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Legendary Mohun Bagan and India full-back Sailen Manna passed away early morning in Kolkata. Manna was Indian captain when India won gold in Asian Games in 1951 and was an ever-present figure in India and Mohun Bagan in late 40s, early 50s. He was selected as one of the best captains in world football by English FA in 1953 and was also honoured by the award of “Best Indian Players of 20th century” by AIFF.
Arunava Chaudhuri reports
“The Northeastern state of Nagaland will from next month onwards have its own Nagaland Premier League. The NPL will kick-off on March 2 with an exhibition match between a Nagaland XI and I-League side Shillong Lajong FC at the Kohima football ground from 2 pm onwards. The chief guest on the occasion will be the Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio with other state ministers to grace the occasion.
The NPL is being organised by the Nagaland Football Association together with the local Dimapur-based sports management agency Four Four Two Management with the aim of the league being to develop the game of football and footballers in the state. With an enormous amount of untapped talent, the NPL will groom players from a young age and give them a platform to grow and later move on to bigger arenas.
In total 10 teams from across the state would be seen in action – Barak Flamingos FC (Peren), Dimapur United FC, Doyang FC (Wokha), Dynamic FC (Dimapur), FC Naga Tornadoes (Zunheboto), Kohima Komets, Life Sports FC (Kohima), New Market FC (Kohima), Sangpang FC (Mokokchung), Zopipang FC (Mokokchung). Some clubs have given themselves new creative names and designed new logos for their teams.”
Arjun Chatterjee scored the only goal from a Yakubu pass as Prayag United defeated Aryan Club 1-0. Meanwhile Mohun Bagan and East Bengal’s KFL matches have been postponed because of security issues. As of now, there is a cloud of uncertainity as to when KFL will actually end.
G-Group Football Academy was launched in Konnagar, West Bengal on Sunday. AIFF Vice-President Subrata Dutta was present in the inauguration ceremony where G Groups footballers played an exhibition match against Mohun Bagan-SAIL Academy. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Trijit Das, former footballer, will be the Technical Director of this Academy whose main aim is to groom local players from West Bengal. Click here to see more details.
Cresson Antao scored late, late goal to deny Churchill Brothers the Goan title on Sunday. Churchill Brothers led 1-0 thanks to a Antchouet goal before Antao scored on 93rd minute. With this victory Churchill Brothers have collected 24 points but have played all their matches. Salgaocar and Dempo are on 22 points and still have a game in hand. The league will be decided on 29th February when Salgaocar play Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo take on Vasco. Victorino Fernandes scored a brace as Sporting beat Vasco 2-1 in another match with Menino Fernandes scoring a consolation goal for the losing side.
I-League Division Two Fixtures are out. 7 teams will be playing each other between 5th March and 2nd April. The matches will be played in a two legged home-away format though all matches will be held in Siliguri and Gangtok. Click here to see to complete list.