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8th February 2019, Solapur: The Hero Santosh Trophy (West Zone Qualifiers) 2019 has gone underway in Solapur District from 7th February. Earlier today, Maharashtra played their first game of the campaign against Gujarat and went on to register a comprehensive 4-1 win to kick-start their journey on a positive note.
Being grouped with Rajasthan, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and Gujarat, Maharashtra needed a good start and Ritesh Inumula’s side made sure to execute it perfectly. Gujarat never looked threatening and was easily overrun in the midfield with Maharashtra’s Vinod Pandey, Mrunal Tandel, Lineker Machado, and Rohan Shukla displayed an outstanding performance.
Maharashtra got an early breakthrough when they were awarded a penalty. Arif Shaikh stepped up and comfortably converted the penalty past Gujarat’s Goalkeeper Kishan Sulegai in the 7th minute. Just three minutes later, Mrunal doubled the lead with a stunning finish.
As the dust seemed to settle down, Maharashtra increased the tempo in the second-half and scored two goals in space of 10 minutes to go 4-0 up inside an hour. Lineker, Maharashtra’s Captain, scored the third goal before Rohan Shukla added the fourth and Maharashtra’s final goal of the game.
Gujarat’s Musamiyan Syed did pull a goal back for Chandan Rathod’s side but the game was already beyond Gujarat’s reach. A commendable display by Maharashtra as they look forward to booking their berth in the final round of Santosh Trophy.Read More »
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).Read More »
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).
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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
- 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.
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.Read More »