We had a tight game in India but we will have good home support and would like to grab the three points: Erwin Koeman Oman head coach

Muscat: After the clash between hosts Oman and Bangladesh was crystal clear as the Red Warriors romped to a 4-1 win in a Group E clash of the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifier at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex (SQSC). Despite all the five goals coming in the second half, Oman was hardly troubled by the visiting side as local hero Ali al Habsi made a return to the playing XI after a gap of nearly an year.  Habsi led the team to a triumphant return after Oman had suffered a narrow 1-2 loss to group topper Qatar in its previous match last month. The win helped Oman, coached by Dutchman Erwin Koeman, to close the margin at the top of the group with Qatar (ten) now leading by just a single point. Afghanistan is third with four points while India has three and Bangladesh has one after four matches played by all the teams. Koeman's Red Warriors will get an opportunity to keep the pressure on Qatar when it takes on India in their next match at the same venue on Tuesda…

Lionesses crowned the Hero U-17 Women’s Championship by defeating Tigresses

Lionesses emerged champions of the FSDL-organised Hero U-17 Women’s Championship, defeating Tigresses 7-2 in the final here on Sunday. Goals from Lynda Kom Serto (17’, 50’), Priyanka Sujeesh (18’), Priyangka Devi Naroem (34’), Sumati Kumari (37’, 54’) and Sai Sankhe (69’) sealed the win for the Alex Ambrose-coached side before Nisha (76’) and Karen Estrocio (81’) got some consolation for the Tigresses.
Lionesses picked up from where they left in the league phase after winning all three of their games. The 4-1 win over Tigresses on Friday was only a prelude as Lynda Kom led from the front to break the deadlock. The crowd was treated to some tantalizing display of football as all four goals in the first half were awe-worthy.
Sai Sankhe proved her worth for the second time this tournament, coming off the bench and scoring almost immediately. Priya PV-coached Tigresses found their groove late on as they bagged a couple of goals late on but Alex Ambrose masterminded yet another tournament tr…

AU Rajasthan FC football trials in Jaipur

2nd division I league, AU Rajasthan FC will be conducting trials for the senior category.
Venue: Poornima University, Jaipur
Date: 21-24 Nov, 2019.
Reporting time on 21.11.2019- 10.00 a.m
Accommodation is available for INR 600 on first come first serve basis.

Bocajuniors Football School India trials

Bocajuniors Football School India at Delhi for NCR Region is approaching fast on 17th Nov with overwhelming trial registrations.
Please note the age cut-offs for the trial:
U17 - 2004 & 2005
U15- 2006 & 2007
U13- 2008 & 2009
U11 - 2010 & 2011

Acclimatising to conditions in Muscat top priority now: Indian coach Igor Stimac

In the search of their first win in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers, the Blue Tigers reached Muscat today (Sunday, November 17, 2019). The average temperature is expected to be around 25-degree Celsius in comparison to 10 degrees in Dushanbe where India played Afghanistan.

Two back-to-back away fixtures have always been challenging that too in different climatic conditions as well as different turfs. But the team has responded well so far, and coach Stimac feels "acclimatising to Muscat conditions is our top priority right now."

"We have reached Muscat today. We have had a night stay in Dubai and it helped the players get a good rest," Stimac continued, "We will have a training session in Muscat today evening to fine tune our preparation before taking on Oman. We know how tough the game will be. So we have to make sure all players stay fit and deliver maximum on 19th."

The match is set to be held at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in the capital ci…

How India can qualify for the next round of World Cup qualifiers and Asian Cup finals

a) To qualify for next round of Fifa World Cup qualifiers and AFC Asian Cup finals This is almost mission impossible for India after Thursday’s draw against Afghanistan left them seven points from the automatic qualifying spot and six behind second-placed Oman.
The Blue Tigers play Oman next on Tuesday and it will be a must-win game for Igor Stimac’s men if they are to harbour any hopes of creating history and advancing from the preliminary round for the first time.
Even if India manage to beat Oman they would need to make up three points on Oman and also have a better goal difference. India would need to then also beat Qatar at home along with registering wins over Bangladesh and Afghanistan to edge either Oman or Qatar to the qualifying places.
India’s performances in the last two matches don’t inspire confidence but if their displays in the games against Oman and Qatar were anything to go by, Stimac and Co may not be done just yet.
b) To make for 2023 AFC Asian Cup third round qualifier…

We’re making too many mistakes: Indian Coach Igor Stimac

Indian football team coach said his players need to cut down on their errors while passing the ball when they take on Oman in the fifth game of the preliminary round of the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Seeb on Tuesday.
India are winless in Group E after defeat to Oman in the reverse fixture at home that was followed by three straight draws against Qatar, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
After an impressive show in Doha against the Asian champions, The Blue Tigers have been sluggish in the two games against lesser-ranked opposition in Bangladesh and Afghanistan and have needed late goals to salvage draws in those games.
India have struggled to break down teams and the Croatian wants improvements from his team ahead of the Oman clash.
“We are a unit that passes the ball confidently but we have to keep in mind that we are making too many mistakes and giving away possession. We have to work further on this,” Stimac told the All India Football Federation website.
The team reached Muscat on Sunday after a …

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