Last-gasp goal gets Bagan a draw
AIFF to request CAB
Big wins for DPCL, Oil India
East name squad
Arup, Shibaji knocked out
Thakur finds berth
Bengal draw
Paes in last 8
The value of honesty is paramount: John Wright
Calcutta Races/ RCTC starts fresh innings today with improved fields

New Delhi, Nov. 2: 
Lively in attack but fragile in defence, Mohun Bagan got a fortuitous equaliser in injury time to hold Mahindra United 2-2 in their opening quarter-final league tie in the Allwyn Durand Cup football tournament today.

Trailing 0-2, Mohun Bagan, as has been the trend this season, once more relied on Brazilian magic to equalise. Joao Dos Santos, on a quick turn, scored the reducer in the 58th minute. In the closing seconds, Jose Ramirez Barreto’s delectable through found substitute R.C. Prakash who placed past goalkeeper Virender Singh.

In another group 1 match, holders Salgaocar huffed and puffed to overcome Tata Football Academy (TFA) 1-0. Striker Climax Lawrence scored in the 62nd minute. The win put Salgaocar on top of the group with three points from one match. Mohun Bagan and Mahindra United have a point each.

Mohun Bagan’s clash with Salgaocar on Saturday will be crucial. In this game, Mohun Bagan will be without defenders M. Suresh, who was shown the red card today, and an injured Debjit Ghosh. Coach Subrata Bhattacharya said Brazilian recruit Amouri, who is expected to join the squad tomorrow, will play in defence Saturday.

Mohun Bagan’s defence collapsed twice to allow Mahindra United to score. In the seventh minute, Lolendra Singh mis-kicked and the ball went to Shamsi Reza who flicked to an unmarked Manjit Singh. Manjit dribbled past Dulal Biswas and shot over an advancing goalkeeper Bivash Ghosh. The second blunder came in the 51st minute. Striker Abbas Ali Rizvi sent a fine diagonal from the left. Suresh was slow to react as Manjit pounced on the rebound from the defender’s chest and shot goalwards. Goalkeeper Bibhash parried the first attempt but Manjit showed good anticipation and made no mistake with the second attempt.

With Basudeb Mondal and R.P. Singh excelling in midfield, Mohun Bagan dominated the first half. Barreto’s snap right-footer from 25 yards out was parried by India ’keeper Virender. The reducer came off a combined move, involving James and R.P. Singh. The latter flicked to Santos who wrongfooted his marker and sent a low shot to the left off the hapless Virender.

The Mumbai league champions suffered a blow in the 70th minute when dependable left-back Bernard had to be carried off with a knee injury after an awkward trip by Basudeb.

In the 84th minute, Suresh elbowed Abbas Ali Rizvi near the touch-line and was shown the red card. Subrata admitted that Suresh got carried away and the referee’s verdict was correct.

Barreto, who had a quiet second half, latched onto Lolendra’s pass and sent in a diagonal through to Prakash who was darting in from the right. Prakash kept his cool and scored the equaliser with a clever shot.


MAHINDRA UNITED: Virender Singh; Anthony Pereira (Ramesh Razak, 53), Christopher Kem, Tapan Ghosh, Bernard Operanozie (Naushad Moosa, 70), S. Venkatesh, Shamsi Reza, Habib Adekunle, Aqueel Ansari, Abbas Ali Rizvi, Manjit Singh.
MOHUN BAGAN: Bibhash Ghosh; Dulal Biswas, Hussain Mustafi, M. Suresh, Lolendro Singh, Basudeb Mondal (Amar Ganguly, 77), R.P. Singh, Debjit Ghosh (James Singh, 45), Naushad Pari (R.C. Prakash, 25), Jose Ramirez Barreto, Joao Dos Santos. Referee: B.K.Singh

TFA stretch Salgaocar

Playing with zest and vigour, TFA stretched Salgaocar with some attractive moves but lack of ideas led to limited goal-bearing moves. The matchwinner was a scrambled affair. Cabral’s diagonal from the right was flicked goalwards by Climax. TFA’s stopper Habibur Rehman cleared the ball after it had crossed the line. The TFA players protested and there was a seven-minute hold-up as the crowd started pelting stones.


SALGAOCAR: Juje Siddi; Augustine Rodrigues, Franky Baretto, Covam Lawrence, Jos Esteves, Denis Cabral, Gbenga Lawal, Jules Alberto, Dharamjit Singh (Bruno Coutinho,63), Climax Lawrence (Alex Ambrose, 83).
TFA: V. Satish Kumar; Amjad Ali, Prashant Jaggi, Habibur Rehman, Dipayan Mazumdar, Subhash Chakraborty, Avinash Thapa, Bhuvan Chand Joshi, Akbar Singh, Malsungthunga, Syed Rahim Nabi.
Referee: Walter Pereirra.

EB may drop Mumumi

Realising the importance of tomorrow’s match against Zee Churchill Brothers, East Bengal are thinking of replacing Siva Mumumi with experienced midfielder Isiaka. Coach Syed Nayeemuddin feels Mumumi needs more match practice but may use Isiaka tomorrow as the third foreigner. Since East Bengal have got a directive from the United Breweries that they have to take part in the Rovers Cup, they will get more matches to try out Mumumi. Chandan Das is now fully fit and will start tomorrow.

FRIDAY’S MATCHES: Muktijoddha vs JCT; East Bengal vs Zee Churchill Brothers.    

New Delhi, Nov 2 : 
The AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi today said he will request the CAB to permit National Football League matches at Eden Gardens till December 20. He is also expected to have a meeting with Subhash Chakraborty, the West Bengal sports minister, in this regard.

The Salt Lake Stadium will be unavailable due to the Millennium Cup in January. Mohun Bagan yesterday demanded that Eden Gardens be used as venue for the Calcutta teams’ home matches. The League begins November 29.

In case the Eden arrangement does not work out, Mohun Bagan have opted for New Delhi as the venue of their home matches while East Bengal have chosen Siliguri. JCT, too, have problems with their home venue as the National Games are slated in Ludhiana and Jalandhar in February 2001. Their home matches may also be shifted to Delhi.

K.N. Mour, the AIFF secretary, did not attend today’s NFL committee meeting. With the AIFF elections round the corner and this a good opportunity to canvas, Mour’s absence is being interpreted by many as a sign of lack of confidence. Mour, incidentally, is opposing the Das Munshi camp.    

Calcutta, Nov. 2: 
DPCL imposed a 4-0 on EILO in the PSCB inter-unit football tournament at Kishore Bharati stadium today.

In another match, Oil India trounced IPCL 4-1 at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium. P. Gogoi struck a brace and P. Hazarika and N. Chakmai scored one each for Oil India. D. Hankip scored the lone goal for IPCL.

Baidya in squad

Bengal’s Arup Biadya finds berth in a six-member Indian squad for the Hungarian international meet and Toulouse Open championship to be held in Budapest and Toulouse from November 2 to 5 and 9 to 12, respectively.

According to information received from the secretary of the Badminton Association of India, L.C. Gupta, the Indian squad also includes Himansu Thakkar, Akshay Thakkar, V. Diju, Sanave Thomas and A. Prithvi.    

Calcutta, Nov. 2: 
A 53-member East Zone squad for the 12th inter-zonal athletics meet, to be held in Hissar, Haryana from December 2 to 4, was named today, an Amateur Athletic Association, West Bengal press release said.

About 1200 athletes are expected to participate in the meet, which will be conducted in the four age-groups of under-20, under-18, under-16 and under-14 years.


Jogeswar Hembram, Tilak Mondal, Basanta Barman, Bablu Ghosh, Pranab Sarkar, Nurul Amin Sardar, Asesh Mallick, Bapi Mondal, Sarathi Barman, Soumen Jana, Abdul R. Mollah, Soumen Mondal, Mithun Majumdar, Subrata Das, Bachhu Durlav, Pradip Das, Rakhi Saha, Sumana Mondal, Sutapa Das, Shila Khan, Nandita Das, Lucy Deshmukh, Shampa Bera, Kalpana Das, Shatabdi Roy, Archana Mondal, Tina Chatterjee, Y. Brojeshwari Devi, Anju Kumari Sharma, Shibani Saha, Nabanita Ghosh, Kumkum Das, Sujata Samanta, Tucy Deshmukh, Pushmita Das, Pampa Mahapatra, Iti Bal, Debashri Roy, Nasima Khatun, Ranjita Roy, Shampa Gorai, Esmatara Khatun, Sukla Santra, Rupsikha Das, Tuly Deshmukh, Sahanara Khatun, Anjali Shee, Runa Rahaman, Chabi Ghosh, Sikha Patra, Namita Haldar, Biranjana Thakur, Sabina Khatun.    

Calcutta, Nov. 2: 
The two top seeds in men’s singles, Arup Basak and Shibaji Dutta, were stunned in the quarter finals of the National Ranking table tennis championships (East) 2000 on another day of upsets at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra.

Unheralded Anirban Nandy created the biggest flutter thus far in the meet when he sent Basak packing 21-14, 21-9, 17-21, 21-15.

“I’ll cherish this performance for long. This is the second time I beat Arupda,” said the 17-year old Anirban from Howrah, who has started playing at the senior level this year only. “I didn’t have any specific gameplan in this match. I knew I was up against a formidable opponent and started the match wanting to give off my best,” Anirban observed.

Arup looked tired and off-colour most of the time, allowing his opponent call the shots in the first two games. The former national champion bounced back in the third game, using his experience and fine sense of positioning. But in the fourth game, he was exhausted and was found wanting as his younger opponent played an attacking game.

Ranabir Das once again served notice of his potential by prevailing 21-19, 21-17, 19-21, 21-14 over Shibaji. “I committed lesser number of unforced errors and my passing shots were mostly accurate at crucial junctures,” was how Ranabir analysed his upset victory

In the semi-finals, Anirban will play Arjun Dutta — a 20-22, 21-19, 21-14, 23-21 victor over sixth seed Subham Chowdhury — while Ranabir takes on Sourav Chakraborty who edged out Subhajit Saha in a five-game thriller.

In sharp contrast to their male counterparts, women seeds played to potential and turned the semi-final clashes to a Bengal versus Tamil Nadu affair

Olympian Poulami Ghatak — who advanced after Mantu Ghosh conceded the quarter final because of a stomach problem while leading by a game — will face N.R. Indu. The second semi-final will pit top seed Mouma Das against M.S. Mythili.

Earlier, Sourav Chakraborty clinched the boys’ singles title defeating Aditya Mahagaonkar of Maharashtra 21-11, 21-12, 21-13. The girls’ crown was bagged by Nandita Saha who overcame Susmita Roy 13-21, 21-16, 21-16, 21-15.

In the cadet boys’ final, local boy Sourav Ghosh got the better of statemate Kankojit Mondal 22-20, 24-26, 21-8. Sukanya Bose outplayed Nabanita Bose 16-21, 21-17, 21-12 to lift the cadet girls’ trophy.


Boys’ final: Sourav Chakraborty (Ben) bt Aditya Mahagaonkar (Mah) 21-11, 21-12, 21-13.
Cadet boys’ final: Sourav Ghosh (Ben) bt Kankojit Mondal (Ben) 22-20, 24-26, 20-8
Girls’ final: Nandita Saha (Ben) bt Susmita Roy (Ben) 13-21, 21-16, 21-16, 21-15.
Cadet girls’ final: Sukanya Bose (Ben) bt Nabanita Bose (Ben) 16-21, 21-17, 21-12.
Men’s quarter finals: Anirban Nandy (Ben) bt Arup Basak (Ben) 21-14, 21-9, 17-21, 21-15; Arjun Dutta (Ben) bt Subham Chowdhury (Ben) 20-22, 21-19, 21-14, 23-21; Sourav Chakraborty (Ben) bt Subhajit Saha (Ben) 16-21, 21-4, 21-16, 17-21, 21-16; Ranabir Das (Ben) bt Sibaji Dutta (Ben) 21-19, 21-17, 19-21, 21-14.
Women’s quarter finals: Mouma Das (Ben) bt Nandita Saha (Ben) 21-16, 21-15, 21-15; M.S. Mythili (TN) bt Anindita Chakraborty (Ben) 9-21, 21-19, 21-14, 22-20; N.R. Indu (TN) bt Kasturi Chakraborty (Ben) 13-21, 21-18, 21-13, 18-21, 21-11; Poulami Ghatak (Ben) bt Mantu Ghosh 13-21 (conceded).    

Calcutta, Nov. 2: 
Bengal’s Santosh Thakur left station today to take part in the world boxing championships to be held in Budapest from November 5 to 12.

The other members of the Indian team are Shekhar Ashok, Sombahadur Pun, Verghese Johnson (all Services), Dalbir Singh, Pravin Kumar (CISF) and V. Harikishan (Andhra Pradesh).

At the last world meet in Argentina, India were represented by Bengal’s Ali Qamar and Services’ Bhagyarajan.

Thakur won the national sub-junior title four consecutive times and has undergone a coaching stint in Germany. He also won a gold in a meet there.

East India meet

Calcutta has taken over the responsibility of the East India Open men’s and women’s boxing championships from Shillong, and the meet will now be held at the South Calcutta Physical Culture Association ring in mid-December. Shillong failed to host the meet because of political tension.

Organising committee president Asit Banerjee said today this will be the first time that women pugilists will take part in any national-level meet in this country. “This meet will gain importance as it will be the preparatory meet for the nationals to be held in February in Chennai,” he said.

The East India meet is expected to draw 125 male and about 40 female boxers. City mayor Subrata Mukherjee is the chairman of the organising committe, while sports minister Subhas Chakraborty is patron-in-chief.

The meet will have a budget of around Rs 7 lakh and this could be the only problem spot with the sponsorship scenario being pretty gloomy. The Bengal team for the meet will be anounced late November.    

Calcutta, Nov. 2: 
Bengal drew their under-14 meet match with Orissa in Cuttack. According to information received here, Orissa managed 205 in reply to Bengal’s first-innings total of 362 for nine declared. Sheik Pearuddin took five for 46.

In Jorhat, Assam bowled out Tripura for 51 and 19 in their two innings for an innings-and-193-run win, adds Our Correspondent. Swarupam Purkayastha took three for none in the second innings.    

Calcutta, Nov. 2: 
Leander Paes is in a singles quarter final after ages. The Indian beat Julian Alonso (Spain) 6-4, 7-5 and Michael Llodra (France) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 at the $100,000 Charleroi Challenger in Belgium. According to information received here, Paes and South African partner Chris Haggard beat Germans Karsten Braasch and Michael Kohlmann 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to make the quarters of doubles.

In Stuttgart, Mahesh Bhupathi and Kevin Ullyett fell 4-6, 3-6 to fifth seeds David Rikl and Jiri Novak in the second round of the Masters Series meet. The Indo-Zimabwean pair had beaten Germans Rainer Schuttler and Jens Knippschild 6-4, 7-6 earlier.    

Mumbai, Nov. 2: 
As early as August 29, The Telegraph reported that John Wright looked set to pass the Board’s coach-specific muster. Today, in a welcome break from tradition, the Board appointed Wright as the first overseas coach, for one year.

Wright, a former New Zealand captain and Kent’s coach for the past four (not three) years, will arrive around November 14-15 to take charge, ahead of the home series versus Zimbabwe. One understands he will be paid around $ 10,000 every month — by no means an exorbitant sum.

In Canterbury (Kent’s HQ) at the moment, Wright spoke exclusively minutes after the Board announced his appointment.

Following are excerpts

On getting one of the most high-profile jobs on the circuit

I think two words will sum up my feelings most accurately: Delighted and honoured. Indeed, it’s an absolute honour to coach India, where cricket is followed so passionately. Having played in India, I’ve seen that first-hand. Then, obviously, I’m delighted.

On having ‘beaten’ Greg Chappell (and Geoff Marsh)

Well, Greg has been a far greater player than I was... It’s just one of those things... I know just how committed I am... Frankly, it wouldn’t be proper for me to say anything else.

On how he intends going about the job

I would first like to have a couple of sessions with the people who matter... Captain Sourav (Ganguly) and the rest... I do feel I’ve got to catch up with a lot of (India-specific) things... Of course, I’ve seen many of the established players at close quarters, during India’s tour of New Zealand two years ago and this summer in England... I intend to listen, look around and plan carefully. While I obviously will have my ideas, I’ll be open to them, too.

On his top priority

To know and understand the players and for the players to understand and know me. The players must know what I expect by way of values, discipline and standards. Clearly, I’ve myself got to understand the team as a collective unit and each player individually.

On being India’s first coach from overseas

(Laughs) I suppose there will be a healthy debate on the foreigner bit, but the bottomline is all about respect. For instance Steve Rixon, an Australian, wasn’t short on respect in New Zealand... Currently, of course, there’s this big (soccer) debate in England... I know coaching India is a huge challenge but I’m confident about gaining everyone’s respect. That will make my task easier.

On whether the match-fixing scandal, in India, disturbed him

I would like to look forward, so the answer is ‘no’. In any case, in a team environment, the value of honesty is paramount.

On a coach’s role

Without complicating things, getting batsmen to score more runs and encouraging the bowlers to take more wickets. And, yes, for the fielders to put down fewer catches. Basically, every player must improve. That, in a nutshell, is a coach’s brief.

On the coach he admires

Bobby Simpson. As a player on the other side of the fence, I’ve personally seen the difference he made to the Australian team. So, if there’s any one coach I look up to, it’s Simpson.

Finally, on his stint with the corporate sector after quitting in 1992-93

Taught me quite a few things... Gave me a fresh perspective to challenges...    

Calcutta, Nov 2: 
The Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) starts its fresh innings tomorrow after a poor monsoon season. Over 300 horses, including two-year-olds, will make the 27-Day season. Trainers Darius Byramji’s 15 horses and 10 of U. Moses — former deputy to trainer B. K. Arshad — may, however, add to the number in the coming weeks.

Fields are expected to be good following assured RCTC incentive of Rs 1,000 per horse per run for the entire field — and not six as briefly reported in these columns yesterday — provided the fields have at least six runners. The freight incentive is only meant for the visiting horses expected to be stationed in the city for the entire winter season.

However, the new incentives having been announced after the ‘acceptances’ stage, the opening day’s card does not reflect the expected depth. Fields are bound to improve by the third meet. Nevertheless, trainers Singh-brothers — Vijay and Bharath — and jockey Cristopher Alford are going to be major players on the day with Daniel David and his jockey A. Imran Khan monitoring the situation closely.

Bangalore races put off: Owning to paucity of entries, the opening day fixture of the Bangalore races on Saturday has been cancelled. The season will now start from Sunday. In view of the cancellation of Bangalore races on Saturday, RCTC has decided to conduct inter-venue betting on Hyderabad races in Calcutta on Saturday.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 1.15 pm
Sea Spray Handicap 1,200m (Cl V—Rated 0-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 1431 Airs Image [Daniel] G. Upadhya 60.0 2
2 - - 32 Santillana [Daniel] A. Imran K. 60.0 3
3 1030 Double Dancer [Javed] M. Reuben 59.0 4
4 ---- Annalee [Vijay] A. P. Singh 56.0 1
5 - 144 Alocina [Bharath] S. Rabani 54.0 5
1. Annalee (4) 2. Santillana (2) 3. AirsImage (1)

Annalee: If she gets into the stall, she gets into the winners’ enclosure. Has beaten Almond Rock last winter. Santillana: Ignore her monsoon form. Capable of doing much better. Airs Image: May hope for place money only.

2nd Race at 1.55 pm

Beauregard Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50)
1 - - - 3 Ace Of Spades [Daniel] A. Imran K. 60.0 7
2 2213 Bul Bul [P. Locke] D. Locke 59.5 3
3 ---- Come True [Daniel] R. Gowli 59.0 4
4 0040 Kargil Soldier [J. Stephens] N. Connorton 56.5 5
5 - 311 Lockers Park [Bharath] S. Rabani 54.0 2
6 2230 Artifact [Vijay] Md Amil 53.5 1
7 ---- Blessed Spirit[Daniel] Brij Shaw 52.0 6
1. Lockers Park (5) 2. Ace of Spades (1) 3. Artifact (6)

Lockers Park: On the up and maintains his monsoon form. May continue with his winning ways. Ace Of Spades: Runs with a good chance. Artifact: May place.

3rd Race at 2.25 pm

Midnight Cowboy Cup 1,200m (Cl I, Rt. 88 over) — Indian jockeys only
1 ---- Freedom Dancer [Vijay] Surender S. 62.0 4
2 - 242 Treasurer [Vijay] C. Alford 56.5 1
3 - - 04 Falconhead [Vijay] Md Amil 53.5 2
4 3000 No Surrender [Javed] M. Reuben 51.0 3
1. Treasurer (2) 2. Falcon Head (3) 3. No Surrender (4)

Treasurer: The best performed horse in the field — monsoon season. Falconhead: Likes to surprise rivals with his late run. No Surrender: May place.

4th Race at 2.55 pm

Cally Handicap 1,100m (Cl V—Rt. 18 & below) — Indian jockeys only
1 3421 Armila [P. Locke] D. Locke 60.0 6
2 - -43 Adeline [Daniel] C. Alford 56.5 7
3 0022 Bird’s Empire [Daniel] A. Imran K. 56.0 5
4 - - - 0 Slice Of Life [Bharath] M. Reuben 55.0 3
5 0200 Atacada [Bharath] S. Rabani 52.0 4
6 4444 Fibonacci [J. Stephens] Rutherford A. 50.5 1
7 - 003 Private Lives [Bharath] Md Islam 50.0 2
1. Adeline (2) 2. Bird’s Empire (3) 3. Private Lives (7)

Adeline: Improving with each run. In all fairness, she may beat this lot. Bird’s Empire: May have to beat the hot-favourite stablemate.Private Lives: May place.

5th Race at 3.30 pm

Gold Span Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV—Rt. 22-50)
1 3321 Silver Raising [Javed] S. Salam 61.0 6
2 - -12 Aracruz [Bharath] C. Alford 57.0 1
3 4421 On The Bit [J. Stephens] N. Connorton 56.5 3
4 0430 Mountain Memory [Daniel] K. Kumar 55.5 5
5 0120 Ballet Master [Daniel] A. Imran K. 54.0 9
6 - - -4 Regal Parade [Daniel] S. Tamang 52.5 8
7 2002 Work Order [Mujeeb] Rutherford A. 52.5 7
8 - - - 0 Natural Mover [Daniel] Som S. 51.0 4
9 - 000 Consul’s Secret [Jaiswal] M. Reuben 50.5 2
1. Aracruz (2) 2. On The Bit (3) 3. Ballet Master (5)

Aracruz: A better class and breed against what she is up against. On The Bit: May find Aracruz a hard nut to crack. Ballet Master: Needs longer trips than 1,100m.

6th Race at 4.05 pm

Leonidas Handicap 1,400m (Cl III—Rt. 44-72)
1 - - - 0 Aragrove [Daniel] A. Imran K. 60.0 9
2 - - - 0 Aznavour [J. Stephens] N. Connorton 58.5 5
3 2424 High Life [Bharath] S. Rabani 58.0 6
4 - - - 1 Fame Star [Vijay] C. Alford 57.5 1
5 ---- Beau Bruno [Daniel] R. Gowli 57.0 10
6 - 020 Citadel [Bharath] Md Islam 57.0 7
7 - 410 Abstract [Daniel] A. P. Singh 56.5 2
8 - 040 Gentle Priest [Bharath] M. Reuben 56.5 8
9 1223 Winning Hand[Javed] S. Salam 54.5 3
10 - - - - Soldier’s Dream [Daniel] B. Gurang 53.0 4
1. Fame Star (4) 2. Aragrove (1) 3. High Life (3)

Fame Star: Has not looked back since her Produce Stakes win. Aragrove: An unknown quantity from south India. Looking well. High Life: May place.

Day’s Best: Aracruz Double: Lockers Park & Fame Star


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