DSK Shivajians FC set to debut in historic Durand Cup
DSK Shivajians Football Club begins their 2016-17 season by making their debut in the historic 128th Durand Cup Football Tournament, being held in New Delhi from 28th August 2016 to 11th September 2016.
DSK Shivajians FC will be the second team from the city to ever participate in the third oldest football tournament in the world and the oldest football tournament in India, tracing its first edition back to 1888. This year’s edition makes a comeback after a one-year of hiatus and will be played at two venues, the Ambedkar Stadium and Harbaksh Stadium, in New Delhi. The team will reach Delhi following their pre-season friendly against Bengaluru FC at the KSFA Stadium in Bengaluru.
The teams, led by new First Team Manager, Dave Rogers go into the tournament after a strenuous three-week pre-season which commenced in the first week of August 2016. Juan Quero returned to DSK Shivajians FC after impressive performances in the club’s debut I-League season. Irish youth international midfielder Shane McFaul also joined the ranks at the club midway through August.
Sticking to his philosophy of promoting youth, Dave Rogers also provided opportunities to eleven players from the Liverpool FC International Academy – DSK Shivajians to be a part of the 20-member first team squad.
The Pune-based club will face Sporting Club de Goa in the opening match of the tournament on 28th August, 2016. The tournament, which will conclude on 11th September 2016, will see twelve teams, divided into two groups of six, vie for the top honors. Top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
The teams in fray include, six first-timers, namely, Aizwal FC; Neroca FC; Gangtok Himalayan FC; Minerva AFC and Real Kashmir FC apart from DSFC; seasoned campaigners, Sporting Club De Goa and Dempo SC. Four teams from the Indian armed forces namely Army Green, Army Red, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy complete the lineup.
DSK Shivajians FC is placed in Group A along with the likes of Gangtok Himalayan, Army Green, Indian Navy, Sporting Club de Goa, and Minerva Academy. Group B comprises of last year’s I-League side Aizawl FC, Dempo FC, Real Kashmir FC, Neroca FC along with Indian Air Force and Army Red.
28 Aug: v Sporting Clube de Goa - 6.30pm - Ambedkar Stadium
31 Aug: v Gangtok Himalayan FC - 4.30pm - Ambedkar Stadium
2 Sept: v Indian Navy - 4.30pm - Ambedkar Stadium
4 Sept: v Minerva FC - 4.30pm - Ambedkar Stadium
5 Sept: v Army Green - 4.00pm - Harbaksh Stadium
9 Sept: Semi-Final 1 & 2 - 5.15pm/7.15pm
11 Sept: Final - 5.00pm
Goalkeepers: Rakshit Dagar, Sayak Barai
Defenders: Zohmingliana Ralte, Maan Singh, Mohd. Sajid Dhot, SairuatKima, Lalnunsiama
Midfielders: Biaklian Paite, Ameya Ranawade, Shane McFaul, Gagandeep Singh, Vanlalremkima, Surchandra Singh Chandam, Hitova Ayemi, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Rohit Kumar
Forwards: Arif Shaikh, Juan Quero, Kim Song Yong, Lalawmpuia
Backroom Staff: Dave Rogers (First Team Manager), Barry Knowles (Assistant Manager), Kaizad Ambapardiwalla (First Team Coach), John Andrews (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Ravi Sarkar (Physiotherapist), Parwez Desai (Analyst), Ajay Atole (Ball Boy).