Monthly Archives July 2018

4 girls from Maharashtra selected to represent India

4 girls from Maharashtra selected to represent India

Four girls from Maharashtra have been selected to represent India in the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship 2018 to be played in Bhutan from August 8 to 19. Priyanka Sujeesh, Jahnvi Shetty and Mehak Lobo, all from Mumbai, and Anjali Barke from Pune were included in the 23-member Indian squad which was announced by AIFF on Tuesday.

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Maharashtra on the rise as AIFF appoints coaches from the state

Maharashtra on the rise as AIFF appoints coaches from the state

It is a no-brainer that Maharashtra has seen a massive rise in the field of football in the recent years. With the help of MDFA (Mumbai District Football Association), after conducting various Grassroots Development Programs and Inter-Districts/Youth Championships in the state, we are finally witnessing a huge development in this sport.

Recently, AIFF (All India Football Federation) appointed Firmin D’Souza and Abdul Kadir as the Coach and Goalkeeping Coach for the Indian U-16 Girls team, respectively. Both Firmin and Abdul Kadir joins Yusuf Ansari (India U-19 Goalkeeping Coach) and Floyd Pinto (Indian Arrows Head Coach) who are already representing Maharashtra at the National level.

To add a cherry on the top, earlier this year, AIFF had appointed Former Indian International Abhishek Yadav as a Team Director of the Senior Indian team. Also, a total of 5 Maharashtra players are called up for the India U-16 Girls Camp. Anjali Bharve, Mehak Lobo, Jhanvi Shetty, Priyanka Sujeesh and Sakshi Hiwale made the list from Maharashtra and now they have a huge opportunity to make their names at the very top level.

This marks a new dawn in Maharashtra Football fraternity as more and more personalities are getting exposure at the very top level. Such development will only ensure the best of all the aspiring footballers and coaches from Maharashtra to take this path more seriously. It is after a sheer hard-work and dedication that Maharashtra Football is climbing up the ladder.

Right from the MDFA leagues which has more than 300 clubs, to WIFA’s Inter-District and Youth Championships, Maharashtra has kept on sowing the seeds of its long-term plan which has started reaping benefits for the state and as well as for the National side.

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Five Maharashtra girls called up for Indian Sub Junior girls National Camp

Five Maharashtra girls called up for Indian Sub Junior girls National Camp

Five WIFA girls have been selected for the national camp while the Maharashtra sub-junior girls Head coach Firmin D’souza and Goalkeeper coach Abdul Qadeer too have been awarded national duty.

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Maharashtra Sub Jr. Girl’s triumphs 18-0

 

The Sub Junior Girl’s Inter-District Championship kick-started in Cuttack. The Maharashtra Sub Junior Girls faced Pondicherry in their opening game and romped to a whopping 18-0 victory to book their place in the next round of the Championship.

Pondicherry has always been a tricky side but the girl’s from Maharashtra left no stones unturned and produced a mesmerizing attacking display. Playing under the guidance of Firmin D’Souza, Sai Sankhe and Gia ended up scoring five times for Maharashtra.

The coordination, chemistry and basics was inch-perfect for Team Maharashtra. One of the sole reasons they scored eighteen times. Apart from Sai and Gia, Sakshi also notched up a hat-trick. Meanwhile, Priyanka (2), Janhavi, Swara, and Cristine also got on the score sheet.

This was just the first step in a long-run and if Maharashtra showcase their same enthusiasm and dedication, they can go all the way.

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