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Robbie Fowler seems to have backed out of Premier League Soccer as he tweeted this on Wednesday – “Ah well.. India looks like it’s cancelled, boots are clean and looking for a new place to play. #professionalnotamateur”.
AIFF will be conducting selection trials for the inaugural U-22 Asian Cup 2013, the qualifiers kick-off on June 23, 2012. The trials which would kick-off on March 3, and end on March 8 would be held at Pailan World School in Kolkata.
GOALKEEPERS: Jagroop Singh (Prayag United SC); Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Jayanta Paul (both Kingfisher East Bengal); Ishan Debnath (Mumbai FC); Ravi Kumar, Sayan Roy (both Pailan Arrows), Soram Poirei Angamba (Shillong Lajong FC).
DEFENDERS: Collin Abranches (Air India), Abhishek Das, Saikat Saha Roy (both Kingfisher East Bengal), Joy Mrong Kharraswai, Ronaldo Zothanzama (both Shillong Lajong); Sourav Chakraborty (McDowells Mohun Bagan); Akashdeep Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Arijeet Singh, Sonu Beniwal, Vishal Kumar, Souvik Ghosh, Deepak Devrani, Prathmesh Maulingkar, Pritam Kotal, Irfan Khan, Chingkhei Yumnam, Jayabrata Dhar, Ravinder Singh, Lalrozama Fanai (all Pailan Arrows); Rollingson Hungyo (Pune FC), Joyner Monte Lourenco (Sporting Clube de Goa), Manpreet, Narayan Das (both TATA Football Academy).
MIDFIELDERS: Usman Ashik (Chirag United Kerala); Lalrindika Ralte (Churchill Brothers SC); Brian Mascarenhas, Romeo Fernandes (both Dempo SC); KSH Malemngangba Meiti, Deepak Prakash (both Hindustan Aeronautics Limited); Souvik Chakraborthy, Manish Bhargav (both McDowells Mohun Bagan); Bikramjit Singh (Sr), Ongnam Milan Singh, Sehnaj Singh, Prabir Das, Tirthankar Sarkar, Shankar S, Yaikhom Randhan Meetei, Simranjeet Singh, Siam Hangal, Pronoy Haldar (all Pailan Arrows); Ganeshan (Pune FC), Senhasis Datta (Prayag United SC), Clifton Dias (Salgaocar SC), Borges Rowllin, Niroshan Mani, Stephene Barreto (all Sporting Clube de Goa); Jonychand Singh (SESA); Shahir S (Chirag United Kerala);
FORWARDS: Manandeep Singh (Air India); Vinod Kumar (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited); Bijendra Rai, Malswamfela, Holicharan Narzary, Alwin George, Pankaj Sona, Rajinder Kumar, Sumit Passi (all Pailan Arrows); Jeje Lalpekhlua (Pune FC); Pritam Singh (Sporting Clube de Goa).
The start of IFA Shield can be further delayed after Rob Bann’s announcement of trials for U22 squad. The clubs which are already without players for India senior camp will further lose players to U22 camp and may decline to play in the Shield.
Sikkim will be hosting a knock-out tournament between March 2nd and 9th comprising of teams from eight North Eastern states. The tournament will be named after Mohun Bagan legend Dr T Ao, who was the first captain of Indian Olympic football team. The winner will be a cash amount of Rs. 7 lakhs.
World media has began reporting about the postponement of PLS. The Guardian has published an article on the same.
Salgaocar thrashed Baina SC 8-0 to top the Mormugao Zone of U14 GFA League. Dylan Lourenco and Liston Colaco scored three goals each in the match.