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With Premier League Soccer getting more and more publicity world wide AIFF and IFA have crossed swords regarding the event. It seems that AIFF has not been impressed by the fact that a private firm organizing PLS is running away with all credit and publicity while the Federation is being ignored in media. AIFF also seems to be cautious about the profile of the companies which invested millions in SPL. IFA on the other hand, is not ready to comply with any of the last minute demands made by AIFF. These two football associations are on the warpath now and the future of PLS could be in doubt. Some sources are predicting a split akin to ICL and IPL which happened in Indian cricket few years back.
I-League Division Two Results:
Mohammedan SC 4-1 KGF Academy
Vasco SC 1-1 PIFA Colaba
Royal Wahingdoh 2-0 Samaleshwari SC
SESA FA 1-0 Kenkre FC
Arhima FC 3-1 Aizwal FC
Southern Samity 3-0 Eagles FC
Bengal played two matches in AIFF U14 Festival on Wednesday and defeated Rajasthan (6-0) and Punjab (1-0). Manipur narrowly defeated Goa 1-0 in another match. Click here to see the Groupings for Format-2 of the tournament as Format-1 has now ended.
Savio Medeira has declared provisional India squad for AFC Challenge Cup 2012.
Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar), Subhasish Roychowdhury (Dempo SC), Arindam Bhattacharya (Churchill Brothers), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Kingfisher East Bengal).
Defenders: Nirmal Chhetri, Raju Gaikwad (both Kingfisher East Bengal), Sameer Naik (Dempo SC), Gourmangi Singh (Churchill Brothers), Anwar Ali, Kinsukh Debnath, Syed Rahim Nabi (all McDowell Mohun Bagan), Arnab Mondal (Prayag United), Gurjinder Singh (Pune FC).
Midfielders: Adil Khan (Sporting Clube de Goa), Anthony Pereira, Clifford Miranda (both Dempo), Reisangmi Vashum (Kingfisher East Bengal), Baldeep Singh, Lester Fernandes (both Pune FC), Rocus Lamare, Francis Fernandes (both Salgaocar SC), Jewel Raja, Manish Mathani (McDowell Mohun Bagan), Lenny Rodrigues, Lalrindika Ralte (both Churchill Brothers).
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri (McDowell Mohun Bagan), Sushil Singh (Shillong Lajong FC � on loan), CS Sabeeth (Pailan Arrows), Manandeep Singh (Air India), Joaquim Abranches (Dempo SC).
AIFF has published an interview of Scott O’Donell. Click here to read it.
Mohun Bagan became the third club from Kolkata after East Bengal and Southern Samity to launch a team bus of their own. Their official site has meanwhile clarified that Jose Ramirez Barreto did not receive any stitches on his head, as reported by some sections of the media.
AIFF has selected 30 referees for Project Future India-2012. DNA India reports – “The selected 30 will head to New Delhi for an intensive training by the end of February. The AIFF will recommend names of the best among them to FIFA, the football governing body in the world.”
The Hindu has published an article on Johan van Geijn, Co-ordinator for the Royal Dutch Football Association’s (KNVB) World Coaches programme. van Geijn arrived in Bangalore to announce the launch of World Coaches programme.
Abhra Mandal has undergone successful operation on his right-leg. We wish him a speedy recovery.