Preview: Mohun Bagan set to face Real Kashmir in Semis of the Durand Cup
The 16-times title holders, Mohun Bagan will lock horns against the newly formed team from the northern valleys, Real Kashmir. There’s no doubt we’re inching closer to an exhilarating semi-final encounter on 21st August at the VYBK Stadium, Kolkata.
Mohun Bagan AC: The Mariners emerged victorious in all their group stage fixtures. They faced the likes of Mohammedan SC, ATK, and Indian Navy. Mohun Bagan thumped all their counterparts and netted 5 times in 3 outings. They conceded a solitary goal against the ISL Franchise, ATK. Under the tutelage of the Spaniard, Kibu Vicuna, Mohun Bagan has been very consistent in the Durand Cup. However, they have struggled to maintain the same at the Calcutta Football League. It is to be seen whether the players are fit enough to fight for the ultimate glory scheduled on 24th this month.
MANAGER: Kibu Vicuna
- Debjit Majumdar (GK)
- Francisco Javier Munoz (DF)
- Ashutosh Mehta (DF)
- Gurjinder Kumar (DF)
- Arijit Bagui (DF)
- Dhanachandra Singh (MF) (C)
- Alexander Jesuraj Romario (MF)
- Nongdamba Naorem (MF)
- SK Faiaz (MF)
- Joseba Beitia (MF)
- Salva Chamorro (FW)
- Salva Perez Martinez – More renowned as Salva Chamorro, No. 9, Forward. The Spanish forward played a pivotal role in Bagan’s qualification. The forward has scored 2 goals in his opening game against Mohammedan SC. He is lethal from set-pieces and is a positive striker.
- Joseba Beitia – No. 10, Midfielder. The Spanish midfielder is a very important addition to the Mohun Bagan outfit. Beitia scored one goal against ATK and has an assist to his name. Beitia is a leader who has maintained the smooth functioning of the midfield operations for Mohun Bagan.
REAL KASHMIR FC: The recently promoted I-League side who had a dream start to their campaign last season have come a long way and are now facing the Calcutta giants on the Durand Cup knockout stage. So far, Real Kashmir played really well keeping in mind the lack of practice they had. They were up against the current I-League winners Chennai City FC ‘B’ side, former Durand Cup winners, Army Green, and the current Super Cup winners, FC Goa reserves team on their group stage fixtures. They scored 5 goals and conceded none in their group stage games. Overall, the team looks fit and are positive to clinch a victory. We await to witness if the unpredictable ‘Snow Leopards’ have any possession to showcase.
MANAGER: David Robertson
- Phurba Tempa Lachenpa (GK)
- Farhan Ganie (DF)
- Muhammad Hammad (DF)
- Aaron Katebe (DF)
- Loveday Okechukwu Enyinnaya (DF) (C)
- Nagen Tamang (MF)
- Bazie Armand (MF)
- Danish Farooque (MF)
- Bryan Mascarenhas (MF)
- Ritwik Kumar Das (FW)
- Singam Subhash Singh (FW)
- Danish Farooque – No. 10, Forward. Danish Farooque played a crucial role in their Durand opener against the current I-League champions, Chennai City. He scored the solitary goal of the match at the 90th minute. He has been impressive in his performance throughout the group stages for Real Kashmir.
- Chesterpoul Lyngdoh – No. 16, Midfielder. The 21-year-old Meghalayan has been delightful in his Durand Cup campaign. He scored 2 goals against Army Greens during their second group stage match. He is very important to lead from the midfield and create the goal-scoring opportunities for Real Kashmir FC.
DATE: 21st August, Wednesday
TIME: 7:30 PM
VENUE: VYBK Stadium, Kolkata
BROADCAST: Star Sports 3 & Hotstar
AUTHOR’S TAKE: It is going to be a breath-taking encounter. Both the teams have the strong attacking force and robust midfield. However, Mohun Bagan will have an edge over Real Kashmir as they are playing on their home ground. It will act as their 12th man. Also, the weather conditions are quite different in the valley and in Kolkata. So if these factors are taken into consideration, Mohun Bagan might have the last laugh.
Prediction: Mohun Bagan 1-0 Real Kashmir FC
For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football
Football Counter would love to hear your thoughts or feedback on your experience: Feedback on Football Counter experience
EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai Locals Shubham and Melroy share their experience of playing in the Durand Cup for Chennaiyin FC
Sporko Sports Management group is all set to organize a U-20 Youth Championship in Neville D’Souza turf in Bandra, Mumbai. The tournament is slated to start from the 15th of…
32-year-old experienced midfielder Adil Khan is all set to represent FC Goa for the rest of the season on a loan deal. What was believed to be a swap deal…
With the football season resuming, Dhanbad Football Academy is opening registrations for children within the age group of 10 to 18. Dhanbad Football Academy is an AIFF accredited academy focused…
Aizawl FC has come on a mutual agreement with Coach Stanley Rozario to part ways. The team is presently competing in the Hero I-League. The former Mohammeden SC Coach Yan…
Six-time UEFA Euro League winners Seville FC joined hands with FC Bengaluru United yesterday on a strategic deal to impart their methodologies to FC Bengaluru United and increase their fanbase in…
All India Football Federation’s developmental side Indian Arrows will face ninth-placed Neroca FC at the Kalyani Municipal Stadium in Kalyani, West Bengal tomorrow (January 20, 2021). The kick-off is at…
Clayvin Bernardez Zuniga’s 85th-minute strike handed Hero I-League table toppers Churchill Brothers three points in a 1-0 win over RoundGlass Punjab FC at the VYBK Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal…
After an impressive comeback 4-3 win against RoundGlass Punjab FC, where Gokulam Kerala FC came from two goals down to clinch the match, the Kerala outfit would be wanting to…
A late injury-time goal from Rahul KP handed Kerala Blasters a dramatic comeback 2-1 win over heated rivals Bengaluru FC in the Hero Indian Super League at the GMC Stadium…
The Hero Indian Super League table-toppers Mumbai City FC have confirmed the signing of Jackichand Singh in place of Farukh Choudhary on Saturday, January 23. The Manipuri winger had previously…
India Khelo Football (IKF) is a non-profit platform aimed at providing kids from India a fair chance to pursue their dream of playing football internationally. IKF shares its vision to…
After successfully conducting their first round of trials on 21st November, MDFA Super Division outfit are now looking to conduct another trial in search of Central Defenders. With football resuming,…
Chedda Nagar Football Fanatics will be conducting trials to reform their MDFA Super Division squad. Being established in 2011, Chedda Nagar is a renowned name in Mumbai football. The team…
With football resuming, IDBI Bank will be conducting trials for the upcoming MDFA Season. The team will participate in the Super Division and will be seen conducting their first round…
Sara Football Academy and Madanpura FA to host trials for MDFA Super division & 2nd division and 3rd division respectively on the 19th and 21st of November simultaneously. Sara FA…
FC Hydra will be holding trials for women footballers for the upcoming BDFA A division Women’s league. The club is based out of Bengaluru. FC Hydra will be holding trials…
NLWS FC is club based in Dadar who have registered themselves in the MDFA 3rd division for the 2020-21 season. The club will be holding trials for the same. Mauli…
The Oranje FC will be hosting trials for the upcoming MDFA 2020-21 season this November. The club will be participating in the MDFA Elite division this season. Established in 2017,…
Sporting Options Football Club will be hosting trials for the upcoming 2020-21 football season. The team is currently playing in the MDFA 2nd division. Sporting Options FC was established in…
With football gradually returning, Mumbai based Madanpura Sports Club are slated to conduct trials for the upcoming season. Madanpura Sports Club is the Junior team of Bombay Muslims SC, who…