Category: Football

JITEN BETTER THAN MANY FOREIGN STRIKERS – BISWAJIT BHATTACHARYA

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya believes Jiten Murmu will only improve and would play a crucial role for the team in remainder of the season.

The gaffer feels Jiten has all of the physical and mental attributes that are needed to become a successful striker, as he told mohammedansportingindia.com: “Jiten is mentally very strong and he is very sure of himself.”

“He is very technical on the ball and he has lots of endurance. I would say he is probably better than many foreign strikers playing in Kolkata right now. I want more and more from him because he has all the qualities for that,” he added.

Jiten signed for Mohammedan SC from East Bengal ahead of Calcutta Football League this season. Though the 22-year-old previously spent three seasons with East Bengal, but truly flourished at Mohammedan SC and emerged as one of Mohammedan SC’s outstanding performances with 5 goals and 4 assists in 7 appearances.

The striker was criticized for somewhat lackluster performance against Mohun Bagan last week, however turned up in style against his former employer and delivered again for the Black Panthers when he scored and claimed an assist in a 2-2 draw yesterday, which ended East Bengal’s 24-match winning streak in CFL.

Nonetheless, Coach Bhattacharya insists Jiten can handle the pressure and will improve, regardless of the attention he gets following his recent exploits.

“He’s been about long enough now to handle the pressure. He is still growing. He’s going to fill out even more. His knowledge of the game and his game intelligence will continue to grow and he will keep learning. I believe, with his talent he can accomplish amazing things.” Coach Bhattacharya concluded.

WILLIS PLAZA SCORE LATE TO DENY MOHAMMEDAN A WIN

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club were held to a 2-2 draw by East Bengal in their Calcutta Football League encounter on Saturday.

East Bengal took a early lead through Mahmoud Al Amna (2nd minute) only for Jiten Murmu (20th) to equalize for Mohammedan SC before Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka (67th) put the Black Panthers ahead, however Willis Plaza’s (87th) late goal save the blushes for East Bengal at Kalyani Stadium.

The result meant Mohammedan SC remain on third position in the league table with 14 points while East Bengal moved to the summit with 19 points.

Going into the game, Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made four changes to the side from the previous match by handing starts to Jiten Murmu, Tirthankar Sarkar, Dipendu Dowary and Rana Gharami at the expenses of Manandeep Singh, Satyam Sharma, Prohlad Roy and Harjinder Singh.

East Bengal started the first half on the front foot and unsettled the Mohammedan SC defense in the 2nd minute itself when Al Amna slotted home after Arnab Mondal set up the Syrian from Mohammed Rafique’s free-kick to put East Bengal 1-0 up.

Having conceded early on, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Dipanda, Kalu Ogba and Dipendu Dowary. The pressure paid off as Mohammedan SC restored the parity at the 20th minute mark. Kalu made a run down the left and squared to Jiten inside the box who then rifled a fierce shot past East Bengal keeper Luis Barreto.

Thereafter, both sides had a few chances in the later stage of the half but couldn’t convert as the scoreline remained one-goal-a-piece going into the breather.

Mohammedan SC came out strong in the second half and began attacking from the word go. However, the East Bengal defense managed to hold on and clear all the attacks in the opening quarter.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC’s constant pressure finally paid off as they took the lead midway through the second half. Jiten with a good solo run went past a couple of defenders on the right before cutting back for Dipanda, on the edge of the box. The Cameroonian striker kept his calm to get a first time shot which the rival keeper failed to handle and the ball ended up in the net.

The Black Panthers almost got their third goal in the 73rd minute when Shekh Faiaz and Dipanda combined on the left flank. A quick one-two sent Faiaz clear and the lanky winger cut past two defenders only for his powerful drive to go inches over the horizontal.

Afterwards, both sides engaged in some end-to-end stuff. While Mohammedan SC had the better chances to go further up, East Bengal capitalized on a defensive error as Plaza scored three minutes from the time to pull East Bengal level.

Mohammedan SC battled hard in the final minutes looking for a winner, but East Bengal managed to hold on defending deep as the game ended 2-2.

MOHAMMEDAN SC LOOK TO SPOIL EAST BENGAL’S TITLE RACE

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club look to dent a blow in East Bengal’s ambitions to secure eighth consecutive Calcutta Football League title when they lock horns on Saturday.

It was like a replay of the CFL match last season when Mohammedan SC and East Bengal battled it out for top honors in Kolkata football. However, the only difference this time around is that Mohammedan SC have fallen far behind in the championship race and pride will be the only thing at stake in Kalyani Stadium.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya insists that his players will approach the match with the same intensity and hopes of resurrecting their campaign.

“We have to play with the same intensity. We are professionals. When we go on the pitch, we must respect the jersey, the fans and the honor of club. Our fate may have been sealed but we have to go out and do our best to win because that’s what we deserve,” Coach Bhattacharya said on the eve of the clash.

Currently on third position with 13 points from 7 matches, the Black Panthers coming into the tie with an emphatic 6-0 win over Railway FC in their last match and will be full of confidence at the prospect of upsetting East Bengal, who are on second with 18 points.

“It will be an enticing affair and the team which can handle the pressure better will be able to prevail. East Bengal are a very good side and they have shown how easily they can dominate teams. But we have shown that we are a team not to be taken lightly. We will go hard at them enforcing our own style of attacking flare,”  the gaffer added.

The match pits the league’s best attack against it’s best defense. Mohammedan SC have scored 23 goals this campaign while East Bengal have allowed only three.

However, their leaky defense will continue to be the main cause for worry for Coach Bhattacharya, who knows they will need to defend better against East Bengal if they are to contain the threat of Mahmoud Al Amna and Willis Plaza.

On the team news front, Coach Bhattacharya will have a full squad at his disposal with skipper Rana Gharami returning from a one-match suspension that caused him to miss the clash against Railway FC.

For the record, Mohammedan SC last defeated East Bengal in CFL on 10 August, 2014, since then East Bengal haven’t lost a single match in CFL and unbeaten in 34 straight matches, a streak that the Black Panthers will be eager to end.

The match at Kalyani Stadium kicks-off at 2:45 PM on Saturday and will be televised on Kolkata TV.

FIFA, AFC OFFICIALS VISITS MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING CLUB

KOLKATA: FIFA and AFC officials visited the Mohammedan Sporting Club tent on Thursday 14 September 2017 where they held a meeting with Club officials to discuss how there can be one league in India next year.

The two-member delegation comprising of FIFA Consultant Mr. Nic Coward and Head of AFC-UEFA Affairs Mr. Alex Phillips along side Hero I-League CEO Mr. Sunanda Dhar and FSDL Official Mr. Chirag Tanna had a discussion with Club’s Hony. General Secretary Mr. Ghazal uz Zafar, Hony. Football Secretary Mr. Sharique Ahmed, Hony. Ground Secretary Mr. Mohammed Qamaruddin, Chairman of Football Committee Mr. Dipendu Biswas and Senior Official Mr. Belal Ahmed Khan.

In the meeting the Club has demonstrated it’s rich legacy and the recent success in Youth Development, the delegates took note of the points made by the Club and praised for it’s efforts in Youth Development.

MOHAMEDAN SC ROUT RAILWAY FC 6-0

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club hammered Railway FC 6-0 in the Calcutta Football League on Wednesday Barasat Stadium.

Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka (19th minute, 35th, 47th and 90+2nd) scored four with Manandeep Singh (26th) and Prohlad Roy (60th) also got on the score-sheet as Mohammedan SC register the biggest win this year’s competition.

Going into the game, Mohammedan SC coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made five changes to the side from the previous match against Mohun Bagan, as Harjinder Singh filled the gap for a suspended Rana Gharami while Kamran Farooque, Prohlad Roy, Satyam Sharma and Manandeep came at the expenses of Amit Chakraborty, Dipendu Dowary, Tirthankar Sarkar and Jiten Mumru respectively.

Mohammedan SC began the better of both sides, and after some half chances in the opening exchanges, they took the lead in the 19th minute. Dipanda capitalized on a poor clearance and smashed home a powerful right footer with Railway FC custodian Rana Chakraborty watching helplessly.

The Black Panthers doubled their lead seven minutes later when Diapnda sent Manandeep clear in the rival box. The former Kerala Blasters striker kept his calm and finished over an advanced keeper to make it 2-0.

Diapnda then got on the score-sheet again striking in the final quarter. The Cameroonian tapped home from close in the 35th minute after getting a pass from Shekh Faiaz.

Thereafter, Mohammedan SC continued to push up and create chances but but poor finishing in the final third meant the first half ended 3-0.

Mohammedan SC  virtually finished off the game two minutes after restart. Ankit Mukherjee curled in a great cross which wasn’t properly cleared and fell for Dipanda inside the box. The striker controlled the ball and smashed home the half volley to complete his second hat-trick of the league.

The scoring spree did not end there as Prohlad increased the lead further after striking home from close range in the 60th minute.

Meanwhile, Railway FC had a couple of good opportunities to reduce the margin but the visitors were unlucky and Mohammedan SC well at the back.

Mohammedan SC  didn’t take their foot off the accelerator and continued to dominate proceedings but had to wait till injury time to get their sixth when Dipanda head home to score his 10th goal of the competition.

The win took Mohammedan SC’s tally to 13 points from 7 games and they will face East Bengal next on Saturday at Kalyani.

MOHAMMEDAN SC PLAY FOR PRIDE AGAINST RAILWAY FC

KOLKATA: In less than 48 hours from the grueling Kolkata Derby against Mohun Bagan in Kalyani, Mohammedan Sporting Club is set to take the field in Calcutta Football League when they face Railway FC on Wednesday at Barasat.

Mohammedan SC is placed third, with 10 points from 6 matches, behind Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and with the title race looking set to be decided between the top two sides in the table, the Black Panthers will be keen to present a good account of itself in the remaining matches.

The Black Panthers head into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat against Mohun Bagan and only a strange and highly unlikely set of results would see them finishing among the top teams in the table.

However, Mohammedan SC coach Biswajit Bhattacharya still believes there is plenty to play for and strictly advised his players to concentrate on the task at hand.

“I am happy about my team’s performance. Boys put up a brilliant performance in all the matches. We want to continue the good work in our remaining matches and finish the league on high,” coach Bhattacharya said.

Going into the match, Mohammedan SC will look to the likes of Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka, Jiten Murmu and Manvir Singh to inspire them to victory, though all three misfired against Mohun Bagan but coach Bhattacharya insists that the trio will be able to put the disappointment behind and prove themselves again.

Mohammedan SC has no noteworthy injury problems. However, coach Bhattacharya will have to make at least one change to his starting line-up, as skipper Rana Gharami is unavailable due to suspension, following his two yellow cards earlier in the league.

OLD FOES RENEW RIVALRY AS MOHAMMEDAN SC FACE SOUTHERN SAMITY

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will be aiming for all three points when they face Southern Samity in the ongoing CFL Premier Division – A at Barasat Stadium on Sunday.

Heading into the game on the back of a convincing 5-1 win over Tollygunge Agragami on Thursday, Mohamedan SC will be looking to overcome the challenge of a hectic schedule as they play their third game in a span of eight days.

The Black Panthers currently at fifth on 3 points from 2 games, and win will take them to third but coach Biswajit Bhattacharya has revealed that right now he is not ready to think about the points table and wants to take one game at a time.

“The league is very competitive and all teams are almost equal. Though we won our last match quite convincingly but I think there is still room for improvement and we need to maintain a certain level of consistency going forward,” coach Bhattacharya said.

Facing Southern Samity, coach Bhattacharya is likely to field the same starting line-up that earned club’s first victory against Tollygunge in over three years.

On the other hand, Southern Samity suffered a 3-0 defeat to Mohun Bagan in their first match but the Hemanto Dora-coached side has showed signs of improvement in a barren draw against Pathachakra Club.

Southern Samity will be banking heavily on their Nigerian striker Abubakar Ali Hassan for goals upfront, while the likes of Dipankar Roy, Lalawmpuia Pachuau, Rakesh Masih, Manish Maithani and Avinabo Bag are other key players in the side.

“Southern Samity is a tricky side who has the potential to beat any side on their given day and we have to be cautious against them, but having said that we are going for all three points tomorrow,” coach Bhattacharya added.

For the record, Mohammedan SC were beaten by Southern Samity twice in the 2016/17 I-League 2nd Division with a 2-0 score-line respectively. Coach Bhattacharya, however, feels the previous results will not have any bearing in their next clash, as the match between the same two sides will be played out between a completely different set of players.

The match at Barasat kicks off at 5.00 pm and it will be televised live on Kolkata TV.

MOHAMMEDAN SC GO DOWN TO PATHACHAKRA IN OPENER

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club open their campaign in the ongoing 2017/18 Calcutta Premier Division – A with a 2-4 defeat from Pathachakra Club on Sunday at Kalyani Stadium.

Joel Sunday’s 35th minute strike gave Pathachakra a solirary goal lead at halftime, before their skipper Manotosh Chakladar added the second twelve minutes after the break.

The Black Panthers’ comeback began in the 64th minute when their talismanic striker Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka reduced the deficit converting a brilliant free-kick before equalizing three minutes later from Sheikh Faiaz’s pass.

However, Babun Das found the target twice in the 64th and 83rd minute for Pathachakra which was enough to hand the Black Panthers their first defeat of the new season.

FOUR PLAYERS SIGNED AT IFA OFFICE

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club, on the eve of their 2017/18 Calcutta Premier Division – A opener, has registered four footballers at the Indian Football Association (IFA) Office on Saturday.

The players who got themselves registered are Muhammed Rashid Nalakath, Harjinder Singh, Gagan Kalyan and Muzammil Mazhar Khan, who were accompanied by club officials Belal Ahmed Khan and Akbar Ali.

Having registered 27 footballers over the past two weeks, the Black Panthers now have a total of 31 footballers registered for Kolkata’s top football competition.

Mohammedan SC will open their Calcutta Premier Division – A campaign against Pathachakra Club, who will be making their tournament debut, on Sunday (13 August 2017) at Kalyani Stadium.

The game kicks off at 3:00 pm and it will be televised live on Kolkata TV.

GENERAL SECRETARY CONFERRED WITH KHEL GAURAV SAMMAN

CLUB RECEIVES AWARD FOR GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Hony. General Secretary Mr. Ghazal Uz Zafar has been conferred with the Khel Gaurav Samman 2017, being the youngest General Secretary in Indian club football, by Phoenix India Research & Development Group in Kolkata Press Club on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old businessman, took over as the General Secretary in December 2015 and under his regime the Black Panthers became runners-up in 2016/17 Calcutta Football League after 8 long years before lifting the title in 2016 All India Governor’s Gold Cup in Sikkim for the first time since 1980.

“This is an amazing honour for me to receive this award. This will serve as good motivation for me in future,” said Mr. Zafar.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan Sporting Club itself won the award for the best Grassroots Development Programme in Kolkata. The club was commended for it’s efforts to promote and develop grassroots football.

“The award is meaningful as it shows that we are on the right track in developing the youth. The recognition would motivate us to do more,” said club’s Youth Development Chairman Mr. Sharique Ahmed, who received the award on behalf of Mohammedan Sporting Club.

Mr. Ahmed also believes that the programme can still be improved and has an immense potential to cover more ground.