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Ministries provide guarantees, India to submit U-17 World Cup bid

FIFA, Football, Indianfootball, India, Soccer, U-17 World Cup 2017The uncertainty over India presenting its bid documents to host the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup before the stipulated deadline ended on Friday with the government furnishing the required guarantees so that AIFF can submit the documents to the sport’s world governing body.

With just a few days left before FIFA closes the bidding process, there was speculation that India may not be able to submit the final bid documents before the November 15 deadline due to delay by various ministries in giving the necessary guarantees.

The bidding countries are required to submit written guarantees on tax exemptions for broadcasters and sponsors, foreign exchange remittances, security, transport and accommodation of players and provision of visas.

But the Sports Ministry on Thursday got the clearance from several ministries regarding the guarantees required to present the final bid documents to the FIFA, which will decide the host country in its Executive Committee meeting next month.

“We have got the clearances from several ministries on the guarantees the FIFA requires from bidding countries. We have sent the guarantee documents signed by the concerned ministry authorities to the AIFF. The AIFF can now submit them to the FIFA,” a top Sports Ministry official told PTI.

“The guarantees were on eight different heads including security, tax exemption, foreign currency inflow,” he added.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das confirmed that the ministry has handed the guarantees to the federation.

“We have received the guarantee documents from the Ministry and so we are submitting them to FIFA. Let us see what happens,” he said.

The countries wishing to host the mega event were required to submit a declaration of interest by May 15 and submit the hosting agreement with the complete Bid Book by November 15. The final decision on the host country will be taken at the FIFA Executive Committee meeting next month.

Three other nations — South Africa, Ireland and Uzbekistan — have already submitted their bids. India’s chances of winning the hosting right is strong as it was FIFA which mooted the idea of the country hosting the mega event. The world body felt that if India can host the mega event, it could go a long way in lifting the profile of the game in the second most populous country in the world.

In a visit to the country, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and then his secretary Jerome Valcke, have supported India hosting the event, provided it builds the required infrastructure and facilities.

Earlier in June, the government had given the go-ahead in in principle to India’s bid to host the mega event. The Prime Ministers Office had also cleared it.

While the expenses of hosting the event will be borne by FIFA and AIFF, the government has assured additional financial assistance.

“While the expenditure for upgradation of stadia (Rs 95 crore) will be provided as additional central assistance to the State Governments, a sum of Rs 25 crore is kept as a contingency to ensure smooth conduct of the tournament,” the Ministry had said in a statement.

“AIFF and FIFA have agreed to bear the entire expenditure of hosting the tournament. The amounts required are to be raised through sponsorships and other commercial agreements,” it had said.

Source : Press Trust of India

NISA crowned Champions of 8th Manipur State League

NISA, North Imphal Sporting Association, Football, Manipur State League, MSL, India, Football, SoccerThe North Imphal Sporting Association (NISA) clinched the title of 8th Manipur State League after defeating the defending title winners SSU Singjamei in penalty shoot out.

The match ended in a stalemate 1-1 after SSU managed to take the lead in the 18th minutes and NISA equalizing in the 27th minute through a penalty. In the ensuing penalty shoot out NISA emerged winners 6-4.

Winners NISA take home Khumukcham Joykisan Singh Trophy with a cash prize of Rs 2 lakhs and the runners up SSU received Rs 1 lakh and Kh Leonlee Devi Trophy.

Kh Satish, adjudged top scorer with 9 goals in the league wins the Martin Khumukcham Trophy and INR 20000 cash prize. Md. Imran Khan of SSU adjudged the player of the tournament gets Jemsun Khumukcham Trophy and INR 20000 cash prize.

Kerala Team and Fixtures for U-14 National Championship

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Midfielder Favad from Malappuram will lead Kerala’s charge at the U-14 National Championships. The championship will start on November 10th at Kalyani in West Bengal.

 

Kerala team for the championship is as follows :

Goal Keepers : Muhammed Shahad A (Kannur), Shahad Sachin A Suresh, T V Alkeshraj (Thrissur)

Defenders : Abdul Haseeb K P, Ajin Tom, Jidhu K Roby (all Kozhikode), Akshay K J (Kottayam), Josefin Jose (Thrissur), T. Nakul (Malappuram)

Midfielders : Muhammed Inayath (Kozhikode), Favad (Captain, Malappuram), Arjun V, Kent Joseph Masuda (All Ernakulam), Roshan V Gigi (Thrissur), Alex Saji (Wayanad)

Forwards : Rahul K P (Thrissur), Mohammed Ihsal (Malappuram), Muahmmed Nawas Khan (Kozhikode), S S Adarsh (Ernakulam), Rohit M (Kannur)

Kerala’s Cluster V Matches :

Kerala is grouped in Cluster V along with Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Sikkim.

Sports Education and Promotion Trust (SEPT) :

SEPT is a football trust based in Kozhikode who has been moulding young players for some years now. With 16 of the kids representing Kerala U-14 team coming from SEPT centers across the state, this Kerala team is also testimony of SEPT’s success in grooming young footballers. Here is an article about SEPT’s resounding success.

Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup to Kick Off Tomorrow

The 34th All India Governor’s Cup is all set to kick off in Sikkim from tomorrow. Sikkim Football Association has also devised lottery draws for mini season tickets that will be issued for the matches. Winners have four Bajaj Pulsar bikes up for grabs.

Check out the fixture of the  34th All India Governor’s Cup :

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Star Network to invest 20,000 Crore in India to boost sports coverage

Star TV, Star Sports, ESPN, India, Football, RebrandStar Network will rename and re-brand its channels in India from today. As part of re-branding, ESPN will cease to exist in India. ESPN channel will now be Star Sports 4 and ESPN HD will be Star Sports HD2.

On this occasion it was also revealed that Star Sports will invest over 20,000 crore to improve sports coverage in the nation.

“Star has made a commitment of more than Rs 20,000 crore into the sports business. The investment is being used to fuel expansion of sports coverage in the country and to build exciting new leagues, including the Indian Super League in football, the Hockey India League and the Indian Badminton League,” Star Network said in a statement. 

Siliguri to host the November friendlies

Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri, West Bengal, Football, FIFA, Friendly  Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri will host India’s friendlies scheduled for November.

India will play Philippines on November 15th and Nepal on November 19th. It was reported that these friendlies were scheduled to take place in Chennai. However unavailability of the stadium forced AIFF to move the matches to Siliguri.

National Squad for November Friendlies Announced

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Image Courtesy : Madhyamam.com

 

 

National Coach Wim Koevermans has announced the national squad of 21 Players for India’s two International Friendlies which are scheduled in November 2013. India first play Philippines on November 15 followed by Nepal on November 19.

 

The list is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar SC), Subhashish Roychowdhury (Dempo SC), Arindam Bhattacharya (Churchill Brothers).

DEFENDERS: Denzil Franco (Churchill Brothers), Nicolau Colaco (Salgaocar SC), Arnab Mondal (East Bengal), Aibhorlang Khongjee (Mohun Bagan), Raju Gaikwad (East Bengal), Gurjinder Kumar (Pune FC), Narayan Das (Dempo SC).

MIDFIELDERS: Mehtab Hossain (East Bengal), Lenny Rodrigues (Churchill Brothers), Lalrindika Ralte (East Bengal), Arata Izumi (Pune FC), Francis Fernandes (Salgaocar SC), Clifford Miranda (Dempo SC), CK Vineeth (United SC, Victorino (Sporting Clube de Goa).

FORWARDS: Dawson Fernandes (Sporting Clube de Goa), Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh (both Bengaluru FC).

STANDBYES: Shilton Paul, Rowilson Rodrigues, Gurwinder Singh, Shouvik Ghosh, Rocus Lamare, Malswamtulunga, Tsewang Karma, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Denson Devdas.

While C.K Vineeth marks a return to the squad, Anas Edathodika from Kerala failed to make the cut. Aiborlang Khonjee, Narayan Das and Victorino Fernandes earns their maiden call up for the national team.  Also interesting to note that IMG – Reliance contracted players – Sayed Rahim Nabi, Subrato Paul, Nirmal Chhetri and Gouramangi Singh has been omitted from the team.

Team List Courtesy : AIFF Media

Shillong Lajong partners with McDowell’s

Lajong_McdowellShillong Lajong today announced its association with McDowell’s No.1 Soda, the largest beverage alcohol franchise in the world as partners for the 2013-14 season. With this partnership Lajong becomes the first Football Club in the country to have 5 top-tier brand partnerships.

The Shillong based club already has telecom major Aircel as its principal sponsor along with Kingfisher and now McDowell’s as associate sponsors. adidas is the official kit sponsor of the club and Kyazoonga.com is the online ticketing partner of Shillong Lajong. This makes Lajong one of the hottest properties as far as Football in India and Sports in general is concerned.

Speaking on the occasion, Larsing M Sawyan, General Secretary, Shillong Lajong Football Club said, “We are proud to tie-up with McDowell’s No 1. The association will help catapult the Club in the big league. There is abundant football talent in the North East. Our dream is to identify budding footballers & leave an indelible mark on the Indian and international Football map.”

According to Alokesh Banerjee, Asst. Vice President-Marketing, United Spirits Limited, “McDowell’s has a long standing association with Football, as the principal sponsor of the McDowell Mohun Bagan club. Our partnership with Lajong FC is yet another step forward towards expanding the brand’s association with football. Lajong FC has emerged as a team of national stature and is one of the most professionally managed private clubs. With their focused & disciplined approach they would definitely create history in the forthcoming I-league season; we are proud to be associated with them & wish them all the very best for the competition.”

McDowell’s No.1 Platinum since its launch has been a very successful brand in the North East and now is proud to join hands with the Biggest Club in the North East.

Shillong Lajong has been one of the most professionally managed club in the country and have constantly embarked on ensuring commercial viability to back its on field success. The clubs home games in Shillong sees record turn-outs and their social media channels constantly engage their fans. They are the 3rd biggest Indian Football Club page on Facebook and have merchandise offerings for their fans.

Mohammedan Sporting break away from IPFCA

Mohammedan Sporting, IMG - Reliance, Football, Indian Super League, ISL, Football, India,Kolkata  club Mohammedan Sporting has decided to break away from Indian Professional football Clubs Association (IPFCA).

It is reported that after an emergency meeting at Kolkata, IPFCA decided show-cause Mohammedan Sporting. Mohammedan Sporting had earlier signed five IMG  – Reliance contracted players.

Irked with IPFCA decision, Mohammedan Sporting has decided to withdraw from IPFCA.“We have decided to withdraw from the IPFCA. We are for the betterment of Indian football, but IPFCA seems to have a different agenda,” Mohammedan Sporting president Sultan Ahmed told TOI.

It was also decided between the other clubs that they will only sign players from the disbanded youth set up Pailan Arrows.

Football Federation of Australia (FFA) to help AIFF Grassroots Programme

FFootball Federation of Australia, FFA, India, AIFF, GrasrootsAIFF signed an agreement under Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) with Football Federation of Australia (FFA) to support All India Football Federation’s Grassroots Programme.

The agreement includes financial, administrative and technical support (from FFA) in the form of capacity building within the State Associations currently involved in the Grassroots Programme, Grassroots Courses and Grassroots Festivals, among many such activities.

Read More : Football Federation of Australia signs agreement with AIFF

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