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I-League 2018/19: Minerva take aim at Arrows

Chandigarh, November 30, 2018: It has not been an ideal start to the I-League for defending champions Minerva FC, having won just one game in five to be placed eighth on the table. However, come Saturday, December 1, 2018, they will look to get back to winning ways against the young Indian Arrows side. The game kicks off at 2 PM IST at the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula and what would enthuse the champions, even more, would be the fact that they would be playing at home after exactly a month.

The “Warriors” from Punjab have won both the encounters between the two sides so far and that would give new coach for the season, Irishman Paul Munster, a sense of ease. The Arrows coach Floyd Pinto, on the other hand, would be aware that his young side albeit have looked the part but would need to deliver results sooner rather than later if they want to finish anywhere near the top of the league table.

Munster would be happy with the fact that Ghanaian striker William Opoku, a key player for his side having scored five times for Minerva last season, finally opened his scoring account in the last game against Shillong. He would also be happy with the form of Nigerian midfielder Philip Njoku who has been playing with a lot of purpose and penetration in the last two games, as well as the fact that his team while playing the entire second half against Shillong with 10 men, never looked like doing so.

“We are happy to come back home. We have taken the positives from our last game. Our first half was really tough, but even after going down to 10 men, our boys recovered and scored. In my opinion, it’s a very big result, but now, it’s a must-win game for us tomorrow at home,” said Paul Munster, Head Coach, Minerva Punjab FC ahead of the game tomorrow.

“We are creating lots of chances. It’s just the strikers who should believe in themselves and converting those chances. We just have to work harder”, he added.

Minerva would want to have a re-look at their defensive tactics though, as besides conceding five goals, way too many for their style of play generally, they have been caught out on the break too many times.

For Floyd Pinto’s young guns it seems to be getting more difficult with every game. Against Kashmir, in the last game, they were outdone simply by the size of some of their opponents which included the 6ft 7 inches Krizo and similar bigger adversaries like Mason Robertson and Loveday Okechukwu.

It’s not that they have not been moving the ball well or have shown an intention to score, but at times the gulf in professional experience becomes too much to overcome. Also, being a developmental side, it is prone to too many changes and experiments and they never seem to be having a settled eleven or players in set positions.

“It’s always motivational to play against the defending champions. The boys are motivated and we are looking forward to a great game of football. You also need to understand that every season is different. We have changed our style a bit. We were dominating the possession against Real Kashmir and although we didn’t get a win there, I’m happy with the game,” said Floyd Pinto, Head Coach, Indian Arrows.

He further said, “We go to every game to win. The results don’t always reflect the game. They have shown their character in the last match. They have the agility, the zeal and we have to cautious throughout.”

Given the firepower Minerva have at their disposal, they look odds-n favourites for this one. Arrows, on the other hand, will be looking for the kind of upset, which they pulled off three times last season against fancied teams as well as the stunning win they scored against a talented Shillong side earlier in the league this season.

Confirming IndiaFooty’s report Jamshedpur sign Arrows duo

JAMSHEDPUR: As reported by IndiaFooty on July 12, 2018, Jamshedpur FC have completed the signing of young prospects Aniket Jadhav and Amarjit Singh from All India Football Federation’s developmental side Indian Arrows. The duo have signed till the year 2021.

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Both players were part of Indian National Football Team’s FIFA U-17 World Cup squad and have plied their trade for Indian Arrows in the I-League.

Born in Kolhapur, Jadhav was part of the AIFF Elite Academy batch that was preparing for the 2017 U-17 World Cup. After the showpiece event, Jadhav was selected to play for the Indian Arrows, an AIFF owned I-League team consisting India under-19 players. Along with him, Amarjit, who was born in Manipur, plays as a center midfielder and was the captain of the Indian team in the FIFA U-17 World Cup squad as they shared a camaraderie together.

After signing for Jamshedpur FC, Jadhav said, “I am glad to be part of Jamshedpur FC! It was been an amazing time representing India U-17 in the World Cup and Indian Arrows and I am happy to get this opportunity with Jamshedpur.”

Young forward Amarjit also showed his enthusiasm on joining the Tata Steel franchise as he said, “The journey till now (playing for India U-17, Indian Arrows, and now Jamshedpur FC) is like a dream though, and the love for this game surely makes my dream bigger. I am happy to be part of this club.”

Head Coach Cesar Ferrando was happy to see more developmental players joining the squad. He claimed, “Having players like Aniket and Amarjit is a good thing for us. Along with Gourav, Mobashir and Vishal, we hope they form the crux of our future squads.”

Club Chief Executive Mukul Choudhari added,” It is great to sign these two brilliant boys from the squad. We hope they have a long and successful future with the club. I would want to welcome both Amarjit and Aniket to Jamshedpur.”

The youngsters will be loaned back to Indian Arrows for one more season for them to gain more playing time in the I-League.

Luis Norton de Matos steps down

NEW DELHI: Based on Luis Norton de Matos’ request citing personal reasons to relieve him of his contract with Indian Arrows, All India Football Federation, on mutual understanding has decided to release him of his responsibilities as Head Coach of AIFF’s Developmental Team.

In a letter to AIFF, Matos who had coached India in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 expressed his inability to continue owing to a combination of exigencies on the personal front and an aggravated knee injury that necessitated Matos’ family to stay together in Portugal.

Matos wrote: “Certain personal reasons, chiefly the health-related issues of my parents have made it difficult for me to continue in the position of Head Coach, Indian Arrows and stay far away from Europe for the entire season. Hence, with deep regret, I have decided to step down as the Head Coach of the Indian Arrows, India’s U-19 National team.”

“I like to thank AIFF for providing me with the opportunity to work with the National youth team. I thank my staff, my players and wish them the best in their careers. Once my personal issues settle down I shall be more than happy to contribute in the future as and when I can. I have deep affection and love towards India & Indian Football & wish AIFF good luck for future,” his letter further stated.

Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF thanked Matos for all his support and contribution to Indian Football.

“On behalf of AIFF, we thank Luis Matos for his guidance, support and contribution to Indian Football. We hope his personal issues including the injury get sorted out soon and wish him and his family all the best and good health.”

I-League 2017/18: In-form Churchill ready for Arrows

GOA: The last time Indian Arrows and Churchill Brothers faced each other, the future stars of India left the Churchill Brothers players panting and puffing. But their inexperience cost them dearly as the young colts shipped in two late goals as Churchill Brothers ran out 2-0 winners.

Indian Arrows will surely look to make amends of that defeat and Churchill Brothers would also be well aware of that as the India Arrows host the Goan club at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Saturday (February 10, 2018).

Moreover, Arrows’ weakness of conceding late goals was further exposed in the game against Kingfisher East Bengal.

“Tomorrow we want to give a good answer and try to fight for a result because we always fight for a result. I think we deserve more points. I think we could have had 14 points. Results, as I say always, at the end you always remember the result and not how well you played”, Indian Arrows coach Luis Norton de Matos said.

The former I-League champions have been in red-hot form lately, having seized five wins out of six that has helped them shoot to the seventh spot on the table.

“After the Churchill Brothers team that changed in January, they are a completely different team and very strong. This team is an impressive team of players,” the Portuguese coach added.

Arrows, on the other hand, are slipping down the standing and one reason could be down to their inability to see out results and the number of points dropped due to that.

“It is the exact opposite sensation of scoring in the last minute. As a coach I am frustrated but it makes us learn a new lesson,” Matos reflected.

Arrows striker Aniket Jadhav echoed his coach’s sentiment.

“In that match against Churchill, the goals we had conceded was because of our mistakes. The team has become stronger and we want to take away three points”, the youngster said.

Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers are not exhibiting any weakness in their game at the moment but coach Alfred Fernades feels there is a need for improvement.

“Only area where we can stress upon is our conversion rate. We have been missing a lot of chances in front of goal”, Churchill Brothers coach Alfred Fernandes said.

They have clearly set the target of a top-four finish.

“A realistic target is top four. If we win all our remaining matches, top four is a realistic target especially with top teams dropping points,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Arrows are arguably playing without the pressure of worrying about their position in the table.

“I have already warned my boys that this match will be the toughest. I can play East Bengal, Mohun Bagan easily. But tomorrow is a very tough match because I can do some tactical work against other opponents. But this bunch of fearless boys, you never know, how they will start playing”, Fernandes said.

I-League 2017/18: Chennai again fail to hit their Arrows on target

COIMBATORE: Chennai City were held to a goalless draw by Indian Arrows at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Coimbatore on Saturday, as Prabhsukhan Gill put up a commendable performance under the sticks.

V. Soundarajan went for four changes to the starting XI from the previous match with Henry Mosang, Uros Poljanec, Pradeep Mohanraj, and Alexander Jesuraj coming in for V Shumeyko, V Baskaran, S Alam and Murilo respectively. Shumeyko and Ravanan continued to be at the heart of the defence, whereas Jean Joachim started the match being the sole striker up front.

Indian Arrows coach Luis Norton de Matos also went for three changes to the side that got bogged down by Churchill Brothers in Goa. Skipper Amarjit Singh, Abhijit Sarkar and Boris Singh started from the bench as they were replaced by Princeton Rebello, Aniket Jadhav and Asish Rai. Prabhsukhan Gill continued to be under the sticks supported by a backline comprising of Sanjeev Stalin, Anwar Ali, Jitendra Singh and Asish Rai.

Slovenian goalkeeper Uros Poljanec was tested in the second minute of the game when Rahim Ali triggered a venomous shot on goal from an acute angle after being played through by Sanjeev Stalin.

Within minutes Chennai City FC could have got the opener after Srinivasan Pandyan’s floated through ball found Jean Joachim. The Frenchman’s audacious effort at goal required both Gill and the woodwork to stop the ball from bulging into the net.

Chennai City started to make their attacking intentions clear in the last ten minutes of the first-half as they scooped up a number of chances. Edwin Vanspaul failed to keep his shot on target after he was laid off by Romario. Within minutes, Joachim wasted an opportunity to put his team in front when he could not direct his header towards goal after Romario delivered a perfectly measured cross for the Frenchman.

Injuries played the spoilsport in the first-half as Pradeep Mohanraj had to leave the field in an ambulance after blood continued to ooze out from a cut just above his eyebrow. On the other side, Rahim Ali was in tears after injuring his right ankle, which was soon bandaged with an ice pack.

Joachim could have broken the deadlock for Chennai City in the initial minutes of the second half if only he had beaten Gill under the sticks after dribbling past two defenders.

Joachim slotted home on the 57th minute after Gill failed to collect the ball but the linesman raised his flag to deny the Coimbatore-based side to go in front.

Things heated up when Henry was given the marching orders after the defender stamped on Abhijit Sarkar. Deepak Tangri and Vanspaul were also cautioned after the situation came under control.

Arrows continued to show composure and maintain their defensive shape until the final whistle which earned them a point.

I-League 2017/18: Churchill beat Arrows to continue winning streak

GOA: Churchill Brothers inflicted a painful defeat on Indian Arrows as the Goan side won 2-0 in their I-League encounter at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco tonight.

It was the third straight win for Churchill Brothers as they leapfrogged the Arrows into the seventh place in the table.

The Goan side scored two late-late goals with the opener scored by Dawda Ceesay (88‘) and Israil Gurung (90’+2′) adding another as it sealed all three points for the Red Machines.

Churchill Brothers fielded an unchanged starting XI that beat Shillong Lajong in the previous game. As for Indian Arrows, there were two changes as Jeakson singh did not feature due to an injury and Edmund Lalrindika was dropped. Their replacements were Abhijit Sarkar and Deepak Tangri.

It looked like Luis Norton de Matos picked a fluid 3-5-2 formation. The team featured three central defenders with Tangri joining Jitendra Singh and Anwar Ali in the heart of defence while Boris Singh and Sanjeev Stalin played wingbacks.

Churchill had a golden opportunity in the 14th minute when their left-back Denechandram Meetei floated in a brilliant diagonal long ball into the Arrows box. Arrows centre-back Anwar couldn’t reach the ball as it went over his head and into the path of an unmarked Koffi Mehac who was lurking down the right of the penalty box.

But the Cote D’Ivoire-based forward fluffed his line when he had only the keeper to beat. Churchill suffered an early blow when Uttam Rai who was having a good game went off injured in the 28th minute and had to be replaced by Israil Gurung.

In the dying minutes of first-half, they had a chance when Dawda Ceesay almost found the far post but his shot ran across goal.

Meanwhile, what stood out for Arrows was their organisation and the ability to play as a collective which helped them hold off the Goan side for long periods.

Finally, the youngsters carved out a chance when Boris Singh managed to cut in from the right and struck a left-foot shot that swerved away from the goal in the 68th minute.

Eventually, Churchill goalkeeper James Kithan was drawn into making a save when Rahul KP went with the ball into the box and shot which was kept out by Kithan.

The game looked to be heading for a draw but the game turned on its head in the last few minutes.

It was heartbreak for the Indian Arrows colts as Churchill Brothers eventually scored in the 88th minute. It all started when Koffi beat the offside trap from a counter-attack and ran clear of the defenders before cutting inside.

His shot was cleared away but the scramble inside the box saw the ball rolling into the path of Ceesay who placed his shot into the net in the 88th minute.

Churchill Brothers scored a second in the (90+2nd) minute when Anwar Ali conceded a free-kick just outside the box which was quickly taken by Koffi.

Israil Gurung pounced on the opportunity and scored to secure all three points.

The Red Machines will host high-flying Neroca FC on the penultimate day of this month and the young Arrows will now fly to Coimbatore to challenge Chennai City FC on Janaury 27.

I-League 2017/18: Neroca Complete Double Over Arrows To Intrigue The Title Race

GOA: Indian Arrows went down fighting to Neroca FC as the Manipuri side won 2-0 in their I-League 2017-18 encounter at the Tilak Maidan tonight  continuing their unbeaten run to eight matches on their maiden campaign in the premier division football of India.

An own goal from Anwar Ali in the 18th minute and a late goal from Felix Odili (90’+5′) helped Neroca emerge victorious over the young Turks in front of a 5,000-odd crowd.

Going into the game, Abhijit Sarkar who had scored in the reverse fixture between the two teams made way for Suresh Singh. Another change was Edmund Lalrindika in place of Aniket Jadhav from the last game.

As for the visiting Neroca FC, the goalkeepers were shuffled with Lalit Thapa being replaced by Loitongbam Singh and the captain’s armband was worn by Subash Singh.

In the early exchanges of the game, it was an end to end football with the Arrows attacking trio of Edmund, Anwar Ali and Rahul KP taking up the attacking responsibilities.

At the other end, the visitors resorted to the incisiveness of Felix Odili and Subash Singh who were constantly trying to get in behind Arrows defence line.

When the game was evenly poised, Arrows suffered a setback as they conceded an own goal in the 18th minute.

It started when Neroca FC tried to use the long ball route to test the Arrows defence. Yumnam Gopi Singh floated in a ball into the Arrows box from near the touchline. There seemed to be no danger until a defensive mix-up between Anwar Ali and goalkeeper Prabhusukhan Gill turned out to be a costly mistake.

Anwar’s header back to the keeper caught Gill unaware. Agonisingly for the Arrows, the ball rolled into the net.

It was an even contest until the own-goal gave Neroca an unexpected lead. Arrows survived another fright as Neroca almost caught Gill off guard again.

Midfielder Aryn Williams launched a shot on goal from the half-way line after winning possession in midfield. The keeper managed to retrieve back in time to collect the ball on the goal-line.

The Manipuri side were mixing it up with long balls and attacks down the flank which was a big test for the youngsters.

Felix Odili and Subash Singh had half chances while India Arrows were not able to make their way into the attacking third until Rahim Ali nearly equalised.

The forward almost got on the end of a beautiful cutback from the right.

The cross beat the Neroca defence and Ali was storming down the left channel to reach the ball but his shot at near post went wide. It was the home side’s best chance but the half ended 1-0 with Neroca leading.

With the introduction of Aniket Jadhav and Abhijit Sarkar at half-time, Arrows had sharpness up front. They were stretching the Neroca defence with Sarkar and Jadhav offering width to the team.

Arrows were passing the ball around and enjoying more possession. Meanwhile, Neroca looked to be playing the waiting game and hit on the counter. They were doing all the defensive work.

At the 75th minute mark, the game lacked any action apart from a hopeful long ranger from Anwar Ali that sailed well over the bar. Rahim Ali nearly got in behind the defence and Suresh Singh also tried a shot from distance.

There was a late flurry from Indian Arrows but Neroca sealed a victory with the last kick of the ball as Felix Odili struck five minutes into added time.

With the win, Neroca take their tally to 18 points from 9 matches just one point shy of second-placed Kingfisher East Bengal. On the other hand, Indian Arrows stay rooted in the seventh spot with 10 points from 11 matches.

I-League 2017/18: Arrows hit the target against Gokulam

KOZHIKODE: Indian Arrows continue their intriguing journey in the I-League 2017-18 and having staged a perfect revenge on the debutants Gokulam Kerala FC at their home, Matos’ boys reached the double figure mark on the points tally.

Abhijit Sarkar (77′) who scored his first I-League goal on his 17th birthday against Neroca FC, calmly slotted the only goal to conquer the team from the southernmost state of India.

Matos went back to his trusted guys Boris Singh, Anwar Ali in the defence along with Sanjeev Stalin. local boy Rahul KP was also handed a start by the gaffer.

Arrows took only two minutes to settle down as Aniket bombed one from inside the box which just flew over the crossbar. Both teams were steaming in their pursuit of some much-needed points but the defenders were carrying out a pristine job to cancel the attackers out.

Arrows defenders, especially Boris did a tremendous job to tame Odafa Okolie and the Nigerian ace striker couldn’t find any breathing space to make a positive impact in the match.

Salah and Kivi tried to outwit the resilient youngsters from the flanks but eventually, that trick couldn’t earn many dividends for Bino George’s boys.

Seconds after the changeover, Rahim Ali came very close to scoring the opening goal of the match but Bilal Khan jumped at the right time to get hold of the cross flown by Rahul.

On the hour-mark, finally, Bino George replaced the off-colour Odafa Okolie introducing Alajmi.

The deadlock was finally broken by the young lad Abhijit Sarkar in the 77th minute to send the away team dugout into a delirium. Rahul had a whizzing run down the left flank who tried his luck only for Bilal to palm it away to Sarkar who did his job with a calm head to put the Arrows in lead.

Although Suresh replaced the eventual ‘Hero of the Match’ three minutes to the end of the regulation time, the job was done until then.

The hosts earned three successive corners in the dying minutes but Prabhsukhan Gill, who was successful to pull off his maiden clean sheet in the ongoing I-League 2017-18 tonight, calmly handed the situation to avert all dangers.

Indian Arrows have amassed 10 points from as many matches whereas the Keralite side are six points shy having played two matches fewer.

Bino George will surely look to reboot the system quickly before they face Churchill brother FC Goa in three days. Indian Arrows will now head to Goa to host high-flying Neroca FC on January 16, 2018.

I-League 2017/18: Arrows Seek Vengeance On Depleted Kerala

0 The only Kerala-based side of I-League 2017-18, Gokulam Kerala FC will now be tested by Indian Arrows, the youngest outfit of the League as the Yellow brigade will host the developmental side of AIFF at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode on January 12, 2018.

The I-League debutants are not in the right shape at the moment and their experiment with their roster is continuing. Odafa Okolie who has 100-odd I-League goals under his belt is the newest recruitment to them but he did little justice to his name on his debut for the Keralites.

Coach Bino George didn’t hide his frustration during today’s pre-match press conference too.

“Balwinder has chicken pox. He is admitted to the hospital. I have no idea what is happening”, he could not hide his displeasure as he is still struggling to find the right combination on the half-way mark of the league.

Meanwhile, he reiterated that the foreign signings should contribute more to churn out some positive results.

“The problem with us is the lack of foreign players. We signed Odafa because it was easy to complete the paperwork. He has scored a lot of goals.”

He further added that Arrows boys have a great future ahead as they have their age on their side.

“Indian Arrows are showing a lot of promise for the future. Their possession and passing are all really good. The small mistakes they are committing is due to their age. They will threaten if given space.”

However, the young guns who have taken everyone by surprise until now were on the receiving end during their last outing against Shillong Lajong FC.

The Kerala-based side also had the last laugh against the young guns in the first leg played at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. Indian Arrows coach Matos recalled that match as ‘a strange game.’

“The match against Gokulam in Delhi was a strange game. They scored the first goal from a corner. Their second goal was from a free-kick. At the end, they got the three points.”

He informed that the team is travelling constantly and it might take a toll on the boys in terms of giving their 100% on the field.

“For us, tomorrow will be difficult. We are not in the best shape. Since December 19, we have played so many matches, so very short time to recover. It was a Lot of travelling. These are not excuses but reality. It is not easy for these young boys.”

Meanwhile, coach Matos tested a new defence setup last day having rested Boris Singh, Sanjeev Stalin and Anwar Ali. Asish Rai, Roshan Singh completely justified their selection with a special mention for goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Gill who was only playing his third match for the Matos-coached team in the Hero I-League 2017-18.

Matos further informed that Sanjeev Stalin is still nursing the injury and he’s unlikely to play his part tomorrow.

The Portuguese coach mentioned that his team is in a continuous-learning mode and they’ll continue to do so.

“We will try our best tomorrow to win. For us, it is important that the fans and the players are satisfied with the way we play. From every game, we learn”, he concluded.

I-League 2017/18: Lajong fire Arrow on target

SHILLONG: Abdoulaye Koffi scored the late winner as Shillong Lajong edged past Indian Arrows 1-0 in an I-League 2017/18 clash at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Monday evening.

It was a much needed win for the hosts after going three matches without a victory in the league.

Following their norrow win, Lajong moved up to fourth place in the standings with 14 points 9 games while Arrows remained on eighth place with 7 points from as many games.

Lajong started brightly and as early as the 5th minute they put together a flowing passing move which ended with Koffi shooting just wide of Arrows keeper Prabhsukhan Singh Gill’s left-hand upright.

Six minutes later, the hosts threatened again, as another fine team move ended with skipper Samuel Lalmuanpuia firing a shot just over the target.

After Lajong’s early chances, Arrows gradually settled into the match and began creating attacking opportunities of their own.

Their most notable arrived in the 26th minute when Amarjit Singh released Naorem Roshan Singh with a perfect defense-splitting pass, the winger controlled the ball well to beat his marker before laying the ball to striker Edmund Lalrindika, who was blocked by Daniel Odafin just when he was about to pull the trigger.

Meanwhile, Lajong continued to stretch the Arrows defense and they were awarded a penalty in the 36th minute when Deepak Tangri handled the ball inside the box, but Lalmuanpuia could not convert the penalty.

Thereafter, Lajong enjoyed a good spell of attacking football going into the half-time break but the Arrows defense was tactically sound and resolute on open play and held their lines well as the half ended goalless.

Lajong  commenced the second-half like a house on fire, and Lalmuanpuia came within inches of opening the scoring nine minutes after the break, but he was unlucky to see his attempt from a free-kick canon off the frame with Prabhsukhan well beaten.

Five minutes later, Abhijit Sarkar went close for Luis Norton de Matos’ troops on the other side of the pitch, but the striker’s powerful effort whistled inches wide of goal.

While Lajong continued to terrorize the Arrows defense, the visitors ran out of steam as the second half wore on, with their midfield struggling to reassert the control they enjoyed in the first stanza, though they remained a dangerous prospect on the counter.

Having missed some half chances, the hosts duly found the breakthrough in the 80th minute as Koffi slotted home from inside the box.

Arrows, towards the end, threw numbers forward in search of an equalizer, but they were unable to bypass the Lajong defense and the hosts sealed all three points.