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Instructor Raghuvir Khanolkar speaks to WIFA about D-License Coaching

Instructor Raghuvir Khanolkar speaks to WIFA about D-License Coaching

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.”

AIFF D-License Batch 2018 (30th July-4th August)

AIFF D-License Batch 2018 (30th July-4th August)

 

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.

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India U-15 Head Coach Firmin D’Souza: “We have a very talented squad.”

India U-15 Head Coach Firmin D’Souza: “We have a very talented squad.”

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.

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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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