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In a significant development for Indian football, Dutch Football Association (KNVB) announced their partnership with Ozonegroup Football Academy to coaches and nurture young talent from the economically underprivileged sections of the society in Bangalore. Over the years hundreds of Dutch coaches have taken over teams around the world and led them to success. The KNVB is further increasing it’s influence by conducting a program ‘World Coaches’ which trains aspiring coaches around the world. This program was started in 2009 and has been carried out successfully in 13 countries till date.
Matches for BC Roy trophy are being carried out amidst chaos and mismanagement in Siliguri, West Bengal. Despite the stadium capacity being 25,000 around 50 spectators showed up for the matches on Thursday. Things got worse when the start was delayed due to absence of a medical repsentative. No one was present to update the scoreboard as well. A medical representative did arrive late but he was not available when Delhi footballer Manas got injured. Manas lay on the field writhing in pain with neither a doctor nor an ambulance driver in sight.
(Report from Anandabazar Patrika)
Results from BC Roy trophy on Thursday
Uttarakhand 2-3 Orissa
Goa 1-4 Mizoram
Karnataka 2-0 Assam
Manipur 1-0 Delh
Syed Rahim Nabi has got 12 stitches after splitting his lip against Sporting Clube de Goa. He is very likely to miss out in Mohun Bagan’s next match against Prayag United. Jewel Raja and Sunil Chhetri are not likely to play in this match, giving Subrata Bhattacharya more selection head-aches.
East Bengal is injury ravaged in full-back department. This has prompted the club to bring Port Trust full-back Abhijit Ghosh for a trial. If he impresses Trevor Morgan then he will be taken on loan.
The I-League Champions will qualify for Asian Champions League play-offs but there is no guarantee that they will progress to AFC Cup should they fail in ACL play-offs. AIFF is waiting for some fresh rules and regulations from AFC. A detailed report on how teams are complying with these rules need to submitted back to AFC by June.
(Report from OHeraldO)
Report from Indian Express:
“The Sports Authority of India (SAI) Sub-Centre at Lucknow has been a ‘lucky’ centre for the Indian women’s football team. Last year two women’s football camps were held at SAI Sub-Centre, Lucknow. The first was in preparation for the SAF Championships in which the Indian team won a gold while the second camp was held in August-September ahead of the exposure tour to Bahrain in which India played three friendlies against Bahrain and won the series by 2-1.
From December 15, a preliminary camp of senior national women’s football team’s probables for preparing the girls for the international tournaments such as the SAF Championships, SAF Games, AFC qualifying tournament, was organised which draws to a close on Friday. No doubt, chief coach Shahid Jabbar feels that the centre is “suitable” for the women’s team but at the same time he is of the view that improved facilities could do further good to the players.”
Here is an interesting article on footballers of Indian origin in UK.