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Mohammedan SC sink Oil India to set up East Bengal final

KALIMPONG: It was not the prettiest of performances from an Mohammedan Sporting Club team that will start their Hero 2nd Division League campaign in less than three weeks, but they’ll be happy about progressing to the finals of the 2018 GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup final after beating Oil India by 2-0 at Mela Ground in Kalimpong on Friday.

This was the third meeting between these two teams in past two months and with both teams knowledgeable about the other, they played the better part of the first stanza with caution. Play was interchanged in the middle of the park, and both teams had the same strategy of playing in transition instead of delivering crosses in the boxes.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC were the first to launch attacks, as Snehasish Dutta’s dazzling overlapping runs looking dangerous during the early stages.

Mohammedan SC’s momentum was interrupted occasionally when Oil India managed to take play up into the opposition half on the break, the first of which came in the seventh when Tulya Das try to play a through ball to the on-running Jayanta Basumatary, but the latter arrived late.

As the clock wound down in the first-half, most of the play had taken place at the heart of the field and the goalkeepers had less to do, only called into action when taking goal kicks.

However, a moment of sheer brilliance by Philip Adjah and a clinical finish by Pankaj Moula opened the scoring for Mohammedan SC in the 16th minute.

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 it was lack of finishing that saw first-half ended 1-0.

Oil India started the second-half stronger, in the opening 10 minutes Oil India continued to impose themselves on the game without reward as Laltu Mondal, between the sticks, held out to good efforts.

The Black Panthers also got a few times close to getting the second goal and looked dangerous on the set-pieces, but the ball didn’t find the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Oil India really struggled to find their footing in the game as Mohammedan SC looked comfortable to sit back and hold onto the ball.

Mintu Boro was introduced by Oil India coach Subrata Bhattacharya (Jr.) in the closing stages of the game as the Dhulijan-based side looked to snatch a late equalizer.

Despite the momentum turning in Oil India’s favour, Mohammedan SC fought back to add a second when Pjilip Adjah slotted home from close range after rounding Oil India goalkeeper Nihal Das in the 90th minute to put the result beyond questions.

In the stoppage time Mohammedan SC’s Rakesh Karmakar and Oil India’s Tulya Das were given marching order.

The final will be played on Sunday between Mohammedan SC and East Bengal at Darjeeling.

Mohmmedan SC Line-up: Laltu Mondal, Kamran Farooque, Prosenjit Pual, Seydou Mady, Snehasish Dutta, Prosenjit Chakraborty, Pankaj Moula, Rakesh Karmakar, Gatch Arthur Diomande, Philip Adjah Tetteh, Sumit Das.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan, East Bengal Set For A Epic Showdown

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will not be short of motivation when they take on East Bengal in Mini Kolkata Derby as Raghunath Nandi’s men battle for pride at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Saltlake Stadium) on Tuesday, kick-off 4:30 pm.

Black Panthers returns to the Saltlake Stadium exactly after 4 years as they played their last match at this iconic venue on September 11, 2014 against Sports Authority of India.

Mohammedan SC are at sixth position on the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ log with 13 points from 7 matches. Even if mathematically Mohammedan SC are still within their rights to hold out hopes of a miraculous late surge to success, subconsciously they know this is now a near impossible task. As a result, it will be only natural if there is not the same motivation to succeed tomorrow as there might have been in their previous matches.

However, Black Panthers technical director believes there is plenty to play for and strictly advised his players to concentrate on the task at hand, as they are keen to present a good account of themselves in remaining matches.

“The league is not over yet and we are taking the game very seriously. There is pride to be played for,” said Nandi. “We have to make our supporters happy by winning this game against East Bengal.”

On the other hand, East Bengal’s title chase faltered after they lost 2-1 against Peerless in their last encounter. Now Subhash Bhowmick’s charges must win their remaining two matches while at the same time hoping that Mohun Bagan drop points.

Although Mohammedan SC won their last match 2-1 against West Bengal Police but Nandi feels meeting a wounded East Bengal is not going to be easy.

“We are playing a tough side in East Bengal. It’s a difficult moment for them because they lost their last match. But they are more than capable of a comeback. We have to put up some good work and make sure we take care of their strengths.”

“Preparations for the game have gone quite well. The victory against West Bengal Police did a lot of good for our confidence. The performance has been good; we just need to work on few aspects. There are no favourites once the match kicks-off and the better team will win eventually,” he added.

Mohammedan SC, going into the match, will rely on Princewill Emeka to lead the line. The former Neorca FC marksman is slowly regaining his form, having scored thrice in last three matches.

Princewill’s battle with East Bengal’s Costa Rican defender Johnny Acosta will be a key to the outcome, and the Nigerian has ensured they have nothing to fear against Acosta, who played the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia.

“It’s not just about one player. He (Johnny Acosta) played the World Cup and deserves credit for that. But we must remind he was there with a different set-up. He is new to Indian football and still needs to prove himself. I don’t think his presence on the field would make any difference as long as we play our own game,” he explained.

With Nandi hoping to persuade Black Panthers hierarchy he has the credentials for the coaching position beyond this campaign, a derby victory is important, not least because it can be the barometer by which most fans measure the fortunes of the club.

Now a days the rivalry don’t not carry the same weight it did years ago, mainly because Black Panthers are no longer the dominating force in local football, however, people should expect fireworks when the two sides clash with pride on the line.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan looking to add to Police’s woes

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will aim to bounce back after suffering a reverse in their last game, as they gear up to take on West Bengal Police in the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ at Mohammedan Sporting ground on Tuesday, kick-off at 4:30 pm.

Mohammedan SC, who suffered their second defeat against Peerless SC 0-1 in their last match, remains on 10 point from six matches and only a strange and highly unlikely set of results would see them finishing among the top two.

West Bengal Police, on the other hand, are currently rooted to the bottom of the league table with a solitary point from five matches as Black Panthers set their sights on adding to Police’s woes.

In their last match, Mohammedan SC created ample scoring chances, but poor finishing let them down and technical director Raghu Nandi acknowledged that it was his side’s defensive lapse that saw them concede a goal in the first-half.

“The last game against Peerless was a tough one. We had our chances but at the end it was our mistakes that proved costly. I think lapse in concentration at the back cost us the game, however, we have closed the chapter on the previous match and want to focused on the task at hand,” said Nandi.

Nandi hopes his team would not repeat the mistakes tomorrow as anything less than three points against West Bengal Police means their chances of a top three finish considerably lessened.

However, Nandi says he will not be hitting any panic buttons just yet despite his side’s dreadful run of form, however, continues to lament the missed chances and the nature in which they have been conceding goals.

He also maintains that the misfiring in front of goals was “just bad luck” for the team. “My players are working hard and showing commitment, all we need is that bit of luck to score.”

CFL 2018/19: Wolfe hunts down Panthers in their own yard

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club failed to garner three vital points in their race to the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ title as Peerless Sports Club beat them 1-0 on Thursday at Mohammedan Sporting Ground.

Trinidadian World Cupper Anthony Wolfe scored the only goal of the match in the 20th minute to hand the Black Panthers their second defeat of the campaign.

Going into the game, Mohammedan SC technical director Raghu Nandi made the only change to the side by handing start to goalkeeper Arup Debnath in place of injured Priyant Singh.

While the start of the game was delayed by 45 minutes owing to incessant rains and a water-logged pitch, the Black Panthers came out all guns blazing when it finally did.

The thunderous outpour of rain made life difficult for both the teams and both adjusted to playing on a wet surface in the opening minutes, with neither taking the risk of attacking.

However, Mohammedan SC expressed their intent as early as the third minute with Bazie Armand squandering a gilt-edged chance. Having beaten Chika Wali to the ball, the former Minerva Punjab midfielder saw his header attempt fly wide of goal.

Mohammedan SC were applying all the early pressure with Princewill Emeka squandering another chance in the 12th minute. Dipendu Dowary picked out the burly striker from a corner-kick, but despite having lost his marker, he could only manage to direct his attempt wide of goal.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, Peerless managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end when Wolfe headed past Arup from close range in the 20th minute.

Having conceded, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Princewill, Dipendu and Rahul KP, but Peerless 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 Princewill but the striker lacked killer finish in the final third.

Nandi brought on new signing Philip Adjah in place of Bazie in the 64th minute as the Black Panthers pushed for the equalizer.

Mohammedan SC though created many chances but failed to equalize, as they failed to stick to their passing game policy. The players seemed to be more keen on playing direct football sending long balls from the centre-line.

Towards the end, Mohammedan SC went agonisingly close through Lancine Toure but the Black Panthers skipper failed to score as the game ended 1-0.

The result meant Mohammedan SC remain on fourth position in the log standings with 10 points from 6 matches.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan SC confident ahead of Peerless tie

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have expressed confidence they can beat Peerless Sports Club tomorrow at home to continue their steady climb up the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ table.

The Black Panthers technical director Raghu Nandi said his team hope to sustain their surge up the league standings.

Mohammedan SC are fourth on the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ log with 10 points, while Peerless SC also with 10 points hang on the third spot both after 5 games.

“I am impressed with the commitment of my boys as we are gradually finding our shape. We are slowly getting to know and understand ourselves the more and before long,” said Nandi.

“Yes, we did not start too well as we would have wished but we are steadily getting into our groove. I respect Peerless as a formidable side but we have what it takes to stop them. We are focused to make our fans happy,” he added.

The Black Panthers returned to winning form in the league by defeating Pathachkara Club 3-0 earlier this week, thanks to goals from Tonmoy Ghosh, Princewill Emeka and Dipendu Dowary.

Despite Mohammedan SC’s commanding performance against Pathachakra, the match seem evenly poised as Peerless SC have proven themselves to be a lethal attacking force. With the likes of Ansumana Kromah and Trinidadian World Cupper Anthony Wolfe in the ranks, Peerless SC will always pose a goal threat.

Meanwhile, with Mohammedan SC struggling to break down defenses, they will need more attacking impetus from their midfield. Bazie Armand could be key in this regard, with his wide range of skills and versatility making him the perfect bridge from defense to the forwards.

The Black Panthers will also need Princewill Emeka to return to his his best form. The Nigerian striker will need to up his game and prove to Nandi that he remains a key driving force for the Black Panthers, especially after the arrival of new striker Philip Adjah.

Peerless SC, on the other hand, will be hoping for a better performance compared to their last game, which saw them beaten 3-1 by Calcutta Customs on Monday.

Peerless SC coach Biswajit Bhattachraya said their plan for this match is simple, frustrate the Black Panthers and make sure they don’t score.

“The pressure is on them, they are a big team, playing at home. We know the longer the match continues without them getting a goal, the bigger their frustration will become and they will start to panic. Once you start to panic you’re bound to make mistakes. We want to pounce on those mistakes,” he said.

Princewill glad to be off the mark

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club forward Princewill Emeka says he is determined to score more goals to improve Black Panthers’s chance of winning silverware.

The former TRAU player, who has made 5 appearances for the Kolkata giants this season, bagged his first goal for the club in a 3-0 victory over Pathachakra Club yesterday, a big win for the side as they look to keep up with East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

“I want to thank the supporters for pushing us to the limit.” Princewill said. “I will continue working hard. I want to keep scoring to improve the chances of us lifting the title.”

“I was so happy when I saw the net rattled. That was a great feeling. I want to thank our technical director Raghu Nandi for keeping faith in me.” he added.

Finding the back of the net for the first time in a season is always a challenge according to Princewill, but once one has gotten himself up and running goals will follow, he says, and Princewill is confident that he can now start finding the back of the net with regularity.

“I have always found that getting my first goal of any season is always the most difficult one, but once I get onto the score sheet for the first time, things usually get better from that point. I now have my first goal under my belt so that pressure is off me and I believe that the rest will flow form here.”

Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC technical director Raghu Nandi set him aside for praise, saying, “To play in the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ you have to be brave. To be able to play for Mohammedan Sporting Club you need to develop a crust beyond brave. I am very happy for Princewill.”

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan blank Pathachakra 3-0

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club put in a stellar second-half performance to rout Pathachakra Club 3-0 in their Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ fixture on Monday at Mohammedan Sporting ground.

After a barren first-half, goals from Tonmoy Ghosh (48′), Princewill Emeka (73′) and Dipendu Dowary (80′) handed the Black Panthers (10 points) their third win of the campaign as they moved up to the fourth place in the log.

Going into the match, Mohammedan SC technical director Raghu Nandi made two changes from the previous match by handing starts to Rahul KP and Laltu Hembram at the expense of Prosenjit Chakraborty and Rakesh Karmakar.

In a game of equal exchanges, it was Mohammedan SC who went close first in the 11th minute when Kamran Farooque fired from range, however, his powerful effort narrowly missed the target.

Ten minutes later, Pathachakra went close when Anto Pejic set free on a counter attack. However, Mohammedan SC custodian Priyant Singh pulled off a brilliant save to keep the score goalless.

Having held on a few attacks midway through the half, Mohammedan SC began pushing up with intent creating a host of chances only to lack the killer finish in the final third.

Nonetheless, Mohammedan SC almost took the lead in the 36th minute when Rahul found himself clear inside the box. The move began with Satyam Sharma finding Dipendu clear on the right who cut back outside the box to Rahul. The young winger beat his marker to get into the box but fired inches wide from close range.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC were dealt a huge blow in the 43rd minute when Priyant was forced to leave the field owing to a shoulder injury and had to be replaced with Arup Debnath, who made his club debut.

In the closing moments of the opening half, Princewill had another chance to give Mohammedan SC the lead, but he hammered his effort wide as the first-half ended goalless.

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 Mohammedan SC finally broke the deadlock in the 48th minute when Tonmoy converted from the spot.

The penalty was awarded to Mohammedan SC after Lalkamal Bhowmick punched out Bazie Armand’s goal-bound header from goal-line which also saw Lalkamal getting his marching orders.

Having taken the lead, Mohammedan SC got a much needed confidence boost and they increased their pressure up front looking to use their numerical advantage to effect.

Thereafter, Mohammedan SC continued to dominate the proceedings but had to wait till the 73rd minute to get their second. Dipendu with a brilliant run on the right got past his marker and passed across the goal to Princewill, who slotted in at the far post.

Meanwhile, on a few occasions Pathachakra created anxious moments for the Mohammedan SC defense, but they lacked the cutting edge to stage a comeback.

With Mohammedan SC cruising, the confidence of the players understandably soared and Dipendu made it three in the 80th minute after taking full advantage of a defensive error by Snehaish Chakraborty.

Pathachakra launched a few attacks in the closing stages of the game in search of a consolation goal, but it did not come and ultimately, the game ended 3-0 in favour of Mohammedan SC, who will face Peerless SC next on August 30, 2018.

“Sumit Told Me Sir Send Me In I Would Score” – Raghu Nandi

KOLKATA: “I am happy with the result,” Raghunath Nandi commented on Saturday’s 1-0 win over Rainbow Athletic Club. “The win will boost our confidence for the rest of the campaign.”

Mohammedan Sporting Club technical director admitted that, “Our game was a bit scrappy, especially in the first-half. That was also because Rainbow didn’t allow us to play in the midfield. We did better in the second-half when there was more rhythm to our game.”

The Black Panthers are in third position on the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ log, having collected 6 points from 3 matches.

It had been a tough week for the technical team and the players after the 1-0 loss to Aryan Club. Nandi was visibly relieved after the victory over Rainbow AC. “We must now get rid of our emotions and get our confidence back.”

Substitute Sumit Das scored the winner in the 75th minute. “I am happy for Sumit. During the break he told me sir send me in I would score,” the Nandi commented on the winger’s goal. He was also selected as the Man of the Match after a fine performance.

“We needed to stay focussed after our goal,” Nandi added, “As their striker, Joel Sunday is always a handful and he can hurt you. But we kept our concentration in defense.”

Nandi also commented on Nigerian striker Princewill Emeka, who again failed to get on the score-sheet despite getting some easy chances, “Mohammedan SC are a different club from the clubs Prince previously played for. But we are patient, the talent is there and we see glimpses of his brilliance and intelligence. He will come right.”

122nd IFA Shiled commence from July 5

KOLKATA: The 122nd edition of the IFA Shield is slated to begin from July 5, 2018 in Kolkata. This year’s IFA Shield will not feature any foreign teams.

First held in 1893, IFA Shield is one of the oldest tournament of the country and the fourth oldest of the world, but gradually lost it’s glamour and relevance since the turn of the decade, and from 2015 the organizers of the tournament, the Indian Football Association (West Bengal) decided to make it an Under-19 tournament.

Eight teams are divided into two groups and the top two teams from each group will progress to the semifinals which are slated to be played on July 15 and 16 respectively, with the showpiece final to be held on July 19. Matches will be played at Barasat Stadium, East Bengal Ground and Mohun Bagan Ground.

East Bengal, FC Pune City, Mohammedan Sporting Club and ATK are clubbed in Group A while Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Tata Football Academy and the winner of the qualifying round make up Group B.

The qualifying round for the IFA Shield is starts from June 26 with a total of 13 teams. FC Pune City were the winners of the tournament last time around.

Tributes pour in for Sultan Ahmed

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporing Club on Friday paid rich tribute to late club president Sultan Ahmed who passed away earlier this week after suffering a heart attack.

A condolence meeting was held at Mohammedan Sporing Club tent where Kolkata’s football fraternity revisited the memories of Sultan Ahmed.

The condolence meeting was attended by Former Sports Minister of West Bengal Madan Mitra, AIFF Senior Vice President Subrata Dutta, Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation Sabyasachi Dutta, Mohun Bagan Finance Secretary Debasish Dutta, East Bengal Ground Secretary Dipankar Chakraborty, Mohammedan Sporting Club office bearers and Sultan Ahmed’s family beside Indian football stalwarts such as Subhash Bhowmick, Aloke Mukherjee, Manash Bhattacharya, Bidesh Bose, Dipendu Biswas, Prasanta Chakraborty, Mridul Banerjee, Biswajit Bhattacharya and Tope Ayodeji Fuja.

Paying glowing tribute to Sultan Ahmed, Mohammedan Sporting Club Working President Jameel Manzar said: “Sultan Ahmed’s death is a big loss for not only Mohammedan Sporting Club, Bengal but Indian football. The void his death created will hardly be filled.”

“He was an administrator with a footballing heart. He was an inspiration, and in times of crisis we used to look upto him every time. the light has gone out of our lives,” said Mohammedan Sporting Club General Secretary Ghazal uz Zafar.

Legendary Indian striker Dipendu Biswas said: “Indian football has lost a true sports administrator, a dynamic personality, a man with a vision who will be remembered for bringing in major transformation to the Mohammedan Sporting Club.”

“I am deeply saddened to know about the demise of Sultan Ahmed. He was one of those administrators for whom the game of football was above everything else. My thoughts are with his family, ” Subrata Dutta said.

Mr. Madan Mitra said: “Sultan Ahmed was one person who had well wishers all over the country. His untiring efforts will be remembered for generations and his contributions will remain unparalleled. It’s everyone responsibility over here to make sure that Mohammedan Sporting Club reaches where it should be.”