Category: Football

COACH BISWAJIT BHATTACHARYA REGRETS ON LANGSNING DRAW

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya felt his side could have sneaked a win but remained content with the draw on Monday against Langsning FC in their Group C preliminary round 2nd Division League encounter at Barasat Stadium.

After losing to TRAU FC last week, the Black Panthers came with yet another disappointing performance despite a fiery atmosphere created by their passionate fans.

Though it’s still early in the league, but Coach Bhattacharya admits they could have supplied their supporters with more.

“Looking at how the game unfolded, we did not create any clear-cut chances even though we could see they sit on top of the box trying to find a way,” he said post-match.

What’s interesting to note for Coach Bhattacharya the fact that they never managed to test Langsning custodian Surjay Kumar Pariyar in one-on-one scenarios.

“Today we never saw the keeper one-on-one, which is something we do very often and we regret that.”

“We could have allowed our centre-backs to step up and press in the midfield, we did that in the second half, that’s why our game got better. With the match of this nature, with a professional approach you win it on set-plays, but unfortunately we didn’t capitalise.” he added.

“Overall one point, we will take it. For the people that wanted goals unfortunately we could not give them.” the gaffer concluded.

LANGSNING HOLD MOHAMMEDAN SC GOALLESS

KOLKATA: Langsning FC goalkeeper Surjay Kumar Pariyar put up a valiant show as the Shillong-based side held Mohammedan Sporting Club to a goalless draw in their Group C preliminary round clash of the 2nd Division League at the Barasat Stadium on Monday (April 9, 2018).

Langsning took their points tally to 8 points from five games, while Mohammedan SC remained on third in the 6-team table with 7 points from four outings.

Going into the game, Mohammedan SC Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made as many five changes to the side that were thrashed 4-1 by TRAU FC last week. Subham Roy replaced Suvam Sen under the bar. While Arijit Singh, Ainish Zamadar, Dipendu Dowary and Rahul Jaiswal came at the expenses of Dalraj Singh, Kamran Farooque, Debasish Pradhan and Sukhwinder Singh.

It was a setback for the home side as they looked the better of the two sides with some fine attacking moves through Fikru Teferra Lemessa and skipper Jiten Murmu upfront, but could not breach Surjay’s towering presence.

Surjay thwarted two fine efforts by Fikru and Jiten early into the game while Langsning were unlucky in the 27th minute when a powerful strike from striker Fullmoon Mukhim missed the target by a whisker.

In the second half, the Langsning goalkeeper showed his brilliance once again saving two outstanding efforts by Dowary and Jiten.

The visitors too were unlucky to have missed a few chances on both the sides of the break and they sorely missed the services of their Japanese striker Ryoga Katsurahima as they decided to go with Fullmon and Ebormi Buam upfront.

Mohammedan SC will take on Langsning FC again in four days time in the reverse fixture to be played at Shillong on April 13, 2018.

MOHAMMEDAN SC TARGET LANGSNING SCALP

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club are looking to put their disappointing defeat to TRAU FC behind them, when they host Langsning FC in a Preliminary Round Group C encounter of the 2nd Division League at Barasat Stadium on Monday (April 9, 2018). The match will be kicked-off at 3:15 PM.

The Black Panthers had a superb start beating Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC in their first two fixtures, but have moved to third position on the log after the defeat in Imphal.

While the Black Panthers looking to redeem themselves after suffering their worst defeat of the season, Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya remains confident that the team will bounce back from their poor performance.

“The loss was a set back but still there is a long way to go. The players have put the disappointment behind and fully focused on the upcoming home game against Langsning.” Coach Bhattacharya said.

“Langsning are a young team with full of energy. We will treat them with respect. We have to put up some good work and make sure that we take care of their strengths.” Coach Bhattacharya commented about their opponents.

Despite losing to TRAU, the Black Panthers played a good brand of football and were let down by their finishing in the last third, with one such noticeable player being Fikru Teferra Lemessa, who time and again found himself in good space but failed to convert. The former Ethiopia skipper will however aim to rectify his mistakes against the Shillong-based side who beat Jamshedpur FC 3-1 midweek.

“It happens in football. Sometime you don’t get the desired outcome despite doing all the hardwork. We must not panic. If we keep worrying about what has happened in the past we will struggle in future. It will be different game tomorrow and we are looking forward to it.” Fikru said.

Though Coach Bhattacharya has ruled out making drastic changes to his side for Langsning game, but he could be forced to ring changes in the goalkeeping department after Suvam Sen conceded four goals against TRAU rather cheaply.

Meanwhile, Langsning Head Coach Herring Shangpliang explained that Mohammedan SC will be eager to bounce back from their loss to TRAU and this will make things more difficult for his team.

“We need to respect that the match Mohammedan SC lost against TRAU aren’t a reflection of the quality they possess as a team,” Shangpliang said. “In football, some days are yours and others aren’t. It wasn’t their day.”

“I believe we will give a good account of ourselves even though we know that Mohammedan SC will be eager to bounce back. It is an opportunity for us to rise to the occasion,” he added.

Mohammedan SC have 6 points from 3 games and they are on thrid position in Group C just behind Langsning who are on 7 points from 4 outings.

TRAU HAND MOHAMMEDAN SC FIRST DEFEAT

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club were extremely poor in front of goal as they suffered a 4-1 loss to Tiddim Road Athletic Union FC in an Preliminary Round Group C game of ongoing 2nd Division League at the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Imphal on Thursday.

The Black Panther offered very little in attack as they suffered their very first defeat of the campaign, which saw TRAU disposed them from top of the Group C standings with 7 points from 3 games.

Malemnganba Meitei (25th & 45+1st minute) and Princewill Emeka (74th & 90+3rd) struck a brace each for TRAU, meanwhile substitute Dipendu Dowary (53rd) pulled a goal back for Mohammedan SC.

Heading into the game, Mohammedan SC Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made three changes to the side by handing club debuts to striker Fikru Lemessa, midfielder Sukhwinder Singh and defender Dalraj Singh at the expenses of Cho Lepcha, Rahul Jaiswal and Manotosh Chakladar.

The home team controlled the flow of play early on and were the first to threaten in the 10th minute when Mohammedan SC keeper Suvam Sen had to be at his best to turn a 25-yard free-kick from Reisangmi Vashum around the post.

In the 25th minute there was nothing Suvam could do when Malemnganba met a cross from Nelson Kom and powerfully headed home from 12-yards out.

Mohammedan SC saw more of the ball after that, but they were poor in the final third and could not create any significant openings in front of goal.

Some poor defending in additional time allowed TRAU to score their second goal when Dalraj failed to clear a goalmouth scramble which allowed Malemnganba to fire home from close range to give his side a two goal cushion going into the breather.

Mohammedan SC began the second half positively and kept the early pressure on their opponents with Fikru and Dipendu combining well upfront.

Fikru, who worked his way on the left, sent a goal mouth cross where TRAU defenders failed to clear, and Dipendu tapped the ball home to make it 2-1 in the 53rd minute. Thereby igniting hopes of a comeback.

However, in the 74th minute some more sloppy defending by Mohammedan SC, and Echezona Anichiye in particular, saw Princewill through on goal from Deepak Singh’s pass, who slotted past Suvam to make it 3-1.

Mohammedan SC though created some chances but failed to scored, as they failed to stick to their passing game policy. The players seemed to be more keen on playing direct football sending long balls from the centre-line.

TRAU put the final nail in the coffin through Princewill in additional time when the Nigerian found the back of the net from Vashum’s pass.

Mohammedan SC, who have six points from three games, will host Shillong-based Langsning FC next on April 9, 2018 at Barasat Stadium.

BLACK PANTHERS READY FOR TRAU TEST

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will look to continue their momentum in the ongoing 2017/18 2nd Division League when they travel to Khuman Lampak Main Stadium to face Tiddim Road Athletic Union FC in their first away game of the campaign on Thursday. The match kick-off at 2:30 PM.

Two games, six points, six goals scored, and one conceded; 2018 has started with aplomb for the Black Panthers, who are looking ahead to the TRAU fixture.

Biswajit Bhattacharya’s charges will look to maintain the winning momentum, but will also take heed from their mentor’s words that the past result will mean nothing in this fixture. “We are ofcourse pleased with the results against Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC, but we are not getting ahead of ourselves. I am taking each game as it comes. We still have work to do to get to our point of achievement” said the tactician.

“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 further.

Coach Bhattacharya appeared to be worried that important players such as Jiten Murmu, Tirthankar Sarkar, Ankit Mukherjee and Manotosh Chakladar were all part of the West Bengal squad for the 2018 Hero Santosh Trophy and may not be in the best shape for the game after playing 6 games in just 13 days including a gruelling final against Kerala this past Sunday.

Speaking about the opponents TRAU, who have four points from 2 games, Coach Bhattacharya said: “It is going to be a tough game for us because TRAU are difficult to beat at home. However, players are full of confidence and believe that they can take on anybody in the league which is a good feeling to have at the club, so we looking forward to our next game.”

The knowledgeable and vastly-experienced coach has an injury-free squad to select from.

“I Always Wanted To Return To Kolkata” – Fikru

KOLKATA, MARCH 17: Ethiopian International Fikru Teferra Lemessa has arrived in Kolkata this morning to play the ongoing 2017/18 2nd Division League for Mohammedan Sporting Club.

The 32-year-old, who reached Kolkata via Dubai from Johannesburg, was welcomed by Club General Secretary Mr. Ghazal uz Zafar, Football Secretary Mr. Sharique Ahmed and YDP Chairman Mr. Hasnain Ahmed at Dum Dum Airport.

“Kolkata is very close to my heart. The city breaths football and I always wanted to return here. I would like to thank Mohammedan Sporting Club for giving me this opportunity.” Fikru said.

The temperamental striker began his career in his home country with Ethiopian Premier League giants Saint George SC, before moving to South Africa to turn out for the powerhouse Orlando Pirates. Along with the Pirates, Fikru also played for Premier Soccer League clubs such as SuperSport United, University of Pretoria FC, Free State Stars FC and Bidvest Wits in the rainbow nation, as well as FK Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic, KuPS in Finland, Thanh Hoa FC in Vietnam and Sheikh Russel Krirachakra in Bangladesh.

“When Mohammedan Sporting Club came calling I didn’t have to think twice. I am really delighted to be part of this historical organisation.”

“I think Mohammedan Sporting Club wants to be the dominant team, the dominant force again. Now it’s time to work harder than I ever did before and I am willing to do it,” he added.

Fikru has captained Ethiopia at senior international level and also has ten goals for the East African country. The striker is assured of a place in ISL history as he scored the first-ever goal of the competition in the inaugural game. Fikru netted five goals in 12 appearances for ATK in the 2014 ISL, before joining Chennaiyin FC next season.

He is one of only two foreigners who won the ISL with two different teams.

WILLIS IS KIND OF PLAYER WHO PLAY FOR YOU – KAMO

KOLKATA, 4 March 2018: New signing Bayi Kamo Stephane says he is excited to play alongside Trinidad & Tobago international Willis Deon Plaza.

The Ivory Coast striker, who joined the Black Panthers from Gokulam Kerala FC during January  Transfer Window, said: “Willis is a great player, I know what he is capable of. He is a player who has a hunger for victory.”

“It will be a pleasure to play alongside him. It’s very good that he is with us. I hope to be able to form a good partnership with him,” Kamo added.

Kamo intends to provide more ammunition for Plaza and look adapt his game into a more supporting role.

“I have always liked to create goals and give assists. I had to change my game at Mohun Bagan and play as an orthodox striker because Agogo (Ansumana Kromah) was there at the same position.”

“However, Willis is kind of player who play for you. He can score, but he also give good balls for you to score. I would like to play good football at Mohammedan Sporting Club. My motivation is to win every game and take the team to I-League.” Kamo signed off.

 

KAMO JOINS TRAINING AT MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING GROUND

KOLKATA, 3 March 2018: Newly signed Bayi Kamo Stephane has joined training at the Mohammedan Sporting Club Ground today after having returned from Ivory Coast yesterday night. “I appreciate the opportunity to play for Mohammedan,” the striker comments.

However, Kamo did not trained with the first team due to fatigue.

“It was a great day. Joining a big club like Mohammedan and having my first session with them was great. I was welcomed warmly by everybody. It was a great experience,” Kamo continues.

“The words of encouragement from the coaches, players and officials was a very positive thing for me. I have never felt so welcomed at a new place, I honestly feel at home,” he added further.

Kamo was signed during the January transfer window from Kerala-based Gokulam Kerala FC, which he joined after a successful 2017/18 Calcutta Football League campaign with Mohun Bagan.

“I will make sure to repay the confidence and trust the club have shown in me. In a big club like Mohammedan you have to be tuned in all the time. Definitely it’s challenging but challenges are good because that’s how you grow.” he concluded.

BAYI KAMO REACH KOLKATA; JOIN TRAINING TOMORROW

KOLKATA, 2 March 2018: Ivorian forward Bayi Kamo Stephane has arrived in Kolkata to play the upcoming 2017/18 2nd Division League on Friday (2 March 2018) evening.

The 21-year-old, who won the I-League with Aizawl FC last season, was welcomed by Club’s Youth Development Chairman Jb. Hasnain Ahmed  and Vice Chairman Jb. Hafizur Rahman Layak at Dum Dum Airport.

Kamo last played for Gokulam Kerala FC in 2017/18 I-League before becoming the second foreign recruit for Mohammedan SC after Willis Deon Plaza.

“I am delighted to sign for Mohammedan Sporting Club. It’s a great club with top players and passionate fans.” said Kamo

“I can’t wait to get started now. I have heard about the fans who are passionate about this beautiful game and hopefully I can give them enough reasons to rejoice by the end of the season.” he added further.

The Ivorian will hit the ground running at Mohammedan Sporting Club tomorrow.