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Day 1: Inter-district Championship for Sub-Junior Girls (Palghar)

Day 1: Inter-district Championship for Sub-Junior Girls (Palghar)

Game one: Ghusalkar stars as Buldana romp past Pusad

Buldana rode on Sakshi Ghusalkar’s hat trick to beat Pusad in the first game of the 2019 Inter-district Championship for Sub-Junior Girls at the PTDSA Ground, Boisar on Wednesday.

The game was a one-sided affair as Buldana was on the offensive from the start. Pusad, on the other hand, wilted in the heat. Goals from Roshani Bansod (20th minute) and Ghusalkar (24th minute) settled the game in the first half.

Ghusalkar scored a third in the 45th minute with a fine effort from the edge of the box. She completed her hattrick in the dying minutes of the game with a simple tap in. Ghusalkar was undoubtedly the player of the game as she tormented Pusad’s defenders with pinpoint passing and finishing.

Game Two: Jalgaon vs Aurangabad, Jalgaon won 6-1. Scorers: Jalgaon — Bula (6th minute), Neha Patil (13th minute), Shital Sahani (25th minute, 31st minute, 45th minute and 49th minute); Aurangabad — Jhanvi (28th minute). Player of the game: Shital Sahani. Game Three: Satara vs Dhule, Satara won 2-0. Scorers: Nazneen Sayyed (37th minute) and Snehal Ghadge (41st minute). Player of the game: Snehal Ghadge.

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AIFF ‘D’ License Course – 13th November to 18th November 2018 (Palghar) – Results

AIFF ‘D’ License Course – 13th November to 18th November 2018 (Palghar) – Results

The AIFF ‘D’ License results for 13th November to 18th November 2018 batch held at Palghar District, Maharashtra.

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Inter-District Sub-Junior Girls Championship (Palghar) to kick start on 16th January

Inter-District Sub-Junior Girls Championship (Palghar) to kick start on 16th January

The first Inter-District Football Championship, organized by Western India Football Association (WIFA), of the year, is all set to go underway in Palghar District from 16th January 2019. Last season, Jalgaon hosted the Sub-Junior Girls Championship where Mumbai District emerged as the Champions after defeating Pune District 4-0 in the final.

This year, the responsibility is handed over to Palghar District to conduct the Inter-District Sub-Junior Girls Championship where a whopping 28 Districts are set to participate in what is a knockout format tournament.

Last year, Mumbai’s Sai Sankhe won the best defender award, Neha Gamare (Mumbai) won the best goalkeeper award, Bhumika Mane won the player of the tournament award and Pune’s Swara Pathak received the top scorer award. Meanwhile, the hosts, Jalgaon won the fair-play award.Draw- Sub-Junior Girls-Palghar

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Henry Menezes to Gulf News: “India should only aim for victory against Bahrain.”

Henry Menezes to Gulf News: “India should only aim for victory against Bahrain.”

Ahead of India’s do-or-die game against Bahrain in the AFC Asian Cup 2019, WIFA CEO Henry Menezes gave an exclusive interview to Gulf News, where he spoke about India’s Head Coach Stephan Constantine, Players’ fitness, and the upcoming game against Bahrain.

“There is a lot of bickering happening about Constantine but when the results are good enough and the results are of topmost level, there is nothing to criticise about the coach. I think we should set that aside and just back the team to go to the next round because that is what can take Indian football forward,” said Henry Menezes when asked about Stephan Constantine whose contract as the Head Coach of the Indian team is set to expire after the AFC Asian Cup.

As per WIFA’s CEO Henry Menezes, the supreme fitness levels of the Indian players has impressed him the most and that’s one of the major reason behind India’s positive performance. “There has been so much emphasis on fitness and the players have clearly excelled in that department. We didn’t see any dip in the performance or a dropping of the shoulder even when we conceded goal against the UAE. Such things are heartening to see and speaks volumes of the strength and determination of a team,” said Menezes.

A draw against Bahrain might be enough to send India into the Round of 16 but Henry Menezes cites that only aiming for a victory will help India to go through. “The momentum is there and we need to be a little bit more solid in defense as chances will come in for the opposition as well. Bahrain also will be desperate to win this tie. And I would say the team should only aim for victory and not think of a draw at all,” he concluded.

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After two defeats, Maharashtra respond with a win in Khelo India Youth Games

After two defeats, Maharashtra respond with a win in Khelo India Youth Games

The 2nd Edition of Khelo India Youth Games 2019 is underway in Pune. In the field of Football, Maharashtra has bounced back in after suffering two defeats earlier. Here is a brief report of the same:

U21 Boys

Mizoram 3-0 Maharashtra and Odisha 1-4 Maharashtra: In the opening game, Maharashtra lost out to Mizoram 3-0 after the North-Eastern side displayed a dominant performance to overcome Maharashtra. A goal each by David Laltlansanga, Lalruatfela, and Lalnunzama proved enough to snatch a crucial win.

Maharashtra U21 Boys responded quite well in their second game with a fine 4-1 win over Odisha. Sufiyan Shaikh bagged a fantastic hat-trick before Aman Khanna added the fourth goal to seal a resounding win.

U17 Girls

Odisha 2-0 Maharashtra and Bihar 1-2 Maharashtra: In the girls’ category, Maharashtra lost their first game but bounced back in the second game. Odisha got the better of Maharashtra in the first game after registering a 2-0 victory. Susmita and Deepa scored in either half to lead Odisha to glory.

In the second game, Akanksha Kandalkar turned out to be the hero for Maharashtra as she struck twice to give Maharashtra a much-needed win as they look forward to going all the way in Khelo India Youth Games 2019.

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