Yesterday, in their opening game of the campaign, Maharashtra went down fighting 2-1 at the hands of Bihar in the Junior Girl’s National Football Championship 2018-19 in Goa.
Bihar scored two quick-fire goals in the first-half which turned out to be the difference. Forward Karishma Kumari opened the scoring in the 31st minute before Pallavi Goswami doubled the lead just two minutes later.
Maharashtra finally managed to cut short the deficit when Akanksha Kandalkar converted from the spot for Maharashtra in the second-half but it wasn’t enough to rescue a point for Durva Vahia’s spirited side.
This is not the end of the road as Maharashtra is yet to face Punjab which will be their last Group Stage game. A must win match for Coach Durva Vahia’s energetic team.
On Saturday, Maharashtra registered a whopping 7-0 victory over Daman and Diu in their opening game of Sub-Junior National Football Championship 2018-19 at Maharaja Umed Singh Stadium, Jodhpur. Under the guidance of Akhil Kothari and Mohammad Saad Ansari, Maharashtra left no stones unturned to pick up all three points to make a dream start.
Jaden Irani opened the scoring before Satish Kondamuri doubled the lead for Maharashtra. The goals kept coming as Daman and Diu struggled to keep Maharashtra’s attack at bay. Mustafa Shaikh, Yash Gangwal, and Jaden added three more goals just before the half-time whistle.
Adithyan Prithviraj and Mustafa scored Maharashtra’s sixth and seventh goal respectively to complete a resounding victory.
Final Score: Maharashtra (Jaden Irani 11′ & 47′, Satish Kondamuri 32′, Mustafa Shaikh 34′ & 71′, Yash Gangwal 40′, and Adithyan Prithviraj 62′) 7-0 Daman and Diu
Next Fixture: Maharashtra vs Madhya Pradesh – Today.Read More »
We are delighted to announce Maharashtra Junior Girl’s Team which will be participating in the upcoming Junior Girl’s Football Championship in Goa from 20th August to 31st August 2018.
Maharashtra Junior Girl’s Squad: Riya Tank (Captain), Atiriya Narayan (Vice-Captain), Aishwarya Jagtap, Aishwarya Ubarhande, Akanksha Kandalkar, Anagha Janakkiraman, Ark D’Silva, Any Anthony, Deniese Pereira, Dipsika Hiwale, Florian Pereira, Karen Pais, Neha Samre, Ramyashree Shantiprasad, Rhea Rodrigues, Reva Sankhe, Ritika Govas, Shemchui Ningsheng, Tricia Collaco, and Valencia.
Head Coach: Durva Vahia
Team Manager: Priya Pereira
Physio: Vinayata Patel
The AIFF ‘D’ License results for 20th to 25th May 2018 batch held at Nashik, MaharashtraRead More »
The following players and officials will represent Maharashtra State Sub-Junior Football Team which will participate in the Sub-Junior Football Championship in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, from 16th August to 21st August 2018.
The 20 players which will represent Maharashtra: Sanket Medhe, Mustafa Shaikh, Ravi Rathod, Mohsin Bagwan, Satish Kondamuri, Yash Gangwal, Priyanshu Rajkarosiya, Pushapak Sangode, Karsten D’Souza, Jaden Irani, Kyle Carlton Justin, Shriharish Surepalli, Adithyan Prithviraj, Anuj Shelar, Dhananjay Dhangar, Tanamay Karekar, Mehank Karki, Piyush Gupta, Raul Almeida, and Darshan Uppalwar.
Coach: Akhil Kothari
Manager: Saad Ansari
Physio: Dr. Bharat Madke
Fixtures: 18th August – Daman & Diu vs Maharashtra & 20th August – Maharashtra vs Madhya Pradesh.Read More »
A week ago, another batch of AIFF (All India Football Federation) D-License concluded here at the Cooperage Stadium. For the first time, D-License Coaching was scheduled for six days instead of five days. Instructor Raghuvir Khanolkar, also a coach of Elite Division side Central Railway, spoke to WIFA after the conclusion of the curriculum.
Regarding the facility provided by WIFA, Raghuvir said: “There is no doubt that WIFA gives great facility. With each year passing by, it is becoming better and better. The participants gave a positive feedback as well which is great.” Ever since its inception, the D-License Coaching has provided many quality coaches to Maharashtra. There was a time when participants hardly used to value the coaching but things have drastically changed over the years according to Raghuvir Khanolkar.
“Back in 2011, the candidates didn’t use to understand the importance of Coaching. But now, everyone knows the importance of the transition from a player to coach. As a player, it is very difficult to understand the value and importance of coaching. I myself didn’t know when I was a player. It was only after I enrolled myself in coaching, I got to know the value,” Raghu said.
Speaking about the recent D-License batch, the Central Railway Coach said: “This time, what I liked the most was the additional one day. Previously, the D-License was conducted for 5 days which was very compact, compared to 6 days this time.”
He felt that Indian Football will surely reach new heights if more participants turn up for the Coaching License. The technical and tactical aspect will further lay a foundation in the making of an effective coach. “The main part of D-License curriculum is to improve the participant in terms of technicality and skills. As soon as they promote to C, B, and A License, they will learn the tactical aspects. This would have been impossible without AIFF. They have set a benchmark for quality coaches in India and with each year passing by, this initiative will definitely reap benefits for Indian football,” Raghuvir concluded.Read More »
Earlier today. All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced the 23 players who are set to represent Indian Football Team in the upcoming SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship which will be played in Bhutan. Head Coach Firmin D’Souza, who is based from Mumbai (Maharashtra) had a small chat with the AIFF officials just before the announcement of the squad.
“We have a very talented squad and the girls are improving every day”, said Head Coach Firmin D’Souza. “Most of the countries participating in the SAFF Cup have shown major improvement over the last 2 years, especially Bangladesh as they qualified for the AFC Championship last year, won the SAFF Cup last year and this year in April went onto win the Four nation CGI Youth Football tournament.”
“They certainly seem to be a very formidable side and we will have to prepare well to face them. We will not leave an inch in our efforts to do so,” Firmin concluded.
Apart from witnessing Firmin D’Souza and Goalkeeper Coach Abdul Kadir being involved from Maharashtra with the Junior National side, a total of four players has also been called from the state. Priyanka Sujeesh, Mehak Lobo, Jhanvi Shetty and Anjali Barke, are all set to represent their country which is nothing but an immense achievement, for India and Maharashtra both.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
After battling it out for six days, we have come down to just two teams. The semi-finals concluded earlier today. Kolhapur defeated Pune while Nagpur overcame Mumbai to prevail into the final. Interestingly, both the semi-finals were decided on penalties.
Kolhapur 0-0 Pune (Kolhapur won 4-2 on penalties)
The first semi-final was a brilliant showdown between two fierce sides. Pune looked to be on top for the majority of the time but failed to convert their chances. On the other hand, Kolhapur took their time to settle down and created several chances on break. Both the sides were physical in their approach.
After failing to score in the normal time, the match went to penalties. Pune brought on goalkeeper Bernard who went onto save Shubham Joshi’s attempt. For Pune, Sahil Bhokre blasted his attempt over the bar, whereas, Akash Meghri spectacularly denied another penalty. Masud Mulla stepped up to take the winning penalty and calmly converted it to book Kolhapur place in the final.
Mumbai 0-0 Nagpur (Kolhapur won 4-2 on penalties)
The second semi-final between Mumbai and Kolhapur was a reminiscent of the first semi. A bit more physical with high tempo. Despite playing with a young and inexperience side, Mumbai were able to cope up with the high pressure of Kolhapur’s midfield and attack.
In the second-half, Mumbai’s Kamran and Sohail almost opened the scoring with a wonderful play while Bryce kept on using his preferred left-foot to launch dangerous ball into the box. Both the sides held up brilliantly in the last few minutes to take the match into penalties.
Usman and Bryce missed for Mumbai while Nagpur was spot on as they converted all their penalties to qualify for the final and set up a clash with Kolhapur.
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