Sultan Ahmed Memorial U-14 Football Tournament Begins At Mohammedan Sporting Ground

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Youth Development Project XI beat East Bengal 5-4 on penalties in the opener of the inaugural Sultan Ahmed Memorial U-14 Football Tournament on Saturday at Mohammedan Sporting Ground.

However, the Tournament Organising Committee found that YDP XI were playing with some overage players therefore the match was awarded to East Bengal and YDP XI has been disqualified.

Through this decision the Tournament Organising Committee sent an message that there is zero tolerance for age fraud and they won’t spare anyone whether if it’s their own team.

Meanwhile, later in the day Bhawanipore Club beat HDSA 3-0 on penalites followed by a match between Mohun Bagan and Gangadharpur Academy which Mohun Bagan won 4-0.

The match between Mohammedan Sporting Club and United Bengal Football Academy  rounded off the day. Young Panthers won the match 3-0.

Tomrorrow East Bengal will take on Mohun Bagan in the first semi-final at 9:00 AM followed by the second semi-final between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Bhawanipore Club at 10:30 AM.

Sultan Ahmed Memorial U-14 Youth Football Championship To Begin On Saturday

KOLKATA: We at Mohammedan Sporting Club are delighted to announce that the inaugural Sultan Ahmed Memorial U-14 Youth Football Championship will commence from Saturday (24th February 2018) at Mohammedan Sporting Ground. Final will be played on Sunday (25th February 2018) in presence of Guest In Chief Former India Captain Mr. Prasun Banerjee and Guest of Honour Mrs. Sajda Ahmed, M.P.

8 teams will be participating in the knockout competition that will be played at Mohammedan Sporting Ground. Winner of the competition will get Sultan Ahmed Memorial U-14 Youth Football Championship and cash award of Rs. 50000 while runners-up will receive Rs. 35000.

Participating teams are Mohammedan Sporting Club, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, United Bengal Football Academy, HDSA, Gangadhar Football Academy, Bhawanipore Club, Mohammedan Sporting YDP.

2017/18 2ND DIVISION LEAGUE TO BE DIVIDED INTO TWO PHASES

KOLKATA 19 February 2018: The 2017/18 2nd Division League will be divided into two phases – the preliminary and the final. In the preliminary stage, 18 teams will be divided into three groups where all matches would be played on a home and away basis.

The winners of each group plus the best second-placed team would qualify for the final round. However, if reserve teams of ISL clubs finish as winners or runners-up in any group, the position will be passed on onto the next non-ISL team.

The final round will be played at a central venue, the winners of which would be promoted to the next tier of Indian Football.

Each club can register maximum 3 foreign players for the 2nd division league out of which one player has to be a national of an AFC Member Association.

MOHAMMEDAN BEAT CKP TO ADVANCE INTO STEEL EXPRESS CUP SEMIFINALS

KOLKATA 19 February 2018: Mohammedan Sporting Club beat South Eastern Railway Sports Association (CKP) on Monday 2-1 to advance for the semi-finals of the 27th Steel Express Football Tournament in Chakradharpur at Jharkhand. The Black Panthers are participating in the competiton as a part of their preparations for upcoming 2017/18 2nd Division League.

After a barren first-half at Iqbal Singh Sandhu Stadium, Lalmohan Hansda’s 65th minute strike put the home side ahead.

However, Cho Lepcha (87th) and Jiten Murmu (89th) scored two quick goals at the death to settle the issue for the Black Panthers.

Mohammedan Sporting Club will play the semi-final against Metro Railway on Sunday (25th Februray 2018).

MOHAMMEDAN SC TO PARTICIPATE IN STEEL EXPRESS CUP

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will participate in the 27th Steel Express Cup at Sersa, Chakradharpur in Jharkhand, as a part of their preparations for upcoming 2017/18 2nd Division League.

The 22-member squad led by Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya will leave for Chakradharpur tomorrow in Ispat Express at 6:30 AM from Howrah Station.

Previously the Black Panthers have won the tournament twice in 2001 and 2011.

The player’s list for the tournament is as follows:

Players:

Goalkeepers- Subham Roy, Suvam Sen

Defenders- Kamran Farooque, Ainish Zamadar, Ankit Mukherjee, Dalraj Singh, Arijeet Singh, Muslim Molla, Sourav Chakraborty

Midfielders– Debasish Pradhan, Prohlad Roy, Imran Khan, Irfan Khan,  Jot Masih, Tirthankar Sarkar, Ripon Rahman, Satyam Sarma, Rahul Jaiswal, Cho Lepcha

Forwards- Jiten Murmu, Pritam Sarkar, Amir Hossain

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach- Biswajit Bhattacharya
Goalkeeper Coach- Partha Chakraborty
Manager- Belal Ahmed Khan
Physio- Biswajit Roy

MOHAMMEDAN SC RETURN TO TRAINING

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club began their prepartaions for the forthcoming 2017/18 2nd Division League on Monday at Club ground. The Black Panthers have been in recess, following the conclusion of 2017 Calcutta Football League.

The inaugural training session of 2018 began with an introductory process between the players, coaching staff and club officials, followed by some physical drills under the watchful eyes of head coach Biswajit Bhattacharya, to evaluate fitness levels of players before starting full fledged training.

“We are happy to be back on the field,” said Coach Bhattacharya, who has his sight set on winning back the promotion in I-League and aims to get all the players in top shape before the 2nd Division League begins in the second week of March.

“It’s going to be a tough competititon. I need to prepare the players with that in mind so that they can play at their best all the way till the end,” the gaffer added.

“It won’t be easy because we have only just assembled a squad. But we have got a really good bunch of players that I am confident will transform into a strong unit.” he concluded.

The Black Panthers have opted for a relatively young side, and are looking at their young guns to deliver.

Meanwhile, the club have been able to retain the core of the young Indian contingent, who have the likes of Jiten Murmu, Tirthankar Sarkar, Prahlad Roy, Ankit Mukherjee, Kamran Farooque, Debasish Pradhan, Satyam Sarma and Amir Hossain in their ranks. The club has also secured the services of Trinidadian ace Wills Plaza, who will join the team later this month.

The club has currently signed a total of 21 players and are confident of completing the remaining signings over the course of the next couple of weeks.

WHY WILLIS PLAZA WILL SUCCEED AT MOHAMMEDAN SC

KOLKATA: All eyes will be on Willis Plaza when Mohammedan Sporting Club kick-off their I-League 2nd Division campaign in March.

The jury is out as to whether the Trinidadian is the right man to lead the line for the Black Panthers, but there is quiet optimism at the 127-year-old club.

There will be an obligatory heap of pressure riding on Plaza’s shoulders. This will no doubt be amplified by his past experience in Kolkata. The striker, despite making a blistering start at Indian soil scoring 5 goals in first 8 matches, failed to breakthrough at East Bengal during his one-and-a-half year long stint.

As a result, it is imperative that the 30-year-old hits the ground running for the sake of Mohammedan SC, and his own career progression.

The best way to do that, of course, is by rattling in the goals and Plaza won’t be fussy over how he justifies his status as top marksman.

His critics will raise questions about his work rate by saying that he scored only 7 goals this season in 17 appearances, but statistics don’t always tell the full story.

It’s a fact that strikers will always be judged on how many goals they score. Goals win games and that is why they are always the most important players in the squad.

However, the modern game has changed. Strikers have to do more than that in most tactical systems and Plaza’s ability to play as a lone forward, or with a partner up front, makes him extremely attractive.

Strong in the air, technically sound and quick enough to cause panic, Plaza can play for a team that looks to dominate teams through possession. He can either play on the shoulder of the last defender, or with his back to goal. He can be a link man as well as an out and out striker.

The Trinidadian has never lacked ambition or self-confidence and he can surely match up to the best, now this is his chance to prove that.

THERE IS A LOT OF THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO – WILLIS PLAZA

KOLKATA:  Mohammedan Sporting Club’s new Trinidadian ace Willis Deon Plaza said he is delighted with the opportunity to play for the Black Panthers and vowed to do his best to help the club to get promotion in the I-League.

“Mohammedan Sporting Club is arguably one of the biggest clubs in India and I am very happy to be here,” said the former East Bengal striker.

“It’s an honour to be associated with the Black Panthers family. I want to achieve a lot of things here. I want to score goals for the club and help the club to qualify for I-League.”

“When I got the offer from Mohammedan Sporting Club, I didn’t hesitate for one moment that I want to be here,” he added.

“I am excited for the new challenge, I am very excited and hopefully I can contribute to the team’s success.” Plaza concluded.

MOHAMMEDAN SC ROPES WILLIS PLAZA

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club ahead of 2017/18 2nd Division League beefed up their squad with signing of Trinidadian ace Willis Deon Plaza.

The 30-year-old marksman becomes the Black Panthers’ first foreign signing for the 2nd Division League and the first ever North American player at the club.

General Secretary Mr. Ghazal uz Zafar was delighted with the newest addition to the squad and said, “I am extremely happy to have secured the services of Plaza. 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 very best for the season.”

Having completed formalities, an excited Plaza said, “I have heard a lot about Mohammedan Sporting Club. It’s an honour to be a part of such a big club. I can’t wait to join my teammates and begin training.”

Plaza, who joined East Bengal from San Juan Jabloteh FC ahead of 2016/17 I-League, scored 14 goals for the Red and Golds in all competitions. He also represented his country 23 times and scored 7 goals.

Mohammedan thrash East Bengal to make it eight out of eight in U-13 Youth League

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club continued their superb form in the U-13 Youth League, as they thrashed East Bengal 4-0 to log their eighth successive win in Kolkata Zonal Round at Kamalgazi Sorts Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Mohammedan SC who led 2-0 at interval thanks to a goal each from Irfan Mondal (28′) and Sahil Ghosh (35+1′), struck two quick goals in second-half through Sujay Buduk (52′) and Koushik Paul (54′).

The Young Panthers enjoyed the early dominance in the match, though they were nearly stunned in the 6th minute when East Bengal striker Jit Sarkar let fly with the left foot and clipped the top of the crossbar.

In the 26th minute it was the hosts’ turn to be denied by the woodwork, as winger Rajesh Singh got a shot away from just inside the penalty area, but watched in frustration as the ball rebounded to safety off the inside of the post.

However, the Young Panthers claimed the lead in less than two minutes, as defender Irfan Mondal took advantage of some poor marking at a corner kick to score with a superb diving header.

The hosts didn’t have to wait long for the second goal to arrive as winger Sahil Ghosh played a one-two with skipper Sujay Buduk before firing home a shot from inside the box, giving East Bengal keeper Tritam Lodh no chance.

The visitors tried to fought back in the second-half, as striker Ratan Burman almost scored a superb solo goal, only to see his chip over keeper Afroz Ahmed rebound off the post.

However, any thoughts East had of a comeback went up in smoke in the 52nd minute when substitute Koushik Paul played a superb pass to put Sujay through and the striker made no mistake one-on-one with the keeper and made it 3-0 Mohammedan SC.

Two minutes later Koushik went from provider to scorer when he ran onto a fine pass from midfielder Bhuto Singh before guiding a shot beyond Tritam to make it 4-0 and wrap up a great afternoon for the Young Panthers.

Mohammedan SC now have perfect 24 points from 8 outing and will host HDSA next on 7 Januray 2017.