Bhutia: Sukhi should get a longer term
Transways beat Aptech 3-1
Close wins for Shilpasree, BPC
Nirlon CC best

 
 
BHUTIA: SUKHI SHOULD GET A LONGER TERM 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 21: 
Bhaichung Bhutia today paid Sukhwinder Singh a handsome compliment, saying that the coach should be allowed to continue for a long period of time as he has the capability of raising the standard of Indian football.

“He (Sukhwinder) has brought about some consistency. He has inculcated the spirit to fight among the players. The boys are very comfortable with him,” Bhutia told newsmen on arrival in the city from Bangalore where India completed their World Cup qualifying campaign against Brunei yesterday.

The Indian captain, who plays for English second division club Bury FC, felt the Indians had shown significant improvement in all departments of the game under Sukhwinder.

“The existing panel of coaches should not be disturbed in the best interest of Indian football,” Bhutia observed.

“We played well in all our six matches. With a bit of luck, we could have improved our position in the standings,” said Bhutia.

India finished with 11 points to be third (behind Yemen on goal difference) in the Asian zone group 8 table. The UAE qualified for the second round with a tally of 12 points.

Bhutia said there was a lot of room for improvement still and the players should keep working hard to produce the desired results at the international level.

The Indian captain also lamented the absence of experienced medio Basudeb Mondal, who had led the country in January’s Millennium Cup.

“Basudeb is an experienced player. His presence could have made a difference. But then, you have to play with the team you have,” Bhutia said.

Bhutia, who returned to the city after a gap of almost one year, will spend a couple of days here before leaving for Sikkim to spend time with his family.

   

 
 
TRANSWAYS BEAT APTECH 3-1 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 21: 
Transways beat Aptech 3-1 in The Telegraph Merchants’ Cup five-a-side soccer meet at CC&FC ground today.

B.S. Raut also defeated Assam Company by an identical margin in another match.

Williamson Magor lost to India Foils by and odd goal in three, while Bata India defeated HDFC 2-0.

RESULTS

India Foils bt Williamson Magor 2-1; Bata India bt HDFC 2-0; Price WaterhouseCoopers bt ITC B 1-0; Transways bt Aptech 3-1; Selvel B bt HSBC 1-0; B.S. Raut bt Assam Company 3-1.    

 
 
CLOSE WINS FOR SHILPASREE, BPC 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 21: 
Belgharia Players’ Corner (BPC) and Shilpasree CCC survived close calls, edging past Sonarpur Sporting Union and School of CC, BNR by 1 wicket and four runs, respectively in the Ambar Roy sub-junior cricket meet today.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Sonarpur Sporting Union 183/5 in 25 ovs (Surajit Jadav 63 n.o., Joydeep Roy 39). Belgharia Players’ Corner 184/9 in 25 ovs (Pritam Sengupta 47, Nilkanta Deb Chowdhury 47). BPC won by 1 wkt.

Shilpasree CCC 126/8 in 25 ovs (Amit Guha 41; Safiq Ali 4/20). School of CC, BNR 122/4 in 25 ovs (Safiq Ali 43 n.o.). Shilpasree won by 4 runs.

North Howrah CCC 192/3 in 25 ovs (Ajay Thukral 77, Arijit Seth 53 n.o.). F.D. Block 106/5 in 25 ovs. North Howrah CCC won by 86 runs.

Russa United 183/6 in 25 ovs (Suman Ghosh 78 n.o.). CCCC 184/2 in 24.4 ovs (Sunanda Chakraborty 78 n.o., D. Poddar 76 n.o.). CCCC won by 8 wkts.

Suhrid Mitra CCC 155/7 (Chandan Pal 49; Imtiaz Raham 3/39). Bhadrakali Kotrang Yuba Sangha 109 in 23.3 ovs (P. Sen 3/26). S. Mitra CC won by 46 runs.

Srirampore KS 161/7 in 25 ovs (Tanmoy Ganguly 53). Bhadrakali CC 162/3 in 22.5 ovs. Bhadrakali won by 7 wkts.

   

 
 
NIRLON CC BEST 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 21: 
Nirlon Cricket Club beat J.K. MG Sporting Club by four wickets to emerge champions in the Sagar cricket meet final at Mohun Bagan ground yesterday. Batting first, JK MG Sporting Club made 154 in 25 overs. Nirlon reached the target with five balls to go. Man-of-the-Match Sanjay Agarwal made 54 and Brij Bhusan 50 for the winners.

BRIEF SCORES: J.K. MG Sporting Club 154 in 25 ovs. Nirlon Cricket Club 155/6 in 24.1 ovs (Sanjay Agarwal 54, Brij Bhusan 50). Nirlon CC won by 4 wkts.

   
 

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