Arthur Kouassi Looking Forward To Adjah Partnership

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club, on Wednesday, have registered Ivorian striker Arthur Kouassi at the Indian Football Association (IFA) Office for the ongoing 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League.

The former Gokulam Kerala FC striker was accompanied by Club official Mr. Belal Ahmed Khan to the IFA Office.

“It won’t take long for me to settle in. I am feeling comfortable from the very first day here. In a big club like Mohammedan SC you have to be tuned in all the time. Definitely it’s challenging but challenges are good because that’s how you grow. I will make sure to repay the confidence and trust the club have shown in me.” Kouassi told mohammedansportingindia.com.

Kouassi says he is looking forward to form a effective partnership with Philip Adjah.

“Adjah is a great player. He is kind of player who play for you. He can score, but he also give good balls for you to score.” Kouassi noted.

“It will be a pleasure to play alongside him. I hope to be able to form a good partnership with him” he added.

Kouassi will wear the number 7 on the back at Mohammedan Sporting Club.

Mohammedan SC Rope In Ivorian Striker Desmos Arthur Kouassi 

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club is delighted to announce the signing of Ivorian striker Desmos Arthur Kouassi on a deal that runs until the end of the 2018/19 season.

The much-travled Kouassi has been added to the squad to strengthen attacking options further as the Club is looking for someone who can compliment skipper Philip Adjah Tetteh.

Kouassi began his career with Chinese Super League club Shenzhen FC in 2012, before moving to Hong Kong First Division side Citizen AA for the 2013 season. After leaving Hong Kong, Kouassi spent three seasons in the Philippines with Manila Jeepney and Global FC. During his time with Global FC, they reached the 2016 UFL Cup final, where they lost 3-1 to Ceres. After leaving Global FC, Kouassi scored six goals in thirteen games for Chin United in the Myanmar National League during the first half of 2017. In the second half of 2017, Kouassi returned to Philippines with Ilocos United, scoring eleven goals in twenty games before leaving in early 2018. In April 2018, Kouassi joined Mongolian Premier League side Ulaanbaatar City FC, where he has played under current Neroca FC coach Manuel Retamero Fraile.

Kouassi, who has represented Ivory Coast at youth level on five occasions, has also turned out for Gokulam Kerala FC in the current edition of I-League, before parting ways by mutual consent after both parties had a dispute.

Management Keeps Faith In Raghu Nandy

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporitng Club Management, led by Hony. General Secretary Jb. Mohammad Qamaruddin, has decided to keep faith in current incumbent Mr. Raghunath Nandy, who wished to resign after the Black Panthers suffered a 3-0 away defeat against Chhinga Venga FC in 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round on Friday.

Jb. Qamaruddin felt changing coach isn’t the solutions to the Black Panthers’ problems and since Mr. Nandy’s has been in charge since the begining of the season so he has a better chance of brining the team back on track. Mohammedan Sporting Club will resume training from February 5, 2019 at Club ground.

Young Panthers’ performance offeres promise

KOLKATA: Despite putting up a valiant effort Mohammedan Sporting Club U-13’s journey in the 2019 All India U-13 Padmashree Sailen Manna Smirity Gold Cup finished in the semi-final after they went down against Bidhan Nagar Football Academy.

The Young Panthers began their campaign in the knockout competition with  a 1-0 victory over Southern Samity before registering a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Avenue Sammilani.

However, The Young Panthers’ journey in the competition came to an end when they went down 0-1 against Bidhan Nagar Football Academy. Despite the heartbreaking defeat The Young Pnathers’ all-round performance offered promise and shows that under the leadership of Hony. Football Secretary Jb. Sharique Ahmed and Youth Development Chairman Jb. Wasim Akram, The Club is heading in the right direction in terms of youth development.

Spirited Chhinga Veng Ease Past Mohammedan SC

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered yet another crushing defeat in the 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League when Chhinga Veng FC beat them 3-0 in an Preliminary Round Group C encounter on Friday.

MS Dawngliana (2′), Lalromawia (25′) and Lalmuanzova (81′) were on target for the hosts at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl.

Going into the match Mohammedan SC manager Raghunath Nandy made five changes to the side by handing starts to debutante Asif Ali Molla alongside Stephenson Pale, Joyroseland Mrong Kharraswai, Amarendu Chakraborty and Priyant Singh at the expense of Nirmal Munda, Laltu Hembram, Safiul Rahman, Kushant Chuhan and Laltu Mondal.

Chhinga Veng were the better side in the opening exchanges and they managed to grab an early goal through MS Dawngliana, the speedy forward outpaced the Mohammedan SC defence, before firing past goalkeeper Priyant Singh to make it 1-0 to Chhinga Veng two minutes into the game.

From that goal onwards, Chhinga Veng dominated the proceedings, but poor decision-making let them down in the final third.

Nonetheless, Chhinga Veng’s pressure finally paid off as they doubled their lead in the 25th minute. A well-crafted move saw Chhinga Veng switch the play from left to right allowing Lalliansanga to set up Lalromawia, who received the ball on his chest before hitting the back of the net from inside the box.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC were presented with an opportunity to pull one back in the 35th minute, but Prosenjit Chakraboty’s effort from a corner was well saved by Chhinga Veng keeper Zothanmawia.

Philip Adjah was isolated upfront and more of a spectator, and failed to make any telling contribution.

Chhinga Veng, thereafter, continued to attack the rival goal and had a couple of really close chances, but poor finishing in the final third meant the first-half ended 2-0.

Chhinga Veng failed to control the game the way they did in the first stanza and Mohammedan SC managed to carve out a chance in the 49th minute after some neat interplay, but Zothanmawia saved comfortably from Mohammad Amirul.

Mohammedan SC launched attacks relentlessly, but Chhinga Veng – thanks as much to good defending as their opponents’ ineptitude – held them at bay before Lalmuanzova put the game to bed with a 81st-minute strike.

The victory took Chhinga Veng to the top of Group C with 7 points from 3 matches while Mohammedan SC on fifth with one point.

MOHAMMEDAN SC XI – Priyant Singh (GK), Balwinder Singh, Moses Zutah, Prosenjit Pal, Prosenjit Chakraborty (Kushant Chauhan – 80′), Asif Ali Molla, Amarendu Chakraborty (Firoj Ali – 64′), Pankaj Moula (Mohammad Amirul – 39′), Joyroseland Mrong Kharraswai, Stephanson Pale, Philip Adjah.

You Need To Exploit Pressure For Motivation, Says Raghu Nandy

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club manager Raghunath Nandy insists he thrives in pressure situations as his side gears up for Friday’s Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round fixture against Chhinga Veng FC at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl, kick-off 2 pm.

Nandy came under pressure from their supporters after a lethargic performance by his team resulted in a 1-1 draw with NBP Rainbow Athletic Club in their previous league fixture, and he has it all to do now to convince the Mohammedan SC faithful that he is the right man for the job.

However, the concern Nandy has over Mohammedan SC’s slow start to the season doesn’t give him sleepless nights, as he argues The Black Panthers have enough quality to shake themselves out of their slumber.

The draw with Rainbow AC put Mohammedan SC in an awkward position, and they will look to get themselves out of that predicament by winning convincingly against Chhinga Veng.

Tactically Mohammedan SC looked poorer with defenders were exposed and looked incredibly vulnerable. There was no intensity in their play, they kept playing long balls, losing possession cheaply and failed to find the penetration needed to threaten the rival goal.

Nandy has acknowledged that things have to improve in order to win their next fixture.

“We can’t be coming out flat like that,” said Nandy. “We have to find a way to recover the team. This is a match where we need to show character.”

The former defender conceded that he will be under a considerable amount of pressure to win against Chhinga Veng, but he insists pressure can sometimes be a positive influence.

‘‘About the pressure‚ every coach‚ every player that comes here to Mohammedan SC needs to understand‚ needs to accept that pressure‚” Nandy told mohammedansportingindia.com.

“Our job is to close the pressure because this is a big club that has got high expectations from the fans. We need to manage this pressure for the positive.”

‘‘As a person 25 years in this job of coaching I understand if this pressure puts you in trouble‚ then this is a big problem. You need to exploit this pressure for motivation, to motivate the players,” he added.

Hero 2nd Division League: Raghu Nandy Wants ‘A Big Push’ Against Rainbow AC

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club manager Raghunath Nandy, wants ‘a big push’ from his team as they look to bounce back from their opening day defeat when they face Rainbow Athletic Club on Thursday, kick-off 2 pm.

The Black Panthers face Rainbow AC at Barasat Stadium in their second Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round clash, but go into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat against ATK Reserves last weekend. Rainbow AC, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Chhinga Veng FC on their Hero 2nd Division League debut on Monday.

Nandy is hoping that his side can forget about the result on Saturday and focus on getting back on track.

Speaking to mohammedansportingindia.com ahead of the clash, Nandy said, “We need a big push from the players to put the past defeat behind. We will field a team that is ready tactically, physically and with the desire to go win the game.”

It’s a match Nandy will obviously be desperate to get a reaction from his men, but has admitted he faces a tough task to lift the battered morale of his players.

“It’s never feels good when you lose a match, but we still have a lot of work to do.” Nandy said. “Even in the dressing room we are being realistic because there are still many matches to play and many points to play for. We need to remind players that it’s not the end of the world.”

Despite losing to ATK Reserves, Mohammedan SC played a good brand of football and were let down by their finishing in the last third, with one such noticeable player being Philip Adjah Tetteh, who time and again found himself in good space but failed to convert and seemed like an attacker, who was suffering from lack of confidence.

However, there is little doubt in Nandy’s mind about Adjah’s ability to contribute goals and assists consistently, as he backs the Ghanaian to rediscover his goal-scoring form.

Going into the match Nandy is expected to make a few tactical changes as Kushant Chauhan is likely to start with Adjah upfront which means Pankaj Moula will move to a more central role. Prosenjit Chakraborty could be preferred over Amarendu Chakraborty on the right wing while Balwinder Singh might be shifted from centre back to right back with Moses Zutah partnering Prosenjit Pal at the heart of the defence.

Nandy insisted that everyone‚ including the Black Panthers faithfuls must have faith in the team and have belief that they are capable of eking out the needed result against Rainbow AC.

Black Panthers Sign Ghanaian Defender Moses Zutah

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have added Ghanaian defender Moses Zutah to their roster for the ongoing Hero 2nd Division League 2018/19.

”I am very happy, thanks to the General Secretary Mr. Mohammad Qamaruddin and everyone for making this move possible. I am delighted to be a Black Panther,” Moses told mohammedansportingindia.com.

Moses joins the the Black Panthers from Ghana-based Revelation FC.  He has completed his registration at Indian Football Association (IFA) office this afternoon, and will be available for selection for Mohammedan Sporting’s second Hero 2nd Division League preliminary round fixture against Rainbow Athletic Club on Thursday.

Raghu Nandy Demands Immediate Response After Opening Day Loss

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club manager Raghunath Nandy acknowledged his side were not on par with ATK Reserves following their 2-0 defeat in 2018/19 Hero 2nd Division League opener on Saturday afternoon at Kalyani Stadium.

Black Panthers were beaten after a convincing display from ATK Reserves, who created the greater chances and looked threatening each time they poured forward, and Nandy admits his side were a level below their counterparts in their on-field display.

“They had better energy and better intentions – I think we were a yard away from what they were doing,” he said after the game. “Each time we got the ball we lost it, and they were faster on transitions. When we regained possession, we were not as swift or as quick.”

Nandy noted that set-pieces, from which both of the game’s goals were scored, are a vital component of the game, and hopes his side will be able to bounce back quickly from the loss.

“We just need to go back and re-think what happened today. I believe in the group and I know that they will pick themselves up and respond from this defeat,” Nandy added.