East Bengal Looking To Do The Double Over Mohammedan

Mohammedan Sporting and East Bengal clash in a round 24 encounter of the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday evening.

The two local rivals have contrasting targets in the final stages of the campaign as East Bengal are chasing the title while Mohammedan are fighting to remain in the I-League for another season.

East Bengal are currently seven points behind league leaders Bengaluru FC but have two games in hand. They are unbeaten in their last six matches but have failed to record back-to-back wins in this season’s I-League.

This game gives them another chance to change that statistic as last weekend they defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1. Armando Colaco’s side also defeated Mohammedan 2-1 last month and will be confident of doing the double despite some injury concerns.

It remains to be seen whether club captain Mehtab Hossain plays any part in the match as he has only recently recovered from an injury but the red-and-gold brigade can expect a tough test as Mohammedan are desperate for points.

The black and whites might have won both the Durand Cup and IFA Shield but the primary target at the start of the season was to survive in the I-League especially after working so hard to get back into the top flight after four seasons.

They have only managed one win in their last 12 I-League fixtures with last round’s game ending in a 1-1 draw with United Sports Club. The biggest concern for Mohammedan has been the lack of goals as they have the worst offensive record in the league with only 18 in 20 matches.

Sanjoy Sen’s side are currently placed rock-bottom and have four more games to avoid the drop.

“It has become a very tough challenge for us. However, we have to fight till the last match. Every game is a do or die for us and so we must give absolutely everything,” Sen was quoted as saying.

History also doesn’t offer Mohammedan hope as they have never beaten East Bengal in either the National Football League or I-League with two draws and seven defeats.

But East Bengal too are under pressure to get the victory and maintain the pressure on table toppers Bengaluru. Hence this Kolkata derby promises to be an exciting affair.

Pune FC Host Salgaocar FC

Torn between the AFC Cup and the Airtel I-League campaign for the last one month, Pune FC can bring the focus on the I-League where the Red Lizards can still finish among the top.

Having dropped from No 2 position to No 6 now, Pune FC have a tough path towards the business end of the Airtel I-League Football championship as they meet Salgaocar FC in the Round 24 match at the Balewadi Sports Complex stadium here on Friday.

Pune FC have only four matches remaining in the season and the only positive is that they play three of them at home including Friday’s game against the No 2 placed Goan outfit.

The Red Lizards have 31 points from 20 matches and are tied with two other teams in what seems to be one of the closest I-League campaigns. There are six teams in with a chance to win the title and four of them have only three matches remaining.

A win on the morrow will be crucial for Pune FC as three full points will help them climb up to the No 2 position again. Salgaocar, coached by former Pune FC coach Derrick Pereira, also has 34 points, but will be playing their 22nd game.

Pune FC’s Mustapha Riga and Anthony D’Souza, who scored against Tampine Rovers, will be the players to look forward to as the Red Lizards go into the crucial tie against Salgaocar.

Pune FC’s defence might be a cause of worry as Anas Edathodika, who was injured in the AFC Cup game, might miss the action.

Striker Mirjan Pavlovic would be another man to look out for along with youngsters Thongkhosiem Haokip, Gabriel Fernandes and S Ranjan.

Salgaocar though lost their last away match against Rangdajied United, they have scored three wins and a draw in their last five encounters while, Pune FC’s last win came way back on February 19 when they beat Mohammedan Sporting here at home.

The Goans had a brief practice session on Thursday with Pereira who knows the length and breadth of the Balewadi pitch. Also players like Chika Wali and Caitano Costa, who have played for Pune FC last season will be an added advantage for Salgaocar.

Sporting Clube de Goa beat Rangdajied United 2-1

Rangdajied United FC ran into an orange brick wall as they lost 1-2 to Sporting Clube de Goa in a rescheduled Airtel I-League match at the JN Stadium here on Wednesday.

The Flaming Oranje scored once in each half through Rowllin Borges and Cajetan Fernandes, and Ranti Martins pulled one back for Rangdajied in the 90th minute.

Rangdajied had won four of their last five contests prior to this game, including three at home, so the fans would have been expecting another solid performance from the Blues.

However, they were treated to a rather listless display as the home team lacked bite until the dying minutes of the game.

The match was a fairly even affair for the first 20 minutes before Sporting took the lead in the 27th minute. Kalu Ogba fed the ball forward looking for the intimidating presence of Boima Karpeh, but Rangdajied goalkeeper Surjay Kumar Pariyar came to the edge of the box to clear the ball away.

His effort went straight to Borges, however, who took a long range shot over the head of the out of place Pariyar to make it 1-0.

The hosts’ only half chance in the first session came in the sixth minute when a chip by Steven Dias forced Sporting’s keeper Melroy Fernandes to put the ball out for a corner.

Martins had a couple of shots blocked by the goalkeeper in first few minutes of the second session, including a sitter in the 50th when he had just Melroy to beat.

A Munmun Lugun handball just outside the Rangdajied box proved fatal as Cajetan made it 2-0 to the visitors just before 60 minutes.

The Sporting player did not put a lot of power into the shot, instead relying on perfect placement. The ball hit the upright and skidded in across the goal line, with Pariyar unable to do much about it.

Rangdajied began to lift their game, putting the Goan team under pressure. The Oranje looked tired in the field and Martins, steaming into the box, was able to slide the ball in past Melroy to pull one back for the hosts in the 90th minute.

Kim Song Yong then skewed a header wide soon after, but Sporting Clube’s tactics of slowing the game down worked as they were able to hold out for the win a few minutes of stoppage time later.

2nd Division League : Silchar Leg Ends

The first leg of the Second Division League Final Round came to a conclusion on Monday, March 31, 2014, with a bout between Hindustan FC and Bhawanipore FC. The result being 2-0 in favour of the Kolkata outfit.

So far, the five teams in the final round of the competition – United Sikkim FC, Bhawanipore FC, Hindustan FC, Royal Wahingdoh FC, and Kalighat Milan Sangha FC – have played four games each at the Satindra Mohan Dev Stadium in Silchar, and a total of 19 goals have been recorded from the ten games.

Kolkata outfit Bhawanipore FC are leading the table with 10 points. They are yet to lose a game so far in the final round of the competition, as are Wahingdoh, who have six points from four games, and have recorded three draws.

Hindustan FC and Kalighat Milan Sangha are tied on four points each, but the Delhi outfit are on the top between the two owing to a better head-to-head record, and thus they occupy the third position.

The teams are now looking to lock horns with each other again in the 2nd phase of the tournament in Aizawl, beginning on Thursday, April 3. The final leg goes under way with a clash between Delhi outfit Hindustan FC and Shillong outfit Royal Wahingdoh. They play each other at the Lammual Stadium.

The topscorer of the competition so far is  James Gbilee of Kalighat Milan Sangha. The Liberian forward has seven goals to his name, and he is closely followed by Ayeni Bidemi Daniel with six goals.

Bekay Bawar of Royal Wahingdoh and O O Sola of Hindustan FC have five goals each.

Among the Indians, Jackichand Singh of Royal Wahingdoh is the highest scorer with four goals. He is followed by Zodinliana of Kalighat Milan Sangha, who has three goals to his name.

According to the Ranking Order:

Bhawanipore FC – 10 pts

Royal Wahingdoh FC – 6 pts

Hindustan FC – 4 pts

Kalighat Milan Sangha – 4 pts

United Sikkim FC – 3 pts

Ramgdajied Confident Ahead Of SC Goa Clash

Ranti Martins has scored in each of his five appearances for Rangdajied United FC and the Blues will want to see him continue that run when they meet Sporting Clube de Goa in the 24thround of the Airtel I-League at the JN Stadium on Wednesday.

While the visitors have come straight from Kolkata, where they experienced a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Kingfisher East Bengal, Rangdajied are flying after beating Salgaocar FC 2-1 in Goa.

Sporting have fond memories of playing RUFC, having won the first leg of the League in Goa 3-0 in 2013, while also beating the Shillong team 2-0 in the Federation Cup in January.

However, the Goan team, who were once riding high in the table, even challenging for the top spot, have been in woeful form off late, not having won a single League match in 2014. They have thus slipped to sixth place in the standings, with Rangdajied moving up to eighth.

Sporting Clube’s coach Oscar Bruzon could not put his finger on the problem, speaking after the defeat at East Bengal.

“The boys have been playing very well before the break and it beats me how we have failed to turn up after the Federation Cup. It’s bewildering,” he said, adding that switching around a few players may have been one reason.

Wednesday’s hosts, meanwhile, are in fine fettle, with Martins firing in each game thus far since joining the club after the I-League returned from its break.

The Nigerian striker has quickly become the club’s top-scorer for the season with six goals, but the Blues may be relying on him a little too much.

Winning away at Salgaocar has proved to be a massive morale boost for the team, said assistant coach Khlain Pyrkhat Syiemlieh, especially with the Sporting game coming only a few days later.

The victory in Goa was only their second away win of the season and even came in the absence of head coach Hering Shangpliang, who did not travel with the team.

Even if they have moved to eighth place, RUFC are not in clean air; they are just six points ahead of bottom club Mohammedan Sporting, who also have a game in hand, and they are tied on points with McDowell Mohun Bagan and Mumbai FC.

“When we win, we are happy. We know that we are in a crucial stage of relegation, so this win (against Salgaocar) will give us more confidence,” Syiemlieh said.

Current I-League Standings

Standings

Pos P W D L F A GD Pts
1logoBengaluru FC 21 11 5 5 35 24 11 38
Salgaocar FC Salgaocar FC 21 10 4 7 28 22 6 34
Dempo Sports Club Dempo Sports Club 21 8 7 6 25 20 5 31
Kingfisher East Bengal Club Kingfisher East Bengal Club 19 8 7 4 28 19 9 31
Pune FC Pune FC 20 8 7 5 27 21 6 31
Sporting Club de Goa Sporting Clube de Goa 20 8 5 7 27 27 0 29
Shillong Lajong FC Shillong Lajong FC 21 7 8 6 29 31 -2 29
1. Club's Logo Rangdajied United FC 21 6 6 9 27 34 -7 24
McDowell Mohun Bagan McDowell Mohun Bagan A.C 21 5 9 7 21 21 0 24
11 Mumbai FC Mumbai FC 21 4 12 5 25 27 -2 24
10 United Sports Club United Sports Club 21 4 10 7 20 28 -8 22
12 Churchill Brothers Churchill Brothers SC 19 4 6 9 19 30 -11 18
13 LOGO (1) Mohammedan Sporting Club 20 4 6 10 18 25 -7 18

After Round 23

Mumbai FC Pulled Up An Upset Win Over Shillong Lajong

Breaking their long run without victory, Mumbai FC pulled off an upset by taking down Shillong Lajong FC 2-1 in an Airtel I-League match at the JN Stadium here on Sunday.

Lajong’s Cornell Glen opened the scoring in the 18th minute, but sloppy defence saw the visitors equalise later in the first half through Alfred Jaryan before Ashutosh Mehta scored the winner in the 50th minute.

Mumbai had not won for eight League matches and three more in the Federation Cup, last tasting victory on December 7 against Pune FC.

The Reds looked dangerous in the opening minutes of the contest on Sunday, with Glen and Uilliams Souza Silva partnering well up front.

In the 18th minute the Trinidadian striker delivered with his 10th goal of the season by moving his way into the box and placing a sure right-footer wide of Mumbai goalkeeper Nidhin Lal.

The equaliser came in the first minute of stoppage time. A corner for the visitors was not dealt with by the Lajong defence and Jaryan managed to knock the ball in from very close range.

This was just one instance of the SLFC defence being shaky with star Mumbai striker Yusif Yakubu just heading the ball over the bar a couple of minutes later.

The Shillong team then conceded the lead a few minutes into the second session with confusion among the defenders and goalie.

A long ball from Mumbai should have seen Robin Gurung do better with his header to the keeper, but the ball went straight up and no Lajong player followed up. Mehta then found himself in clear air and hammered the ball past goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte, who also advanced belatedly.

The hosts began to see almost all of the possession around the hour-mark, but could not make headway against a determined defence.

Their best bet came when Wailadmi Passah attempted a shot from midway up the Mumbai half, forcing Nidhin to tip the ball over the bar in the first minute of stoppage time.

Mumbai held on until the end, seizing three valuable points for the team as they fight off their relegation worries.

East Bengal Edged Past SC de Goa 2-1 In a Round 23 encounter of I-League

East Bengal edged past SC de Goa 2-1 in a round 23 encounter of the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday evening.

Baljit Sahni gave East Bengal the lead on the stroke of halftime after a nice low cross from Lalrindika Ralte, who doubled the home team’s advantage in the second period.

Beevan D’Mello pulled one back for Sporting Clube late on but the red-and-gold brigade held on for their eighth win of the campaign.

The result sees East Bengal move into the top four for the first time this season but they still trail leaders Bengaluru FC by seven points with two games in hand while Sporting Clube are now winless in six games.

East Bengal started strongly and their first effort came from a Raju Gaikwad long throw as Chidi’s header was parried away by Sporting Clube keeper Melroy Fernandes.

Sporting Clube took time to settle into the game but nearly scored when Joseph Perreira’s attempted cross had to be tipped over for a corner by East Bengal custodian Abhra Mondal.

The hosts won several freekicks and corners while Raju kept producing long throws but Melroy wasn’t really tested. At the other end Boima Karpeh and Rowlin Borges tried their luck from outside the box but neither could hit the target.

Armando Colaco made a first half substitution as he brought on Baljit in place of Cavin Lobo and the change paid dividends just before the interval as Baljit slotted home Lalrindika’s low cross into the six-yard box.

It was a well-worked goal as a quick counter attack released Lalrindika on the left flank with the Mizoram midfielder having the time and space to find Baljit who couldn’t miss from close range.

Sporting Clube looked to make a fast start in the second period but they didn’t create too many clear cut chances with Joseph only hitting a shot straight at Abhra.

In a double substitution, Oscar Bruzon introduced Royston D’souza and Beevan D’Mello but East Bengal increased their lead through Lalrindika.

A trademark Raju long throw was punched clear by Melroy only as far as Lalrindika whose shot from outside the box took a deflection off Chinta Chandrashekhar and went into the back of the net.

At 2-0, Sporting Clube had a mountain to climb but they produced a good spell of pressure with Royston wasting a good opportunity while Karpeh and D’Mello were denied by Abhra. East Bengal also wasted chances as Baljit and Lalrindika missed the target from promising positions.

East Bengal were very defensive in the closing stages and that allowed Sporting Clube to get back into the game as they reduced the deficit in the 90th minute. A fine run from Karpeh into the box resulted in a goal-mouth scramble and eventually D’Mello scored with a neat finish.

Sporting Clube threatened to complete the comeback in stoppage time but East Bengal just about held on for three valuable points.

Football Season In Sikkim Will Begin From 15 April

In compliance of Article 23 of SFA’s constitution, it is notified that start of the football season 2014 will start from 15th April 2014. The clubs already admitted and qualified for the 2nd Div. S-League and Sikkim Premier League (Previously known as Sr. Div. League ) are advised to start the process of recruitment players and apply for their registration as per terms of the ‘REGULATIONS FOR THE STATUS AND TRANSFER OF PLAYERS ” adopted by the Special general Body meeting of SFA held at Football House, Gangtok on 13.3.2014.

 

PROPOSED ANNUAL CALENDAR OF SFA FOR 2014-15

Date & Month Activities
15.03.2014 to 15.04.2014 :- Submission of entry forms and players registration for the Qualifying Round of S-League.
01.04.2014 to 30.04.2014 :- Registration / transfer of players for the 2nd Div. S-League and Sikkim Premier Division League
15.04.2014 to 30.04.2014 :- Qualifying Round of 2nd Division S-League 2014
April-May 2014 :- Annual General Meeting
02.05.2014 to 15.06.2014 :- 2nd Division S-League
05.06.2014 to 17.06.2014 :- AFC “C” Licence Coaching Certificate Course at Gangtok
July 2014:- Sikkim Premier Division League
06.08.2014 to 15.08.2014 :- Independence Day Football Tournament for Chogyal Sir Tashi Namgyal Memorial Cup
01.10.2014 to 07.10.2014 :- Referees Development Course
10.10.2014 to 20.10.2014 :- Women’s Football Championship
30.10.2014 to 15.11.2014 :- 35th All India Governor’s Gold Cup Football Championship
10.12.2014 to 20.12.2014 :- Youth Development Programme-Inter club U-16 Football Championship
04-01.2015 to 25.01.2015 :- Winter Coaching Camp for talented U-14 & U-16 players
Kindly note that the above dates are subject to change in view of allotment of any National Level events by the AIFF.

AFC C License Coaching Course To Be Held At Sikkim On June

AFC C-Licence Course: 
(To be conducted at Gangtok by AIFF from 5.6.2014 )

The AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate Course aims at training Coaches and developing their basic techniques and skills in football. It is designed to teach the Coaches to organise, direct and conduct basic Coaching practices targeting especially young players.

The Course lasts 13 days and requires a minimum of 85 hours of study time for both the practical and theoretical sessions. In the final examination, students will be assessed on their practical Coaching abilities, knowledge of the laws of the game, in addition to learning and understanding of the theory contents of football.

Criteria which allow a Candidate to apply for the Course:

Participants should have playing experience at International Level or should be a D-Licence holder.
All Participants must be examined by an MBBS Doctor before the Course starts and declared healthy and fit to perform the practical lessons during the Course. A Fitness certificate stating that the candidate is physically fit to participate for the practical sessions in the Course have to be produced for the same.
Participants should have the knowledge of English (read and write) as the medium of instruction and Course materials are in English.
Active Referees participation: Active Referees can also participate up to AFC ‘C’ Certificate Coaching Course.
Participants should be committed to Coaching and be willing to actively continue in Coaching.
It is compulsory for all the participants to attend all the sessions.
Participants will bear all costs involved in the participation of the Course including study material, playing kit etc.