MDFA Nadkarni Cup: Air India face HDFC in title decider on Saturday

The title clash of 2019 edition of MDFA Nadkarni Cup will see defending champions Air India take on HDFC in the hopes of making it hat-trick of titles.

Both teams enter the final on the back some excellent show throughout the tournament. Defending champions Air India, after facing an initial scare from Mumbai City FC U18 squad has been in sensational form scoring 20 goals in five games. The team defeated one of the favourites and Elite Division Champions Mumbai Customs in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, HDFC had a pretty smooth run except for minor scare in the quarter-final encounter against KSA, where the game went to a Penalty shootout with HDFC coming out triumphs. In the semi-final, HDFC faced high-flying Mumbai City FC U18 and despite going a goal down early in the game, HDFC came back strong to win the encounter 4-2.

No special preparation for tomorrow’s Nadkarni Cup finals we will just play as we have been doing so far in this tournament. Digvijay Yadav is carrying an ankle injury other than him we have no other injury concern.

Air India are the reigning champions but we also have a point to prove.

– Julian D’sliva, HDFC Coach

Coaches of both sides would be vary of their opponents. Air India has been in the excellent form with a strong attacking line-up of Rosenberg Gabriel and Rishikesh Shinde, both of whom have been contributing with goals in almost every game. While the wing play of Azza Norrani has been crucial for Air India in creating chances. Meanwhile, for HDFC goals have come from multiple sources with Pragnesh Solanki, Niyaz Patel and Prashant expected to play a vital role in final.

The preparations are going good but Santosh Koli is doubtful to play tomorrow. The team is confident and we are aiming to get positive results against HDFC side

– Vijit Shetty, Air India midfielder

The final would be an interesting encounter to witness as Air India aim for their 8th Nadkarni Cup title while HDFC pursues their first.

Date: 14th September 2019
Time: 6 PM
Venue: Cooperage Ground, Churchgate

For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football
For upcoming fixtures and Group table of Nadkarni Cup: Visit here

Also Read: Asian Champions Qatar held to a goalless draw by the Indian football team!
Also Read: Sandesh Jhingan: ” Our work starts immediately after the final whistle, and we never rest on laurels.”

Football Counter would love to hear your thoughts or feedback on your experience: Feedback on Football Counter experience

Maurya Foundation to conduct trial for TDFA Senior Division League

Maurya Foundation has announced that they will be conducting trials for the upcoming Thane District football Association Senior Division league on 23rd & 24th November 2019. The trials will go underway…


Sportsfort Academy to host trials for age group 6-16

Mumbai based Sportsfort Academy to conduct trials for age groups category (U-6 to U-16) on 2nd and 3rd November.  Sportsfort Academy is a high excellence and premium academy aimed at…


MDFA Elite side Kenkre Football Club to host trials for 2019-20 Season

Kenkre Football Club will host their trials for the 2019-20 season on 22nd and 24th of October 2019. Over the years, Kenkre Football Club has become one of the top…


Wadoo Football School to organize football trials for girls for MDFA & WIFA Women’s League

Wadoo Football School of Excellence will organize their football trials for girls. The academy is owned by former Indian footballer, Mr Mehrajuddin Wadoo. The trial is scheduled for creating a…


Bank of India to conduct trials for upcoming season

MDFA Elite Division side Bank of India will be conducting trials for its upcoming 2019-20 season in Mumbai league football After suffering a disappointing campaign last season where the club finished…


Baroda Football Academy to conduct trials for womens team

Baroda Football Academy to conduct trials for their women’s team to participate in upcoming U17 Women’s league and Hero IWL Formed in the year 2008 BFA – Baroda Football Academy…


Samuel Football Academy to host trials for Women’s Football Team, IWL and MDFA

Samuel Football Academy(SFA) will be conducting their selection trials for their Women’s Football team, the Indian Womens League(IWL), and MDFA League. Mr. Daryl Samuel has been heading the team operations…


Spanish side Cadiz FC to host their 2nd edition trials in India

Once in a lifetime opportunity for budding footballers in the town. A professional Spanish football outfit – Cadiz FC is set to conduct their second edition trials in India. Selected…


Newly promoted Spartans Football Academy to hold trials

Navi Mumbai based Spartans Football academy will conducting open trials for its upcoming 2019-20 Super as well as Elite Division campaigns The club recently gained promotion from MDFA 1st division…


MDFA Super Division: Indian Culture League (ICL) to conduct trials

India Cultureal League (ICL) will be holding trials for their senior team which would take part in the Super Division of M.D.F.A League The team will be playing under the…