Saturday, February 5, 2011

HAL to go all out against ONGC

In a rather desperate attempt to set their home record straight, HAL is going to shell out all their available resources against ONGC tomorrow. ONGC, lying at the bottom of the points table plans to for seeking points in their away match. An exciting clash is on the cards, to say the least.
 
Quick pep talk before the ONGC match

Xavier is back from injury to provide the much needed sheen in HAL attack, another striker RC Prakash and medio Vijesh Kumar seems to be free from injury. However, HAL will be missing the service of injured James Singh jr. and Nigerian Femi, serving one match suspension due to double booking.
 
Xavier takes a corner in the practice

HAL has signed former India under-19 international Ankit Sharma and a keeper from Kolkata, also, they will be signing another defender in the current transfer window.

 Ankit Sharma

ONGC has signed a Japanese midfielder, Katsumi Yusa on their roster. This player from the Asian-quota is a skillful midfielder and rated highly by the ONGC coach Subrata Bhattacharya (popularly known as Potla). He replaces Jotin Singh, who seems to have joined a defense unit, and proved difficult for the ONGC management to get  him on loan.


Jotin was one of the trios who moved on from HAL to ONGC in this season. It will be interesting to see how the other two of the trio, Ricky Joy and Bimal Minz perform against their former team.

 Some inconsequential government sports meet taking place in the Kanteerava stadium participated by some 20-odd participants all nearing retirement age. One really fails to understand the reason for hosting such event in a venue like this. The metal ball in this shot put event is causing major damage to the ground. The spot is on the right edge of the small box inside the penalty area. One important I-league match will be played here tomorrow. The hapless football association volunteers were shooed away by the Kanteerava stadium officials when they requested them to host the event in a different place in the stadium. 
Such is the apathy of football in this country!