Nayeem unsure about Mumumi
TFA edge SBT to make quarter final league
Ferrero for Chennai meet
Oil India thrash IPCL 11-0
Get rid of nepotism, red tape: Chandra
Subhadip in main draw
Nandi stays coach
Assam score 150 for four
The hurt will never go: Kapil
Calcutta Races/ Imran Khan joins D. Daniel’s yard

 
 
NAYEEM UNSURE ABOUT MUMUMI 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Oct. 31: 
East Bengal coach Syed Nayeemuddin is not sure whether to field new Ghanaian recruit Siva Mumumi in their Durand Cup opener against Bangladesh’s Muktijoddha tomorrow. This is mainly because the tournament committee hasn’t clarified the rule regarding number of foreigners a team can field in the playing XI.

According to National Football League (NFL) rules, a team can register five foreigners and play four. However, JCT are insisting that in domestic tournaments only three foreigners can be in the playing XI. A clarification has been sought from the AIFF and a decision will be taken at the managers’ meeting tomorrow morning.

If only three foreigners are allowed, Nayeem will use central defender Jackson Egygpong, midfielders Isiaka and Suley Musah. Dipendu Biswas and Bijen Singh will then be the men upfront.

Otherwise, Nayeem is tempted to experiment with Mumumi. In that case either Dipendu or Bijen will start on the reserves’ bench.

Nayeem is very keen to try out Mumumi as he feels that a quality striker is needed for the National League. East Bengal do not intend playing the Rovers Cup, so this is the only tournament to check out Mumumi’s skills.

The East Bengal coach expects a battle of attrition against the highly-rated Muktijoddha in their opening group 2 quarter-final league match tomorrow. Obviously, he doesn’t want to experiment with the defence or midfield. “I haven’t seen Muktijoddha this season but I know they are among the best in Bangladesh.”

Nayeem is spot on in his assessment of the Bangladeshi team which is playing its first tournament in the capital. Muktijodha have six internationals in their ranks — Aminul Haque, Rajani Kanta Burman, Raju, Mani, Mintu and Hassan Al-Mamun. They also have an Uzbek international in striker Nazarov.

Muktijodha are currently placed second in the national league — just a point behind Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting, but with a game in hand.

Except for the frontline, Nayeem has more or less made up his mind on the starting line-up. Sangram Mukherjee should be undder the bar, while the back-four will consist of the highly-rated Sur Kumar Singh, Deepak Mondal, Jackson and Ratan Singh.

The midfield quartet will comprise Carlton Chapman, Isiaka, Musah and Chandan Das.

Preceding East Bengal and Muktijoddha will be the Zee-Churchill Brothers versus JCT clash in the same group.

Churchill are also awaiting the decision on the foreign players before finalising their XI. Coach Shivadass wants to try out young Brazilians Andre and Edison, without dropping his three experienced foreigners — Stephen Abarowei, goalkeeper Edward Ansah and defender Osamanu Husseini.

Mahindra United, the Mumbai league champions, arrived today. Coach Shabbir Ali is worried about the fitness of international striker Najeeb who has an ankle strain.

Mohun Bagan, the only side yet to reach the capital, are expected here tomorrow.

Millennium Cup camp

Meanwhile, national coach Sukhwinder Singh said that the national camp for the Millennium Cup will be held in the last week of December as the National League will be suspended for over a month from December 20.

Sukhwinder is likely to include Sur Kumar Singh among the Millennium Cup probables.

The East Bengal defender impressed Sukhwinder greatly during the IFA Shield in Calcutta.

The national players will be allowed a week’s rest and then about 25 will be chosen for the final camp.    


 
 
TFA EDGE SBT TO MAKE QUARTER FINAL LEAGUE 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Oct. 31: 
TFA 2
SBT 1

Tata Football Academy (TFA) edged out State Bank of Travancore (SBT) 2-1 to qualify for the quarter final league phase of the Allwyn Durand Cup.

TFA thus made it to group I where they will have to battle with 15-time champions Mohun Bagan, holders Salgaocar and 1998 champions Mahindra United.

Playing with greater fluency, TFA used a flexible 4-4-2 system to trouble SBT’s back-four, often forcing them into errors. The nippy Malswamthunga and Syed Rahim Nabi constantly harassed the Jiju Jacob.

Skillful playmaker Subash Chakraborty also excelled, with shrewd movements into space and clever passes, till he limped off the field with blisters on his feet.

The TFA defenders were also more compact today as they neutralised the thrust of SBT’s attack, particularly V.P. Shaji and T. Ashif Saheer.

TFA forged ahead inthe 27th minute, following a crisp combined move on the right flank. Malswamthunga darting through on the right, squared to Subash who moved into an attacking position and side-footed the ball into the net, off ex-international goalkeeper M. Rajeev Kumar’s hands.

Stung by the goal, SBT raided the TFA goal. In the 35th minute, Asif Saheer tore down the right, evaded left-back Dipayan Mazumdar and sent a low cross which a lurking Shaji placed in from close.

Back on level terms, SBT launched several more attacks before half-time only to be foiled by goalkeeper V. Satish Kumar.

The second half was fast-paced, with end-to-end action. Sheer persistence enabled TFA score the matchwinner in the 79th minute.

After a bout of short-passing on the left flank, Nabi switched play with an accurate diagonal pass.

An unmarked Malswamthunga burst through to place the ball past Rajeev Kumar.

The remaining 11 minutes were quite exhilarating. Following a corner, Jiju’s powerful header was acrobatically tipped over by Satish Kumar.

Following a quick counter-attack, TFA medio Avinash Thapa tried a crisp long-ranger which hit the crosspiece and went over.    


 
 
FERRERO FOR CHENNAI MEET 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 31: 
Juan Carlos Ferrero, the latest Spaniard to set the ATP Tour afire, will make his maiden trip to Chennai for the Gold Flake Open beginning January 1, 2001.

The 20-year-old from Villena, who jumped from world No. 345 to 43 last year, has had a good 2000 too. A semi-finalist at the French Open and pre-quarter finalist at US Open, Ferrero also made the finals in Dubai and Barcelona. Among his ‘big’ victims this year have been Mark Philippoussis, Alex Corretja, Carlos Moya, Patrick Rafter and Marcelo Rios.

The six-footer, who turned pro in 1998 and made a mark straightaway — improving from 671 to 345 — won his first career title beating Corretja in Mallorca last year.

Currently lodged 11th in the ATP Champions’ Race, Ferrero has already earned over $ 600,000 in prize-money this year.

Nicknamed ‘Mosquito’, Ferrero’s game has a certain passion which prompted John McEnroe to comment that he will emerge as the best player ever from Spain.    


 
 
OIL INDIA THRASH IPCL 11-0 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 31: 
Oil India drubbed IPCL 11-0 at Kishore Bharati Sadium, while BPCL beat EIL 3-0 at the Rabindra Sarovar stadium in the Petroleum Sports Control Board soccer tournament today. The other matches — between BRBL and AOD, and IBP and CPCL ended goalless.

IFA women’s teams

The Indian Football Association will send two teams to play an invitational football tournament for women in Cooch Behar. The teams are bracketed as Secretary’s XI and President’s XI. The tournament starts from November 6.    

 
 
GET RID OF NEPOTISM, RED TAPE: CHANDRA 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 31: 
Table tennis has a bleak future unless it breaks away from its shackles in the form of nepotism in selection and government red-tapism affecting administration, feels former national champion Venugopal Chandrasekar. “Table tennis needs to get a professional look and that means only the best will be allowed to represent the country. Such a scenario can only come if government control in these key areas is lifted,” he told The Telegraph.

Always a non-compromising and candid character, whose career came to an abrupt halt through some careless medical treatment — a national issue 16 years ago — the three-time national champion (from 1979-1981) said big companies should come out to help the game get a professional platform. “That is much needed now”.

“Look at the game of cricket or the chess. Multi-national giants are backing these games to the hilt. In South Korea, each game is under the control of at least one multinational giant.

“We have no dearth of talent. And I’m quite hopeful, once the game becomes an industry a la cricket, we will start rubbing shoulders with top guns in international events”, Chandrasekar, now running an academy in Channai, said.

Besides decentralisation of table tennis, he also laid stress on making the selection procedures transparent. According to him, selectors must be answerable to the governing body about the basis of their selection process.

He described as “aimless” the move to appoint foreign coaches to train the players. “Players often don’t listen to coaches and if the latter recommends something, their views end up gathering dust in government offices”, he opined. “So what’s the point of creating such a farce in the name of hiring coaches from other countries?” he said.

The former national champion observed that players are getting enough international exposures, but hastened to draw a line between overseas training and its actual realisation in international events.

“In fact, in the men’s section, we have been maintaining a standard of performance. However, on the women’s front consistency is quite elusive,” Chandrasekar maintained. He conceded that the onus should also be put on the players as well since there is a growing tendency among them to perform up to a certain level in order to secure job and then let their motivation slip in bigger arena.

Chandrasekar is here to oversee his academy trainees at the National Ranking table tennis championships (East), 2000.

At least seven trainees from his academy (which has 70 trainees overall) are taking part in the meet. He pinned his hopes on the likes of M. Aparna, S. Sangeetha and J. Swarna as the future of the game.    


 
 
SUBHADIP IN MAIN DRAW 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 31: 
Subhadip Das today beat Souvik Roy en route to qualifying for the main draw in men’s singles along with seven others in the National Ranking table tennis championships (East) 2000 at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today. Four players each from girls’ and sub-junior girls’ singles also booked berths in the main draw.

In the girls’ singles, Ahana Pal, who won the cadet girls’ singles title in the recently-held state table tennis meet in Haldia, however, lost to Soma Kundu.

The following are the qualifiers: Men’s singles: Birupaksha Saha, Subhajit Saha, Snehashis Bhattacharjee, Subhadip Das, Soumik De Sarkar (all from Bengal), Rahul Das (Bih), Umesh Goswami (MP), Aditya Mablankar (Mah).

Girls’ singles: Soma Kundu (Bengal), B. Jalaja, K. Hemapriya, N. Aishwariya (all from TN).
Sub-junior girls’ singles: Soumi Mondal, Arjama Ghosh, Sabana Parvin,Sweta Modak (all from Bengal).

Samrat to lead shuttlers

A nine-member state badminton squad leaves city tomorrow to take part in the mini-and sub-junior nationals in Mandya, Karnataka, starting November 4. Samrat Adhikari will lead the team while Anshuman Bose is coach-cum-manager.

THE TEAM: Samrat Adhikari, Jaishnu Sanyal, Sandipan Banerjee, Gourav Das, Arijit Roy, Aditi Das, Payel Banerjee, Mukta Bindu Basu.

Bodybuilding meet

Ten body builders will represent Bengal in the Federation Cup to be held in Varanasi from November 3-5. Mr Universe Manohar Aich has been invited to the meet for a muscle posing exhibition.    

 
 
NANDI STAYS COACH 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 31: 
The CAB today decided to retain Palash Nandi as coach of Bengal’s Ranji Trophy squad.

This was announced by CAB joint secretary Debdas Banerjee after an evening meeting.

Nandi said: “The team is in good shape and we are hopeful of producing a better result in the current season.” He resumes charge tomorrow.    


 
 
ASSAM SCORE 150 FOR FOUR 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Jorhat, Oct. 31: 
Assam piled up 150 for four on the opening day of their three-day under-14 BCCI-conducted East Zone cricket tournament against Tripura at the Gymkhana Ground today.

Electing to bat, Arijit Sengupta (57), Pervez Aziz (38) and Sarupam Purkaystha (25) helped the hosts reach the score at stumps.    


 
 
THE HURT WILL NEVER GO: KAPIL 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Oct. 31: 
It’s been over six weeks since Kapil Dev quit as national coach, but time doesn’t appear to have served as the proverbial best healer.

Today, he is even more bitter.

The morning after being cleared of involvement in match-fixing, one expected Kapil to at least say he stood vindicated.

That a load was, finally, off his chest — even though the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has made no formal announcement.

Instead, a somewhat laconic Kapil told The Telegraph:Kapde phaad ke, phir kurta pehna dena... Do you expect me to be happy? Main aap ko kya kahun?

Speaking from his New Delhi office, Kapil added: “So what if I’ve been cleared? All along, after all, I’d been insisting pay no heed to the allegation (by Manoj Prabhakar). No matter what now, will those 100-200 days I lost to pain and anguish ever return?

Woh din kya kabhi wapas aayege? Will the hurt ever go away? Will my family be able to forget the trauma? The answer is a consistent ‘no’. So today, why should I even say I stand vindicated?”

But, surely, he must at least be pleased with the supreme irony of it all — that Prabhakar, who was credited with giving the investigators a lead, has himself been nailed by the CBI...

“I wasn’t bothered about him when he made that allegation (of the Rs 25-lakh inducement offer, back in 1994). I’m even less concerned now. Frankly, I’m least bothered about anything, least concerned about those who reportedly figure in the (CBI) report,” Kapil replied.

Getting emotional, he added: “Now, I’m in the process of moving on in life... Business dekh rahan hoon... My decision to sever ties with cricket is final and please don’t ask questions either about the game or players or the merits of a coach from overseas... Mujhe aap chod deejiye.

In his September 12 resignation, faxed to Board president A.C. Muthiah, Kapil had mentioned the following: “I’m carrying a great deal of bitterness and hurt within me... The game that gave me everything has now taken its pound of flesh from me.

“I now go without looking back and will be happy if the Board would not associate me in any way with its future plans...”

Kapil meant what he wrote.

Of course these are early days yet, but Kapil’s association with the Millennium Cup soccer, billed for next January, indicates he probably is serious about switching to other sport.

“Well, cricket isn’t the only game in India. Let’s see... In any case, roti ki fiqr to karna hi hai... My involvement (with the Millennium Cup), though, is still being worked out,” he remarked.

Just this once, Kapil’s tone was sans the searing bitterness.    


 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ IMRAN KHAN JOINS D. DANIEL’S YARD 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Oct. 31: 
Trainer Daniel David, who has recently acquired MAM Ramaswamy’s big string of horses, will also be utilising the services of the trusted MAM-jockey Imran Khan — based in South India. The jockey has been giving fast work to the racing baron’s lot since last week. However, impressive in today’s work outs were horses from other stables . Make a note of Charlene, On The Bit, Aileron, Mameena, Bird’s Empire and Ispahan.

Outer sand track

1,200m: Charlene (M. Reuben) and Kaizen (Rabani) in 1-27s; (400m) 31s. Former 4 ls better. Soviet Port (Rabani) and Super Smile (Islam) in 1-28s; (400m) 29 2/5s. Former 3 ls better. Aileron (Rabani) and Atomist (C. Alford) in 1-27 2/5s; (400m) 28s. Former half-a-length better. Alternator (C. Alford) and Classic Pursuit (Rabani) in 1-26 2/5s; (400m) 28s. Former 2 ls better.
1,000m: Adeline (C. Alford) and Alembic (Rb) in 1-12s; (400m) 27 3/5s. Former a length better.
800m: Freedom Dancer (Amil) and Treasurer (C. Alford) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Former neck better. Falconhead (Amil) and Fame Star (C. Alford) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Both level. Sixteen Sixtyfour (Amil) and Annella (C. Alford) 54s; (400m) 27s. Both level. Master Bold (Rb) and Serenader (Rb) in 1-2s; (400m) 32s. Former a length better. Kargil Soldier (Trainer) and Aznavour (Connorton) in 55s; (400m) 28s.Both level. 2-y-o track no. 30 (C. Alford) and Persuasion (Islam) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Both level. On The Bit (Connorton) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Fit. Ispahan (Rutherford) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Fit.
600m: Ace Of Spades (Som S.) and Lovely Prospect (Imran K.) in 42s; (400m) 28s. Former 2 ls better. Consul’s Secret (Rb) in 40s; (400m) 25s. Moved well.

Sand track

1,000m: 2-y-o track no. 45 (K. Kumar), 2-y-o track no. 48 (Rb) and 2-y-o track no. 52 (Rb) in 1-16s; (400m) 28 2/5s. They finished in the order named, each being separated by a neck.
800m: Added Asset (Som S.) and Stately Don (Brij) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Former 4 ls better. Natural Mover (Imran K.) and Ballet Master (Som S.) in 52s; (400m) 24 2/5s. Former a length better. Highland Flame (Brij) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Note. Eau Savage (Shanker) in 54s; (400m) 26s. The Stud (Connorton) and Swash Buckler (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Both level. Mameena (Rutherford) in 50s; (400m) 24s. Impressed. Regal Parade (Brij) and Soldier’s Dream (Upadhya) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Former 4 ls better. Airs Image (Som S.) and Santillana (Imran K.) in 53s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Both level. Jayaashva (Amjad) in 51s; (400m) 24 2/5s. Moved well. Bird’s Empire (Imran K.) and Noble Canonire (Upadhya) in 50s; (400m) 24 2/5s. Former was far superior. Aragrove (Upadhya) and Beau Bruno (Imran K.) 53s; (400m) 24 1/5s. Both level. Mountain Memory (Tamang) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Fibonacci (Rb) in 1-0s; (400m) 28 2/5s.    
 

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