MOHAMMEDAN SC SIGN NINE FOOTBALLERS AT IFA OFFICE

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club, today, in presence of Hony. General Secretary Jb. Ghazal Uz Zafar, have registered a total of 9 footballers for the forthcoming CFL Premier Division – A 2017/18, at the Indian Football Association (IFA) Office in Kolkata.

The players who got themselves registered are, Rana Gharami, Kamran Farooque, Amir Hossain, Mumtaz Akhtar, Sheikh Faiaz, Mobin Rai, Pranit Lama Tamang, Sankar Roy and Dipendu Dowary.

MOHAMMEDAN SC APPOINT SAHEED RAMON AS PHYSICAL TRAINER

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have appointed Nigeria-born naturalized Indian fitness expert Saheed Sunkanmi Ramon as the Physical Trainer and Conditioning coach of the first team.

The 30-year-old will report to Head Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya and has given responsibility of first team’s fitness, strength and conditioning, as well as working in the Youth Development Program.

Ramon used to be a professional footballer himself, who holds the AFC C License coaching certificate, has already joined club’s pre-season training during it’s recently concluded residential training camp at Kalyani.

The former striker stepped foot on Indian soil in 2008 and went on to play various reputed leagues such as Mizoram Premier League, Assam State League and Tripura Football League, and after calling it a day on his playing career he turned to coaching in 2015.

MOHAMMEDAN SC WIN THIRD STRAIGHT PRE-SEASON GAME

KOLKATA: 

A Ifham Tariq Mir winner helped Mohammedan Sporting Club to beat United Sports Club 1-0 in a Exhibition Match played at Ranaghat Stadium.

The Kashmiri forward scored five minutes from time which saw Mohammedan SC win their third straight pre-season game on Tuesday.

Mohammedan SC currently at Kalyani for a residential training camp, have already played a couple of pre-season games against Rainbow AC and Pathachakra Club.

Both teams got off to a blistering start but it was Mohammedan SC who dominated possession firing from every angle in search of the opener.

And their consistent raids upfront yielded some decent chances but the rival custodian stood between them and the opener as both sides went into the breather tied at goalless.

Changing over, the Black Panthers maintained control of the game with consistent raids, pushing their opponents into their half whilst United SC tried to contain the Black Panthers with occasional moves upfront but could not do much to threaten the Mohammedan SC back-line.

Manandeep Singh, Sheikh Faiaz and Dipendu Dowary came close to breaking the deadlock in the early minutes of the second period.

As the half progressed, more chances followed for the Biswajit Bhattacharya-coached side as Prohlad Roy horribly miscued an effort from just eight yards out, while Manandeep had a shot blocked.

The pressure paid off for Mohammedan SC in the 85th minute when Ifham cut inside from the right wing and slotted a right footer home.

Meanwhile, a minute of silence observed before kick-off in honour of the late Ashok Chakraborty, a renowned centre-back who played for Mohamedan Sporting Club, Mohun Bagan as well as Bengal State Team in 70s.

MOHAMMEDAN SC JUNIORS SHOOT-OUT BAGHA SOME FTI TO REACH NURSERY LEAGUE SEMIS

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club Juniors, on Monday, beat Bagha Some FTI 6-5 on penalties, after 90 minutes of goalless draw at Bata Ground in Kolkata maidan, to advance into the semi-finals of the ongoing IFA U-14 Nursery Football League 2017.

The Mohammedan SC colts created more chances and deserved to have won the match in the regulation time, but the Mohammad Sahid-coached side fell short of converting the numerous chances that fell their way in both halves. Thus penalties required to separate the sides and Mohammedan SC colts proved to be better shooters.

Mohammedan SC would take on Kalyani Municipal Sports Academy in the semi-final.

MANANDEEP ON TARGET AS MOHAMMEDAN SC BEAT PATHACHAKRA IN PRE-SEASON GAME

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club produced yet another impressive performance to beat newly promoted Calcutta Premier Division side Pathachakra Club 1-0 in a pre-season game on Sunday (16 July, 2017).

The former India striker Manandeep Singh continued from where he left off against Rainbow Athletic Club 48 hours ago and scored the winner in the 26th minute at Kalyani Municipal Sports Complex.

Mohammedan SC dominated first-half ball possession, but did not do much to threaten the opposition goal, while Pathachakra, who were pressed back for the majority of the game, did well to absorb the pressure and looked dangerous on the few times they attacked.

The first-half was characterized by a lack of goal scoring opportunities from both sides. In the infant stages of the game, Mohammedan SC had shown promise with some impressive passes, but when they resorted to long balls, Pathachakra dealt with them with confidence.

However, the Biswajit Bhattacharya-coached side were rewarded for their persistent efforts as Manandeep dribbled into the area from the left, outwitted two Pathachakra defenders who were anticipating a cross from his right, only to fire home with his left to give Mohammedan SC the lead.

Having taken the lead, Mohammedan SC got a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure upfront, but were guilty of non-conversion despite having the lion’s share of possession as the first-half ended 1-0.

Mohammedan SC resumed strongly and were on the ascendancy attacking the Pathachakra goal with purpose and dominated proceedings at the middle. Manandeep and Dipendu Dowary linked up well keeping the Pathachakra backline on their toes.

Having enjoyed a strong start to the second-half, the Black Panthers continued to dominate proceedings, but once again it was lack of finishing that prevented a bigger scoreline as the game ended 1-0 in Mohammedan SC’s favour.

MOHAMMEDAN SC BEAT RAINBOW AC IN FIRST PRE-SEASON GAME

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club beat follow Calcutta Premier Division outfit Rainbow Athletic Club 2-1 in their first pre-season game played at Kalyani Stadium on Friday (14 July, 2017).

It was Rainbow AC who took the lead against the run of the play. However, the Black Panthers fought back a goal each from Nigerian defender Richard Agwu Somtochukwu and striker Manandeep Singh ensured victory for Mohammedan SC.

Coach Biswajit Bhattacharya opted for a 4-4-2 formation and utilized more than 20 players throughout the game.

Mohammedan SC were in control of the game since very beginning, building it’s attacks from the flanks and within the first 20 minutes they missed two clear chances through Manandeep and Sheikh Faiaz.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, opponents Rainbow AC managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end capitalizing on a defensive error.

The goal appeared to awaken Mohammedan SC who almost responded minutes later but Shoaib Syed’s shot rattled the post to the relief of Rainbow AC.

Mohammedan SC remained in control and dominated possession, however the equalizer remained elusive as the first half ended 1-0.

The Black Panthers came out all guns blazing in the second-half as they attacked by pushing high up. The pressure paid off as Mohammedan SC finally restored the parity midway through the half when Richard headed home off a corner.

Encouraged by the goal, Mohammedan SC grew in confidence and attacked in droves in a bid to take the lead. Their effort paid off as Manandeep picked the ball from the centre of the field, raced forward before unleashing a hefty drive to add his name to the scorers list.

Meanwhile, experienced striker Dipendu Biswas, who is just one goal away from reaching 250 career goals, has joined training from today.

MOHAMMEDAN SC TO PLAY FIRST PRE-SEASON GAME ON FRIDAY

KALYANI: Mohammedan Sporting Club to play their first pre-season game on Friday as they prepares for the forthcoming 2017/18 Calcutta Football League. The Black Panthers will take on fellow Calcutta Premier Division outfit Rainbow Athletic Club in Kalyani Stadium at 3:30 PM.

This will be Biswajit Bhattacharya’s first game in charge after making a return to the helm of 126-year-old club for the first time since 2008/09.

Mohammedan SC are currently in Kalyani for a residential training camp. The Black Panthers began non-residential training sessions at club ground on 30 June, 2017 before heading to Kalyani this past Monday (10 July, 2017).

The team has been revitalized after being joined by former India striker Manandeep Singh and currently having double sessions under the guidance of head coach Biswajit Bhattacharya to fine tune the players ahead of the new season.

MOHAMMEDAN SC STRIKER MANVIR SINGH MAKES MAIDEN INDIA APPEARANCE

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club striker Manvir Singh made his first-ever appearance for India in a 1-0 win over Singapore in an away U-23 International Friendly on Sunday (9th July).

The India U-23 National Team currently in Singapore for a two-match series, which is a part of their preparations for the upcoming AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers to be held in Qatar later this month.

India won the match courtesy a 80th minute strike from midfielder Germanpreet Singh at Chao Chu Kang Stadium.

Manvir, who was on the pitch for 76 minutes before being substituted by Hitesh Sarma, was a constant threat for the Singapore back-line and came close of scoring on several occasions.

India is slated to play the second International friendly on Wednesday (12th July).

MOHAMMEDAN SC TO ENTER RESIDENTIAL CAMP ON MONDAY

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club is scheduled to start a residential training camp in Kalyani on Monday (10th July), as a part of the preparations for the upcoming 2017/18 Calcutta Football League, starting next month.

The Team will enter the residential camp on the morrow at Hotel Lake Hall, Kalyani where they will have double sessions under the close guidance of head coach Biswajit Bhattcahrya to fine tune the players ahead of the big games.

“The preparations have been going very well and we will go into camp at Kalyani to speed up preparations for the Calcutta Football League,” team manager Belal Ahmed Khan told mohammedansportingindia.com before leaving Kolkata this morning.

The initial preparations kicked-off at Mohammedan Sporting Club Ground on 30th June with physical drills to evaluate fitness levels of players before starting full fledged training.

Black Panthers would also play a couple of pre-season friendlies during their stay at Kalyani.

MOHAMMEDAN SC SIGN KALU OGBA TO COMPLETE OVERSEAS QUOTA

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club is delighted to announce the signing of Nigerian midfielder Kalu Ogba Nnanna for the forthcoming Calcutta Football League.

The experienced play-maker joins the Black Panthers after spending the previous season at Southern Samity, and teams up with Aser Pierrick Dipanda and Richard Agwu Somtochukwu to complete the foreigner triad.

Known for his dogged displays in the middle of the park, Kalu can dictate the play both in attack and defense which shall immensely benefit the Biswajit Bhattacharya coached side.

Welcoming Kalu to the 126-year-old club, Hony. General Secretary Jb. Ghazal uz Zafar said: “Kalu comes with a lot of experience that will be very handy for us in the season ahead.”

“We have been keeping an eye on him, and with Southern Samity, he had a positive impact on their performance and we hope he will do even better with our club. We are glad to have him on our side and I wish him the best of luck,” he added.

Kalu began his Indian sojourn in 2007, when he joined Churchill Brothers from Nigeria-based Fadam United FC and helped the Red Machines win the I-League, IFA Shield, Durand Cup and the Goa Professional League once during his stay.

In 2010, Kalu switched his allegiance to Dempo Sports Club, before joining Sporting Clube de Goa next season. Kalu stayed at Sporting for four seasons and finished as the top goal scorer for the Panjim-based club twice in I-League.