Saturday, November 21, 2015

Arumainayagam receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Indian football legend, Garden City's Arumainayagam received Lifetime Achievement award by the Sports Writers Association of Bangalore (SWAB) in a ceremony yesterday. 

The 60s star, popularly known as ‘Baby Taxi’ is his playing days was part of the Indian Football team that won the Asian Games Gold Medal in 1962. He was given a standing ovation when he received the award. 

The humble man from Ulsoor, Arumainayagam, played for eight continuous seasons for Mohun Bagan, the National Club of India. 

South United lose to ONGC, bows out of Gadhinglaj United Cup

Playing semi-final against ONGC today in the Gadhinglaj United Cup, Garden City team South United lost 1-3 therefore knocked out of this all India-level competition. 

Kailash Patil gave the lead to the Oilmen in 22nd minute. They increased the lead in the later half thru the second goal from Kailash and the third from Jatin Singh. Subhash reduced the margin for South United from a penalty in the end of the match. 

The second semifinal witnessed DSK Shivajians defeating Gadhinglaj United 1-0. . 
Final will be played tomorrow, November 21, 3 pm, between ONGC and DSK Shivajians. 

Picture: Sanket Patil

Friday, November 20, 2015

South United move to semi final of Gadinglaj football tournament

Super Division team from the Garden City South United defeated Gandhivada Sports, Hubbali 3-1 today morning and moved to the semi final of All India Invitational football tournament played at Gandhinglaj, Kolhapur district, Maharashtra. 

Subhash opened the account for South United via penalty in the 15th minute, when the opponent committed foul on Manivanan. Post lemon break, Steven scored the second goal thru an assist from Subash. The final goal was netted by Mahesh, with Solai Malai’s assist in the 67th minute. 

Prakash reduced the margin for Gandhivada, 

Under the tutelage of Raman Vijayan, South United won this tournament three seasons back. 

Other top participating teams are ONGC, DSK Shivajians, Nagpur Police, and Gandhinglaj United. 

Picture: Sanket Patil 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Former India International John Victor passes away

Former international footballer John Victor expired yesterday at his Secunderabad residence at 7.45 pm. He was 73 years old and left his wife and two sons. 

John represented India in 1967-68 at the Merdeca Cup at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During his heydays in the 60s he turned up for Kolkata clubs namely East Bengal and Mohamedan Sporting. 

Later John joined SBI, Hyderabad and settled in Secunderabad. His younger brother, Victor Amalraj too played for India and in Kolkata. 

His burial took place today 5.15 pm at the Christian Burial Ground at Ambugudu, Secunderabad.   KSFA and BDFA condoled the demise of former India International player. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bengaluru sign three young talents from AIFF academy

Bengaluru FC Media 

Sticking true to its philosophy of investing in the future, Bengaluru FC, on Monday, announced the signing of three eighteen-year-olds in Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Nishu Kumar and Malsawmzuala on two-year deals with the club having the option to extend it by a year. The trio were part of the All India Football Federation’s Youth Academy for three years and will be donning the BFC blue for the 2015-16 season.

“We are pleased and proud in equal measure to announce the signing of these three youngsters. At Bengaluru FC, we pride ourselves in identifying and recruiting players who we feel, once given a platform and time to adapt to our training and system, can improve and become an asset to us and the national team,” said coach Ashley Westwood on the new acquisitions.

While Daniel (striker) and Malsawmzuala (midfielder) hail from Mizoram, wing-back Nishu comes from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The three boys even featured in the two friendlies between the India under-19 side and Bengaluru FC, in Bengaluru, earlier in August. Daniel has been part of the India under-16 and under-19 AFC Cup qualifiers and even captains the national under-19 team.