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.Read More »
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.
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:
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.
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.Read More »
The ongoing WIFA Women’s Champions has begun to pick up the pace as the road to Indian Women’s League (IWL) intensifies. This week, FC Mumbaikars and PIFA continued their fine form to clinch all three points, whereas, the likes of Bodyline SC, Kenkre FC, FC Kolhapur City, and Football School of India (FSI) had to settle for a point.
Bodyline SC (Nisha Singh 16′ and Akanksha Kandalkar 72′) 2-2 Kenkre FC (Mamta Kumari 18′ and Renu 31′)
Prolific goal-scorer Nisha Singh continued her hot form in front of the goal with yet another goal for Bodyline SC, making it four goals in just two games. Though after Nisha’s opening strike, Mamta and Renu scored two quick goals to put Kenkre FC 2-1 ahead. With the game slipping away from Bodyline’s hands, Akanksha Kandalkar stepped up late to snatch a late draw with a beautiful goal in the 72nd minute.
FC Mumbaikars (Gita Das 7′ & 71′ and Puja Das 42′) 3-0 Future Stars Football Academy
The Green Army made it two wins in a row after an inspiring display from Gita Das and Captain Puja Das to derail Future Stars Football Academy who made their debut appearance in the Women’s Championship. FC Mumbaikars, as thing stands, is looking quite a strong team who can go all the way to defeat the odds.
United Poona Sports Academy (UPSA) 0-6 PIFA (Neetu Tirley 4′, Signorina Thapa 17′ & 76′, Sanam Rathod 19′ & 76′, and Ambika Dangne 79′)
Last season’s finalist United Poona Sports Academy (UPSA) once again ended up on the losing side after going down 6-0 at the hands of PIFA. Led by Aishwarya Balapure, last year’s best player, UPSA has failed to live up to their expectations. They have hardly been lethal in front of the goal and yet to score in this campaign. PIFA showed no mercy and hammered six goals past UPSA, courtesy Signorina Thapa and Sanam Rathod’s brace of goals, and goal each from Neetu Tirley and Ambika Dangne.
Football School of India (Pooja Dhamal 55′ and Karishma Vazirani 80+3′) 2-2 FC Kolhapur City (Pratiksh Mithari 33′ & 43′)
An end-to-end encounter yesterday ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. FC Kolhapur City dominated throughout the game but had to settle for a draw against a clinical FSI side. Pratiksh Mithari’s two goals seemed enough to give FC Kolhapur City a crucial win but Pooja Dhamal and Karishma Vazirani’s second-half goals avoided a defeat for FSI.Read More »
The AIFF ‘D’ License results for 30th July to 4th August 2018 batch held at Mumbai, MaharashtraRead More »