Sunday, May 17, 2020

KSFA governing body member Mohanraj pass away

Mr. M Mohanraj, Governing board member of the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) and Vice President of the Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA), passed away 3 pm today. He was 89 years of age.

Having played the game of football at school, college, university and for the state teams, Mohanraj moved onto have an illustrious professional career retiring as an Assistant Welfare Officer, AG’s Office, Govt. of India in the year 1989. He also served as an administrator for Karn
ataka Vidyashala (1993-1995) and for St. John’s English School (1995-1997). 
Also, he had an illustrious career in the realm of sport administration having served at the All India Football Federation, Karnataka State Football Association, Bangalore District Football Association as well as the Karnataka Olympic Association. 

Through the years 1978 to 1985, Mohanraj served as the manager for the Karnataka State Team many times. His other stints as manager included the Pre-Olympic Indian Team at Bangkok/India, 1999 and the Indian team that participated in the pre-world cup qualifying rounds in Brunei Darussalam in 2001.

In 1982 he was the technical member of the Asian Games held at Delhi and was the organizing secretary of the pre-World Cup Qualifying Round held at Bangalore in the summer of 2001. He was also instrumental in setting up the Karnataka Soccer Welfare Trust and was on its board as the Hon. Treasurer.

‘In the passing away of Mohanraj Sir, the football fraternity of the city, of the state and of the country has lost a soul whose passion and dedication towards the game will be remembered forever,’ said Mr N A Haris, KSFA President.

Mohanraj’s funeral will be held tomorrow, 11 am, at Hebbal Crematorium. 

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Indian Football stalwart Chuni Goswami no more

Chuni Goswami, the Indian Football stalwart who led India to win the gold medal in the 1962 Asian Games in Bangkok expired today evening at a private hospital in Kolkata. 

Chuni-da, as the Arjuna awardee and Padma Shri is fondly known amongst the football supporters. Also, he was a member of the Indian team which finished as second behind hosts Israel in the AFC Asian Cup in 1964. He had scored India’s third goal against the 3-1 victory against Hong Kong en-route to the final.

He is also one of the six Indian Footballers to have received the prestigious Padma Shri Award, others being the Late Gotsho Paul, late Sailen Manna, PK Banerjee, Bhaichung Bhutia, and Sunil Chhetri, along with the Arjuna Award. 

Earlier this year, Chuni Goswami was honoured by the Indian Postal Department, who issued a postal stamp on his 82nd birthday (January 15, 2020). He was the third Indian footballer after the late Gostho Paul (1998), and late Dr Talimeren Ao (2018) on whose name a postal stamp has been issued by the largest postal network in the world. 

Quite ironic that the country lost two football greats, Chuni Goswami and PK Banerjee, in a span of one month. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dimas Delgado signs one-year deal with Bengaluru

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Bengaluru FC, on Tuesday, announced that midfielder Dimas Delgado would spend a fourth year with the club after the Spaniard put pen to paper in a new one-year deal that keeps him with the Blues till the end of the 2020-21 season. Delgado’s extension comes a little more than a week after Bengaluru tied down Erik Paartalu to a two-year deal. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Delgado has been central to the way Bengaluru go about their play since he arrived at the club in 2017. One of the leaders in the dressing room, Delgado turned up with yet another season full of consistent performances where he notched five assists and a goal in Bengaluru’s run up to the semifinal of the Indian Super League. 

“I am delighted in extending my stay at a club I can very comfortably call home. I have enjoyed playing my part in everything we have achieved over the last three seasons and I cannot wait to do it for one more year. It’s an honour to pull on the Bengaluru shirt and walk out in front of our fans who have always shown me love. We have more to achieve and I will keep helping this team,” said Delgado. 

Speaking on the new deal, Bengaluru FC CEO Mandar Tamhane said the contract was a fair reward for the kind of season Delgado had. “Dimas is pivotal to the way the club functions on the pitch and he showed everyone why in the season gone by. He is one of the voices on the team and a professional who sets a good example for the rest of the squad, and we are glad that he will spend one more season with Bengaluru FC.” 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Former international footballer Abdul Latif passes away

Abdul Latif, 75,  former Mysore state player expired yesterday morning at Guwahati. Latif played for several Bangalore-based clubs like, Bangalore Muslims, Binny, HAL in the 60s before moving out to Kolkata, turning up for teams like Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting, and finally settling down at Guwahati.

Latif played in the midfield position and represented India in the 1970 Asian Games,  where the team had won bronze medal.

Latif was admitted at  GMCH owing to heart ailment and had a massive stroke.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Ulaganathan nominated for Banglar Gourab from the Government of West Bengal

Football icon, star of Kolkata Maidan during the 70’s and early 80s, Bengaluru very own Ulaganathan Narayanaswamy has been nominated for this year’s Banglar Gourab award for his excellent performance in Football and his invaluable contribution in the field of sports. 

Mamata Banerjee, Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal will confer this award to once Maidan’s darling Ulaga tomorrow, Friday, March 13 at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata. 

Narayanaswamy Ulaganathan ascended from the by lanes of Gowthampuram to the Mecca of football in the early 70’s. He carried forward the legacy of Kannan and Arumayanaigam with √©lan and ended up playing for all three big clubs of Calcutta.