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Services hold Maharashtra to qualify for final rounds of the Santosh Trophy

Services hold Maharashtra to qualify for final rounds of the Santosh Trophy

After taking an early lead, Maharashtra failed to maintain the scoreline and ended on equal terms  against Services at the end of the day.

On their fourth outing against the defending champions Services, Maharashtra had a dream start to the match. 10 minutes onto the game, Maharashtra received a free-kick outside the box. An effort from Dion Menezes deflected slightly by the opposition defense found the net giving Maharashtra the early lead.

Services put immense pressure ever since they conceded. Failing to cope with the pressure, Nachiket Palav was penalized for a rough tackle on an attacker. However, the defense stood robust and the half time score read in favor of Maharashtra. They led by a solitary goal when the first half concluded.

Nothing changed in the second half as Services kept on maintaining the pressure. Soon as the second half commenced, within three minutes, Nikhil Prabhu picked up a yellow. Niyaj Ahmed Patel followed the list as his rough tackle got him booked.

Maharashtra launched a brilliant attack at the 66th minute when Advait Shinde’s through ball found Pragnesh. Pragnesh made a solo run but his feeble attempt on goal failed trouble the keeper. Within the next two minutes Services earned a penalty. An excellent corner saw an attacker keep the ball on target which was deflected by Dhurvesh’s hand.

Star striker, Lallawmkima PC, made no mistake and put the ball back into the net. After the equalizer, in a sudden melee, Maharashtra coach received a yellow and Services manager picked up a direct red card.  Apparently both of them misbehaved with the management and the opposition players. In the end despite best efforts from the Maharashtra the game ended in a 1-1 draw. With this result, Services qualified for the final round of the tournament on the basis of better goal differences.

After putting in a great effort, the final whistle of the match concluded Maharashtra’s qualification hopes. On the other hand, Services qualified from Group A of the West Zone Qualifiers of the Santosh Trophy.

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Maharashtra romp to 3 goal victory against Lakshadweep

Maharashtra romp to 3 goal victory against Lakshadweep

On their second outing, Maharashtra stun Lakshadweep 3-0 to go on top

The first game of the day saw Maharashtra take on Island Union territory Lakshadweep. Back from a close 1-0 win over Daman, Maharashtra began at the earnest in search of an early goal.

They almost took the lead when a cross from Pragnesh from the right was missed by Johnson. In the 11th minute, Maharashtra won a free-kick just outside the box; Advait Shinde’s delivery was well headed on to goal by Yash Mhatre as Maharashtra took the lead. Maharashtra continued their dominance as chances kept coming in way of their strikers who failed to capitalise on it.

In the second half, Allen Dias doubled the lead in the 53rd minute to settle the nerves and put Maharashtra in commanding position. Minutes later, Yash missed a 1 on 1 opportunity as keeper Mohammed Salahudheen did well to keep the score 2-0. He pulled off another save off a Pragnesh Solanki strike few minutes later. Later in the 82nd minute of the game, Substitute Shanon Pereira dribbled past two defenders before drilling his shot past the keeper to make it 3-0.

Maharashtra next face Gujarat on 28th of September on their third Group-A fixture of the Santosh Trophy (West Zone Qualifiers).

FULL TIME: Maharashtra (Yash Mhatre, Allen Dias, Shannon Pererira) 3 – 0 Lakshadweep

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Maharashtra find a late winner against Daman & Diu from Advait Shinde’s strike

Maharashtra find a late winner against Daman & Diu from Advait Shinde’s strike

Daman’s resilience was finally broken in the dying minutes of the game when Super Sub Advait Shinde slotted home the winner for Maharashtra.

In a hard fought encounter of the day, Team Daman & Diu showed great character and resilience to keep Maharashtra attack at bay for most part of the game only to see it crashing in the final minutes of the play.

The game began with Maharashtra starting off as a better side with majority of possession however their striker’s profligacy and some resolute defence from Daman meant goals were hard to come by. Kamran missed a chance from close range while Yash mhatre’s header came off the bar as the first half ended without the deadlock being broken.

The story continued in the second half with Maharashtra pushing forward in search of goals and Daman holding a tight back line to deny them. Just when it seemed that Daman had managed to wither the storm and take the game to a draw, Maharashtra Super Sub Advait Shinde struck in the third minute of the injury time to give his side all three points.

Maharashtra will be up against Gujarat in their second game on 24th September at Goa.

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Sub Junior Boys National Championship: Maharashtra proceed to the next round

Sub Junior Boys National Championship: Maharashtra proceed to the next round

12th September, Madhya Pradesh: The Maharashtra sub-junior boys proceed to the next round of the Hero Sub Junior Boys National Championship. They defeated Gujarat by 3-1 in their second outing of the tournament.

On 8th September, during their opening encounter, Maharashtra outperformed Daman & Diu. They vanquished their opposition by a colossal 10-0 scoreline.

Yesterday’s victory ensured Maharashtra topping the Group B table and their tickets to the next round.

After the previous encounter, Head Coach Firmin Dsouza stated the problems they overcame. “With a depleted squad due to a couple of our players falling sick, I think we did a good job. This win was very encouraging for us considering the circumstances we are facing.”

Since the beginning of the tournament, there have been concerns related to the playing conditions in Madhya Pradesh. Heavy rainfall has played a spoilsport in most of the matches.

The first half of the match saw minimal action from both ends. Gujarat was defensive on their approach as they needed a point to qualify for the next round. On the other hand, Maharashtra needed to win but failed to open the scoreline at the first half.

During the half time, coach Firmin stated, “We need to keep in mind that the ground conditions are not conducive to play great football. So, what will matter most is going to be the will power of the team to win until the final whistle”

” We need to remember our ultimate destination – The Championship. Even a goalless draw would do for Gujarat. We need to understand the pride and the prestige of wearing this Maharashtra jersey. We must give nothing less than our lives on that field to make sure that we have done justice to the colors we are wearing” was the detailed pep-talk from the coach, Firmin D’Souza, during the break.

However, what followed next on the pitch was commendable. The second half commenced and within five minutes, at 50′, Gujarat broke the deadlock.

Soon when Gujarat rested on their laurels and thought their qualification hopes are nearing, Maharashtra’s reliable forward, Ansari Mohmmad Akib rose to the occasion and equalized within a minute.

Gujarat stood shell-shocked.

Furthermore, the boys came from behind and thwacked their opponents. Maharashtra scored at 57′ and 70′ – courtesy to Vekant Navin and Aryan Mahadeshwar’s strike which led the team to the next round.

They have scored 13 goals from 2 matches and conceded once which already makes Maharashtra a team to keep an eye on.

The boys qualified to the next round alongside Goa from the West Zone qualifiers for the Sub Junior Boys National Championship which was held at Madhya Pradesh from 7th to 12th September.


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The entire list of the newly elected Executive Committee of WIFA

The entire list of the newly elected Executive Committee of WIFA

On 23rd August, Praful Patel of Gondia District and Souter Vaz of Mumbai District retained their posts as President and Hon. Secretary of Western India Football Association (WIFA).

They were both elected unopposed during the 70th Ordinary General Meeting of WIFA, held in Nagpur on that day. Pyarelal Chaudhary of Poona District retained the Hon. Treasurer’s position.

Meanwhile, MDFA President, Aditya Thackeray and Parth Jindal of Palghar District, made their maiden entry into the WIFA Executive Committee as they were both elected unopposed as one of the five Vice-Presidents. Maharajkumar Malojiraje Chhatrapati, Haresh K. Vora, and Dr. Vishwajit Patangrao Kadam were all re-elected as the other three Vice-Presidents.

Sushil Kumar Surve (Amravati), Salim Parkote (Latur) and Prof. Kiran Chougle (Solapur) were elected as the three Assistant Secretaries. The OGM also elected 13 members to the Managing Committee.

Below listed is the elected committee who will serve a four-year term:


Sr.No. Name Designation
1 Praful M. Patel President
2 Aaditya Thackeray Vice President
3 Maharajkumar Malojiraje Chhatrapati Vice President
4 Hareh Kevalchand Vora Vice President
5 Parth S. Jindal Vice President
6 Dr.Vishwajit Patangrao Kadam Vice President
7 Souter Vaz Hon. Secretary
8 Pyarelal Sajanlal Chaudhary Hon. Treasurer
9 Sushil Kumar Nanasaheb Surve Asst. Secretary
10 Salim Abdul Aziz Parkote Asst. Secretary
11 Prof.Dr. Kiran Pandurang Chougule Asst. Secretary
12 Jaggu Suleman Sayyad  Member
13 Azgar Husain Patel Member
14 Khaja Raziuddin Ansari Member
15 Godwin Samuel Dick Member
16 Yogesh Harbansingh Pardeshi Member
17 P.V. Ahale Member
18 Ahmed A. Lalani Member
19 Abdul Rauf Abdul Sattar Member
20 Deepak Bharat Singh Dixit Member
21 Anand Nathuji Kalokar Member
22 Iqbal A. Kashmiri Member
23 Ravindra L. Darekar Member
24 Manik Baburao Mandlik Member
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