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Ashim to lead Bengal U-21

Calcutta: India striker Ashim Biswas will lead Bengal in the under-21 national football championship in Balia. Syed Rahim Nabi will be his deputy. The selectors Tuesday named a 20-strong team squad which leaves Wednesday.

Bengalís quarter final league matches are on May 10, 12 and 14. The semi-finals are scheduled for May 17 and the final on May 19.

THE SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS: Satish Kumar, Chinmoy Banerjee.

DEFENDERS: Amjad Ali, Dibyendu Panja, Subir Das, Bimal Sarkar, Sankar Das, Dipak Mahato, Raja Rakshit, Sheik Latif.

MIDFIELDERS: Palash Karmakar, Surajit Chakraborty, Sandip Saha, Amit Biswas, Sandip Karmakar, Amit Das.

FORWARDS: Ashim Biswas, Syed Rahim Nabi, Sanjib Mishra, Raju Ghosh.

Coach: Aloke Mukherjee. Assistant coach: Nasir Ahmed. Manager: Mohiul Islam.

Shield in July

This yearís IFA Shield will be held in July, in the midst of the local league. According to the calendar chalked out by the state association in consultation with the AIFF, the Shield tournament will be held between July 1 and 15. The clusters phase, to identify two qualifiers, will be held from May 15-30.

The CFL Super Division championship will get underway on June 15, while first division action will commence June 3.

Womenís league

Income Tax whipped Jubak Sangha 4-1 in an IFA-organised womenís league match Tuesday at Howrah Stadium. In another match, Itika Memorial saw off NPC Sports Academy 2-0 with Mamata Das and Annapurna Kandav being the scorers.

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