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Maharashtra Team for Santosh Trophy 2018-19

Maharashtra Team for Santosh Trophy 2018-19

The following players will represent the Maharashtra State Football Team which will participate in the National Football Championship for Santosh  Trophy 2018-19, which is to be held at Solapur, Maharashtra, from 7th to 12th February 2019.

Squad: Rohan Fasge (Pune), Owais Khan (Nagpur), Dion Menezes (Mumbai), Dhurwesh Nijap (Mumbai), Mrunal Tandel (Mumbai), Jayesh Kadam (Mumbai), Aman Gaikwad (Mumbai), Rohan Shukla (Mumbai), Vinod Pandey (Mumbai), Arif Shaikh (Mumbai), Rahul Kadlag (Pune), Sanket Salokhe (Kolhapur), Mohammad Ghulam (Nagpur), Rahul Neware (Nagpur), Sagar Chintala (Nagpur), Al Azhar Delhiwala (Mumbai), Leander Dharmai (Mumbai), Vickey Datey (Amravati), Omkar Maske (Solapur), and Linekar Machado (Mumbai).

Officials: Udayan Banerjee (Manager), Ritesh Inumula (Coach), Irenio Vaz (Technical Director), Sachin Narsappa (Assistant Coach), and Yashkumar Agarwal (Physio).

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Durga powers Pune home in Republic Day thriller

Durga powers Pune home in Republic Day thriller

What a final! It lived up to the hype as Pune extracted a measure of revenge by beating defending champions Mumbai in a penalty shootout.

The game started and ended with Tushar Durga – undoubtedly the player of the tournament. The 2019 Wifa Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys is hosted by the Western India Football Federation (WIFA) and Jalgaon District Football Association (JDFA).

Pinch Jeera Masala, Stamina Apple Fizzy Fruit Drink, Mahaveer Classes, Jain Irrigation Systems Pvt. Ltd, WIFA, Jain Sports Academy, Meera Cola and Pride are the major sponsors.

Flying headers, red cards, penalties…the final was an absolute thriller! Pune got off to a flier when Tushar Durga hit home a superb header in the 2nd minute. Mumbai bounced back in the 21st minute when Craig Daniel Salve’s pinpoint cross was headed in by Aryan Mahadeshwar.

They were down to ten-men when Viju Pawar was given his marching orders at the stroke of half-time. The first yellow card was for a foul on Durga while a second was for un-parliamentary conduct. Mumbai took the lead when Salve’s superb run into the box allowed him to stab home a pass in the 55th minute.

But Pune made it 2-2 in the 56th minute as Venkat Navin outjumped three defenders and thumped in an unstoppable header.

Navin almost got a third for Pune only for his long-ranged shot to go over the bar. Full marks to Mumbai who defended well despite the numerical disadvantage. But as penalties beckoned…it proved to be a bit too much for them.

Salve ironically had his spot-kick saved!  Mohd. Kaif Ansari also fluffed his lines from the spot for Mumbai. Surely it was poetic justice that Durga converted his spot-kick to give Pune a 4-2 win.

Mr. Yogesh Pardeshi (Shiv Chattrapati Shivaji Awardee for Carom) was the chief guest for the final. Dr. Anita Kolhe (joint secretary, JDFA) and Mr. Farooq Shaikh (secretary, JDFA) gave away the respective trophies and awards to the players and officials.

They gave a congratulatory speech as to how the tournament was a blessing for the state of Jalgaon and aspiring footballers.

Pune – 2 (Tushar Durga (2’), Venkat Navin (56’)); Mumbai – 2 (Aryan Mahadeshwar (21’), Craig Daniel Salve (55’))

Pune – (Venkat Navin (scored), Rajwardhan Patil (scored), Usman Khan (scored), Tushar Durga (scored))

Mumbai — (Yohana Martin (scored), Craig Daniel Salve (missed), Mohd. Jaffer Mansoori (scored), Mohd. Kaif Ansari (missed))

Pune won 4-2 on penalties

Player of the game: Venkat Navin

Trivia:

  • 117 goals were scored in the tournament.
  • The tournament saw 17 yellow cards and one red card.
  • Kolhapur’s Sanket Medhe scored nine goals and was the highest goal-scorer.
  • Sanket Medhe, Utkarsh Mankar (Nagpur) and Mohd. Kaif Ansari scored more than three goals in a game.
  • Mumbai’s 11-0 win against Washim was the highest victory margin.
  • Kolhapur’s 9-0 win against Hingoli was the second-highest victory margin.
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AIFF & WIFA to conduct Maharashtra phase of trials for Youth National Teams

AIFF & WIFA to conduct Maharashtra phase of trials for Youth National Teams

Trials will be held in Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, Kolhapur and Nagpur across boys and girls categories for deserving players residing in Maharashtra

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) in association with the Western India Football Association (WIFA) will conduct trials for players from the state of Maharashtra for national team camps in various junior categories. Players who have the potential to represent the country at international level in football will get the opportunity to attend these trials and present their talent in front of National Team scouts who will also include national team coaches. 

Henry Menezes, CEO of WIFA said, “WIFA is very happy to provide this opportunity to players in Maharashtra who have excelled at school or academy level because representing the country is the pinnacle. And staying true to our mission to spread football activity across the state, we will be conducting trials at different centers. Players in the respective catchment area will get the chance to attend trials with reduced effort needed to travel”.  

Former India international Abhishek Yadav, Director of National teams said, “our national team coaches believe that the Maharashtra player is an intelligent player along with being technically sound. We are therefore keenly looking forward to seeing the top-quality talent in Maharashtra”.

The first phase of the trials will kick-off in Mumbai on 2 Feb for male players born in 2003 and 2004. These trials will be restricted for talents residing in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts only. Trials for Girls in the age-group of 2002 to 2005 will be announced shortly. The trials will then move on to Pune, Nasik, Kolhapur and Nagpur. 

The registration forms are available at the WIFA office at the Cooperage Stadium, Mumbai.

Last date of registration is 1st Feb 2019.

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Haria golazo and Durga special sets up Mumbai-Pune final

Haria golazo and Durga special sets up Mumbai-Pune final

The semi-finals of the 2019 WIFA Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys had two brilliant individual performances which had fans on the edge of their seats.

The 2019 WIFA Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys is hosted by the Western India Football Federation (WIFA) and Jalgaon District Football Association (JDFA).

Pinch Jeera Masala, Stamina Apple Fizzy Fruit Drink, Mahaveer Classes, Jain Irrigation Systems Pvt. Ltd, WIFA, Jain Sports Academy, Meera Cola, and Pride are the major sponsors.

Hridya Haria’s wonder-goal helped Mumbai beat Kolhapur in the first game. The ball was controlled and let rip from 20 yards out into the net! Surely a contender for goal of the tournament! Kolhapur countered Mumbai’s artistry with physicality. Full marks to Mumbai as they defended well and kept Kolhapur at bay.

Prashant Salawade, Sanket Medhe, and Gandharva Chavan were rendered ineffective thanks to tight man-marking by Mumbai. Kolhapur ran out of ideas as the deadly trio was marked out of the game. Mumbai withstood late pressure and won 1-0.

Mumbai – 1 (Hridya Haria (11’)) beat Kolhapur – 0

Trivia:

  • Mumbai is the defending U-14 boys champion; they beat Pune in last year’s final. The same two teams play in Saturday’s grand finale.
  • Mumbai Girls clinched the U-14 title in Palghar recently.
  • Kolhapur’s Sanket Medhe was the only player in the tournament to receive back to back yellow cards. The first was against Amravati in the quarterfinals while the second was against Mumbai in the semifinals.
  • Mumbai versus Kolhapur was the only game in which neither of Prashant Salawade, Sanket Medhe, and Gandharva Chavan scored.

Tushar Durga grabbed the limelight as Pune beat Nagpur 4-0 in the second semifinal. Durga was at his devastating best as he scored a hat-trick. He scored in the 26th, 40th and 59th minutes to send Pune into the final. Akib Ansari was the other goal-scorer for Pune. Durga’s first goal — a long-range strike from 20 yards out – was an absolute peach! His second and third goals were scored from inside the penalty area. Manav Simon impressed for Nagpur with his dribbling. Utkarsh Mankar – Nagpur’s goal-scorer in the previous rounds – had an off-day.

Pune – 4 (Tushar Durga (26’, 40’, 59’)) beat Nagpur – 0

Dr. Asmita Patil (co-ordinator, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao) did a ceremonial toss before the second-half of the Mumbai-Kolhapur game.

Also, Mr. Farooq Shaikh (secretary, JDFA) was outstanding in the commentary box. Fans were impressed by his football knowledge as well as his insights on every game.

Mr. Vinod Nalwade (director, Rush Soccer Academy, Mumbai) gave a short speech in the end. He elaborated on the importance of fitness, diet and education for kids who want to break into the professional circuit.

The grand finale awaits on Saturday

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Day 5: Sub-Junior Boys (Jalgoan) Round-up

Day 5: Sub-Junior Boys (Jalgoan) Round-up

What a finish to the quarterfinals of the 2019 WIFA Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys! Nagpur rose to the occasion as they dumped out in-form Thane. Stand-in goalkeeper Nitin Gupta saved a late spot-kick to send Thane tumbling.

The 2019 WIFA Inter-District Championship Sub-Junior Boys is hosted by the Western India Football Federation (WIFA) and Jalgaon District Football Association (JDFA).

Pinch Jeera Masala, Stamina Apple Fizzy Fruit Drink, Mahaveer Classes, Jain Irrigation Systems Pvt. Ltd, WIFA, Jain Sports Academy, Meera Cola and Pride are the major sponsors.

Mumbai obliterated Palghar in the first quarterfinal. Mohammed Kaif Ansari scored a double hat-trick. Punit Singh, Yohana Martin, Mohammed Jaffer Mansoori and Ryan Lobo were the other goal scorers.

Mumbai – 10 (Mohd. Kaif Ansari (5’, 21’, 24’, 34’, 53’, 59’), Punit Singh (17’), Yohana Martin (18’), Mohd. Jaffer Mansoori (40’), Ryan Lobo (56’) beat Palghar – 0

Kolhapur beat Amravati 8-0 in the second game. The trio of Prashant Salawade, Gandharva Chavan and Sanket Medhe starred in another goal riot. Salawade grabbed a hat-trick while Medhe hit four goals. Chavan wrapped it up with a fine effort in the dying minutes.

Kolhapur – 8 (Prashant Salawade (2’, 18’, 19’), Sanket Medhe (4’, 24’, 31’, 44’), Gandharva Chavan (52’) beat Amravati – 0

Pune and Ahmednagar battled it out in the third game. Goals from Vinit Chauhan and Tushar Durga won it for Pune. The game was a test of mettle and character as both teams went toe to toe.

Pune – 2 (Vinit Chauhan (13’), Tushar Durga (58’)) beat Ahmednagar – 0

The best was reserved for the last as Nagpur beat Thane in a cliffhanger. The game had drama dime-a-dozen! Utkarsh Mankar scored in the 14th minute for Nagpur. What a goal it was… a fine solo effort! It was his fifth goal in two games. Thane just couldn’t break past a wall of Orange shirts. And as Manav Sharma’s shot whistled past the post in the second-half…Thane knew that it just wasn’t their day! Stand-in goalkeeper Nitin Gupta parried away Thane’s spot-kick in the dying minutes to end their misery. As Nagpur celebrated…Thane had thrown away a lifeline!

Nagpur – 1 (Utkarsh Mankar (14’)) beat Thane – 0

Key stats:

1) 25 games have been played so far (including the quarterfinals).
2) 106 goals have been scored so far.
3) Utkarsh Mankar’s goal was the 106th goal of the tournament (till the end of the quarterfinals).
4) Sanket Medhe (9), Prashant Salawade (5) and Gandharva Chavan (5) have scored 19 of Kolhapur’s 25 goals in the tournament so far!

If the quarterfinals had us on the edge of our seats here’s hoping that the semi-finals would also run on the same theme. The football caravan marches on.

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