Saturday, 20 December 2014

VIDEO: Baichung Bhutia to play one last time for East Bengal!

As NNIS reports former India captain Baichung Bhutia wants to fulfil his dream of ending his playing career with East Bengal Club by signing for the Kolkata giants one last time for the upcoming I-League.

Mizoram FA organise charity match for late Peter Biaksangzuala!

The Mizoram Football Association organised a charity match an Friday, December 19 night at the Lammual ground in Aizawl in memory of the late Peter Biaksangzuala, who passed away on October 19, 2014 due to an injury he suffered while he was celebrating a goal in a Mizoram Premier League match at the very same Lammual ground.

The charity match was played between Aizawl FC, the recently crowned champions of the Mizoram Premier League and the selected Mizo star players who played in the name of Bethlehem Vengthlang FC, the club of Peter Biaksangzuala.

Bethlehem Vengthlang FC won the match 1-0 with the only goal of the match being scored by T. Lalnunpuia from a penalty kick. T. Lalnunpuia is a former I-League player who played for Pailan Arrows and Rangdajied United FC and is also the cousin brother of late Peter.

The star attraction of the match was Jeje Lalpekhlua, the Chennaiyin FC striker who made a cameo appearance in the second half and all his touches were cheered by the fully packed crowd. Jeje, who is officially a Mohun Bagan player said after the match that he took an extra effort to be on time for the match after a hard fought Indian Super League season in which he scored four goals to take Chennaiyin FC to the top of the table; but they lost to Kerala Blasters in the semifinals.

All the gate proceeds of Rs 174,130 was handed over to Peter's father, P. Vanlalchhuana by the president of the Mizoram Football Association Lal Thanzara.

VIDEO - IBN: Indian Super League's final a historic game for Indian Football!

As IBN reports the Indian Super League is having its grand finale today with the coaches saying at the pre-match press conference that it is the biggest match Indian football has seen so far.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Kalyani's Bharat FC sign keeper Shahinlal Meloly & Manjeet Singh!

I-League new entrants Bharat FC of Pune have announced the signing of goalkeeper Shahinlal Melody from Kerala and attacking players Manjeet Singh from Punjab.

24 year old Shahinlal Melody, who has played for the India Under-19s, started off his professional career with Viva Kerala in his home state before moving over to Pune FC in 2011.

Former international Manjeet Singh has also signed for the I-League newcomers. The 28 year old, who started his professional career with JCT Mills, thereafter played across the country as he donned the jersey's of Mohun Bagan AC, Mahindra United, Salgaocar FC, Air India and Bhowanipore FC.

Under-19 I-League: AIFF Elite Academy ride Oram hattrick to second win!

Rakesh Oram netted an outstanding hattrick and two assists to stir the AIFF Elite Academy to their big 5-1 home victory in the second round of Under-19 I-league competition against Dempo SC at Cuncolim ground on yeterday, December 18.

Dempo SC's run of misery continued in their second away fixture as Rakesh Oram's emphatic finish from Milan Basumatary's low cross precluded an intention to attack all-out from the early exchanges of the game. The proliferating forays forward by host from the off, enforced the visitors to take a back seat and left them with no option than to sit back and soak the pressure.

It proved a difficult encounter for Dempo SC keeper Allison Fernandes, who made a series of outstanding saves to restrict the AIFF Elite Academy to 1-0, until skipper Daniel Lalhlimpuia arrowed the cross from Rakesh Oram past the rival goalkeeper just before a minute to the interval. At half-time the score was 2-0.

After the restart, a tactical switch in the style of play and energetic pressing and possession paid-off Dempo SC's to get a foothold into the game. The light of hope in a swarthy tale was given by Jorge Rodrigues with a sweetly timed header on skipper Aaron Rodrigues cross. Buoyed by that, in a thick of a moment the Dempo SC nearly equalised with a heading effort from the striker Suraj Haldankar went agonisingly wide of the post.

The bad day quickly got worse for the visitors, as the AIFF brought on their stout midfielder Robinson Singh, who orchestrated the play in the midfield and got on to the scoresheet himself with a probing ball over the Dempo SC's back four; allowing the right full-back to cross the ball into the penalty area; the buccaneer Rakesh Oram measurably set up the cross from Shahbaaz khan for Robinson Singh to volley the ball into the back of the net.

In the 85th minute, the effort from Milan Basumatary was ricocheted off the rival keeper but not too far for Rakesh Oram to complete his brace with a sweetly timed header. In the dying minutes of the game it was again Rakesh Oram who conjured up a moment of magic; after meddling the pass between both centre back; completing his treble with a solo finish over the keeper.

After the second home victory the AIFF Elite Academy continues to stay at the top of the zonal league table with six points. The AIFF Elite Academy will be facing Sporting Clube de Goa on December 23 in Cuncolim Ground at 3:30pm.

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)