Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fixture - BDFA B Division League 2016-17

  1. June 22, 2017: Zone A - C2 FC 6 (Akash Sunder-3' 35', Vivek Menzel-41', Mekala Reddy-45', Vishvesh Haridas-49', Aashish Paul-55') Vs Bentex 0 
  2. June 22, 2017: Zone A - Navarathana 6 (Anand-12', 14, Akshya-26', Tarun-29', Shreyas-39', Rohit-58') Vs Vel Socials 1 (Nitesh-52') 
  3. June 22, 2017: Zone A - Bangalore Youngsters W/O New Lucky Star
    * (the later has withdrawn, opponents to get 3 pts and +2 goals) 
  4. June 23, 2017: Zone B - Town SC, Hoskote 0 Vs IndiraNagar 1 (Rudresh-26')
  5. June 23, 2017: Zone B - Netaji 0 Vs BTM FC 1 (Ajay-48')
  6. June 23, 2017: Zone B - ECD 1 (Arun-4') Vs XLR8 4 (Kiran-15', Uday-11', 34', Arvind-35')
  7. June 24, 2017: Zone C - Thammarai Kannan Vs La Masia 
  8. June 24, 2017: Zone C - Sun Rise FC Vs Muslim Heroes 
  9. June 24, 2017: Zone C - Bangalore Wanderers Vs Shining Star

Friday, June 23, 2017

BDFA League C Division 2016-17

BDFA has commenced C Division from Thursday, June 22 2017 at the Bangalore  Football Stadium. A total of 77 teams participating in this edition where matches will be played in league-cum-knockout basis.

Teams are grouped in 13 zones where the winners of each zone will qualify to the knock out stage. 4 semifinalist teams will gain promotion to B Division for the 2017-18 season. Duration of each game is 30’+10’+30’. 

Based on the BDFA release to press, here are the zones. 

A Zone B Zone C Zone
Vel Socials
Bangalore Youngsters
New Lucky Star 
Town SC, Hosakote
Thamarai Kannan
La Masia
Sunrise FC
Muslim Heroes
Shining Star
Bangalore Wanderers 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Young Challengers lift 'B' division title

Fielding a very young team, comprising of U-18 boys from Ozone FCB, Young Challengers became the unbeaten champion of BDFA B Division League and lifted the Bangalore Blues Cup. 

A total of 14 teams were divided in two groups. In the final between the top teams from each group, Young Challengers, winning all their group matches took on Royals. In the regulation time, both teams were locked at 1-1. Ashwin gave Royals lead in 11th minute, Surender restored parity for Challengers in 28th minute. 

In tie-breaker, Young Challengers got the better of Royals by scoring 5 goals to 4. 

Both teams gets promotion to A Division while Universal and Oriental relegated to C Division by finishing at the bottom of the table. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chhetri's strike sinks Kyrgyz Republic, takes India closer to AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019

AIFF Media

Sunil 'Champion' Chhetri scored his 54th International goal in 94 matches to snatch all three points from the 'Favourite' Kyrgyz Republic to stay atop the Group A having bagged six points from two matches. Sunil's 69-th minute goal proved enough to take India one step closer to break into the AFC Asian Cup after 8 years.

The game started on an even note as India, clad in a new jersey, kickstarted the game from left to right. The visitors, who are placed at 132 in FIFA rankings, kept up the momentum in the early minutes of the game. They earned two corners in a quick succession within first 10 minutes but the resilient Indian defenders saw the danger off with much ease.

Time and again, the Kyrgyz Republic tried to consolidate their attacks from the flanks but Pritam Kotal, who had a brilliant game throughout, thwarted their moves.

After the clock passed 20-minute mark, Indians slowly came back into the game. Jeje Lalpekhlua and Jackichand Singh, aided by none other than Sunil 'Captain' Chhetri imposed quite a few threatening moves from both the flanks.

In the 23rd minute, Sunil unleashed along-ranger towards Jackichand but his left-footer dropped on the roof of the net.

3 minutes later, India imposed another attack built up by the trio but Sunil's shot was gloved by the opposition goalie.

Just at the stroke of the half-hour mark, the Kyrgyz Republic were awarded an indirect free-kick but Indian defenders snapped it off.

In the additional time, Sunil Chhetri built up another attack from the middle but finally, it fizzled out. The Central Asian outfit imposed a few attacking moves towards the end but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu snatched it to relieve the Indian dugout.

Jeje Lalpekhlua almost caught the defence napping within a few seconds after the resumption but the goalie, who plies his trade with Maziya R&SC, grabbed it.

Jackichand Singh resumed where he left and his agility earned a corner for India after 50-minute mark. Although Eugeneson's corner could have been better, it tested the defenders to some extent.

The visitors had almost drawn the first blood in the 55th minute but the woodwork came to India's help to keep the scoreline unscathed.

4 minutes later, India could have conceded once again but Sandesh Jhingan's maverick defensive acumen kept them at bay.

In the 69th minute, Sunil 'Champion' Chhetri showed it once again why he's rated so high by the opposition. On a counter-attacking move, Sunil dodged three opponent defenders and whizzed past them to put a through ball to Jeje Lalpekhlua. The '2016 AIF Player of the Year' minused it to his captain who eventually put it at the back of the net to send the 6000-strong spectators into a delirium.

Stephen introduced Bikash Jairu at the expense of Jackichand Singh who received a standing ovation from the noisy crowd.

1 minute later, Halicharan Narzary could have doubled the lead from the left flank but his ambitious effort never came down.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Robin Singh was thrown into the arena having replaced Jeje Lalpekhlua, who got an assist under his name in this match.

In the added time, Sunil Chhetri put in an inch-perfect cross for Robin Singh but he squandered the opportunity completely as his effort just sailed over the crossbar to leave the Indian Dugout aghast.

Seconds later, Sunil also let another opportunity go from the close-range which might have put the final nail in the Kyrgyz Republic's coffin.

The visitors almost found the elusive equaliser in the last minute but Gurpreet showed his sharpness once again to fist it away.

India will now travel to Macau for their third match in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers on September 5, 2017.

India: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Narayan Das, Anas Edathodika, Rowllin Borges (Md. Rafique 65'), Jackichand Singh (Bikash Jairu 74'), Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Halicharan Narzary, Sunil Chhetri (C), Jeje Lalpekhlua (Robin Singh 79')

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Former HAL players Rajabaliev Nurlan and Kanatbek Mamatov visit Bangalore with Kyrgyz National football team

If you are from the era of HAL-ITI rivalry and followed Bangalore football, then you should remember names like Rajabaliev Nurlan, Kanatbek Mamatov, Ruslan Sydvov, and Daniar, players from Kyrgyzstan who plied their trade for HAL. They played the then National Football League (NFL), erstwhile I-League in Green colors in 2001-02 season. 

Kanatbek and Nurlan are visiting the Garden City when India take on Kyrgyzstan tomorrow 8 pm for AFC Asian Cup Qualifier at Sree Kanterava Stadium. They are serving the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic (FFKR) as the Vice President and Head of the Players Transfer Committee respectively. 

Speaking to, Kanatbek, a dependable central midfielder back then was on a trip down memory lane. He remembers Coach Krishnaji Rao, wanted to meet him, however, saddened after hearing that Krishnaji not in the best of health, and confined at home. 

Kanatbek fondly recall the good time he spent his teammates at HAL - Gumpe Rime, Sunil, Kiran, Xavier Vijay Kumar, late Dayanand, so on. 

It was the season of 2000-01, HAL was playing the NFL qualifiers when Kanatbek Mamatov, a student pursuing Master’s Degree in Environment from the Bangalore University joined HAL, and helped them to qualify for to the top league for the first time. 

“After qualifying for National League my coach asked me to get some players from Kyrgyzstan”, reveals Kanatbek. Next season he got the rest of the gang from his homeland.

“We had a great start to the League, playing for the first time in NFL, we defeated East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar. After the first leg, we’re sitting comfortably at top half of the points table”, adds Rajabaliev Nurlan, who scored 7 of the goals for HAL, he was the 6th top scorer in that edition. 

The Kyrgyz hold utmost respect for Krishnaji Rao, was later replaced by Chandru, and results started dwindling. HAL finished the season in 8th spot in a 12-team league. Also, Rajabaliev’s injury affected HAL in the league. 

“We could have fared much better had Krishnaji coached us for the entire season”, expressed both of them. 

They did not pursue football as a career, must have played for more seasons, and then settled in other profession. It was only later they felt the urge to give back to the game and joined football administration. The other Kyrgyz, Ruslan Sydvov, is the coach of country’s top Futsal team. 

Nostalgia has gripped them as they spent time at their favorite HAL Sports Complex exploring fond memories of playing days. Meanwhile Rajabaliev is desperately looking for video grabs of his goals.