Uzbeks back with thumping win
Chile set to open campaign, at last
Chile referee adds to the confusion
Shukla gets away lightly
This natl title more satisfying: Poulami
Priyanka, Rupesh in finals
Paikpara 209
Calcutta Racing/ Annatto for Commissioner’s Cup
Bangalore Racing/ Noble Opinion may strike it rich
Bangalore Racing/ Golden Goal wins in thrilling finish

 
 
UZBEKS BACK WITH THUMPING WIN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 12: 
UZBEKISTAN 5 BAHRAIN 0

Playing percentage football for a better part of the first half and tearing up the flanks after the breather, Uzbekistan demolished Bahrain 5-0 in the second Group 4 match of the Sahara Cup today.

The flattering scoreline keeps alive Uzbekistan’s chances of making the quarter finals, albeit academically, but also speaks volumes of Bahrain’s clumsy defending.

Bahadir Annamatov and Oybek Usmankhodjaev got two goals each and Aleksey Zhadnov converted a penalty to complete the story after the Uzbeks took a 2-0 lead by half time.

The day didn’t begin badly for Bahrain as they displayed some smart passing, mostly along the ground, and enjoyed a better share of possession till the opening 30 minutes.

Bahrain forced the first chance of the day and it took an almost miraculous goalline save by Leonid Koshelev to keep Yusuf Al Sadi from scoring. Put through by Khalid Al Doesery in the 11th minute, Sadi beat the advancing goalkeeper with a crisp lob but Koshelev hooked the ball back even as a goal looked imminent.

Uzbekistan sneaked ahead in the 16th minute when Zhadnov’s long pass found Annamatov on the right, just inside the box. Anticipating a cross, the goalkeeper left his line but had no answer to Annamatov’s thumping shot, struck with the outside of the right boot.

Bahrain came close to equalising nine minutes later but Sadi’s outstretched right foot sent the ball wide after Faisal Mohammed has essayed a delicate minus from the right.

This miss marked the end of Bahrain’s domination as Uzbekistan shut down all the gaps and started probing empty pockets with some well-directed passes. They doubled the lead after being awarded a penalty for Abdullah Marzooki’s challenge on Aleksey Klikunov. Zhadnov sent the ’keeper the wrong way with a left-footer.

The second half belonged completely to Uzbekistan with Annamatov, Usmankhodjaev, Zhadnov and Yuri Nikitov calling all the shots. Operating down the right, Annamatov crippled that side of the Bahrain defence. With too much open space to plough, Nikitov became dangerous on the left and suddenly, strikers Usmankhodjaev, Zhadnov started looking menacing with plenty of supply from both flanks. A solid midfield, marshalled by skipper Otabek Primatov also lent the side a compact look.

The third and fourth goals resulted from some sluggish defending and Usmankhodjaev didn’t face much resistance while giving direction to Annamatov’s high cross from the right in the 53rd minute to make it 3-0.

Bahrain’s defending blues climaxed in the 66th minute when an apparently harmless lob landed inside the penalty box. The defenders, perhaps plotting an off-side trap, let the ball bounce loosely and Annamatov arrived to head it in before the goalkeeper had realised something serious might happen if he did not collect it.

The fifth goal, coming seconds before the whistle, resulted from a sleek move featuring Usmankhodjaev and substitute Aleksey Zhadnov. The striker released Zhadnov on the right from the outside the box, ran a few steps to take position and stabbed the ball towards the far post after being craftily set-up.

TEAMS

UZBEKISTAN: Oleg Kaharov; Shukhrat Kurbanov, Leonid Koshelev, Asror Alikulov, Evgeniy Zakutilin; Otabek Primatov (Ilya Romas, 89), Aleksey Klikunov (Andrey Vlasichev, 79), Bahadir Annamatov, Yuri Nikitov; Oybek Usmankhodjaev, Aleksey Zhadnov (Shukhrat Mirkholdarshaev, 83).

BAHRAIN: Rahman Abdullah; Rashid Rahman Saif, Basel Sultan Karim, Khalid Doesery, Nader Jaleel (Yousuf Zowayed, 69), Saber Mohammed (Adel Abbas Abdullah, 45), Arif Razak Ali, Ghazi Al Kuwarie, Yusuf Al Sadi, Rahman Abdullah, Faisal Aziz Mohammed (Mahmood R. Mattar, 69).

Referee: Binod Kumar Singh (India).

   

 
 
CHILE SET TO OPEN CAMPAIGN, AT LAST 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 12: 
Kept waiting by repeated revisions to the schedule, Sahara Cup favourites Chile will finally open their campaign tomorrow. They take on a young team from Japan that is already looking good for a quarter-final berth from group IV, the only one that has not been affected by the spate of pullouts.

The Japanese, a bunch of college-goers, put on a spirited show against Uzbekistan in the group opener on Wednesday. The older and more experienced pros were comprehensively beaten 2-0. But Japan’s is hardly the satisfied camp many may have expected.

There is, instead, the sense of a job well begun but half done. Like most other teams, Japan stands stranded among ‘proposed revised’ and the ‘revised’, fearing another ‘revised’ schedule.

“It is unfair. Chile watched us play and they can now decide on their tactics. But we were denied that chance by the revisions,” coach Takii Toshiro said after morning practice today.

Toshiro has represented his country as head coach on numerous occasions and has “never encountered such irregularities in a tournament”. “Fifa has a policy of fair play and we don’t consider the way we have been treated as fair. We have verbally complained to the AIFF about the organising committee and they discussed the problem with us. But if there is another change the matter will get more serious,” Toshiro said.

With the arrival of their stranded kits from Johannesburg, Chile are a much relieved outfit. Boasting of World Cuppers Marcelo Ramirez and Moises Villarroel, the South Americans will want to stamp their class on the meet at this first opportunity.

Playing second fiddle to first choice goalkeeper Nelson Tapia for most part of his international career, the 35-year old Ramirez will be the man to look out for. Representing Colo Colo in the domestic league, Ramirez has won the league title with his team on three occasions — 1991, 1993 and 1996.

Striker Hector Tapia Urdile plays for Perugia in Serie A and, intererstingly, Japan’s most well-known player of recent times, Hidetoshi Nakata, used to play for that club only till last season, before he moved on to Roma.

The likely team tomorrow reveals four Olympians other than Tapia — Cristian Alvarez, David Henriquez and Cristian Uribe.

While the abilities of this Chile team still remain unknown, Japan’s young lot have shown Calcutta’s football lovers excellent technical and mental prowess. Nineteen-year-old Masaki Fukai has been praised by Chile coach Nelson Acosta, who may well have a little plan for him.

LIKELY TEAMS

CHILE: Marcelo Ramirez; Christian Alvarez, Moises Villarroel, Rafael Olarra, David Henriquez, Alex von Schwedler; Andres Oroz, Christian Uribe, Marco Villaseca; Fernando Martel, Hector Tapia.

JAPAN: Toshiyasu Takahara; Kobayashi, Tadaaki Hirakawa, Mitsuru Chiyotanda, Takuya Mikami; Satochi Horinouchi, Keiji Yoshimura, Naotake Hanyu; Nobumitsu Yamane, Keisuke Ota, Masaki Fukai.

   

 
 
CHILE REFEREE ADDS TO THE CONFUSION 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 12: 
The tale of confusion clouding the Sahara Cup is not over yet. After the pullouts and repeated rescheduling, it now features a referee from Chile.

Carlos Chandia Alarcon came here with the Chile team but, according to AIFF officials, he is not on the Fifa panel and, thus, does not qualify to officiate in the on-going meet.

“He doesn’t figure in the list of Fifa referees in 2000 and even this morning, we didn’t find his name in the list of referees on the Fifa website,” said AIFF Referee’s Board secretary Milan Datta.

Sources close to the Chile team, however, claimed that Alarcon’s name has been included in the Fifa list in 2001 and he even possesses a Fifa badge. According to them, he may officiate quarter finals onwards.

Datta, however, said that Fifa has been informed about the incident via fax and e-mail and a clarification is expected by tomorrow evening.

Ticket prices reduced

Tickets for tomorrow’s Chile-Japan match will be available for Rs 25 and 50 from gate No. 1 and 4 of the Salt Lake Stadium. Earlier, the tickets were priced at Rs 50, 75 and 100.    

 
 
SHUKLA GETS AWAY LIGHTLY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 12: 
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has let Laxmi Ratan Shukla go with a token punishment for misbehaving with the captain during the Ranji Trophy match versus Bihar, here last week. The CAB disciplinary committee today suspended the allrounder from all forms of cricket, including club games, till February 9.

The CAB, which had earlier hinted at banning him for the rest of the season, decided to be lenient considering Shukla’s age.

The committee, which went through the manager’s and captain’s reports, decided that Shukla will have to attend nets during his suspension, if he is named among the Ranji Trophy probables.

It was also decided that Shukla will be severely punished in case of a recurrence of similar incidents.

In a separate issue, Wari’s Saikat Mukherjee was given a “final warning” after improper conduct during a senior division league tie against Burnpur.

   

 
 
THIS NATL TITLE MORE SATISFYING: POULAMI 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 12: 
Her second senior national table tennis title, which came after a gruelling five-game tussle with M.S. Mythili in Cuttack yesterday, is more satisfying than the one she won two seasons back, feels Poulami Ghatak.

The PSCB employee, who lost her way somewhat after her maiden success in 1998, thinks her form wasn’t encouraging this year. “I didn’t win anything, reached just one final (Khar Gymkhana)... never thought I could win the nationals.

“I couldn’t believe I would win the final till before winning the final point. The quarter final against Anindita Chakraborty, however, helped me get back some confidence,” she said today.

“Mythili was in very good form this year. Beating her therefore was a big challenge and a great relief,” confessed the Sydney Olympian.

Now, with the crown regained, Poulami is going to concentrate on studies. “I couldn’t sit for the Madhyamik examination last year as I was playing the Olympic qualifiers in Hong Kong.”

That, she said, is making her really nervous as she has little over a month to prepare.

“Don’t know how I am going to manage,” said Poulami.

   

 
 
PRIYANKA, RUPESH IN FINALS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 12: 
Top seed Priyanka Parekh of Bengal moved into the final when he beat Shilpa Dalmia of Delhi 6-0, 6-1 in the girls’ under-16 of the AITA ranking ITA junior tennis meet at SAI today. In the boys’ under-16, local lad Rupesh Roy earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over P. Vivek Reddy in the semi-finals. Rupesh also moved into the final of the boys’ under-14.

RESULTS

(Semi-finals)

Boys’ under-16: Rupesh Roy (Ben) bt P. Vivek Reddy (AP) 6-3, 6-2, Samrat Ghosh (Ben) bt Sabyasachi Bose (Ben) 6-3, 6-3;

Boys’ U-14: Rupesh Roy (Ben) bt M. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (TN) 6-0, 6-1, Farid Alam (Ben) bt Karan Dhillon (Ben)6-2, 6-3;

Girls’ U-16: Priyanka Parekh (Ben) bt Shilpa Dalmia (Del) 6-0, 6-1, S. Punam Reddy (AP) bt Kamalpreet Bhullar (Pun) 6-0, 6-0;

Girls’ U-14: S. Punam Reddy bt Varsha Datta (Asm) 6-1, 6-1, D. Tejaswini (AP) bt Shilpa Dalmia (Del) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0

   

 
 
PAIKPARA 209 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 12: 
Debashish Mukherjee and Rathindranath Dutta took five-wicket hauls each for Netaji Subhas Institute against Paikpara SC on the first day of a CAB first division match today. Paikpara made 209 in 67.4 overs.

BRIEF SCORES: Paikpara SC 209 in 67.4 ovs (Anindya Das 77, Anirban Chatterjee 61; Rathindranath Dutta 5/62, Debashish Mukherjee 5/57). Netaji Subhas Institute 30 for no loss. Match to continue

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ ANNATTO FOR COMMISSIONER’S CUP 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 12: 
Thanks to the city police, horse racing gets a re-start after a minor hiccup. Coincidentally it is the Police Commissioner’s Cup day and the police top-brass is expected to be at the RCTC ground in strength. More importantly, it being a Class I race, a fierce competition is not ruled out. However, it may pay to exercise caution as horses are short of work. Nevertheless, Annatto gets the first call as the Steinbeck-Camineto son has two easy wins under his belt and the Vijay Singh-trainee looks good for his third straight victory.

1. Baqlava Cup 2,000m (Cl III;Cl IV eligibleRt. 22-72) 1.10 pm: Beau Bruno 60 A. Imran 1; Charlene 60 Rabani 4; Ammeter 55 Shanker 2; Actress 51 C. Alford 3; Alterezza 49 Amil 5.

Ammeter 1. Actress 2. Alterezza 3.

2. Galstaun Cup 1,100m (Terms, 3-y-o only) 1.50 pm: Automatic 58.5 C. Alford 1; Aiberni 55 Rabani 4; Mac The Knife 55 Connorton 5; Regency Times 55 (Withdrawn); Rich Dominion 55 A. Imran 2; Alvernia 53.5 Amil 3; Lively Project 53.5 Gowli 6.

Automatic 1. Aiberni 2. Alvernia 3.

3. Theogundi Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 2.25 pm: Just Kidding 60 Yadav 3; On The Bit 57.5 Rutherford 2; Chivalrous 57 A. P. Singh 9; All Jade 55 Engineer 6; Orbital Star 54.5 A. Imran 11; Work Order 53 Gajender S. 5; Flying Scot 52.5 Salam 7; Magnifico 52.5 C. Alford 4; Diplomatic Gesture 52 Shanker 10; Double Dancer 51.5 M. Reuben 8; Hoyo Hoyo 50.5 Rabani 1.

Diplomatic Gesture 1. Magnifico 2. On The Bit 3.

4. Police Commissioner’s Cup 1,400m (Cl I; Rt 88 & over) 2-55 pm: Allodium 60.5 Rabani 1; Stately Don 56.5 A. Imran 2; Mystic Hill 54.5 Yasin 6; Alyssum 54.5 Shanker 4; Annatto 53.5 C. Alford 7; Tanganyika 51 Kujur 5; Clarice Cliff 47.5 Islam 3.

Annatto 1. Alyssum 2. Allodium 3.

5. Sheridan Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 3.35 pm: Googy Gangster 61 (Withdrawn); Nash Tiger 60.5 B. Gurang 4; Storm Centre 60.5 Upadhya 8; Stately Honour 60.5 Yacoob 9; Bul Bul 59 Locke 3; Ashbury 58.5 C. Alford 7; Bold Apparel 58.5 A. Imran 10; Super Smile 58 Dalpat S. 12; Glass Slipper 55 Yadav 6; Royal Ruler 54.5 Shanker 1; Pneumatic Power 53 Tamang 2; Scavenger’s Son 52.5 Som S. 5; Himalyan Prince 51 Sher S. 11; Airs Image 49.5 (Withdrawn).

Ashbury 1. RoyalL Ruler 2. Bulbul 3.

6. Birthday Book Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, 5-y-o & over Rt. 00-28) 4.10 pm: Flying Power 60.5 Kujur 6; Aflicker 60.5 Dalpat S. 10; Altruism 58.5 Amil 9; Neelanjana 58.5 Surender 3; Aliqa 57.5 M. Reuben 5; Piece Of Cake 56.5 Upadhya 7; Consul’s Secret 55 Som S. 4; Go With The Wind 54 K. Gurang 11; Pistol Star 53 Shanker 8; Breezealla 53 K. Kumar 2; Armila 53 Yasin 1; Art Smart 50 Saran S.

Altruism 1. Consul’s Secret 2. Aliqa 3.

Day’s Best: Altruism

Double: Diplomatic Gesture & Annatto.
   

 
 
BANGALORE RACING/ NOBLE OPINION MAY STRIKE IT RICH 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, Jan. 12: 
The split divisions of the McDowell’s Centenary Colts and Fillies Stakes, tomorrow, may see the Ganapathy-trainees, Noble Opinion and Snow Dew claim their respective events in the hands of the in-form jockey of Richard Hughes.

SELECTIONS

1.30 pm: Predominate 1. Young Gentleman 2. Zulia’s 3.
2 pm: Top Socialite 1. Appleby 2. Daiimio 3.
2.30 pm: Cassini 1. Great Prince 2. Dictate 3.
3 pm: Noble Opinion 1. Peter Pepper 2.
3.30 pm: Augill Castle 1. Far Excellence 2. Refresher 3.
4 pm: Snow Dew 1. Purple Princess 2. Leading Conquest 3.
4.30 pm: Atomic Fusion 1. Fereneze 2. Argyle Gold 3.
5 pm: Bold Chieftan 1. Holy Heights 2. Devonlock 3.
5.30 pm: Screen Play 1. Just Do It 2. Always Dancing 3.

Day’s Best: Bold Chieftan

Double: Noble Opinion & Snow Dew
   

 
 
BANGALORE RACING/ GOLDEN GOAL WINS IN THRILLING FINISH 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
Bangalore, Jan. 12: 
The Madhu Mangalorkar-trained Golden Goal beat Alameda in a thrilling finish to win the Stayers Trial Stakes in Bangalore on Friday.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Charmudi Cup, Div-II 1,100m: (7-8-2) Speedy Idea (Shobhan) 1; Vertigo 2; Love Unlimited 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Hd; (1-11.5). Tote:Win Rs 107; Place: 30; 40; 15; Quinella: 750; Tanala: 4,493. Fav: Love Unlimited (2).

2. Bharachukki Plate 1,400m: (6-3-1) Star Beauty (Hughes) 1; Blue Hare 2; Old Meldrum 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 4-1/2; (1-29.5). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 11; 22; 13; Quinella: 98; Tanala: 197. Fav: Star Beauty (6).

3. Gajanur Dam Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (2-8-1) Suhasini (Rajesh S.) 1; Another Crown 2; Be My Star 3. Won by: 1/2; 1; (1-17.7). Tote: Win Rs 72; Place: 22; 14; 18; Quinella: 111; Tanala: 1,146. Fav: Another Crown (8).

4. Charmudi Cup, Div-I 1,100m: (2-3-1) Bold Connection (Sachin) 1; Coral Bird 2; Mambo 3. Won by:1/2; 2-1/4; (1-11.9). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 13; 16; 21; Quinella: 60; Tanala: 218. Fav: Bold Connection (2).

5. Jaggy Stud Plate 1,200m: (11-2-8) Star Festival (McCullagh) 1; Financer 2; Forest Pegasus 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 2-1/4; (1-15.6). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 14; 31; 44; Quinella: 190; Tanala: 2,116. Fav: Star Festival (11).

6. Stayers Trila Stakes 2,000m: (3-1-6) Golden Goal (Gallagher) 1; Alameda 2; Pas de Memories 3. Won by: Nk; 1-1/2; (2-8.1). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 14; 17; Quinella: 22; Tanala: 75. Fav: Golden Goal (3).

7. R. H. Shaw Memorial Plate 1,200m: (8-10-9) Grisogono (Warren) 1; Machrie Bay 2; Trivia 3. Won by: 1; 2; (1-16.6). Tote: Win Rs 157; Place: 24; 28; 40; Quinella: 567; Tanala: 14,161. Fav: Secret Halo (1).

8. Ghataprabha Plate 1,400m: (4-10-9) Whattagril (Harish) 1; Cape Fear 2; Sinatra 3. Won by: 5-1/2; Nk; (1-30.3). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 18; 24; 22; Quinella: 107; Tanala: 658. Fav: Auric (3).

9. Gajanur Dam Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (6-1-8) Tina’s Turn (Amit) 1; Brave Bull 2; X-Pac 3. Won by: 2; 2-1/4; (1-17.8). Tote: Win Rs 56; Place: 19; 22; 19; Quinella: 143; Tanala: 1,248. Fav: Dancer’s Dream (4).

Jackpot: Rs 80,299; (C) Rs 3,300.

Treble: (i) Rs 212; (ii) Rs 102; (iii) Rs 2,612.
   
 

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