Thursday, January 23, 2020

Fourth Hero Indian Women’s League to get underway from tomorrow

AIFF Media 

The fourth edition of the Hero Indian Women’s league gets underway at the Bangalore Football Stadium from tomorrow. The 21-day long tournament will culminate with the Finals being played on the 14th February. The first-ever rolling trophy for the Hero Indian Women’s league was unveiled in a glittering ceremony in the city today. Captains of the team representing all the 12 teams from 10 states were present along with Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, League, AIFF, Mr. Satya Narayan, Hony. General Secretary, KSFA and Ms. Maymol Rocky, Head Coach, Indian Women’s National Team. 

Kryphsa FC and Kickstart FC will lock horns in the first match on January 24, 2020. 12 teams vying for the top honours in the Hero Indian Women’s League have been divided into two groups of six teams each viz; Group A & Group B. 
Group A consists of Kickstart FC (Karnataka), FC Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Krypsha FC (Manipur), BBK DAV FC (Punjab), Sethu FC (Tamil Nadu) and Baroda FA ( Gujarat) while Group B shall comprise of Kenkre FC (Maharashtra), Gokulam Kerala FC (Kerala), Odisha Police FC (Odisha), Bangalore United FC (Karnataka), Sreebhumi FC (West Bengal), Bidesh XI FC (Goa). Two games will be played on a day at 12 PM and 3 PM. 

Each team would play a total of 5 matches in the round-robin league and the top two teams from each group will make their way to the semi-finals. The Semi-final winners thereafter would play the finals on the 14th February 2020, which shall kick-off from 2 PM onwards. 

Over INR 20 Lakhs of the cash prize is due to be won in the 4th Hero Indian Women’s League. The Champions shall walk away with the rolling trophy and medals along with a cash prize of INR 10 Lakhs, while the Runner’s UP will get richer by INR 5 Lakhs. The tournament MVP ( Most Valuable Player) would earn a total of INR 1.25 Lakhs, the best goalkeeper would get richer by INR 1 Lakh and the emerging player winner would earn INR 75000 from the tournament. The hero of the Match for each game would earn an additional INR 5000. 

This will also be the first time when a rolling trophy would be instituted for the Hero Indian Women’s League. Elaborating further on this Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, Leagues from AIFF said, "A rolling trophy is something which always augurs well with players and the contest gets intense amongst them. To align the premier women's league competition in India with other leagues, we have decided to shift to a running trophy this season and it'll surely push the girls further to give an extra bit on the field to lift it on 14th February."

Mr. N A Harris, President, KSFA lauded AIFF's decision to organise the final round of the tournament in Bengaluru. "On behalf of the KSFA (Karnataka State Football Association), I would like to thank AIFF for choosing Bengaluru as the host for the final round of Hero IWL 2019-20. It'll surely give a chance of the football-loving crowd of Bengaluru witness the best women football players in action over the next few days," said Mr. N A Harris, President KSFA.

He further added, "Two teams representing Bengaluru in Hero IWL isn't only going to help women's football in Karnataka but also will add a bounty point for the entire tournament. It'll surely inspire more girls from the state of Karnataka to play the beautiful game with more urge and seriousness."

The garden city of Bengaluru becomes the fourth city to host the Hero Indian Women’s League after the previous three editions were held at New Delhi (2016-17), Shillong (2017-18) and Ludhiana (2018-19). Eastern Sporting Union from Manipur emerged as the champions of inaugural edition before Rising Student’s Club from Odisha beat them in the final the following season (2017-18). In 2018-19, Sethu FC, the Tamil Nadu outfit, outplayed Manipur Police in the final to win their maiden Hero IWL crown.

Speaking about the growth of Indian Women’s Football and how the Hero Indian Women’s League has grown year after year, Ms. Maymol Rocky, Head Coach, Indian Women’s National Team, said, "Indian women’s football is on an upward swing and I would like to thank the AIFF for all its efforts in helping the growth of Women’s football in India. With global tournaments like the U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled to be played later this year in India, I am sure that we will get to see many more youngsters trying to make a career in football. The Hero IWL will be one of the key places for all of us to analyse talent and consider them for future roles with the national teams. The competition level in Hero IWL has risen by leaps and bounds over the last three years and we hope to see another intriguing season of Hero IWL here in Bengaluru. I wish all the teams best of luck for the upcoming tournament."

Friday, November 29, 2019

South United script late win against Eagles

South United Media 

It was a cagey game that produced few clear-cut chances but South United were able to take a couple of the ones they created to claim all three points. Just when it seemed like the game was going to trickle to a draw, Abhilash came up with the goods to see his side emerge victorious.

The game began with both sides struggling to go past each other’s midfield. Neither side seemed to be willing to let, largely with Bangalore Eagles working to stifle any attacking impetus from South United. The deadlock was, however, broken in the 13th minute when Rungsing put a good move to bed with a placed shot to beat the goalkeeper. That opened up the game a lot more and saw the Eagles push forward to try and break down South United.

It would only be in the 30th minute, though, that former South United forward Cletus Dominic would bring Bangalore Eagles level in the game from a close-range header worked from a long throw. SUFC ended the first half level despite having most of the early impetus.

The second half saw both sides struggling to create and working more to stifle each other. South United FC, in particular, couldn’t get their interplay in the final third right. It would take a piece of individual skill to give South United the lead once again. Sudipta Malakar strolled down the left flank to beat his marker and spot Abhilash in the middle with a cross. The substitute made no mistake from close range as South United put themselves closer to victory.

They defended well in the dying minutes to keep Eagles at bay and ensure that they ended the game with three points.

Monday, November 25, 2019

South United suffer 4-0 mauling to Kickstart

South United Media

Kickstart FC 4 (Sudheer Kotikela-17’ 22’ 49’ Uzochi Emmanuel Echebiri-47’) Vs South United FC 0 

South United suffered their heaviest defeat of the season as Kickstart FC scored two goals in each half against them. The men in orange tried to mount attack after attack unsuccessfully as they tried to get back into the game.

South United FC began the game on the backfoot as they were pegged back by a persistent Kickstart attack. They defended cross after cross before Sudheer broke the deadlock in the 17th minute. A cross from deep found him in the box and he shimmied to beat his marker and put the ball in the back of the net. Just 5 minutes later, Sudheer turned up in the box again as a deflected shot looped over everyone else and he got to the ball before the goalkeeper could claim it.

South United started to see more of the ball towards the end of the half but they were unable to make the cut in the final third to really threaten Kickstart’s goal. Going in 2-0 at half-time, there was plenty of work for them to do, while Kickstart were looking good for their lead.

Early in the second half, Kickstart took the initiative and scored an early goal, this time Uzochi getting on the scoresheet. Only a couple of minutes later Sudheer completed his hattrick, leaving South united with a mountain to climb.

Alfredo Fernandes’ side pushed forward with zeal but their final pass was lacking in quality on a number of occasions. The likes of Jaison and Rungsing had a couple of half chances, Magesh had a few efforts from out of the box but no one could make a dent in Kickstart’s lead. A disappointing end to what could’ve been a different game if South United could find better quality in the final third.

Friday, November 22, 2019

South United FC script last-minute 1-0 win against Income Tax

South United Media

South United FC were rescued by Rungsing Muinao’s 89th minute winner against Income Tax just when it seemed like they were set for a scoreless draw. Despite creating plenty of chances all game, it took a scrappy goal in the dying seconds of the game to eke out a win for SUFC.

The game began with Income Tax registering a shot on goal, albeit a tame one. They spent most of the rest of the half trying not to concede though as South United created chance after chance. They were denied on most occasions by the imposing frame of the goalkeeper and his stellar reflexes on some occasions.

SUFC forward Jaison saw plenty of chances fall his way as he only needed to beat only the keeper on three separate occasions in the first half alone but was trumped by the Income Tax custodian Nicholas on all three occasions. Even the diminutive Sudipta had an opportunity as Aaron’s cross sailed over the goalkeeper and he met it with his head, but the effort just rolled across the goal line and was cleared.

The second half saw more of the same from South United FC, but as they chased they game, gaps started to appear at the back for Income Tax to try and exploit. They continued to test the keeper with Rungsing taking on more of an advanced role in the second period. At the other end though, every ball over the top threatened the SUFC backline.

Nikhil was called into action on more than one occasion as the game drew to a close but he kept his side in the game. The saves proved to be all-important as some direct play down the left led to Aaron taking three defenders out of the game with a pass and finding Kishan whose low cross was punched away by the goalkeeper but Rungsing was on hand to slot in the rebound.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Bengaluru beat Bangalore Eagles, secure first win in this season in BDFA League

Bengaluru FC Media 

Bengaluru FC secured their first win of the campaign after overcoming Bangalore Eagles 1-0 in a Round 2 encounter of the BDFA Super Division League at the Bengaluru Football Stadium on Wednesday. Striker Edmund Lalrindika (49’) netted the only goal of the game, as Naushad Moosa’s boys moved up to 10th in the standings with 3 points.

The Blues Colts began the game on the offensive in a 4-3-3 formation, with Moosa making one change to the team as defender Muhammed Rafi replaced Robin Yadav. Sairuat Kima, Ajay Chhetri and Aditya Patra joined Edmund as the first team players in the squad.

Despite some early attacks by Bengaluru, it was the rivals who created the first close chance of the game in the 5th minute. Sairuat Kima’s weak pass was intercepted by Satish Kumar, and the attacker unleashed a first time effort that ’keeper Aditya Patra brilliantly tipped over on to the crossbar as the Colts breathed a sigh of relief.

Meanwhile at the other end, Bengaluru pushed ahead but with the Eagles playing a high pressing counter attacking game, Moosa’s boys were finding it tough to penetrate through their back line.

The second half began in the same was as the first, with BFC surviving a close chance. It was another defensive error from the Colts’ defense and once again it was Patra who came to the rescue to deny Satish Kumar again in the first minute of the second half.

Despite the shaky start to the second half, the Blue Colts gathered their composure and netted the opener in the 49th minute. Rafi, playing his first game this season, pumped in a long ball from the right flank to find Kima who flicked it on to the far post where an unmarked Edmund headed it home.

Both sides continued to attack each other for the rest of the half, but lack of a killer touch in the final third let them down as the game ended with a solitary goal.

Bengaluru FC now play Students Union in their third game on Saturday, November 23.