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Maharashtra romp to 3 goal victory against Lakshadweep

Maharashtra romp to 3 goal victory against Lakshadweep

On their second outing, Maharashtra stun Lakshadweep 3-0 to go on top

The first game of the day saw Maharashtra take on Island Union territory Lakshadweep. Back from a close 1-0 win over Daman, Maharashtra began at the earnest in search of an early goal.

They almost took the lead when a cross from Pragnesh from the right was missed by Johnson. In the 11th minute, Maharashtra won a free-kick just outside the box; Advait Shinde’s delivery was well headed on to goal by Yash Mhatre as Maharashtra took the lead. Maharashtra continued their dominance as chances kept coming in way of their strikers who failed to capitalise on it.

In the second half, Allen Dias doubled the lead in the 53rd minute to settle the nerves and put Maharashtra in commanding position. Minutes later, Yash missed a 1 on 1 opportunity as keeper Mohammed Salahudheen did well to keep the score 2-0. He pulled off another save off a Pragnesh Solanki strike few minutes later. Later in the 82nd minute of the game, Substitute Shanon Pereira dribbled past two defenders before drilling his shot past the keeper to make it 3-0.

Maharashtra next face Gujarat on 28th of September on their third Group-A fixture of the Santosh Trophy (West Zone Qualifiers).

FULL TIME: Maharashtra (Yash Mhatre, Allen Dias, Shannon Pererira) 3 – 0 Lakshadweep

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Maharashtra find a late winner against Daman & Diu from Advait Shinde’s strike

Maharashtra find a late winner against Daman & Diu from Advait Shinde’s strike

Daman’s resilience was finally broken in the dying minutes of the game when Super Sub Advait Shinde slotted home the winner for Maharashtra.

In a hard fought encounter of the day, Team Daman & Diu showed great character and resilience to keep Maharashtra attack at bay for most part of the game only to see it crashing in the final minutes of the play.

The game began with Maharashtra starting off as a better side with majority of possession however their striker’s profligacy and some resolute defence from Daman meant goals were hard to come by. Kamran missed a chance from close range while Yash mhatre’s header came off the bar as the first half ended without the deadlock being broken.

The story continued in the second half with Maharashtra pushing forward in search of goals and Daman holding a tight back line to deny them. Just when it seemed that Daman had managed to wither the storm and take the game to a draw, Maharashtra Super Sub Advait Shinde struck in the third minute of the injury time to give his side all three points.

Maharashtra will be up against Gujarat in their second game on 24th September at Goa.

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Sub Junior Boys National Championship: Maharashtra proceed to the next round

Sub Junior Boys National Championship: Maharashtra proceed to the next round

12th September, Madhya Pradesh: The Maharashtra sub-junior boys proceed to the next round of the Hero Sub Junior Boys National Championship. They defeated Gujarat by 3-1 in their second outing of the tournament.

On 8th September, during their opening encounter, Maharashtra outperformed Daman & Diu. They vanquished their opposition by a colossal 10-0 scoreline.

Yesterday’s victory ensured Maharashtra topping the Group B table and their tickets to the next round.

After the previous encounter, Head Coach Firmin Dsouza stated the problems they overcame. “With a depleted squad due to a couple of our players falling sick, I think we did a good job. This win was very encouraging for us considering the circumstances we are facing.”

Since the beginning of the tournament, there have been concerns related to the playing conditions in Madhya Pradesh. Heavy rainfall has played a spoilsport in most of the matches.

The first half of the match saw minimal action from both ends. Gujarat was defensive on their approach as they needed a point to qualify for the next round. On the other hand, Maharashtra needed to win but failed to open the scoreline at the first half.

During the half time, coach Firmin stated, “We need to keep in mind that the ground conditions are not conducive to play great football. So, what will matter most is going to be the will power of the team to win until the final whistle”

” We need to remember our ultimate destination – The Championship. Even a goalless draw would do for Gujarat. We need to understand the pride and the prestige of wearing this Maharashtra jersey. We must give nothing less than our lives on that field to make sure that we have done justice to the colors we are wearing” was the detailed pep-talk from the coach, Firmin D’Souza, during the break.

However, what followed next on the pitch was commendable. The second half commenced and within five minutes, at 50′, Gujarat broke the deadlock.

Soon when Gujarat rested on their laurels and thought their qualification hopes are nearing, Maharashtra’s reliable forward, Ansari Mohmmad Akib rose to the occasion and equalized within a minute.

Gujarat stood shell-shocked.

Furthermore, the boys came from behind and thwacked their opponents. Maharashtra scored at 57′ and 70′ – courtesy to Vekant Navin and Aryan Mahadeshwar’s strike which led the team to the next round.

They have scored 13 goals from 2 matches and conceded once which already makes Maharashtra a team to keep an eye on.

The boys qualified to the next round alongside Goa from the West Zone qualifiers for the Sub Junior Boys National Championship which was held at Madhya Pradesh from 7th to 12th September.


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The entire list of the newly elected Executive Committee of WIFA

The entire list of the newly elected Executive Committee of WIFA

On 23rd August, Praful Patel of Gondia District and Souter Vaz of Mumbai District retained their posts as President and Hon. Secretary of Western India Football Association (WIFA).

They were both elected unopposed during the 70th Ordinary General Meeting of WIFA, held in Nagpur on that day. Pyarelal Chaudhary of Poona District retained the Hon. Treasurer’s position.

Meanwhile, MDFA President, Aditya Thackeray and Parth Jindal of Palghar District, made their maiden entry into the WIFA Executive Committee as they were both elected unopposed as one of the five Vice-Presidents. Maharajkumar Malojiraje Chhatrapati, Haresh K. Vora, and Dr. Vishwajit Patangrao Kadam were all re-elected as the other three Vice-Presidents.

Sushil Kumar Surve (Amravati), Salim Parkote (Latur) and Prof. Kiran Chougle (Solapur) were elected as the three Assistant Secretaries. The OGM also elected 13 members to the Managing Committee.

Below listed is the elected committee who will serve a four-year term:


Sr.No. Name Designation
1 Praful M. Patel President
2 Aaditya Thackeray Vice President
3 Maharajkumar Malojiraje Chhatrapati Vice President
4 Hareh Kevalchand Vora Vice President
5 Parth S. Jindal Vice President
6 Dr.Vishwajit Patangrao Kadam Vice President
7 Souter Vaz Hon. Secretary
8 Pyarelal Sajanlal Chaudhary Hon. Treasurer
9 Sushil Kumar Nanasaheb Surve Asst. Secretary
10 Salim Abdul Aziz Parkote Asst. Secretary
11 Prof.Dr. Kiran Pandurang Chougule Asst. Secretary
12 Jaggu Suleman Sayyad  Member
13 Azgar Husain Patel Member
14 Khaja Raziuddin Ansari Member
15 Godwin Samuel Dick Member
16 Yogesh Harbansingh Pardeshi Member
17 P.V. Ahale Member
18 Ahmed A. Lalani Member
19 Abdul Rauf Abdul Sattar Member
20 Deepak Bharat Singh Dixit Member
21 Anand Nathuji Kalokar Member
22 Iqbal A. Kashmiri Member
23 Ravindra L. Darekar Member
24 Manik Baburao Mandlik Member
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Sub Junior Men’s National Championship: Maharashtra thumped Daman & Diu 10-0

Sub Junior Men’s National Championship: Maharashtra thumped Daman & Diu 10-0

The Maharashtra Men’s Sub-Junior team conquered Daman & Diu in their opening match. The boys vanquished their opposition by a massive margin of 10-0.

Aryan Mahadeshwar and Vekant Navin ran the show as the former scored four goals and the latter netted thrice. The entire team dominated thoroughly throughout the first half. The team opened their scoring tally through Vekant at 9′. He completed his brace at 37′. Aryan Mahadeshwar too scored twice at 12′ and 28′.  Jatin Gulwani, Aditya Sudhir Vichare, and Ansari Mohammed joined the party at 16′, 33′ and 40′ respectively as the team killed the match within the first half. They scored 7 goals in the first 45 minutes.


During the second half, within the starting few minutes, Aryan completed his hat-trick at the 51st minute. The team further went on to score two goals, courtesy of which goes to Vekant (58′) and Aryan (71′), which ensured a commendable victory at the final whistle.

The Maharashtra Sub Junior boys will play their next match against Gujarat on 12th September 2019. The Sub-Junior National Football Championship 2019-20 is taking place at Madhya Pradesh from 7th to 12th September 2019.


SCORELINE: Maharashtra (Vekant 9′, 37′,58′,  Aryan 12′, 28′, 51′, 71′, Jatin 16′,  Aditya 33′, Ansari 40′) 10-0 Daman & Diu



Tejas Tambat (GK), Abhedya Gupte, Arsh Bagwan, Yash Pardeshi, Jatin Gulwani, Yohaanne C Poonawala(C), Aditya Sudhir Vichare, Aryan Mahadeshwar, Vekant Navin, Rajwardhan Sandeep Patil, Ansari Mohammed Akib  

SUBS: Atharv Sameer More, Ashwin Pobatti (GK) 

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Sub Junior Men’s National Football Championship: Maharashtra Squad & Fixtures

Sub Junior Men’s National Football Championship: Maharashtra Squad & Fixtures

After a long camp at Cooperage Stadium, the Maharashtra team is set to take part in the Sub Junior Men’s National Football Championship. The Maharashtra Sub-Junior National Team is drawn in Group B where they will lock horns against Daman & Diu and Gujarat.

The team will play their first match on 8th September against Daman & Diu. Their next match is scheduled for 12th September against Gujarat.

The following players & officials will represent Maharashtra State Sub-Junior  Football Team: 

Sr.No. Name City
1 Abhedya Gupte Mumbai
2 Aditya Vichare Palghar
3 Akib Ansari Pune
4 Aryan Mahadeshwar Mumbai
5 Ashwin Povatti Nashik
6 Atharva More Kolhapur
7 Arsh Bhagwan Pune
8 Harshvardhan Dhumal Pune
9 Jaffar Mansuri Mumbai
10 Jatin Gulwani Pune
11 Rishab Mani Ahmednagar
12 Mohd Kaif Ansari Mumbai
13 Rajwardhan Patil Pune
14 Shlok Bhalerao Nashik
15 Tejas Tambat Mumbai
16 Vedant Sawant Mumbai
17 Venkat Navin Pune
18 Yash Pardashi Pune
19 Yohan Poonawala Mumbai
20 Yohana Martin Mumbai
21 Firmin D’Souza (Coach) Mumbai
22 Saviosunny   D’Souza (Manager) Pune


The Sub-Junior National Football Championship 2019-20 is going to be held at Madhya Pradesh from 7th to 12th September 2019.

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25th Senior National Women’s Football Championship: Maharashtra’s Squad and Fixtures

25th Senior National Women’s Football Championship: Maharashtra’s Squad and Fixtures

The Maharashtra Senior National Women’s Team is well prepared to take part in the 25th Senior National Women’s Championship. The tournament will take place in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh from 10th to 24th September  2019.

The Maharashtra team is drawn in Group D alongside Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. The senior women’s team will play their first match on 14th September against Himachal Pradesh.  Their next match is scheduled on 17th September, where they lock horns against Delhi.

The following players and officials will represent the Maharashtra Senior Women’s Team in the championship:

Sr.No. Name of Player District
1 Ms. Riya Tank Mumbai
2 Ms. Sakshi Jadhav Kolhapur
3 Ms. Nikita Jadhao Buldana
4 Ms. Arifa Zaheer Mumbai
5 Ms. Riya Sukhdeve Nagpur
6 Ms. Any  Anthony Nagpur
7 Ms. Pranali Shetty Mumbai
8 Ms. Ritu Francis Pune
9 Ms. Pooja Dhamal Thane
10 Ms. Ashwariya Bhonde Buldana
11 Ms. Kumari Shikalgar Sangli
12 Ms. Akanksha Kandalkar Mumbai
13 Ms. Ambika Dange Satara
14 Ms. Jyoti Mehra Thane
15 Ms. Sonali Chemate Pune
16 Ms. Muriel Adam Pune
17 Ms. Karen Pais Mumbai
18 Ms. Paromita Chakravorti Thane
19 Ms. Priya Sukhdeve Napgpur
20 Ms. Srutilakshmi V.K. Mumbai
21 Ms. Nidhi Sharma (Coach) Mumbai
22 Ms. Pallavi Saindane (Manager) Ahmednagar
23 Ms. Sayli Shinde (Physio) Mumbai

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