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.

Black Panthers crown Gold Cup champions

BODOLAND, KOKRAJHAR, ASSAM: Mohammedan Sporting Club clinched the title in the 19th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup after beating Oil India 5-4 in a penalty shootout following a thrilling 0-0 draw on Sunday night.

It was an exceptional final with everything the thousands of fans who packed themselves into KDSA Stadium in Bodoland, Assam could have asked for.

Mohammedan SC started the brighter of the two teams and should have gone ahead; however, skipper Philip Adjah proved wasteful in his efforts, despite being put through on goal twice.

It was almost all Mohammedan SC for the first ten minutes, but as the match commenced Oil India slowly imposed their style on the match, slowing it in the midfield and then attacking into the final third at pace. They looked particularly dangerous through the overlapping runs of Jayanta Basumatary.

Nonetheless, Charles Atcha came closest to breaking the deadlock for Mohammedan SC in the 31st minute when he rose highest to head Safiul Rahman’s ball into the area; however, Oil India goalkeeper Nihal Das tipped the powerful effort on to the crossbar.

Then Adjah came close to opening the scoring with a fine 25-yard volley, but his effort narrowly missed the post as both teams went into the break scoreless.

The second-half saw Oil India starting to look more comfortable amongst themselves, with some great strings of passes pieced together in the middle, but they struggled to find that killer final pass.

Sourav Chakraborty, who got the nod for this match over Laltu Mondal, put in a stellar performance. The gloveman commanded his penalty area and was able to halt some powerful efforts from Oil India’s Tulya Das and William Gangte.

Also playing out of his skin today was Prosenjit Pal who managed the back-line with finesse and made a couple of incredibly crucial tackles to halt Sirandeep Moran, which Mohammedan SC really needed him to make.

Thereafter, the home side continued to probe and made an attacking substitution in search of the goal as Geremsha Basumatary replaced Tridip Hazarika in the 69th minute.

As the match progressed Oil India did all the attacking and it took everything Mohammedan SC had left in their tank to deny the onslaught from Oil India. Sourav also made a number of telling saves to keep his side in the contest.

At full-time with the teams deadlocked the match headed to directly to a penalty shootout where Black Panthers proved to be better shooters and prevailed 5-4.

Oil India was first up and both teams nailed their first two kicks. However, Sourav continued his heroics by halting the third kick from Oil India, and with Mohammedan SC slotting their remaining kicks, they were crowned winners of the 19th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup.

Mohammedan SC Wary Of Oil India’s ‘Revenge Mission’

KOKRAJHAR, BODOLAND, ASSAM: Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Raghunath Nandy has refused to buy into the favourites tag on his team’s head ahead of their Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup final clash against Oil India, Dhulijan.

The meeting set for Sunday night at KDSA Stadium in Bodoland, Assam sees two former champions go head-to-head in what is seen as a grudge match.

Black Panthers are currently enjoying a rich vein of form and will be looking at the likes of skipper Philip Adjah, Charles Atcha and Kamran Farooque for inspiration.

However, the final match will not be an easy one as Oil India lost 3-1 against Mohammedan SC earlier this month in the 65th Bordoloi Trophy final and with the result still fresh on everyone’s minds, Oil India will surely want to turn the tables around.

“We are fully aware that the opponent is eager to take revenge, and as such, we need to be on our toes. We have no right to be on flat foot. We need to be fully aware that we are playing against a team that has quality individuals,” Nandy told mohammedansportingindia.com.

The former East Bengal defender says the final will be a open contest despite exhibiting an output which has clearly put his team above their opponents for the championship clash.

For many a fan, Black Panthers are the favourite to win the ultimate at the knockout competition, but Nandy is not willing give ear to that assertion and insisted that Oil India have an equal chance of being crowned champions.

“We are not favourites. From a tactical point of view‚ the set up for both teams is almost similar. Both teams have the equal chance of winning the competition. Since this is a knockout tournament every game was like a final and it will be same against Oil India. We will put in our best to make sure we win,” Nandy said.

The veteran tactician also mentioned his team will go to the final aiming to put smiles on faces of Black Panthers faithful.

“We need to put smiles on the faces of our supporters. They are that driving force and they are that fuelling factor that is keeping us moving,” he conlcuded.

The match at KDSA Stadium in Bodoland, Assam will kick-off at 7 pm.

Mohammedan SC oust ASEB to reach Gold Cup final

KOKRAJHAR, BODOLAND, ASSAM: Mohammedan Sporting Club booked their place in the final of the 19th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup after they edged past Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) 1-0 in the semifinal played at KDSA Stadium in Bodoland, Assam on Friday.

Skipper Philip Adjah Tetteh continued his rich vein of form by scoring the winner in the 35th minute.

Going into the match coach Raghunath Nandy made a couple of changes to side by handing starts to Firoz Ali and trialist Saubhagya Majhi at the expense of Debasish Pradhan and Satyam Sharma.

The opening 10 minutes was a rather scrappy affair, with both teams unable to hold onto the ball long enough to create any decent scoring opportunities.

The first effort on goal only came in the 15th minute, when Charles Atcha met a left-sided cross from Safiul Rahman, but he headed his effort wide of the ASEB goal.

Four minutes later Adjah came bitterly close to opening the lead but his close range effort was superbly saved by the ASEB custodian Daoga Brahma.

Adjah then continued to terrorize the ASEB defense, setting up another two chances for Charles, but the Ivorian forward squandered both.

Mohammedan SC, thereafter, continued to press on, and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 35th minute though Adjah.

It was a goal made in football heaven, involving a glorious passing movement featuring a number of players, and with classic one-touch football, they carved open the ASEB defense, leaving the Ghanaian with a simple tap-in.

From the goal onwards, Black Panthers dominated the proceedings, but poor decision-making let them down in the final third which saw Nandy’s charges went into the breather with only a solitary goal lead.

The second-half saw Mohammedan SC continue to attack with ease, but Daoga kept his side in the contest with a number of fine saves, including one to deny Adjah his brace in the 54th minute.

However, some sloppy defending from Black Panthers 15 minutes into the second-half gave ASEB the chance to equalize, but Laltu Mondal did very well as he came out to block Jwambla Brahma from close range, before Karma Narzary missed the target on the follow-up.

Mohammedan SC then took the ball up to the opposite end of the pitch and looked set to double their lead when Charles arrived unmarked in the box to get on the end of a cross, but his header was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Daoga.

The game remained on a knife-edge, making for riveting viewing as both teams pushed and probed for a breakthrough.

ASEB were certainly still very much in the game, and Laltu was at it again when he showed fantastic reflexes to keep out Karma’s point-blank volley in the 76th minute.

Opportunities then followed for Black Panthers to kill off the game, but Firoz Ali miscued with a back-post volley, before Adjah had a shot in the box blocked.

While the game neared the conclusion ASEB players started protesting against referee’s every decision and didn’t want to continue playing. Situation went from bad to worse when fans invaded the pitch and Mohammedan SC players had to be escorted from the field

When the game finally resumed, Mohammedan SC were able to survive the final few minutes without much threat to their goal to setup a final date with old foes Oil India on Sunday.

Mohammedan face ASEB in Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup semi

BODOLAND, KOKRAKHAR, ASSAM: Mohammedan Sporting Club will face former champions Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) in the semifinal of the 19th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup on Friday (November 23, 2018) at KDSA Ground in Bodoland, Assam, kick-off 7 pm.

Although Black Panthers defeated Daimalu FC, Udalguri 2-1 in the quarterfinal on Tuesday, coach Ragunath Nandy has admitted that his team were not at their best, but they did what needed to be done in order to get a result.

“In a tournament like this we have to be adapted to every situation. We have to be mentally ready because our aim is to qualify to the next round. Every match is different according to the situation. We will use the suitable strategy. We need to win and make our fans satisfied. I receive messages from fans who say they are happy with Mohammedan SC’s performance, and this makes us stronger,” he said.

Mohammedan pip Daimalu FC to reach Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup semis

KOKRAJHAR, BODOLAND, ASSAM: Mohammedan Sporting Club booked their place in the semifinals of the 19th Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup after beating Udalguri-based Daimalu FC 2-1 in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday at KDSA Ground in Bodoland, Assam.

Debasish Pradhan (53′) and Philip Adjah (67′) were on target for Black Panthers before Daimalu FC pulled a goal back in stoppage time though Sukur Singh.

The game lacked any real rhythm in the opening exchanges with both sides guilty of squandering possession too easily, in what was a cagey and somewhat frustrating start to the game.

Mohammedan SC, though, looked the more likely to open the scoring and almost did so in the 8th minute when Charles Atcha forced his way through on the left side of the box only to shot into a defender.

Black Panthers were moving the ball swiftly and crispy using the pace of Adjah and Safiul Rahman to penetrating the defense of Daimalu FC.

Meanwhile, Daimalu FC had their first chance of the encounter in the 16th minute when they were awarded a free-kick just outside the box, however, it was expertly punched away by Laltu Mondal in the Mohammedan SC goal.

Five minutes later, Charles almost pulled Mohammedan SC ahead but his effort cleared the bar.

Mohammedan SC, at the half hour mark, had another chance when the enterprising Satyam Sharma crossed from the right and Adjah shot first time, but straight at the rival custodian.

Thereafter, neither side were able to create any further chances in the first-half with the score deadlocked 0-0 as the teams headed for the change room at the break.

The game burst into life after the interval. Daimalu FC goalkeeper was called into action in the first minute of the second-half and pulled off a stunning safe to deny Satyam.

Black Panthers were all over Daimalu FC and asking more and more questions. Daimalu FC keeper produced another glorious save to keep Raghu Nandy’s charges at bay when he denied Adjah in a one-on-one inside the box, diving full length to stop the ball from going in.

But the pressure eventually told and Mohammedan SC stormed into the lead when Debasish slotted from close range in the 53rd minute after receiving the ball from midfield.

The setback served to awaken Daimalu FC from their slumber and they threw players forward with abandon, in search of an equalizer.

While Daimalu FC pushed for the equalizer they left a lots of gaps in the process, which Mohammedan SC exploited when Adjah got on the score-sheet in the 67th minute.

Nonetheless, Daimalu FC did manage to find a consolation goal in recognition of their efforts as Sukur Singh slotted in stoppage time after a failed clearance by defender Ayan Roy Chowdhury fell for the midfielder.

Philip Adjah helps young footballer

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club skipper Philip Adjah Tetteh made an incredible gesture as the Ghanaian hit-man donated money to Rehan Alam, an underprivileged footballer from Club’s youth development programme.

The 8-year-old Rehan participated in Club’s AIFF Grassroots Football festival held at Mohammedan Sporting Ground on this past Wednesday where he caught the eye’s of Adjah, who attended the event as a guest.

Adjah donated money for Rehan’s education and bought a couple of pairs of boots for him. He also assured Rehan’s parents all kinds of future assistance.

Mohammedan SC Organised Annual Grassroots Festival

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club celebrated AIFF Annual Grassroots Football Day on Wednesday (14 November 2018) by organizing  Grassroots Football Festival at Mohammedan Sporting Ground. The Club has also inaugurated the Black Panthers Football Schools on the occasion.

Mohammedan SC — under newly appointed Head of Youth Development Yan Law and Chairman of Youth Development Programme SK. Wasim Akram — has intensified their grassroots activity with an aim to reach out to maximum number of kids from the Kolkata and neighbouring areas.

A large number of kids in the age group of 6 to 15 years from the Club’s Youth Development Programme participated in matches and drills that were both fun and engaging. Besides providing more footballing lessons, a key focus of this festival is to instil positive values in youths who are at the crucial stage of development.

While developing good players is part of the development strategy for the Club, having the coaches develop at the same pace as the players will be the key to success, and for the same Mohammedan Sporting Club is organizing AIFF ‘D’ License Coaching Course next month.

Bordoloi Trophy 2018: It was a satisfactory result, says Raghu Nandy

BHUBANESHWAR: Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Raghunath Nandy has expressed his immense pride in his players after they claimed the title in the 65th Bordoloi Trophy with a 3-1 victory over Oil India in the final played at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahati on Thursday.

“I am no good for words right now. I’m just really just super proud of everyone,” an emotional Raghu Nandy said.

“It was a satisfactory result and we worked very hard. I won’t take anything away from Oil India. They showed how good they are. It was tough, it was a final and you have got to grind it out.” he added.

“There’s nothing much to say.” These were the words of Oil India coach Subrata Bhattacharya (Jr.) after having watched his side’s unacceptable showing.

“Mohammedan deserved this win,” added Bhattacharya. “They showed hunger and they didn’t allow us space to play, credit to them.”

“We made a lot of errors and in such high level competitive games, if you make such errors, you will pay for the prize. It was not a bad performance from my team. I regret that we were not effective and the team was not at it’s best level,” he concluded.

Bordoloi Trophy 2018: Mohammedan clinch first title after 27 years

GUWAHATI: Mohammedan Sporting Club clinched the title in the 65th Bordoloi Trophy after beating Oil India 3-1 in the final played at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahti on Thursday.

Chrales Atcha put the Black Panthers ahead in the 26th minute before Philip Adjah scored twice in the 58th and 62nd minute. Meanwhile, Sirandip Moran pulled a goal back for Oil India in the 87th minute.

It was a match that Mohammedan SC dominated in possession with more than 60% going their way in the first 45 minutes as Oil India were content with defending deep into their own half hoping to catch Black Panthers on the break using the speed of twin strikers Sirandip and Mintu Boro.

However, Mohammedan SC never had it all their way in this contest as Oil India frustrated them by thwarting most of their forward moves, resulting in the Brazilians getting their first shot on goals in the 19th minute when Philip Adjah shot wide on the left after receiving a loose ball just outside the box.

There was another chance for Mohammedan SC to open the scoring in the 23rd minute when Ujjal Howladar was put through by Kamran Farooque, but like Adjah, he shot wide on the left before turning a provider to Charles three minutes later.

Thereafter, Mohammedan SC continued to dominate proceedings creating multiple chances for Adjah and Charles up front. However, the duo failed to capitalise and the score stayed 1-0.

The opening quarter of the second-half saw Mohammedan SC push up in numbers. Their dominance finally culminated into a goal in the 58th minute when Adjah found the back of the net. The Ghanaian striker timed his run to perfection to slot home from close range.

Four minutes later Adjah increased Mohammedan SC’s lead further to take his individual tally in the competition to four goals.

Towards the end Oil India went all out and were also rewarded with a goal in the 87th minute courtesy Sirandip, but that was all Oil India could manage as Mohammedan SC, thereafter, managed to hold on to their two goal cushion to clinch their first Bordoloi Trophy title since 1991.

This is Mohammedan SC’s 6th overall Bordoloi Trophy title. They were awarded Rs. 3 lakhs and the Bordoloi Trophy while Laltu Mondal and Philip Adjah were as the Best Goalkeeper and Man of the Tournament Respectively.

The entire team has decided this victory to the memory all those Bengali people who were killed in Assam recently.