Category: Calcutta Football League

Raghu Nandi working on Black Panthers’ scoring problem

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club technical director Raghunath Nandi is confident that the team will solve their goal scoring woes.

The team has been playing well and creating chances, but they have misfired in front of goal in recent times. The Black Panthers have scored only twice in their four Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ matches thus far.

“It worries any team if you don’t score. We have to work on it as much as we can,” Nandi said. “We have been doing well, but we have to convert our chances. We are missing a lot of chances and if we were converting our chances we would be talking a different story now. But we are not looking down as a team. We are positive and we are not giving up.”

Mohammedan Sporting Club have played a goalless draw with George Telegraph in their most recent league game which was played at Mohammedan Sporting Ground last weekend.

Nandi says his side need to improve on all fronts ahead of their next league game with Calcutta Customs on Friday August 24, 2018.

“For us we need to go back to the drawing board to deeply analyse and improve in all aspects.” Nandi continued.

“It’s a process that we need to work very hard on in order to make our players confident and relax in the situations that they are creating.  So we have to go out there again and work extra hard to make sure that they come out feeling a lot more confident. I believe in these boys, I believe in their qualities,” the mentor concluded.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan SC held by Gorge Telegraph

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club missed a chance to go on second position of the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ log after a goalless draw with George Telegraph at Mohammedan Sporting Ground on Friday.

The Black Panthers went into the match in fifth position on 6 points, four behind leaders Mohun Bagan. Technical Director Raghu Nandi would’ve fancied the chances of his team getting the better of George Telegraph but were unable to find the back of the net.

Mohammedan SC dominated proceedings and created better goal-scoring chances in front of their home fans but Nandi’s team were let down by their final pass and finishing. They will surely be kicking themselves for not burying numerous goal-scoring opportunities they created, especially in the second-half.

The Black Panthers gave a good account of themselves in the opening minutes of the game, and should have easily went into the half-time break two or three goals up.

The first real chance of the evening went to Mohammedan SC in the 4th minute, but Dipendu Dowary fired his left-footed effort wide of Laltu Mondal’s goal.

Princewill Emeka should have done better five minutes later after a well-worked move by Satyam Sharma and Prosenjit Chakraborty, but the Nigerian striker was denied by Laltu from close range.

Princewill found himself alone with the goalkeeper minutes later, but he shot straight at on rushing Laltu, who made himself big to make a fine block.

Mohammedan SC continued to show plenty of purpose in attack, as George Telegraph sat back and tried to catch them on the counter, but in the end, both teams went into the break locked at 0-0.

The Black Panthers came out strong in the second-half and had the first real chance on goal in the 53rd minute with Rakesh Karmakar trying his luck from outside the box, but Laltu produced a great save to deny him.

In the 67th minute substitute Mohammad Amirul came close to scoring when he met a Dipendu Dowary corner-kick, but he headed inches over from close range.

Princewill had further chances without really troubling the George Telegraph defense, and it was the visitors who nearly sneaked through when Stephan Harry got an effort on target, but Priyant Singh made a good save.

George Telegraph were also clever throughout, using delaying tactics such as players going down for cramps to ensure the match was of a stop-start nature and prevent Mohammedan SC from finding their rhythm on attack.

The Black Panthers threw numbers forward in the final ten minutes of the game, but were unable to find the back of the net and had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Raghu Nandi will have to think long and hard about his striking options going forward if he hopes to push the likes of Peerless SC and Aryan Club for a top three finish.

CFL 2018/19: Raghu Nandi Expects ‘Tough Match’ Against George Telegraph

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club technical director Raghu Nandi is fully aware of what’s at stake in tomorrow’s Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ clash against George Telegraph as the Black Panthers returns to the fortress after two years.

Though, six points and six league positions separate both‚ but Nandi know they will be in for a war trying to beat desperate George Telegraph at their own backyard.

“This is going to be a tough match‚” Nandi admitted ahead of the clash against George Telegraph, who have their backs against the wall after losing their first matches of the campaign.

“It is normal to face teams that raise their game whenever they play against us. George Telegraph will be no exception. They are at the bottom of the table which makes them even more dangerous, as they will come hard at us for points. We need to stick to the basics to get the result” Nandi added.

An underwhelming performance was once again enough for the Black Panthers to beat Rainbow AC last week, but they acknowledged that things have to improve in order to win their next match.

The Black Panthers currently at fifth on the log with 6 points from 3 games, and a win will take them to second but Nandi has revealed that right now he is not ready to think about the points table and wants to focus on one game at a time.

Although, Mohammedan SC lack the spark in attack, Nandi insists he has no shortage of faith in his front-line, especially Princewill Emeka.

A pacey and energetic striker, he has shown such poor finishing skills that have left supporters puzzled about his ability to spearhead the team’s front-line.

However, Nandi sees the situation a little differently and believes that Princewill will right the wrongs in front of goal.

While the attack has been very hit and miss, the Black Panthers defense has been impressive and they will be hoping for another strong performance from skipper Lancine Toure to keep the Stephan Harry and company at bay.

“Sumit Told Me Sir Send Me In I Would Score” – Raghu Nandi

KOLKATA: “I am happy with the result,” Raghunath Nandi commented on Saturday’s 1-0 win over Rainbow Athletic Club. “The win will boost our confidence for the rest of the campaign.”

Mohammedan Sporting Club technical director admitted that, “Our game was a bit scrappy, especially in the first-half. That was also because Rainbow didn’t allow us to play in the midfield. We did better in the second-half when there was more rhythm to our game.”

The Black Panthers are in third position on the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ log, having collected 6 points from 3 matches.

It had been a tough week for the technical team and the players after the 1-0 loss to Aryan Club. Nandi was visibly relieved after the victory over Rainbow AC. “We must now get rid of our emotions and get our confidence back.”

Substitute Sumit Das scored the winner in the 75th minute. “I am happy for Sumit. During the break he told me sir send me in I would score,” the Nandi commented on the winger’s goal. He was also selected as the Man of the Match after a fine performance.

“We needed to stay focussed after our goal,” Nandi added, “As their striker, Joel Sunday is always a handful and he can hurt you. But we kept our concentration in defense.”

Nandi also commented on Nigerian striker Princewill Emeka, who again failed to get on the score-sheet despite getting some easy chances, “Mohammedan SC are a different club from the clubs Prince previously played for. But we are patient, the talent is there and we see glimpses of his brilliance and intelligence. He will come right.”

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan SC leave it late against Rainbow

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club beat Rainbow Athletic Club 1-0 to record their second win of the ongoing 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ on Saturday.

The game was hardly something to write home about, as the lacklustre performance between both teams resulted in spectators booing in an effort to get some action.

In the end fans would have to wait for the final 15 minutes of the match before substitute Sumit Das’ goal helped Black Panthers claim all three points at the Barasat Stadium.

Going into match, Mohammedan SC head coach Sudip Sarkar made two changes from the previous match by handing starts to Rahul KP and Rakesh Karmakar at the expense of Dipendu Dowary and Jewel Raja.

Mohammedan SC began the game in attacking mode and created a couple of close chances early on. While striker Princewill Emeka did well to get into spaces, the Nigerian lacked the killer finish in the rival box.

As the half progressed, the Black Panthers continued dominating the possession. On the other hand, Rainbow AC defended deep and had their custodian Dibeyndu Sarkar to thank after he denied Prosenjit Chakraborty, Princewill, and Rahul on multiple occasions as both sides went into the breather tied at goalless.

Needing a goal, Mohammedan SC came out all guns blazing in the second-half as they attacked by pushing high up. However, once again it was the lack of finishing that let them down.

Having created numerous half chances, Mohammedan SC went extremely close on two occasions midway through the second-half. First it was Rahul whose attempt from close range was denied by Dibyendu after being set up by Satyam Sharma in the 62nd minute.

Then the rival custodian followed it up with another save four minutes later, this time to block Princewill who smashed a powerful low drive eight yards outside the box.

Mohammedan SC’s attack clicked into a higher gear after coach Sudip Sarkar introduced Sumit in the 65th minute replacing Prosenjit Chakraborty.

The pressure paid off as Mohammedan SC finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute. Bazie Armand held off a defender on the left and floated in a cross to the far post finding Sumit who converted with a volley 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 in the final quarter, once again it was lack of finishing that prevented a bigger scoreline as the game ended 1-0 in Mohammedan SC’s favour.

Having earned three points Mohammedan SC moved up to third in the standings behind leaders Peerless SC and Mohun Bagan with 6 points from 3 matches and will take on George Telegraph next on August 17, 2018.

CFL 2018/19: Aryan stun Mohammedan SC

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club were stunned 1-0 by Aryan Club in their second 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ encounter at Barasat Stadium on Wednesday.

Although the Black Panthers went into the match as hot favourites but it was Aryan who stunned them thanks to a  37th-minute goal by Ejiogu Chinedu Emmanuel.

Going into the match, Mohammedan SC Head Coach Sudip Sarkar made one change from their previous match against FCI by handing Satyam Sharma his first start of the season replacing Laltu Hembram.

The game started at a furious pace with Mohammedan SC‚ as expected‚ pressing high to nullify Aryan’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 17 minutes when Aryan goalkeeper Shouvik Santra made a save from Princewill Emeka‚ who had done well to turn the defense and put himself into a shooting position. But the Nigerian forward failed to get any real power behind his shot.

On the half hour mark‚ Princewill hit a wild effort from a tight angle well off target and eight minutes later winger Jewel Raja rose unchallenged to head a corner narrowly wide.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, opponents Aryan managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end. Nigerian striker Emmanuel capitalized on a defensive error to beat Black Panthers custodian Priyant Singh in the 37th minute.

Having conceded, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Princewill, Dipendu Dowary and Prosenjit Chakraborty but rivals Aryan managed to hold on defending deep as the first half ended 1-0.

Mohammedan SC continued to dictate matters at the start of the second-half with substitute Mohammad Amirul shooting narrowly wide of the target five minutes into the session.

Aryan, though, were not to be outdone and came close to scoring in the 54th minute when Kunal Ghosh broke through on goal, but he was superbly denied in a one-on-one with Priyant.

Mohammedan SC’s attacking kingpin Dipendu Dowary also had a tough evening, in being closely marked and was not able to unleash his usual high-quality supply to the front men.

Towards the end, Mohammedan SC showed more endeavour in attack but they were unable to breach a Aryan defense expertly marshalled by  Seydou Mady  and Raju Koley as Aryan Club held on to record a historical victory.

CFL 2018/19: Raghu Nandi Commends Players Gusty Performance

KOLKATA: Raghu Nandi has admitted that his side did not played to their best abilities in Sunday evening’s 1-0 win over Food Corporation of India, and the Black Panthers technical director commends his players gusty performance against Aryan Club in their second 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ fixture on Wednesday at Barasat Stadium.

It took a 80th-minute goal from forward Prosenjit Chakraborty to secure victory for Mohammedan Sporting Club and Nandi admits his team were not at their best, but they did what needed to be done in order to get a result.

“If I am being very honest, I thought our performance in the first half was quite controlled but very lacklustre. We did not passed the ball well enough.” said Nandi.

“It got better in the second half. I thought we had good control of the game in the second half. I was relieved when FCI did not held on to a draw. They were difficult to break down. The players did what they needed to do.”

“When we brought in Amirul and Rahul, we started playing between the lines. Our movement was better with Amirul coming in and Rahul played a few good balls behind the back lines. The three points are good to have, but in terms of our performances, the players know that was not our best and we need to get better,” he added.

When he asked about playing their second match in just 48 hours he said: “As a big club you have to give good performances week in week out. The players know we have seven days of hard work, so it will not be physical hard work, but psychological hard work.”

Speaking about the striker Princewill Emeka, who looked out of place for most of the evening at Barasat, Nandi said: “Prince is not ready for this yet, he needs a few more games to get back in shape.”

Interestingly, Aryan Club is coached by none other but Nandi’s own son Rajdeep Nandi, so it be interesting to see who wins family bragging rights come kick-off.


KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club began their 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign with 1-0 win over Food Corporation of India (FCI) at the Barasat  Stadium on Sunday evening.

In a tight game which could have gone either way, a moment of sheer brilliance by Rahul KP and a clinical finish by Prosenjit Chakraborty in the 80th minute proved the difference after a thrilling 90 minutes.

The Black Panthers dominated possession proceedings in the opening exchanges of the encounter, and looked particularly threatening down the flanks, but were let down by the final ball in the area.

Mohammedan SC had a clear chance in the 12th minute when Prosenjit Chakraborty lost the ball in the midfield but Princewill Emeka’s long range effort could not beat FCI keeper Dhananjay Adhikari.

Dipendu Dowary almost gave Mohammedan SC the lead in the 31st minute when Tonmoy Ghosh’s cross was cleared by FCI defender Amit Chakraborty in the box.

FCI looked to catch Mohammedan SC on the counter-attack, but were unable to find a way through Mohammedan SC’s resilient defense marshaled around skipper Lancine Toure.

In the 37th minute FCI were dealt with a blow when their skipper Deepak Mondal picked up an injury and limped off the field. FCI coach Bikash Panji had to bring Bikash Mullick to replace the veteran defender. The two sides went into the half-time break, deadlocked at 0-0.

The Black Panthers continued to look for an opening goal in the second-half but FCI defenders remained firm at the back. Mohammedan SC technical director Raghu Nandi had to introduce striker Mohammad Amirul with a hope to get a goal sooner than later.

Mohammedan SC could have taken the lead in the 59th minute after Princewill made a great turn before curling the ball but Amirul could not keep his header on target as a great chance went begging.

The Black Panthers opted to bring pacy winger Rahul KP in place of Dipendu Dowary in the 73rd minute to put more pressure on the FCI back-line but the Bikash Panji-coached side defended deep and maintained their shape.

However, Rahul’s pace was too much to handle for FCI as Rahul created the opening goal for the Black Panthers when he received the ball from midfield and delivered a delightful cross to Prosenjit Chakraborty who covered some ground before slotting a left footer home in the 80th minute.

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 in the final few minutes, once again it was lack of finishing that prevented a bigger scoreline as the game ended 1-0 in Mohammedan SC’s favour.


KOLKATA: The Black Panthers are set to open their account of the 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ season when they face Food Corporation of India (FCI) in Barasat Stadium on Sunday, which promises to be an exciting contest as both teams will look for a solid start to their respective campaigns.

“We are happy to start with the CFL fixtures,” Raghu Nandi comments. “We have gone through the preparations and all we need is a good start.”

“The first few games are always a bit tricky, as most teams still read like a closed book,” the Mohammedan Sporting technical director adds. “We have done our homework and we gathered intelligence about FCI, albeit limited because they haven’t been exposed that much.”

Nandi is confident that his lack of “big” team experience will not count against him when the teams meet in their opening match. 

On the selection front, Nandi commented: “We will play our best possible side. The competition for places is at an all-time high at the moment. The best eleven will start on Sunday evening.”

Nandi brings a different style of play to the table and he is adamant that he has the players to make this work. Priyant Singh will start the game in goal. Kamran Farooque will start at left back while Lancine Toure who had been handed the captain’s armband for the Black Panthers and one of Prasenjit Paul or Shanid Valan will start as centre backs. It will be Tonmoy Ghosh 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. Jewel Raja and Bazie Armand are likely options in the central midfield positions. The attacking and wing positions will be a tough choice for Nandi who will have to choose between Dipendu Dowary, Rahul KP, Sumit Das, Prosenjit Chakraborty, Snehasish Dutta, Ronald Singh, Ripon Rahman and Debasish Pradhan. Mohammad Amirul will be a likely starter up front with Princewill Emeka.

“The energy in the camp is gratifying,” concluded Nandi. “We want to display good football and take away the three points.”

Football Secretary Appeal To Fans Get Behind The Team

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club’s Hony. Football Secretary Mr. Sharique Ahmed, has issued an appeal to the Black Panthers faithful, urging them to get behind the team as they prepare for the forthcoming 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’.

Mr. Ahmed has asked Mohammedan SC fans to be at the best behaviour during and after the match, regardless of the outcome.

“We are aware that there is a sense of unhappiness due to a lack of positive results and the drought of trophies in recent seasons,” said Mr. Ahmed.

“The management and technical staff are working hard to improve our play and change our fortunes. It is important for our supporters to understand that as management, we are listening to their concerns and share the pain.”

“Everybody at the club is working to the best of their ability to bring success on the field and joy to the fans.” he added further.

Mohammedan Sporting will open their campaign in 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ against Food Corporation of India (FCI) on August 5, 2018 at Mohammedan Sporting Ground.