Category: Calcutta Football League

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan edge Customs to finish campaign

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club overcame Calcutta Customs 1-0 in their last match of the 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ at Barasat Stadium on Saturday. The result meant Mohammedan SC ended their campaign with 19 points.

A second-half goal from midfielder Satyam Sharma (66th minute) proved to be the decider between the two sides.

Going into the match, Mohammedan SC technical director Raghuanth Nandi for the first time in the season opted for a 4-4-2 formation to begin with as Philip Adjah Tetteh partnered Princewill Emeka upfront.

The game started at a furious pace with Mohammedan SC‚ as expected‚ pressed high to nullify Customs’ effort to rapidly circulate the ball. It was a fascinating tactical battle although‚ at times‚ a little predictable.

Resultantly there was a lot of possession turn over and not enough in the way of scoring chances.

The first real opportunity came after 19 minutes when Customs goalkeeper Suvam Sen made a save from Princewill‚ who had done well to turn the defence and put himself into a shooting position. But the Nigerian failed to get any real power behind his shot.

On the half hour mark‚ Adjah hit a wild effort from a tight angle well off target and eight minutes later defender Lancine Toure rose unchallenged to head a free kick narrowly wide.

Customs’s only chance of the first-half fell to Stanley Ifeanyi in between the Mohammedan SC defenders but his first touch let him down and the opportunity slipped by because of poor technique.

But the half ended with a chance for Mohammedan SC as Samuel Kane attempted to clear, only to play it onto the head of Princewill but he directed the ball straight at Suvam.

Needing a goal, Mohammedan SC came out all guns blazing in the second-half as they attacked by pushing high up. The pressure paid off as Black Panthers finally broke the deadlock in the 66th minute. Dipendu Dowary held off a defender on the left flank and floated in a cross to the far post finding Satyam who converted with a right footed shot to put Mohammedan SC 1-0 up.

Having taken the lead, Mohammedan SC got a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure up front dominating the game entirely. Despite creating numerous scoring opportunities, once again it was lack of finishing that prevented a bigger scoreline as the game ended 1-0 in Mohammedan SC’s favour.

CFL 2018/19: Fourth spot up for grabs as Mohammedan face Customs

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will be firing with all cylinders to cap the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign on the highest note when they take on Calcutta Customs on Saturday at Barasat Stadium, kick-off at 4:30 pm.

As the 2018/19 campaign draws to an end the Black Panthers will be looking to end off with a top four finish. Mohammedan SC are currently on fourth position in the league table with 16 points from 10 matches. While their opponents Customs are on eighth with 13 points from 9 matches.

Mohammedan Sporting Club head into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat against Mohun Bagan and Technical Director Raghunath Nandi has ruled out making drastic changes to his side for tomorrow’s clash.

“We are looking to field a stable squad as we have had good results with these players, so there won’t be many changes,” said Nandi.

“We always want to finish as high as possible on the table, now that the third spot is out of reach we would like to maintain our position at fourth.” he added.

“Boys showed tremendous heart in every game and I am proud of the team that we have reached this far. However, By Mohammedan Sporting Club standards, we didn’t do well and failed to meet our objectives. There were too many unnecessary errors we could have avoided, but it’s gone and we cannot change it. We need to look forward and rectify our mistakes so we can deliver.” Nandi said reflecting back upon the team’s performance in the league.

Meanwhile, Nandi predicts tough test for Mohammedan Sporting Club against Customs. “They are a difficult team to predict,” comments Nandi. “We have to go there mindful of the threat they pose.”

“They are fighting relegation so it won’t be an easy game. But as I have said in the past, here in Mohammedan Sporting Club my aim is to win every game, so even in the last game my team will be going all out for full three points. Tomorrow’s match is a crucial one as a win will give us a better chance to finish at top four,” he concluded.

Raghu Nandi rues missed chances as Mohammedan suffer defeat

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club technical director Raghunath Nandi has blamed his side’s poor finishing for Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Mohun Bagan.

Nandi believes that with better finishing, Black Panthers could have won the Mini Kolkata Derby against Mariners.

Instead, Mohun Bagan came from a goal down to beat Mohammedan 2-1 in an entertaining Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ clash at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Substitute Tirthankar Sarkar and Pintu Mahata scored the goals for Mohun Bagan, while Philip Adjah Tetteh netted Mohammedan’s opening goal.

Nandi blamed poor finishing and lack of ruthlessness in front of goals as the reason for Mohammedan’s loss.

“It’s not nice (the loss). You don’t want to keep on saying luck is not on your side, but we couldn’t take our chances. We could have done better,” said Nandi after the match.

“The moment we went 1-1, at the back of my mind I’m thinking, are we going to go for another draw and the less did I know that there was a major accident to happen. But these are some of the things in football you deal with. The result tells us that if we have an opportunity to finish it, we have to, and we didn’t do that and we paid the price.” he added.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan go down fighting against Mohun Bagan

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered a yet another heartbreaking defeat in the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ after they go down 2-1 against Mohun Bagan on Tuesday.

Philip Adjah Tetteh gave Mohammedan SC the lead in the 73rd minute but Mohun Bagan struck twice in the final minutes of the game through Tirthankar Sarkar (82′) and Pintu Mahata (90′) to seal the points at Saltlake Stadium.

Going into the match Mohammedan SC technical director Raghu Nandi made four changes to the side by handing starts to Priyant Singh, Lancine Toure, Rakesh Karmakar and Princewill Emeka.

Mohun Bagan dominated for much of the first 45 minutes, with Aser Dipanda Dicka, as well as Azharuddin Mallick and Pintu at the heart of their attacking forays.

Whereas, Mohammedan SC gave up possession on numerous occasions which allowed Mohun Bagan to put them under pressure. However, Mariners failed to convert the chances they created.

In the 14th minute Azharuddin played a great ball into the penalty area to find a late run from Dipanda, but the Cameroonian failed to keep his effort on target, much to Priyant’s relief.

Mariners were on the attack again a few minutes later as Pintu swung in a flag-kick. Dipanda headed it on and Priyant was in position to steer a header just wide.

Mohammedan SC, on the other hand, looked to catch Mohun Bagan on the counter-attack, but poor finishing proved to be their downfall as they wasted a number of good opportunities to break the deadlock.

The chances dried up towards the end of the half and the sides went into the dressing rooms with scores tied at goalless.

The second-half saw Mohammedan SC on the ascendancy from the very beginning, and unlike the first-half where they sat back and allowed Mohun Bagan to play, Black Panthers opted for a more aggressive attacking game which made them more dangerous.

However, the Mohun Bagan 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 in the 73rd minute through substitute Adjah. The Ghanaian scored a brilliant right footed goal from the edge of the box to make it 1-0.

The goal gave Mohammedan SC a morale boost as they began pushing up in numbers. A few good chances fell for Adjah and Dipendu Dowary but they lacked the killer finish inside the box.

At the other end, Mohun Bagan pulled level eight minutes before the time when Tirthankar slotted a free-kick home to make it 1-1.

Thereafter, both sides engaged in some end-to-end stuff in the final minutes before Mohun Bagan sealed a 2-1 win in the 90th minute when Pintu scored from Dipanda’s pass.

The result saw Mohammedan SC remain on fourth spot with 16 points from 10 outings and will play their last match against Calcutta Customs on September 22 at Barasat Stadium.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan fight for pride against Mohun Bagan

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club attempt to salvage some pride from a disappointing Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign when they take on newly crowned champions Mohun Bagan on Tuesday at Saltlake Stadium, kick-off 4:30 pm.

Although Mohun Bagan may have already annexed the title with a game left to play, their clash with nemesis Mohammedan SC will not be devoid of the usual fireworks.

For a side that has won the league, there will be no need for Sankarlal Chakraborty’s men to go beyond the call of duty to win the battle on Tuesday. However there is pride to preserve for Mariners.

Their opponents are also bracing themselves for a tough time. Black Panthers technical director Raghunath Nandi and striker Philip Adjah Tetteh believe Mohun Bagan will remain dangerous even though they have nothing to gain.

“A derby is always a derby. Nobody wants to lose. They want to show that they are the champions. We want to give our fans something to cheer for and we are also playing for the club’s pride.” Nandi said.

“Even, though, they have won the league I am sure they aren’t going take their foot off the gas. When you play Mohun Bagan, there’s always a lot of pride involved and bragging rights, I think they will come all out,” he added.

Mohammedan SC’s last league match saw them go down 2-1 against Tollygunge Agragami, but it was a game Nandi thought they should have won, “It was frustrating because everyone tried their hardest. We didn’t take our chances in that game, but we can’t let that happen against Mohun Bagan.”

Ghanaian forward Adjah, who is excepted to torment Mohun Bagan’s rearguard tomorrow, says Black Panthers will give of their best to preserve their dented dignity and take the bragging rights in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

“It still remains a big game even though it may have very little aptness. We are playing for our pride and integrity. We play for our supporters. We have to give it our best shot as we always do,” said Adjah.

Though Adjah is happy to score against Tollygunge but feels he could have done a whole lot more for the team.

“It’s always a good feeling as a striker to get your name on the score-sheet, but I wish I could have scored more for the team and helped more. Football can be a cruel game, sometimes you play your heart out but you can’t get the result. We must raise our level after our poor performance. We must be competitive without the fear of failure,” he added.

On the team news front, Mohammedan SC have no noteworthy injury problems and Nandi has a full squad at his disposal with skipper Lancine Toure returning from a one-match suspension that caused him to miss the clash against Tollygunge.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan SC stunned by Tollygunge

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Tollygunge Agragami on Saturday at the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ at Barasat Stadium.

While a draw might have been a fair result from a game which provided numerous chances at both ends of the field, Tollygunge may feel they deserved the three points as they showed plenty of desire and determination after going down early in the match.

Philip Adjah Tetteh put Mohammedan SC ahead as early as the 2nd minute but Tollygunge hit back through Lago Dagbo Bei (31′ & 52′) to seal the points.

Going into the match, Mohammedan SC technical director Raghunath Nandi made three changes to the side that beat East Bengal earlier this week by handing starts to Adjah, Prosenjit Chakraborty and Shanid Valan at expense of Princewill Emeka, Satyam Shrama and Lancine Toure, who was suspended for the game.

Mohammedan SC began the game attacking with intent and it just took them two minutes to take the lead when Adjah slotted from Dipendu Dowary’s corner to make it 1-0.

The goal gave Mohammedan SC a morale boost as they began pushing up in numbers. A few good chances fell for Adjah and Dowary but they lacked the killer finish inside the box.

At the other end, Tollygunge pulled level just past the half hour mark when Lago scored from Bayi Kamo’s pass in the 31st minute.

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

Possession remained in Mohammedan SC’s favour in the second-half and they created the first close chance in the 47th minute when Adjah’s shot from close missed the target by a whisker.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, Tollygunge managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end as Lago head past Arup Debnath from Rahul Baishanb’s cross in the 52nd minute.

Having conceded, Mohammedan SC didn’t take charge, allowing Tollygunge to get into the match and grow in confidence with each passing minute.

Raghu Nandi introduced Princewill for Dowary at the hour mark to show the club’s intentions by bringing in a striker for midfielder.

Even with that added fire power which included Snehasish Dutta towards the end, Mohammedan SC still didn’t test Tollygunge goalkeeper Maidul Islam.

Towards the closing stages, Bazie Armand looked like he was brought down inside the box but referee Uttam Sarkar waved play on despite penalty protests from Mohammedan SC.

The result meant, Mohammedan SC remain on the forth spot with 16 points from 9 games and would take on newly crowned champions Mohun Bagan on September 18 at Saltlake Stadium.

Mohammedan SC: Arup Debnath, Tonmoy Ghosh (Snehasish Dutta), Shanid Valan, Prosenjit Paul, Kamran Farooque, Dipendu Dowary (Princewill Emeka), Laltu Hembram, Bazie Armand, Rahul KP (Sumit Das), Prosenjit Chakraborty, Philip Adjah Tetteh.

CFL 2018/19: Black Panthers take aim at Tollygunge

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club takes aim at Tollygunge Agragami in their upcoming 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ match, as they look to maintain their late found form.

Black Panthers head into Saturday’s encounter at Barasat Stadium in good spirits after recording a 2-1 win over East Bengal earlier this week which has seen them move up to fourth place in the league standings with 16 points from 8 fixtures.

However, Mohammedan SC technical director Raghu Nandi is not getting carried away with their latest win over East Bengal and called on his side to ensure the focus doesn’t waver as he stressed the importance of maintaining their winning run.

“The boys have been turning up with some very good performances but I still think there’s so much we need to do better and improve on,” said Nandi.

“We are hoping to continue with our winning run and it should be a good habit for us to pick up wins consistently.”

“We aim for a top two finish and it’s very much possible. To ensure this dream we must get three points from our remaining matches. We are going to try harder and achieve this goal we had since the start of the season,” he added.

On the other hand, Tollygunge are on 10th place with just four points from 9 outings. Tomorrow’s fixture is thus a crucial one for them as they desperately need a win in their remaining two games in order to survive in the top flight.

“Tollygunge will go all out for a win. So we need to be patient and stay strong defensively. We have to continue playing as we have played so far but with more spirit and enthusiasm.” Nandi concluded.

Mohammedan SC, going into the match, would hope Bazie Armand to man the midfield and ensure they come out as victors. The Ivorian’s ability to stop the opponent and initiate their moves will be vital for Black Panthers.

Ghanaian striker Philip Adjah Tetteh will be a focal point in the match as he helped the club to register a win over East Bengal having scored a second-half brace coming from the bench.

Nonetheless, Nandi is reluctant to put too much pressure on the 20-year-old, and despite his heroics Adjah might still find his place on the bench.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC will be without their inspirational skipper Lancine Toure, who sits out the match with a suspension. Though Nandi admits Toure’s absence is a blow to his side, but he believes the squad has the depth required to overcome Tollygunge.

CFL 2018/19: Mohun Bagan are the new kings of Kolkata football

KOLKATA: There was a party atmosphere at Mohun Bagan ground as Mohun Bagan clinched their first Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ in nine years after beating Calcutta Customs 2-0 in their penultimate league fixture on Wednesday.

The Mariners only needed a draw to secure the silverware but Henry Kisekka’s (4′ & 45′) first-half brace ensured the Mariners clinch their 30th league title in style in front of their boisterous fans.

Mohun Bagan are worthy champions for the class of their line-up and the firm, educated hand of their coach Sankarlal Chakraborty and the excellence of their structures. And spectacular for the special atmosphere at Mohun Bagan ground for anyone who was there.

Mohun Bagan started the game aggressively and it did not take long for the Mariners to get the breakthrough.

Henry showed his strength and class as he bull-dozed his way to score Mohun Bagan’s opener from Arjit Bagui’s right sided cross in the 4th minute.

The Marines did not rest after the goal though. There were chances that kept coming over the next ten minutes as everyone including Pintu Mahata, Aser Dipanda Dicka, Shilton D’Silva and Henry kept combining to test the Customs defense.

Meanwhile, Customs launched a few attacks of their own. Stanley Iffeyani was nearly clean through on goal, but was foiled by a brilliant interception by Mohun Bagan custodian Sankar Roy.

Mohun Bagan, on the other hand, continued to dominate the proceedings but had to wait till the 45th minute to get their second. Dipanda cut back to Henry inside the box and the Ugandan striker slotted in at the far post to give Mohun Bagan a two goal cushion going into the breather.

Bagan remained in control after the break and Henry was not far away from catching Customs goalkeeper Suvam Sen off his line in the 48th minute with a typically audacious shot from outside the box.

On the other hand, Customs struggled to get back into the game as the half continued, with little to no impact from all areas of the field.

Suvam was called into action again just after the hour mark when he kept out Azharuddin Mallick at the near post.

At the other end of the park, Sankar had a quieter evening than usual, in being well protected by a defense in which centre-back Eze Kingsley was a tower of strength.

With their fans in full voice, sensing the league title is on the way, Mohun Bagan saw out the final few minutes in style as they played keep-ball in the final moments of the game.

The victory took Mohun Bagan to 26 points from 10 games and into an unassailable position, with just their final fixture against Mohammedan Sporting Club on September 18 still to be played.

“I don’t have words to describe my emotions. All credit goes to the players. This is a great day for our fans as they have waited far too long for this title.” Sankarlal said.

 

I had to stay sharp in my reading of the game, says Philip Adjah

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club striker Philip Adjah Tetteh has expressed huge delight after guiding Black Panthers to a 2-1 win over East Bengal on Tuesday at Saltlake Stadium

Adjah’s (87′ & 90+4′) late brace ensured Black Panthers sealed the points in the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ clash after East Bengal took the lead through Johnny Acosta (12′).

Speaking after the match, An elated Adjah – who was signed by Mohammedan just a few weeks back – says he is happy to have scored and that the goals will remain in his memories forever.

“It’s always feels good when you score, but when you score twice that too against a strong opponent like East Bengal it’s something special.” Adjah said.

“I always aim to score, but then again, for me the team’s success is more important than individual goals. I am happy to make a contribution as long as we get maximum points. The supporters have been waiting for this win. They are happy and enjoying the win,” he continued.

Adjah, who came on in the second-half as a replacement for Princewill Emeka, revealed that he used his time on the bench to assess the opposition if he were to be called upon.

“As a new player in any game, more especially when you are on the bench, there are many things that go through your mind. I had to stay calm and focused because when people see a new name on the list, there is an expectation that you must do well when you get the chance. I had to stay sharp in my reading of the game, just in case I came on. Coaches and teammates played a big role in making me mentally ready for this game,” the Ghanaian added.

The striker also shed some light his bizarre goal celebration, in which he appeared to be mimicking a dog urinating.

“I don’t plan goal celebration. I do whatever comes to mind.” he explained.

 

CFL 2018/19: Philip Adjah brace sink East Bengal 2-1

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club buried East Bengal’s title hopes in the ongoing 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ following a 2-1 win on Tuesday at Salt Lake Stadium.

Black Panthers scored scored twice late in the second-half through substitute Philip Adjah Tetteh (87′ & 90+4′) to make Johnny Acosta’s opener (12′) count little.

Mohammedan SC began the game in attacking mode and created the first close chance in the first minute itself. Princewill Emeka did well to cut in past a couple of defenders from the left but his powerful drive sailed inches over the horizontal.

While East Bengal pressed high up, East Bengal managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end. Acosta capitalized on a defensive error to beat Mohammedan SC custodian Arup Debnath from close range in the 12th minute.

Having conceded early on, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Dipendu Dowary, Rahul KP and Princewill, but East Bengal managed to hold on defending deep as the first-half ended 1-0.

The second-half was a similar story as Mohammedan SC dominated majority of the proceedings looking for the equalizer and almost camped in the rival half. While they pushed up front, close chances fell for Prosenjit Chakraborty, Laltu Hembram, Princewill and Dipendu but they lacked killer finish in the final third.

Technical Director Raghu Nandi brought on Adjah in place of Princewill in the 73rd minute as Black Panthers made a tactical change looking for the equalizer.

Mohammedan SC’s persistence finally paid off in the 87th minute when Adjah scored a brilliant solo goal to make it 1-1.

Having equalized, Mohammedan SC increased their pressure and attacked the rival goal ferociously going close on a few occasions. Mohammedan SC’s pressure yielded another goal as Adjah scored yet another spectacular goal to ensure full three points for Black Panthers in additional time.

The result saw Mohammedan SC climbed to the fourth spot on the log standings with 16 points from 8 matches and will take on Tollygunge Agragami next on Saturday at Barasat Stadium.