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‘Golden Boot’ winner Karen Pais’ interview

‘Golden Boot’ winner Karen Pais’ interview

Every Tournament has its own story. Same goes for the recently concluded WIFA Women’s Championship which was held in Mumbai. Bodyline SC managed to score 25 goals in just four matches but it’s quite surprising as they bowed out of the Championship in the semi-final at the hands of eventual winners FC Pune City.

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Henry Menezes and Mangesh Desai share their thoughts on Women’s Football

Henry Menezes and Mangesh Desai share their thoughts on Women’s Football

The last couple of years has been quite encouraging for Women’s Football in Maharashtra. With the immense backing from WIFA (Western India Football Association), FIFA and AIFF, numerous states tournament has been held recently.

The recently concluded WIFA Women’s Championship saw teams participating from eight districts which involved some of the best possible Women’s teams, a simple reason why the Tournament gained huge success.

Post the final match between FC Pune City and United Poona SA, WIFA’s CEO Henry Menezes and WIFA’s Technical Officer Mangesh Desai shared their thoughts regarding Women’s Football.

“We brought up Women’s Championship to give more enthusiasm to girls and more importantly, to promote equality among everyone,” Henry Menezes said.

When asked to respond to Women’s Championship success, Henry Menezes responded: “This WIFA initiative which was backed by FIFA and AIFF has been executed successfully.”

“Our main motive was to encourage girls to come out and play. There were upsets and healthy competition in the Championship which made it successful,” he added.

Technical Officer Mangesh Desai: ” Women’s Championship was a part of FIFA -AIFF State tournament. It gave a massive opportunity to girls to come out and play.”

The Technical Officer feels more clubs now would be interested after witness Women’s Championship.

“More clubs now would be encouraged and interested to play in the next edition. This Championship has surely opened the doors for Women’s Football in Maharashtra,” Mangesh added.

When asked how people can choose football as a profession or a career in India, Mangesh said: “This has been the major issue in India, but things are changing now. So many leagues have been organised and played in the recent years. We can also see students doing Sports Management which is a positive sign.”

“Opportunities are coming up now. Mindset must change to see the growth of Indian Football,” Mangesh concluded.

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FC Pune City’s coach Mohan Dass’ interview

FC Pune City’s coach Mohan Dass’ interview

On Monday evening, a new dawn embarked for FC Pune City Academy in Mumbai. The Pune outfit. managed by Mohan Dass, became the Champions of the inaugural WIFA Women’s Championship which is a FIFA-AIFF State Development Initiative to promote Women’s football in India.

FC Pune City got the better of United Poona SA in the Final after registering a comfortable 3-0 victory. After the post-match ceremony, we interviewed Pune City’s Coach Mohan Dass who spoke about the Championship, their journey, and Pune City’s star forward Senorita Nongpluh.

“First of all, Thank You to WIFA for organizing such a big tournament for girls. It is a pleasure to see all the girls play at an iconic stadium like Cooperage. Our journey started with a loss. We were very upset that we didn’t manage to get the result in our opening game. We later analyze our mistakes and came back stronger to go all the way,” Mohan said. 

Bodyline SC, who was touted as the favorites to win the Championship were eliminated by FC Pune City itself in the semis. Mohan Dass recalled how FC Pune City prepared for the big clash.

We analyzed Bodyline carefully by studying their mistakes and weakness from the previous matches. We trained according to it and got the result we wanted. I won’t say we defeated them, but we gave a good fight and in the end, it was us who prevailed,” the head coach recalled.

While in the Final against United Poona SA, we pressed them from the first-half itself as we studied their strategy too. It helped us a lot to score three goals in the first twenty minutes,” Mohan added.

The Coach didn’t hesitate to praise 13-year old star forward Senorita Nongpluh who scored twice in the final: “She can deliver good performance week and week out. She possesses a natural talent at such a young age which is quite astonishing to see in our country. Well, you can say Indian Messi (laughs).”

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Senorita’s brilliance wins WIFA Women’s Championship for FC Pune City

Senorita’s brilliance wins WIFA Women’s Championship for FC Pune City

3rd July 2017: The inaugural WIFA Women’s Championship came to conclusion on Monday evening after FC Pune City triumphed over an energetic United Poona SA side 3-0 at Cooperage Stadium. It was 13-year old Senorita Nongpluh’s brilliance which inspired Mohan Das’ side to overcome a tough challenge from United Poona SA.

The match started off brightly for FC Pune City when Senorita opened the scoring just inside the 5th minute as she had only the goalkeeper to beat, giving Pune City a brilliant start in the Final. Senorita’s sublime finish proved too good for UPSA’s goalkeeper.

Things got worst for United Poona SA when Muriel Adam made it 2-0 in the 11th minute which delivered a huge blow to UPSA’s title hopes. FC Pune City kept pressing UPSA’s backline which turned out to be a good tactic as the defense couldn’t make a way for Aishwarya Balapure who rarely got the ball possession.

Undoubtedly, FC Pune City’s best player in the Tournament – Senorita was as good as she was in the previous games. She soon made it 3-0 after a brilliant build-up by Pratima and Deepika. A couple of minutes later, Senorita would have completed her hat-trick when she saw her powerful shot rattled the bar.

United Poona SA had a big task ahead of them in the second-half. FC Pune City defended brilliantly and kept UPSA’s attackers at bay. Dhanashri and Aishwarya, both had a good game in the second-half but couldn’t manage to go past FC Pune City’s defense. In the end, it was FC Pune City who comfortably held on to their lead to emerge as the Champions.

Bodyline SC’s Karen Pais was awarded ‘Golden Boot’ for ending up as the top scorer with nine goals in four matches, whereas, United Poona SA’s Aishwarya Balapure won the ‘Best Player of the Tournament’ award for an impressive performance and leadership throughout the Championship.

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WIFA Women’s Championship semi-final preview

WIFA Women’s Championship semi-final preview

After a successful Group Stage campaign, WIFA Women’s Championship 2017 is all set to resume from tomorrow as the place for the final is up for grabs at Cooperage Stadium. Four teams from two groups have successfully made their way into the semi-final who are undoubtedly the best teams so far: Bodyline SC (Mumbai), Aadhar Pratishtan (Mumbai), FC Pune City (Pune) and United Poona SA (Pune).

Here are the semi-final fixtures:

Bodyline SC (Mumbai) vs FC Pune City (Pune)

This clash has the potential to be the best match of the Championship. The qualities, determination and grit among both these sides are immense and this can turn this encounter into a thrilling semi-final. Bodyline SC is heading into the last four with an astonishing record of scoring 24 goals and conceding none in three games, passing a strong statement to the rest of the three teams.

Meanwhile, FC Pune City has been a bit cautious in their three group stage matches where they have only scored thrice and conceded one. Though previous match stats don’t matter when it comes to a knockout match, FC Pune City must take this battle to the field aggressively and fight as a unit to stop Bodyline’s supreme attack and organized defence.

FC Pune City needs to take care of Karen Pais who is currently the top scorer in the Championship with eight goals in only three matches, whereas, Senorita Noughpluh and Muriel Adam of FC Pune City might cause problems for the Bodyline’s backline. Irrespective of the result, this semi-final clash is surely going down the wire.

Aadhar Pratishtan (Mumbai) vs United Poona SA (Pune)

Another ‘Mumbai vs Pune‘ clash in the semis. While Aadhar Pratishtan has performed brilliantly in the group stage, the visitors United Poona SA has been equally impressive so far. Though the Pune outfit lost 7-0 against Bodyline SC, the rest of their two games turned out to be a brilliant watch.

This match might turn out to be the most unpredictive clash of the Championship. Aadhar Pratishtan’s impressive team performance will be up against one of the most impressive player of the Championship, a side riding on Aishwarya Balapure’s brilliance. She completely changed the course of the match on her feet against Poddar International and Rahul FC and it might come back to haunt Aadhar Pratishtan.

On the other end, the brilliant link-up between Jyotika Singh, Priya Tiwari and Malaika Chauhan of Aadhar Pratishtan will be hoping to cause serious threats against a side who has conceded nine goals in three group matches. An exciting semi-final awaits tomorrow.

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WIFA Women’s Championship Group Standing and Review

WIFA Women’s Championship Group Standing and Review

It’s been more than a week since the WIFA Women’s Championship has gone underway. With all the Group Stage coming to an end yesterday, the stage is set for the semi-finals which will be played tomorrow at Cooperage Stadium. Bodyline SC, United Poona SA, Aadhar Pratishtan and FC Pune City has made it to the last four after being stand-out performers across both the Groups.

Group A:

The Group A kicked off on 23rd June at Cooperage when United Poona SA met Poddar International in the opening match of the Tournament. UPSA’s Aishwarya Balapure left no stone unturned as she helped her side snatch all three points in a 3-2 victory. She scored twice and assisted the other goal to start UPSA campaign on a winning note. The very next day, Mumbai’s Bodyline SC caused havoc when they overcame United Poona SA 7-0, courtesy of Karen Pais’ sublime hat-trick.

After suffering a narrow defeat in the first match, Poddar International displayed a brilliant performance to sink Rahul FC 5-0 after Pranali Chauhan emulated Karen Pais’ to score a hat-trick for her side. Continuing from where they had left in the first match, Bodyline registered an identical 7-0 win against Poddar International to book their place in the last four with a game to play.

Aishwarya Balapure also continued her spectacular form as she finally managed to score a hat-trick when United Poona SA run riot against Rahul FC in a comfortable 7-0 win. The win also booked UPSA’s berth in the last four along with Bodyline SC.

Bodyline completed their group stage campaign with another staggering performance when they trounced Rahul FC 10-0 as Karen Pais scored four goals to end up as Group A top goal-scorer with eight goals in three games.

WIFA Women’s Championship Group A standings

 Group B:

Group B didn’t saw as many goals as in the first. This turned out to be more of an organized and defensive unit. Group B went underway on 28th June when Aadhar Pratishtan faced FC Pune City. Jyotika Singh scored the decisive goal in the 55th minute to seal the victory for the Mumbai-based side at Cooperage.

In the second match of the day, a goal each from Mrunal Khot and Aishwarya Havaldar proved enough for KSA Women’s FC as they registered a narrow 2-0 victory over Tirpude SC. On matchday two, Tirpude SC suffered another loss when they went down 2-0 against Aadhar Pratishtan, courtesy of Priya Tiwari and Malaika Chauhan’s strike in the second-half.

FC Pune City fought back after losing against Aadhar Pratishtan when an injury time goal by Muriel Adam helped the Pune outfit to snatch all three points against KSA Women’s FC. On the last matchday, FC Pune City confirmed their place in the last four with a 2-0 win over Tirpude SC, thanks to Senorita Noughpluh’s twin strikes.

Aadhar Pratishtan finished their Group stage campaign as the winners with FC Pune City finishing as the runner-up.

Semi-finals fixtures: Bodyline SC (Mumbai) vs FC Pune City (Pune) and Aadhar Pratishtan (Mumbai) vs United Poona SA (Pune).

WIFA Women’s Championship Group B standings

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