18 Youth League” from now on will be known as “Hero Elite League”.

The Committee also decided to hold the Hero Super Cup between last week of March till mid of April 2019.

Mohammedan SC go down against Bengaluru FC ‘B’

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC ‘B’ bounced back from a disappointing loss in the previous round with a dominant 2-1 win over Kolkata’s Mohammedan Sporting Club in a 2nd Division League encounter at the Bangalore Football Stadium, on Sunday. Goals from Naorem Roshan Singh (37’) and Lamgoulen Hangshing (82’) on either side of a Wael Ayan (39’) equalizer for the visitors handed BFC ‘B’ their fourth win in seven games as they moved back to the top of the table in Group-C with 14 points ahead of TRAU FC (14) on head-to-head.

Going into their penultimate home game, Coach Naushad Moosa made three changes to the line-up, handing starts to goalkeeper Shainkhan CP, winger Roshan Singh and attacker Lalrintluanga Chawnglut.

After some early chances through set-pieces, the Blues finally broke the deadlock in the 37th minute. Prashanth Kalinga’s corner in from the left was cleared out and fell for Roshan who hammered home from distance on the half-volley for his first goal of the campaign.

The hosts’ joy was short-lived though as a defensive lapse allowed Mohammedan to pull level two minutes later. Substitute Tirthankar Sarkar curled in a cross from the right to find attacker Wael Ayan at the far post and Syrian finished from close range past a helpless Shainkhan to make it 1-1.

The Blues dominated majority of the proceedings in the second period and almost took the lead once again in the 55th minute. Biswa Darjee, Lamgoulen, Lalrintluanga and Naorem combined well as the hosts pushed up from the left. Lalrintluanga then played Naorem through for the final ball in the box, but his low effort is saved by the rival ‘keeper.

Bengaluru’s persistence paid off as Lamgoulen struck eight minutes from time. Prashanth Kalinga set Lalrintluanga through on the right who cut back perfectly to find Lamgoulen in the box and the striker made no mistake this time in slotting home from close range to seal the game in the Blue Colts’ favour.

Bengaluru FC ‘B’ now host Chennaiyin FC Reserves in the final home game of the season on May 5.