Monday, June 20, 2016

John Johnson signs two-year deal, to stay with Bengaluru till 2017-18 season

Bengaluru FC Media

Bengaluru FC have signed defensive mainstay John Johnson on a new two-year deal that keeps with the champions of India till the end of the 2017-18 season, the club announced on Monday.

Johnson had signed with the Blues since the club’s inception before going on to spend three seasons during which he won two I-League titles and one Federation Cup crown with BFC. He was named the League’s ‘Best Defender’ for the 2015-16 last month as the Blues put behind the disappointment of being edged out by Mohun Bagan in the 2014-15 season at the death to bring back the title to Bengaluru.

“John Johnson has been immense for the club and has been the kind of leader who doesn’t need an armband. We are at a very crucial phase at the club and getting him on board for another two seasons puts us in a very good position. He’s always inspiring the lads on the pitch and is a great character to have in the dressing room, needless to say he’s a fan favourite,” said Mustafa Ghouse, COO, Bengaluru FC.

Ever since his first season in India, Johnson has been on the radar of a fair number of clubs but the No.6 said signing a new deal with the Blues was one of the easier choices he’s made. “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract. Bengaluru FC is home to me. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the three seasons that I’ve spent here and I still feel I have a lot more to offer and achieve with this team. I’ve personally enjoyed great support from the fans and it’s nice to know I will be seeing them again. It’s going to be an important season ahead and I’m already looking forward to it,” said Johnson.       

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Amrinder, Alwyn extend Bengaluru deals

Bengaluru FC Media 
Bengaluru FC, on Thursday, announced that goalkeeper Amrinder Singh and Alwyn George had signed new one-year deals, which would keep them with the Blues until the end of the 2016-17 season. Amrinder, having joined Bengaluru at the beginning of 2016, makes his loan move from Pune FC permanent while the club has opted to activate the one-year extension clause on Alwyn’s contract.

Amrinder kept nine clean sheets on his way to winning the I-League’s Goalkeeper of the Year award, an accolade that the 22-year-old says played a huge part in his decision.

“I’m happy to have signed a new deal with Bengaluru FC. The progress that I’ve made as a goalkeeper at this club has helped me win the ‘I-League’s Best Goalkeeper and I’d like to thank the coaching staff, the management and the fans for all their support. I’m looking forward to another season with this club and scripting more history,” said Amrinder.

Midfielder Alwyn George, who signed from Dempo SC in the summer, has penned an extension on his current deal after a string of impressive performances; most notably in a 5-3 win against Ayeyawady United in the AFC Cup where he scored a brace.

Club COO Mustafa Ghouse said the club is delighted to have re-signed the duo, who he believes are an integral part of the Blues’ squad.

“Amrinder has been one of the standout performers at the club this season. He had to fight for this place in the squad and once he got it, he held on to it with a string of good performances. Everyone knows what a valuable signing he’s been and we’re excited to have him with us. As for Alwyn, we all know what a talent he is. He came into his own as the season progressed and we strongly believe he is one for the future and are very happy to activate the plus-one clause on his contract,” said club COO Mustafa Ghouse.  

Monday, June 13, 2016

John Kila to head Bengaluru's Youth Development

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC have appointed former West African Football Association U19s Head Coach John Kila to head the Blues' Youth Development Program, the club announced on Saturday. The Dutchman will head the BFC Academy and Youth Teams.

Kila has covered coaching assignments in Holland, Japan, New Zealand and most recently in Ghana as the Head Coach of the U19 team and coordinator of the U17, U15 and U13 teams at the West African Football Academy (WAFA), formerly known as the Feyenoord Ghana Academy.

“My main objective is to train and coach the youth teams at Bengaluru FC and to develop the skills of these youngsters so that they become professional players capable of playing for the first team. I look forward to giving structure to a development plan for both coaches and youth teams with the experience I have gained over the years,” said Kila.

Club COO Mustafa Ghouse expressed his delight at Kila's appointment, pipping his experience as a step in the right direction for the club's youth development program, with the Dutchman having developed several players who are currently active in Portugal, France and Austria.

“We are excited to have John on board to head the youth program. He comes very highly recommended having successfully implemented youth programs in various parts of the world. We strongly believe that there is an abundance of football talent in the country and are committed to providing this talent the best support possible to achieve their true potential as footballers and as individuals,” he said.

Under Kila’s guidance, the WAFA U19s have been promoted from the Second Division to the First Division and are currently in the Ghana Premier League for a second successive year. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Coach Dada Peer to receive Football Proud Award

Gadhinglaj United Football Association has selected Dada Peer, a veteran coach from Bengaluru for the prestigious Football Proud award for the development of football since last four decade.

In an endeavor to serve the football community, Gadhinglaj United Football Association has introduced the Football Proud Award, given away annually to the National-level players, coaches, organizations - who are working for development of football. The main object of this award to motivate individuals and organization who are working for development of football in India. 

As a player, Dada start his journey from Shimoga. During his playing days, he played for all top clubs in Bangalore. From 1977 to 1979 he played in Kolkata.

After retiring from the game, he complected NIS and Joined Karnataka Sports Council as a football coach. In his 16 years carrier, Dada Peer produced more than 300 state players at various age-level, many of them went on to represent the country later. Also, he coached the University football team. 

Dada Peer has coached BDFA Super Division teams Karnataka State Police team and BEML (in 2nd division I-League qualifiers. Karnataka State Police won All India Police trophy in Kashmir 2001 under his guidance.

The award ceremony will be held tomorrow 11 am at the Nagarpalika Sahu Hall, Gadhinglaj. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Chhetri pens new deal with Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC, on Thursday, announced the signing of Sunil Chhetri on a one-year deal that keeps the club’s top scorer with the Blues till the end of the 2016-17 season. The India and Bengaluru FC skipper spent two seasons with the I-League champions before signing with ISL team Mumbai City FC and returning to BFC on loan last season and leading the club to a second I-League crown in three seasons.

“We are pleased to announce Sunil as a BFC player in what will be his fourth season at the club. I don’t think we need to be vocal about what he brings to the club and the kind of impact he has in the dressing room and outside of it. He’s been a top professional and leads the team by example and we feel he has a lot more history to script with Bengaluru FC,” said club COO Mustafa Ghouse.

Chhetri finished top scorer for the club for the third successive season taking his tally across all competitions in a BFC shirt to 35. His brace against Kitchee FC in the AFC Cup Round-Of-16 game in Hong Kong last month sparked a comeback from a goal down as Bengaluru carved a bit of history to make it to the quarterfinal to be played in September.

“I’ve always said BFC is family to me. We’re doing some amazing things at this club and I’m delighted to pen this deal. We’ve had a brilliant season and I’m really looking forward to build on it with the team. The fans, management, staff and dressing room have all made me feel at home from the day I stepped in to Bengaluru and there’s a connect with this city that is special,” said Chhetri.