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Condolences poured in from all corners after Sailen Manna passed away. Manna was a revered figure in Indian football, a pristine person who was loved an respected by everyone. A number of ex-footballers like PK Banerjee, Prasun Banerjee, Compton Dutta and Shibaji Banerjee were present to pay a last homage to the beloved “Mannada”. A number of ministers were also present. Baichung Bhutia flew back from Mumbai to play his last respects as thousands gathered around the roads through which his body was taken for cremation. West Bengal sports mimister Madan Mitra has promised to construct an Academy bearing Sailen Manna’s name. Indian players sported a black arm-band during their match against Azerbaijan.
Real Madrid Foundation, a Spanish NGO connected with Real Madrid is exploring possibilities of setting up a sports academy in Goa. Rosa Roncal Gimenez, vice-president Real Madrid Foundation’s International Projects and Co-Operation had meetings with Don Bosco Salesians regarding starting of an Academy.
Sporting Clube de Goa defeated SESA FA 1-0 in Goa U20 League on Monday. Pritam Ningthoujam scored the only goal from a penalty kick. After this victory Sporting leapfrogged SESA to top the table.
India lost 3-0 to Azerbaijan in a warm-up match before AFC Challenger Cup. Nidirov Vugar (3′), Mahir Shukurov (43′) and Hasiyev Nizami (82′) scored Azerbaijan’s goals.
Mumbai defeated Pune to lift the Maharashtra U-17 Inter-District Football Championship at All Saints High School, Bhiwandi. Valentine Perreira scored the only goal in final on 55th minute.