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BREAKING NEWS: Reports suggest that Chirag Kerala has signed James, a Nigerian forward of Indian origin. The club is yet to declare officially.
Tolgey Ozbey has been criticized by both Sukhwinder Singh and Trevor James Morgan for one of his goals against Pailan Arrows. With Arrows ‘keeper lying on the ground Tolgey walked with the ball towards the goal line and pushed it over the line with his head with no one around him. Both Morgan and Singh have mentioned that it was not fair for him to demean one’s opponents in this manner.
Subrata Bhattacharya is likely to change his 4-5-1 formation from last few matches and switch to a 4-4-2 formation against Sporting Clube de Goa. Youngster Manish Bhargav may find a place in starting XI due to fitness issues of Hudson Lima
Close to 20,000 people are expected to attend Lajong FC’s match against Churchill Brothers today. This will be the first time that Lajong FC will be playing a home match in Shillong in this season’s I-League. This will also be the first official match in the new astro-turf pitch laid in their home stadium.
Dr B.C Roy Trophy, which will see youth teams from all over India square off against each other will kick off in Siliguri today. Bengal will be facing Punjab in first match.
AIFF has rejected IFA’s request to change dates of start of Second Division I-League. IFA now faces a new challenge in scheduling the last few matches of Kolkata Football League. Teams like Mohammedan SC, Aryan Club and Southern Samity are yet to complete their quota of KFL games and will also be taking part in Second Division I-League.
Bengal team for sub-junior Mir Iqbal Trophy has been selected. The qualifying stages of this tournament will take place between 18th and 27th January in Cuttack, Orissa. The final round will be conducted in Goa in February. Bengal will face teams from Eastern zone like Sikkim and Jharkhand in qualifying round.
Ex Portuguese International Fernando Couto has left his job as Director of SC Braga to participate in Premier League Soccer. The ex-Barcelona and Lazio defender, who represented Portugal over 100 times in International matches said this – “It’s a huge challenge and I want to help develop all the basic structures of Indian football. It is a prestigious invitation and is an ideal opportunity to apply in real life all the knowledge I have acquired during my career”
IFA has launched the tendering process for franchisee allocation of Premier League soccer.
The Indian Olympic Association has slammed Sports Authority of India for the deplorable condition of Nehru Stadium during India’s match against Bayern Munich. IOA Acting President has this to say – “We saw the pictures of the pitiable conditions of the stadium in the press and later received several complaints from fans and some foreign spectators about the pitiable conditions of the stadium where they had to clean the seats which were full of filth and dirt”