Football kicks off in thane as District gets official League

The Inaugural edition of Thane District Football Ad Hoc Committee commenced on Jan 8 with TDFA Navi Mumbai Zone.

The Inaugural edition of Thane District Football Ad Hoc Committee commenced on Jan 8 with TDFA Navi Mumbai Zone.

The footballers of Thane district finally have a new league for regular football activities after WIFA stepped in to form a Thane District Football ad hoc committee few months back. This league is organised for the development of players in various age categories and to be the stepping stone to success in a competitive world of football.

The league was inaugurated by WIFA Honorary Secretary – Souter Vaz alongside Mr Bhaskar Maity – Ex International Goal keeper, Bengaluru FC star right-back Rahul Bheke and Pune City FC winger Nikhil Poojary too graced the event with their presence serving as a inspiration for the city lads.

Former players from the city Ms Abeer Arciwala – Jr India International, Mr Zaheer Abbas – Ex International & East Bengal player, Mr Fahim Kader and Mr Laxman Karkera – Ex National and Customs players, too joined the inauguration ceremony

Inaugural match of the 1st Thane District Football Ad Hoc Committee, WIFA Navi Mumbai Area was played between Varchasva FC & Kukri Eleven FC on 8th Jan, 2019 at Yashwantrao Chavan Kridangan, which is one of the best natural turf grounds of Navi Mumbai and was also one of the practice ground for Under 17 World Cup 2017.

The match was evenly contested with both teams wanting to win their first match of the league stages. Wilsh D’souza scored the lone goal of the game as Kukri Eleven FC defeated Varshsva FC by a solitary goal margin.

A total of 13 teams are participating in the Navi Mumbai Zone. Results after first week of the tournament were as follows:

Match 1: Kukri Eleven FC (Wilsh D’Souza ) 1 – 0 Varchasva FC

Match 2: Khiladi Connect FC (Rakesh Choudhary) 1 – 1 Pro Team FC (Ganesh Konar)

Match 3: NMSA FC (Saini Harisingh Baburam 33’, Aryan shirke 85 ‘ pen) 2 – 1 SEAWOODS FC (Varun shastri 25’ pen)

Match 4: Immortals FC 0 – 3 S. P. Football Academy (Clinton 10’, Pratik 42’, Mayur 64’)

Match 5: Franklin FC  0 – 0 Star Athletics SA

Match 6: Varchasva FC 0 – 0 Greenroc SA

Upcoming Matches Week 2 Navi Mumbai Venue:

Friday 18-01-2019

Kick off – 4 PM            Dynamic FC vs Pro team FC

Saturday 19-01-2019

Kick off – 10 AM         Khiladi Connect vs Star Athletic FC

Kick off – 2 PM           Immortals FC vs Seawoods FC

Sunday 20-01-2019

Kick off – 11 AM         S P Football academy vs Greenrock SA

Kick off – 2 PM           Franklin FC vs Spartans FC

Kick off – 4 PM           Kukri XI FC vs NMSA FC

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