Indian Football: India vs. UAE Preview and Predictions, AFC Asian Cup news, Mohun Bagan…

first_imgAdvertisementWelcome to another edition of Indian football news roundup. Today, we will preview and predict the result of India vs. UAE football match in the group stages of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Mohun Bagan’s win over Minerva Punjab in the I-League, Stephen Constantine’s interview to the press, and the other matches of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.In case you missed out yesterday’s edition of the Indian football news roundup, you can check it out here.2019 AFC Asian Cup: India vs. UAE Preview and PredictionsCan the Blue Tigers roar loud against the hosts UAE?India will cross swords with UAE at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 10th January in their second group stage encounter of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The hosts, UAE, are coming off a 1-1 draw against their Gulf neighbors Bahrain whereas India obliterated Thailand in their previous match.However, UAE and Thailand are two totally different ball games and, the Blue Tigers shouldn’t treat the 79th ranked nation with the same comfort as the War Elephants. Their coach Alberto Zaccheroni made a huge mistake by relegating their star striker Ahmed Khalil to the bench.He is expected to start and, his partnership with Ahmed Khalil is something Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika should be wary about. That being said, the UAE midfielders were largely ineffective in their game against Bahrain and, if the Italian doesn’t change his personnel there, Anirudh Thapa, Halicharan Narzary, and Pronay Halder should wreak havoc.The UAE team will not be complacent as they were against Bahrain. And, if UAE puts their best foot forward, it could spell trouble for India.Fulltime predictions- India 1-2 UAEI-League Live Score: Mohun Bagan pick up a win over Minerva PunjabMohun Bagan surged up from two back-to-back defeats to win their I-League encounter against Minerva Punjab. This was the first victory for the Mariners under Khalid Jamil, who came at the helm after Shankarlal Chakraborty resigned.Lancine Toure brought down Dipanda Dicka inside the box and, the referee didn’t hesitate to point towards the spot. Omar Elhusseiny made no error in guiding the ball towards the back of the net in the 30th minute to give Mohun Bagan the lead.Mohun Bagan showed no mercy as the match continued and doubled the lead in the 69th minute. Sony Norde split open the 5-man defense with one incisive pass that fell into the path of Dipanda Dicka. The Cameroonian was calm and composed in converting the opportunity into a goal.Mohun Bagan continued to surge forward, but their effort went in vain as the final scoreline read 2-0. This result doesn’t alter the positions in the points table as Mohun Bagan are sixth with 18 points from 12 matches and Minerva Punjab are a place behind them with 13 points from 12 matches.2019 AFC Asian Cup: “We’ll go toe-to-toe with them”- Stephen ConstantineSpeaking to the media ahead of the much-awaited clash against UAE, national team head coach Stephen Constantine emphasized them the match against the hosts will not be an easy one.“We know all the three games are going to be very tough. There’ll be no easy game at this level. But we’ll go toe-to-toe with them. A game is not played on paper, but on the pitch. The UAE are the hosts and will be under pressure. It’s understandable they will go for all three points,” said the Englishman.2019 AFC Asian Cup: Japan survive Turkmenistan scare; Qatar beat LebanonIn the Group F of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Japan beat Turkmenistan 3-2 and Qatar beat Lebanon 2-0.Arslanmyrat Amanow scored an early goal of the tournament in the 26th minute to give Turkmenistan the lead before Japan’s Yuya Osako scored twice and Ritsu Doan struck once to have a two-goal lead. Turkmenistan did pull one back through Ahmet Atayew through a penalty kick but it turned out to be a mere consolation as the final scoreline read 3-2.The next match between Qatar and Lebanon saw a drab first half with both the sides fumbling in the final third. However, the second half saw a change of fortunes for Qatar as they scored twice through Bassam Al-Rawi in the 65th minute and Almoez Ali in the 79th minute to seal the victory.Advertisementlast_img read more

Yuki surprised at TOPS exclusion, AITA backs top singles player

first_img(Eds: Correcting dateline) By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Jun 15 (PTI) Yuki Bhambri is aghast at being excluded from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) after preferring the US Open over Asian Games even as a red-faced All India Tennis Association (AITA) said it is trying to convince the Sports Ministry to reconsider its decision. AITA had exempted the country’s top singles player considering that playing at the Grand Slams is crucial to secure ranking points, which would earn the Delhi player a direct entry into the Tokyo Olympics. “We have asked the government to reconsider the decision and include both Yuki and Leander Paes in TOPS. We told them that Yuki needs to be in top-64 to earn direct qualification for Tokyo Olympics and that’s why playing at the US Open is important, ,” AITA secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI. “They told us that when Yuki gets back to playing Davis Cup, his case would be re-examined,” he added. Yuki recently reclaimed a spot in the top-100 and if he manages to maintain his rank by the cut-off date, he will get direct entry to compete at the Flushing Meadows. An appearance at the US Open would secure Yuki a minimum prize purse of USD 50,000 (approx Rs 33 lakh). If Yuki manages to go beyond the first round, the prize money will also go up. Yuki had bowed out with first-round losses at the Australian Open (AUD 60,000) and French Open (Euro 40,000). Even if he loses at the same stage at the Wimbledon (30,000 pounds) and US Open (USD 50,000), it would give him enough money to travel with his Australian coach Stephen Koon and a physio for the whole year.advertisement The biggest advantage of being in top-100 is a direct entry into the Grand Slams. Even if one loses in the first round, it ensures funds to the tune of R sone crore after tax deduction. Ever since Yuki turned a pro, he has never had a consistent sponsor who would take away his travel and equipment worries. He is employed with ONGC and draws a salary from there. “I thought I was doing the right thing according to what the aim of TOPS committee is — to compete and be a medal prospect for India in the Olympics in two years’ time. Challenging myself against the best in the world at the US Open is the best way to prepare for that,” said Yuki . “I am a little disappointed and confused that I have been removed from the scheme. I don’t think I did something wrong by choosing to play and compete against the best in the world,” he reasoned. “Regardless of whether I am included in a scheme or supported by the government or federation or not, I will keep working to be the best player I can be each and every year and represent India on the tennis tour.” Yuki received a monthly stipend of Rs 50,000 for few months after he was included in TOPS recently. Similarly, for his preparations for the 2014 Asian Games, he was sanctioned close to Rs 20 lakh from NSDF in 2011-12 and 2012-2013. Over the years, AITA and DLTA have chipped in with financial support of Rs 20 lakh. If he makes the cut for the last two Majors of the season, there is a bit of history Yuki will make. Yuki will become only the fourth player in the history of Indian tennis to compete in men’s singles main draw in all four Grand Slams in a single season. Ramesh Krishnan was the first Indian to do so. He did it four times in his career (1983, 1984, 1988, 1990). After him, it was Leander Paes, who competed in all singles major in 1997. Somdev Devvarman was the last Indian to do so in 2011. After Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi stopped playing singles in 2000, it took almost a decade for the next Indian to come on to the scene with Somdev competing at the 2009 US Open. he had to opt out of the Asian Games because of the lash of dates with the US Open. Had it not been the case, the Delhi-player would have appeared at both events. PTI AT PM PM PMlast_img read more