Category: Football

Mohammedan SC ropes I-League’s top scorer Aser Pierrick Dipanda

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have made the biggest move in the Indian transfer market so far, with the acquisition of recently concluded I-League’s top scorer Aser Pierrick Dipanda for upcoming season.

The 28-year-old, who joined Lajong form DSK Shivajians ahead of 2016/17 I-League, did not only finish as league’s top scorer with 11 goals in 17 matches but also adjudged as the best striker of the season.

Mohammedan Sporting Club had been trying to rope in the Cameroonian front-man for past couple of months, and Mohammedan Sporting Club General Secretary Mr. Ghazal uz Zafar, Team Manager Mr. Belal Ahmed Khan and Chairman of Technical Committee Mr. Dipendu Biswas even traveled to Shillong during the I-League finale between Shillong Lajong FC and Aizawl FC to materialize the deal.

Mr. Zafar talking about the new signing, said: “We are happy to have signed a player of Dipanda’s stature. He is a proven talent and he has plenty of top level experience. I am confident that he will be an asset to the squad in the upcoming season. I wish him all the best of luck for the season.”

Mr. Khan said, “We are delighted to have Dipanda on-board. He is an incredibly talented player who has valuable experience of playing for some of the top clubs in India.We needed someone of his calibre in upfront.”

Dipanda spent the majority of his career from 2008 to 2014 playing in Spain with Valencia B, La Roda, Olímpic de Xàtiva and UD Alzira.

He then moved to India and joined DSK Shivajians in the I-League 2015-16 season where he scored seven goals for the Pune-based club in I-League.

Mohammedan SC to open IFA Shield campaign against Pathchakra

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club to open their campaign in the U-19 IFA Shield 2017 against Pathchakra Club at Mohammedan Sporting Club Ground on Sunday, 28th May 2017.

Instituted back in 1893, the IFA Shield is the fourth oldest cup tournament in the world after the English and Scottish FA Cup’s and the Durand Cup. Since 2015, the tournament is being conducted for Under-19 teams and follows a league cum knock out format.

Mohammedan Sporting Club is clubbed in Group A along with recently crowned U-18 I-League champions AIFF Elite Academy, East Bengal and Pathchakra Club.

In Group B, last year’s winners Tata Football Academy, Minerva Punjab FC, Mohun Bagan and FC Pune City will fight it out for top two positions.

Mohammedan Sporting Club, General Secretary, Ghazal uz Zafar, said; “IFA Shield provides us an opportunity to evaluate progress of our youth players amongst the best from India and serves as a developmental curve for players both on and off the field.”

The 121st edition of the IFA Shield will kick off tomorrow when East Bengal take on AIFF Elite Academy at East Bengal Ground.

28.5.2017: Mohammedan Sporting Club vs Pathchakra Club  (at Mohammedan Sporting Club Ground)
1.6.2017: Mohammedan Sporting Club vs AIFF Elite Academy (at Mohammedan Sporting Club Ground)
4.6.2017: Mohammedan Sporting Club vs East Bengal (at East Bengal Ground)

Mohammedan Sporting Club observes AFC Grassroots Day 2017

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club celebrated the annual AFC Grassroots Day at Mohammedan Sporting Ground in Kolkata on Saturday (20th May 2017), focusing on getting kids of the age group (6-12) to come together learn the basics of the game through various fun activities.

Though the AFC Grassroots Day usually observed on 15th May every year but the date has fallen on Monday this year therefor the club decided to celebrate it on weekend to reach out more kids.

The event at Mohammedan Sporting Ground was inaugurated by Mr. Sultan Ahmed, M.P President Mohammedan Sporting Club alongside Mr. Utpal Kumar Ganguli, Hony. General Secretary Indian Football Association (IFA) and Mr. Ghazal Uz Zafar, Hony. General Secretary Mohammedan Sporting Club.

Also present on the occasion were Mr. Sharique Ahmed, Chairman of Youth Development Project Mohammedan Sporting Club, Mr. Hasnain Ahmed, Vice-Chairman of Youth Development Project Mohammedan Sporting Club, Mr. Goutam Ghosh, Technical Director IFA and Mr. Belal Ahmed Khan, Team Manager Mohammedan Sporting Club.

As part of the event organised by the 126-year-old club, more than 12 coaches trained at least 150 kids as football players after they were given an awareness session on the game to participate, exemplifying the grassroots spirit of inclusivity.

As the kids rotated through the stations, they learned new football skills including juggling, dribbling, precision passing, shots on goal and speed running.

“The aim of the event is not only bringing up good players, but at the same time to inspire children into the sport, to encourage healthy lifestyles and to develop both physical, moral and volitional qualities.” said Mr. Sultan Ahmed.

“Grassroots development provides a strong foundation that will allow children to progress to the top level. The foundation we build today will lead to a greater future for our historical club.” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ganguli thanked Mohammedan Sporting Club for this great initiative and said this kind of events will make kids enjoy the game and at the same time help them learn basics of the game.

Mohammedan SC juniors settle for 4th place in Oorja 2017

SILIGURI: Mohammedan Sporting Club juniors settled for 4th place in the Oorja 2017 – CAPFs U-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament, after going down 7-8 on penalties against Bani Mandir Railway High School in the 3rd Place Play-Off match at Dronacharya Football Stadium in Siliguri on Wednesday.

India is hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup later this year, and the Prime Minister of India Sri Narendra Modi has called for the support of not only children, but also parents to encourage boys and girls to play football and develop both skill and fitness.

In view of the appeal of the Prime Minister, the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have been tasked to conduct Oorja 2017. CAPFs jointly organizing the tournament under the aegis of All India Police Sports Control Board all over the country from 1st to 15th May 2017. North Bengal Frontier BSF is tasked to conduct the tournament in West Bengal.

A total number of eight teams participated in the male’s competition held at Siliguri’s Kachenjunga Stadium and Dronacharya Football Stadium. Mohammedan SC were pooled in the Group B alongside B.M. Railway High School, Keshab Uma Charitable Trust and Calcutta Cricket and Football Club.

Mohammedan SC began their campaign with a 1-0 win over B.M. Railway High School before playing out a goalless draw with CCFC, however colts registered a resounding 3-0 victory over K.U. Charitable Trust to book their place in the semi-finals, where they lost 2-4 against Diamond Harbour Football Academy, who would take on Mohun Bagan Sail Academy (MBSFA) in the final tomorrow.

Mohammedan SC colts through to Oorja Cup semifinals at Siliguri

SILIGURI: Mohammedan Sporting Club juniors have booked their place into the semifinals of the Oorja Cup 2017 at Siliguri.

The colts breezed past K.U. Charitable Trust 3-0 courtesy a goal each from Uttam Mitra, Kaushik Saha and Mahitosh Biswas, that allowed Mohammedan SC passage into the last four.

India is hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup later this year, and the Prime Minister of India Sri Narendra Modi has called for the support of not only children, but also parents to encourage boys and girls to play football and develop both skill and fitness.

In view of the appeal of the Prime Minister, the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have been tasked to conduct ‘Oorja Cup’ – CAPFs U-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament 2017. CAPFs jointly organizing the tournament under the aegis of All India Police Sports Control Board throughout the country from 1st to 15th May 2017. North Bengal Frontier Border Security Force is tasked to conduct the tournament in West Bengal.

Mohammedan SC will face  Diamond Harbour Football Academy in the second semifinal of the competition tomorrow at 3 PM in Kachenjunga Stadium, Siliguri.

Mohammedan SC juniors overwhelm Bishnupur FA to start Nursery League campaign

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club juniors thrashed Bishnupur Football Academy 6-0 in their opening match of the 2017 IFA Nursery Football League, played at the Saltlake Central Park Ground in Kolkata on Sunday (7th May, 2017).

Mohammedan SC dominated the match from the very beginning and jumped into a 3-0 lead before the interval. Striker William scored four goals before Tarun Munda and Hasanur Rahman scored apiece to make sure the junior Black Panthers got off the mark with three points.

Mohammedan SC defender Rana Gharami receive Special Award in CSJC’s Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club defender Rana Gharami who led Bengal State Football Team to it’s first Santosh Trophy triumph in six years, has received the Special Award in Calcutta Sports Journalists Club’s (CSJC) Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony on Tuesday for his contributions towards the Club as well as state team.

Rana has started his career at Mohun Bagan in 2012/13 season but after sitting out for most of the games he moved to Kalighat Milan Sangha next season. He stayed at Kalighat MS for a couple of seasons and delivered a handful of noteworthy performances which secured him a contract with Mohammedan Sporting Club in 2015.

Possessing good amount of strength and with a no nonsense approach the 25-year-old formed a solid partnership at the back with then club captain Kareem Omolaja Nurain. After Kareem’s departure from the club mid-season Rana grew on his own and became the leader of the Mohammedan Sporting Club backline, making key tackles, interceptions and clearances relentlessly.

Rana was made captain of the Mohammedan Sporting Club in 2016/17 season and under his leadership the Black Panthers became runners-up of Calcutta Football League after eight years before lifting the title in Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup after 36 years. His consistent performances for Mohammedan Sporting Club did not only earn him a spot in the state team for 71st Santosh Trophy but also chosen to lead the team in the competition where Bengal crowned champions without conceding a single goal in entire final round held at Goa last month.

Mohammedan SC claim Sailen Manna U-17 Memorial Tournament as Mohun Bagan pay the penalty

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club U-17s edged Mohun Bagan 7-6 via sudden death after a scoreless 120 minutes at Mohun Bagan Ground to win the Sailen Manna Memorial U-17 Football Tournament.

Comprised of boys from the Club’s Youth Development Programme, the Under-17 team logged three consecutive wins to clinch the title on Saturday.

The competition, which was organised by the Kalighat Sports Lovers Association, played over two days saw Mohammedan SC U-17s begin their campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Durbar Sports Academy in the quarterfinals on Friday. The following day they logged a similar 1-0 win over East Bengal in the semis to make it to the big final.

Up against Mohun Bagan in the title decider, the youngsters from the Mohammedan SC Youth Development Programme outplayed their Kolkata counterparts, but in a match featuring plenty of effort and endeavour, the defences enjoyed the ascendancy to ensure both teams tied at goalless after normal time. The teams failed to break the deadlock even in extra time requiring penalties to separate the sides and Mohammedan SC colts proved to be better shooters to prevail 7-6.

India rises to 101 in FIFA Rankings; best in over two decades

NEW DELHI, 6th April 2017: Indian Football has had a new awakening in recent years and this upswing seems to be reflecting in the FIFA Rankings with the Senior National Team achieving a ranking of 101, its best ever in over two decades.

The new ranking which were released by FIFA earlier today (April 6, 2017) saw India jump 31 places from its last rank of 132 (March 2017). This is India’s best ever FIFA ranking since May 1996 when India were also ranked 101.

The ranking of 101 elevated India to 11th ranked team in Asia, thus, inching closer towards realizing larger dreams.

India’s highest FIFA ranking achieved so far has been 94 which was attained in February 1996 while India were ranked 99 in November 1993 and 100 in October 1993, December 1993 and April 1996.

The last couple of years have been extremely encouraging for Indian Football, wherein the National Team has had 11 victories in 13 matches (including an un-official match against Bhutan) scoring a total of 31 goals.

These wins also include some historic results — 1-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers – the first ever win in Myanmar in over 64 years, and India’s first ever win in an away encounter in over a decade when they beat Cambodia 3-2 in an International Friendly. The 4-1 win at home for India last year against Puerto Rico was also commendable.

National Coach Stephen Constantine said: “It has been a difficult road. Bringing in new blood and creating competition for places in the Team has been a process, and I’m pleased we are moving in the right direction.”

“It’s been a total Team effort. Unless Mr. Patel (AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel) and Mr. Das (AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das) allowed me to do the things and the manner I wanted it to be done, this won’t have been possible ever,” he stressed. “I also need to thank the support staff for their commitment for the team.”

The Indian National Football Team, governed by the All India Football Federation were ranked 171 when Constantine took over as National Coach for the second time in February 2015 and slipped further to 173 in March 2015 in the FIFA ladder even before Constantine could have his first game in-charge against Nepal, which India eventually won 2-0 on aggregate.

Speaking on the achievement AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel said: “This is a great achievement and a fruitful reward for the hard work displayed by the team and the support staff on a regular basis. We at AIFF look forward to support the team and the coach in their endeavors to ensure sustained growth of Indian Football.”

Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary AIFF, congratulated the team saying: “The AIFF is committed to provide the best of exposure and facilities for the National Team in the form of arranging International Friendlies and preparatory Camps. We are delighted to achieve this milestone and hope to display the same character in our coming matches.”

Post achieving the new ranking India will play Lebanon in their first International Friendly at home on June 7, 2017 before taking on Kyrgyz Republic at home on June 13 in their next AFC Asian Cup qualifier match.

Mohammedan SC footballers shines in Bengal’s first Santosh Trophy triumph in six years

GOA: Mohammedan Sporting Club’s Rana Gharami, Manvir Singh, Sankar Roy, Mumtaz Akhtar and Sheikh Faiaz put on an excellent show to help Bengal clinch the title in the 71st National Football Championship for 2017 Santosh Trophy, what was their first win in the tournament since 2011.

In the showpiece final at the GMC Athletics Stadium in Goa, Bengal overcame hosts Goa 1-0 in extra-time. In an end-to-end battle either side could not break the deadlock as the game ended goalless at the end of normal time and Manvir scored the decisive goal in the 119th minute to seal victory for Bengal. 

Meanwhile, all five Mohammedan Sporting Club footballers played an important part for Bengal throughout the tough campaign contributing heavily in all games.