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Mohammedan’s Dipanda Dicka arrives in Kolkata

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club’s Cameroonian striker Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka has arrived in Kolkata earlier today to play the forthcoming Calcutta Football League.

To receive Dipanda General Secretary Ghazal Uz Zafar himself went to air port alongside Youth Development Vice-Chairman Hasnaian Ahmed.

Mohammedan Sporting Club acquired the services of the talismanic striker in May as their first foreign signing for the new season.

“Dipanda, based on his performance last season, has been one of the most consistent and best strikers in Indian football. I have no doubt that he will bring something totally different. We are confident his stay at Mohammedan Sporting Club will be a successful one,” said Zafar.

The 28-year-old spent the majority of his career from 2008 to 2014 playing in Spain with Valencia B, La Roda, Olímpic de Xàtiva and UD Alzira. He moved to India in 2015 with DSK Shivajians before joining Shillong Lajong ahead of 2016/17 I-League.

While playing for Lajong, the Cameroonian did not only finish as league’s top scorer with 11 goals in 17 matches but also adjudged as the best striker of the season.

“I am very happy to be a player of Mohammedan Sporting Club. I love new challenges and it’s a very nice challenge for me to come to Mohammedan Sporting Club. I am here to make my contribution and I will be doing my job as best I can,” Dipanda said.

Bengaluru retain five, sign eight new players at ISL Draft


Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC went about their business smartly at their first ever Indian Super League draft retaining five players from last season while strengthening their squad further by adding eight more Indian players, in Mumbai on Sunday.

First pick and fan-favourite goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte was joined by Harmanjot Khabra, Lenny Rodrigues, Alwyn George and local-boy Calvin Abhishek among the players who will continue to be part of the squad. These players, along with the existing retentions in Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, John Johnson, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Malsawmzuala and Daniel Lalhlimpuia, will boost the squad ahead of the AFC Cup Inter-Zonal Semifinal against North Korean side April 4.25 SC in a month’s time from now.

Joining them will be seasoned professionals in goalkeeper Abhra Mondal, midfielder Boithang Haokip and defenders Rahul Bheke and Zohmingliana Ralte, along with exciting youngsters Joyner Lourenco, Collin Abranches, Thongkhosiem Haokip and Subhasish Bose.

Albert Roca, Bengaluru FC Head Coach, was content with the draft and the luck factor that goes with it, “We cannot have all the players we want. Eugeneson, Rino and Chhuantea have been important players for the club, but we knew it was impossible for us to get all our choices. However, we are happy with our picks and who we’ve signed so far. The circumstances of a draft mean that some players have to go and we’ve tried to keep as many players as possible. We looked at players who are compatible with our team, because we have important games in the AFC Cup coming up fast.”

While new signings Abhra Mondal and Boithang Haokip bring in loads of experience, the likes of Rahul Bheke and Zohmingliana Ralte were few of the stand-out performers in Indian football over the last few seasons. Rahul has created a name for himself on the domestic circuit with consistent performances for Air India, Mumbai FC, East Bengal, Kerala Blasters and FC Pune City over the last six seasons. Meanwhile, Zohmingliana, an ex-Pune FC and DSK Shivajians player, was an ever-present figure in Aizawl FC’s fairy-tale run to the I-League title. In fact, Aizawl were second only to Mohun Bagan when it came to conceding goals as they romped to the title with Zohmingliana scoring a decisive goal against the Kolkata club in the penultimate game of the season.

Bengaluru FC continued their tradition of keeping faith in youth by snapping up striker Thongkhosiem Haokip and left-back Subhasish Bose. Twenty-four-year-old Haokip was the highest scoring Indian player in the 2014-15 I-League netting seven goals throughout the season while at Pune FC. He then had stints with Salgaocar FC, FC Goa, Kerala Blasters and East Bengal.

Twenty-one-year-old Subhasish, on the other hand, had a breakthrough season at Churchill Brothers, before becoming a defensive mainstay for Sporting Goa in 2016 which prompted Mohun Bagan to sign the talented youngster. His impressive performances with the Kolkata-side even caught the eye of National Team Coach Stephen Constantine who called him up to the National Team camp, while also being part of the Indian U-23 team for the AFC Championship Qualifiers 2017.

Bengaluru FC Squad

Goalkeepers: Lalthuammawia Ralte, Abhra Mondal, Calvin Abhishek

Defenders: John Johnson, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Zohmingliana Ralte, Collin Abranches, Joyner Lourenco

Midfielders: Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Toni Dovale, Malsawmzuala, Harmanjot Khabra, Alwyn George, Lenny Rodrigues, Boithang Haokip

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Thongkhosiem Haokip

(Thirteen players picked at today’s ISL Draft have been marked in red)

Durand Cup: DSK Shivajians’ campaign end with semi-final loss


9th September 2016 – Delhi, India – DSK Shivajians FC was done in by Neroca FC 0-3 and with it ended their dream run in the 128th Durand Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi on Friday.

The Manipur-side netted via Sushil Kumar Singh (36th minute), Malemnganba Meitei (65th), Anandkumar Singh (90+3) to squash DSK Shivajians hopes.

The loss, however, did ensure that DSK Shivajians pieced history for themselves. They became the first team from Pune to reach the Durand Cup semifinals.

Manager Dave Rogers made five changes in his playing eleven. Given starts were goalkeeper Sayak Barai, Mohd. Sajid Dhot, Vanlalremkima, K. Lalthathanga, while Lalawmpuia earned his maiden first start. Making way were Rakshit Dagar, Zohmingliana Ralte, Sairuat Kima, Hitova Ayemi and Gagandeep Singh.

DSK Shivajians began the game on the offensive and had close chances early on with a host of corner kicks. Defender Mohd. Sajid Dhot went the closest in the 10th minute when his header off Juan Quero’s corner kick from the right whizzed past the second post.

Despite the heat taking its toll on the players, DSK Shivajians continued to dominate proceedings before a taking a breather with a water break at the half hour mark.

Post the break; Neroca FC began pushing up and creating pressure around the DSK Shivajians box. Medio Rohit Kumar was pulled up for a late tackle on rival striker Singam Subash Singh and the referee awarded Neroca FC a penalty-kick. Sushil Kumar Singh stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way (0-1).

DSK Shivajians re-composed themselves and began pushing up. However, despite having the better chances, the score at halftime favoured Neroca FC 1-0.

The second half began with both sides playing a high tempo game. DSK Shivajians were charging up from the flanks as Neroca pushed up on counter attacks.

Ten minutes in, Manager Dave Rogers made the first change as Juan Quero made way for North Korean striker Kim Song Yong with DSK Shivajians seeking an equaliser.

However, it was Neroca FC who doubled their lead in the 65th minute. Sushil Kumar Singh curled in a cross from the right to find David Lalbiakzara in the box. The ex-Shivajians midfielder chested the ball down to K. Malemnganba Meitei who smashed home a half-volley from the top edge of the box leaving custodian Sayak Barai helpless in the DSK Shivajians goal.

DSK Shivajians kept pressing high up in search of a goal and almost reduced the deficit in the 78th minute. Substitute Kim Song Yong received a long ball on the right as he managed to break the offside trap and run clear in the box. However, as he tried to lob the keeper, his attempt went agonisingly wide. Minutes later Lalawmpuia benefited from the loose ball after the rival ‘keeepr had a soft collection, but his effort way wayward with no one, but a defender in goal.

Three minutes into injury time, Neroca FC sealed the game with another goal when substitute Anandkumar Singh finished off a cross from the right flank to make the scoreline 3-0.

Durand cup: DSK Shivajians FC face-off against Neroca FC for a place in final


8th September 2016 – Delhi, India – Debutants DSK Shivajians FC will hope to continue their historic run when they face-off against Neroca  FC in the semifinals of the 128th Durand Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi, on Friday.

The youthful DSK Shivajians ensured their place in the last-four with a 2-1 victory over Army Green in a must-win game and will hope to build on the momentum against Group-B runners-up Neroca FC when they return to familiar surrounds.

For the record, DSK Shivajians played four consecutive games at the venue, which included two wins, a draw and loss, before beating the defence side in the last game at the Harbaksh Stadium to top Group-A with 10 points.

On the other hand, the Manipur side is no pushover and made it to the knockout stage with the distinction of being the only team to boast of an unbeaten record in this edition of the competition.

Talking about the challenge Neroca FC would possess for DSK Shivajians’, First Team Manager Dave Rogers said: “Neroca are a very hard working team with a good blend of youth and experience. On their day, they are more than capable of beating any team. So, we know that if we are to progress, then we will have to be at our best to overcome the fierce challenge of NEROCA.”

Friday’s semi-final clash will be the first time the two teams play each other. Both the teams are expected to start with their strongest eleven to have a better chance of making it to the final of Asia’s oldest football tournament.

Going into the match, after a three-day break following a hectic weekend, where DSK Shivajians played thrice in four days the team will be fresh for the battle ahead.

Moreover, the team now has a full 20-member squad at their disposal to choose the final playing eleven. Delighted with the fact, Dave Rogers added: “It is exciting and challenging for me to be now in a position to select a starting eleven from a full squad of players who are not only eager and excited to play but are also in this together to achieve the same goals.”

Captain Juan Quero, club’s joint top-scorer along with Rohit Kumar, has scored four goals and will be looking to add to that tally inFriday’s match. Meanwhile, the Pune-based team will also look to build upon their impressive defensive display against Army Green with Mohd. Sajid Dhot now back from a one-match suspension.

DSK Shivajians FC appoint John Andrews as Strength and Conditioning Coach

DSK Press Release

7th September 2016 – Pune, India – DSK Shivajians Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of John Andrews as the new Strength and Conditioning Coach for the first team.

John is a UEFA ‘A’ License Coach, who has expertise in strength and conditioning, joins First Team Manager Dave Rogers backroom staff for the season ahead.

Andrews, 37, was a professional footballer before he retired and ventured into coaching. He coached HvitiRiddarinn and Afturelding Women’s Team in the past. Following the latter, he diverted his focus on to strength and conditioning of players, developing FRP Fitness for regular people.

Talking about John’s appointment, Dave, said: “I have known John for many years throughout my football career. We played against each other many times. He has always been a man of integrity and complete professionalism in the way he conducts himself. I decided to bring in John because his knowledge and attention to detail in Strength & Conditioning which is second to none.”

John is also an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer with a Degree in Physical Education and Health. His football career spanned over 16 years, where he played for the likes of Grantham Town, Mansfield Town, and Coventry City. John also played for Cork City in Ireland back in 2002. He ended his football career in the first division of Iceland with Afturelding.

Expressing his excitement on joining DSK Shivajians, John said: “It is an honour and a pleasure to be on board the most exciting and developing club in India. My goal here is to improve the strength, well-being, and overall health of the players and to push DSK Shivajians to the next level of our football journey. Thank you for the opportunity, and I look forward to doing my best for such a fantastic club and manager.”

Durand Cup: DSK Shivajians stunned by Minerva FC, must-win last match to qualify


4th September, 2016 – Delhi, India – DSK Shivajians FC once again fell prey to a last-minute goal and went down 1-2 to Minerva FC in the 128th Durand Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi on Sunday.

The loss was DSK Shivajians’ first in the competition, while Minerva FC registered their first win. Having played out a goalless first-half, DSK Shivajians were first to score when Spanish winger and skipper Juan Quero converted a penalty-kick in the 60th minute. Minerva FC equalised through Lago Bei (79th minute), before Manandeep Singh (90th minute) handed DSK Shivajians a shocker.

The result put a spoke in DSK Shivajians chances of making the semi-finals, which, instead hinges on the last match they play against Army Green on Monday. The match against the defence squad is a must-win situation for DSK Shivajians to progress into the knock-out stage, but above all, it also opened up a chance for Indian Navy as well.

The position in Group-A is; DSK Shivajians (7 points from 4 games) lead, followed by Indian Navy (6 points from 4). Breathing close is Army Green (5 points from 3). Sporting Clube de Goa (4 points from 4) and Minerva FC (4 points from 4) share the fourth spot, while Gangtok Himalayan (3 points from 3) is at the bottom.

Manager Dave Rogers made five changes to the squad. Sayak Barai, Mohd. Sajid Dhot, Maan Singh and Kim Song Yong were brought in along with Amey Ranawade, who earned his maiden start. Those rested included, Rakshit Dagar, Shane McFaul, Surchandra Singh, Sairuat Kima, Zohmingliana Ralte.

In a half dominated by physical game play, it was Minerva’s Manandeep Singh and DSK Shivajians’ Kim Song Yong who had close chances early on. While the woodwork denied Manandeep, Kim went just wide with his header.

As the game progressed, Minerva had their best chance of the first half in the 23rd minute when striker Marcus Lopez had an attempt from close. However, the Guam attacker found a brilliant point-blank save by Sayak Barai keep the score goalless.

In the final minute of the half, DSK Shivajians had an excellent opportunity to take the lead when Quero curled in a perfect free kick into the box to find Kim. However, the North Korean striker, who managed to connect a header, once again went inches wide as the first half ended goalless.

The second half was a fast paced affair with both sides creating numerous chances in the opening quarter. However, it was DSK Shivajians who controlled much of the proceedings with some good moves.

Having piled on constant pressure over the rival goal, DSK Shivajians finally broke the deadlock in the 60th minute. Juan Quero, on his second attempt, converted from the penalty spot after striker Kim Song Yong was brought down by Minerva’s defender Gagandeep Singh inside the box. In fact, Quero had scored from the first attempt too, but referee A. Rowan asked for a re- take.

With DSK Shivajians pushing up, Minerva levelled scores at the other end against the run of play in the 79th minute. Nigerian striker Lago Dogbo Bei was the fastest to react to a cross inside the box and scored with a powerful header past ‘keeper Sayak Barai.

DSK Shivajians then conceded late on for the second consecutive game in an ensuing melee that led to Sayak leaving his line and coming forth. The ball, still in danger, deflected onto unmarked striker Manandeep Singh, who slotted into an empty net to dash DSK Shivajians hopes of earning a point.

DSK Shivajians will now play their last Group A game against Army Green at the Harbaksh Stadium on Monday.

Rohit brace helps DSK Shivajians overcome Gangtok

31st August, 2016 – Delhi, India – DSK Shivajians FC continued their maiden appearance in the 128th Durand Cup after registering a facile 2-1 win over Gangtok Himalayan SC at the Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi on Wednesday.

A first-half double by LFC-DSK Academy graduate Rohit Kumar (5th and 44th minute) enabled DSK Shivajians to log full points. Gangtok Himalayan pulled one back via a penalty kick conversion by Jon Lepcha (78 th minute). The result took DSK Shivajians points tally to six and earned the pole position in Group A.

Manager Dave Rogers began the game making four changes to his playing XI that played in the first match by bringing in goalkeeper Sayak Barai, Shane McFaul, Gagandeep Singh, and Biaklan Paite. The players omitted were Rakshit Dagar, Zohmingliana Ralte, Maan Singh and Juan Quero. The starting XI consisted of seven LFC-DSK Academy graduates.

The team also had a switch in skipper’s role with Kim Song Yong bearing the captain & #39;s band. DSK Shivajians began at a frenetic pace. A couple of all out attacking runs pushed Gangtok Himalayan onto back-foot. First, Paite fell short when Kim played him a through ball and then Gagandeep, running down the flank, earned the first corner-kick of the match, which led to the first strike.

Paite’s delivery in the box from the corner was fumbled by goalkeeper Sukhwinder Singh, which

led to a lurking Rohit pounce onto the opportunity and slot home (1-0).

Two minutes later Paite had his try from close punched away by the ‘keeper.

At the other end, DSK Shivajians had a moment of worry in the 13th minute. John Kane, getting

clear, ended up with his try going over. Midway through the half, DSK Shivajians lost

Gagandeep after a challenge with an opponent left him with a limp. Four minutes

laterGagandeep was substituted, and Surachandra Singh was brought in.

Gangtok Himalayan with the one odd attack into the DSK Shivajians' half hardly tested the

defence. A rebound off the wall following a free-kick was poked gently by Surjit Singh into DSK

keeper Sayak.

A couple of bookings led to Sanjay Chettri (Gangtok) and  Vanlalremkima (DSK Shivajians)

receive yellow cards before DSK Shivajians launched themselves in attack once again through

Arif Shaikh, only to have him breaching the off-side trap.

Gangtok’s Karma Tsweang joined the referees' book after he brought down Surachandra. Two

close moments followed inside the Gangtok Himalayan's box. Surachandra’s stiff try had the

goalkeeper tip the ball over and later, his cross was headed out by Arif.

DSK Shivajians closed out the half with their second strike. Paite, down the flank, delivered a

low cross, which Arif stepped over leaving Rohit clear which he later finished with a low drive

past the keeper (2-0).

On resumption, DSK Shivajians lost out on a glorious opportunity to increase the tally. Kim,

running clear, was brought down resulting in a penalty kick. Kim stepped up, but to his dismay,

the goalkeeper judged well and thus nullified the chance of a possible third goal.

DSK Shivajians, at the other end, survived when custodian was off the line. Sayak, to his luck,

saw an attempt by Jon Lepcha kiss the horizontal and go over. DSK Shivajians stung back, with

Kim finding the custodian in his way from six-yards out.

End to end action prevailed after that with neither team managing to get a clear attempt on

target. As the game moved into the last 15 minutes, Gangtok Himalayan earned a penalty kick

after defender Lalnunsiama brought down an attacker. Lepcha stepped up and sent Sayak the

wrong way to pull one back for the Sikkim team(2-1).

The opponents were growing in confidence following the goal, but it was DSK Shivajians

'keeper who denied Nima Lepcha with a brilliant collection. Deep into the half, Shane McFaul

did well to avert a couple of situations and keep the score favoured with DSK Shivajians.

DSK Shivajians will now play Indian Navy on 2nd September at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi.

DSK Shivajians FC face Gangtok Himalayan challenge

30th August 2016 – Delhi, India – DSK Shivajians Football Club will be aiming for back-to- back victories when they play their second match in the Durand Cup 2016 against Gangtok Himalayan SC at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. A win would help DSK Shivajians FC get closer to qualify for the knock-outs from Group-A.

DSK Shivajians FC confidence stems from the 2-1 triumph they logged in their opener against Sporting Clube de Goa, courtesy first half goals from Rohit Kumar and Kim Song-Yong. Having set the tone on a winning note, Dave Rogers side will hope to carry forward the same momentum against a side that finished fifth in the 2015-16 I-League Second Division.

Gangtok Himalayan SC, playing their first tournament of the season, is yet to begin their campaign and opens against Minerva FC late Tuesday evening. The first time face-off between the two teams on Wednesday would mean that the Sikkim side will be back on pitch within 24 hours and reason enough for DSK Shivajians FC to exploit.

On the other hand, DSK Shivajians FC Manager Dave Rogers will be delighted to have a full squad at his disposal, with no injuries and suspensions.

Talking about tomorrow’s match, he commented: “Preparations have been going on really well. The squad is gelling together nicely. And after starting the competition with a win, the boys are excited and showing real enthusiasm for our next match, whilst understanding that we must take it one game at a time and showing each of our opponents the utmost respect. We know that the hard work is only just beginning in our journey to progress as a football club for the long term.”

DSK Shivajians FC’s North Korean forward Kim Song-Yong will hope to continue his impressive form in the front of the goal, after having scored two goals in last two matches for the Pune- based club. Meanwhile, captain Juan Quero, who created both the goal scoring opportunities in the Durand Cup opener, will look to add a goal to his increasing number of assists.

DSK Shivajians FC’s young brigade had an impressive outing in the opening match of the tournament, as Liverpool FC International Academy – DSK Shivajians graduate Rohit Kumar earned the distinction of becoming the first scorer in the 128 th edition of the Cup. His fellow academy players, Vanlalremkima and Lalthathanga worked tirelessly through the midfield and the flanks, respectively, to make life tough for their Goan opposition.

The match at the Ambedkar Stadium will kick-off at 4:30pm and will be covered LIVE on www.twitter.com/dskshivajians.

DSK Shivajians FC to debut in historic Durand Cup

25th August, 2016 – Pune, India – DSK Shivajians Football Club begins their 2016-17 season by making their debut in the historic 128th Durand Cup Football Tournament, being held in New Delhi from 28 th August 2016 to 11 th September 2016.

DSK Shivajians FC will be the second team from the city to ever participate in third oldest football tournament in the world and the oldest football tournament in India, tracing its first edition back to 1888. This year’s edition makes a comeback after a one-year of hiatus and will be played at two venues, the Ambedkar Stadium and Harbaksh Stadium, in New Delhi. The team will reach Delhi following their pre-season friendly against Bengaluru FC at the KSFA Stadium in Bengaluru.

The teams, led by new First Team Manager, Dave Rogers go into the tournament after a strenuous three-week pre-season which commenced in the first week of August 2016. Juan Quero returned to DSK Shivajians FC after impressive performances in the club’s debut I- League season. Irish youth international midfielder Shane McFaul also joined the ranks at the club midway through August. Sticking to his philosophy of promoting youth, Dave Rogers also provided opportunities to eleven players from the Liverpool FC International Academy – DSK Shivajians to be a part of the 20-member first team squad.

The Pune-based club will face Sporting Club de Goa in the opening match of the tournament on 28th August, 2016. The tournament, which will conclude on 11 th September 2016, will see twelve teams, divided into two groups of six, vie for the top honors. Top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals.

The teams in fray include, six first timers, namely, Aizwal FC; Neroca FC; Gangtok Himalayan FC; Minerva AFC and Real Kashmir FC apart from DSFC; seasoned campaigners, Sporting Club De Goa and Dempo SC. Four teams from the Indian armed forces namely Army Green, Army Red, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy complete the lineup.

DSK Shivajians FC is placed in Group A along with the likes of Gangtok Himalayan, Army Green, Indian Navy, Sporting Club de Goa, and Minerva Academy. Group B comprises of last year’s I-League side Aizawl FC, Dempo FC, Real Kashmir FC, Neroca FC along with Indian Air Force and Army Red.


28 Aug: v Sporting Clube de Goa – 6.30pm – Ambedkar Stadium

31 Aug: v Gangtok Himalayan FC – 4.30pm – Ambedkar Stadium

2 Sept: v Indian Navy – 4.30pm – Ambedkar Stadium

4 Sept: v Minerva FC – 4.30pm – Ambedkar Stadium

5 Sept: v Army Green – 4.00pm – Harbaksh Stadium

9 Sept: Semi-Final 1 & 2 – 5.15pm/7.15pm

11 Sept: Final – 5.00pm


Goalkeepers:Rakshit Dagar, Sayak Barai

Defenders:Zohmingliana Ralte, Maan Singh, Mohd. SajidDhot, SairuatKima, Lalnunsiama

Midfielders: Biaklian Paite, Ameya Ranawade, Shane McFaul, Gagandeep Singh,

Vanlalremkima, Surchandra Singh Chandam, Hitova Ayemi, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Rohit


Forwards: Arif Shaikh, Juan Quero, Kim Song Yong, Lalawmpuia

DSK Shivajians part company with Derrick Pereira

PUNE: DSK Shivajians FC and Coach Derrick Pereira have decided to part ways after mutually agreeing to terms.

The 54-year-old Goan was at the helm of affairs and guided DSK Shivajians in their debut season of the I-League apart from the inaugural all-India DSK Cup.

During his stint he helped the club bag the DSK Cup edging out Dempo SC in the final. Similarly, in the I-League he guided DSK Shivajians to some memorable wins over Mumbai FC and East Bengal as well as leading the team to a commanding 3–1 win over Sporting Club de Goa, which turned out to be the biggest margin of victory for the club.

DSK Shivajians President Shirish Kulkarni said; “We arrived at a consensus after a lot of thought and in the best interest of the club a collective call was made.”

“I have great respect for Derrick who has been an excellent ambassador during his stay at DSK Shivajians. We wish him well for all his success in future endeavors. We would like to thank Derrick for the time spent at the club.”

Coach Derrick added, “I am extremely proud of my time and achievements at DSK Shivajians. I would like to thank the players, staff, the management for their efforts and support. I would also want to thank the most important and fundamental part of this club, the fans. Special thanks to Mr. Shirish Kulkarni for giving me this opportunity at DSK Shivajians in what I believe has the country’s best infrastructures for the sport.”