Officials associated with the BFRA (Bombay Football Referees Association) failed to make an appearance at the Poinsur Gymkhana ground,Kandivali for the Mumbai District Football Associations (MDFA) Super Division match between Income Tax and Bank of India,scheduled to be played at 12.30 pm.
Players from both teams changed into their football gear,warmed up and were all set for the kick-off. But to their disappointment,the BFRA referees,who were posted to officiate the match played truant. The organizers called off the match after waiting for over an hour for the referees to show up.
The managers of both teams,Glen Misquitta of Income Tax and Trevor Carvalho of Bank of India were very upset and MDFA came under a lot of flak.
Mumbai football is going down. The MDFA should ensure that players do not suffer because of the referees, stated Misquitta.
The players who reported for the match skipped lunch as they had to take the field of play,which involves a lot of physical activity and if they have to return without kicking a ball it is certainly not fair on them, he pointed out.
Carvalho was even more livid. Its very sad that the match was cancelled on account of the referees not turning up. Its hard on the players,some who have travelled from as far as Pune and Dombivali to Kandivali for the match. The MDFA seriously needs to do something in this regard, said an angry Carvalho.
Its a shame MDFA has not been able to resolve the issue between the two referees associations (BFRA & BRA). They should also ensure that only qualified,competent referees officiate,the league matches especially the Elite and Super Division matches.
Former Maharashtra and Tata SC player,John Alphonso an MDFA Committee member,who is responsible for supervising the smooth conduct of the matches at Kandival was also annoyed. I along with my team are present at the ground from 11 in the morning to see that everything is in order to play the match. But if the referees dont turn up it defeats all are efforts, he opined.
Another Committee member and Chairman of the Super Div Sub-committee,Hugh Fernandes,mentioned that the BFRA has to be intimated that henceforth they would not be required to supervise MDFA matches at Kandivali.
BFRA Secretary,Siddhart Gade was unavailable for his clarification in this regard.
On Friday,Feb 3,BFRA officials started the match between ICL and Mumbai Muslims,but the referees suddenly decided not to complete officiating the match giving some absurd reasons. One referee claimed that he sustained an injury and another stated that he wasnt qualified to referee the game. It seems very strange that as to how he was given the posting despite not being qualified.
Diego saves the day
SEA View struck a late equalizer to force a 1-1 draw with State Bank of India in a Super Division match of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) league at the Poinsur Gymkhana ground,Kandivili on Wednesday.
Seasoned striker Hasmukh Baria fired State Bank into the lead in the 14th minute before Sea View managed to snatch a draw when Diego Fernandes found the target in the 88th minute.
Meanwhile at the St Xaviers ground in Parel,Bandra West Football Association overcame Sahyadri Krida Mandal 3-1 in a Second Division encounter. Allan DSouza,Akshay DSilva and Sandeep T netted a goal each for the winners while Ishar Govindhan pulled one back for Sahyadri.
Results: Super Div: State Bank of India 1 (Hasmukh Baria) drew with Sea View 1 (Diego Fernandes); Div-II: Bandra FC 2 (Tarun Nair,Guru Barade) bt Rhino 1 (Satyawan); Naval Boys’ 1 (Sachin Nair) drew with PIFA Colaba U-17 1 (Fahad Ansari); Bandra West Football Association 3 (Allan DSouza,Akshay DSilva,Sandeep T) bt Sahyadri Krida Mandal 1 (Ishar Govindhan).
Campion blank Ignatius 4-0
CAMPION High School from Cooperage Road blanked St Ignatius High School from Jacob Circle 4-0 in a one-sided boys’ under-12 first round match of the Goan Sports Association (GSA) organized Inter-Schools Football Tournament at the Cross Maidan on Wednesday.
Arsh Thakker netted a brace while Kantawalla and Ansu Ahuja contributed one each to complete the tally. In another match,St Stanislaus from Bandra overcame St Pauls,Dadar by a 3-1 margin. Joshua Sequeira scored twice while Jonathan D’Gama scored one for the winners,while Ronson Patel scored the consolation goal.
Results: Dr Antonio D’Souza High School (Dadar) 5 (Ansari Kamran 4,Shaikh Tufayl) bt St Mary’s SSC (Mazagaon) ‘B’ 0; St Mary’s SSC (Mazagaon) ‘A’ 0 drew with St Xavier’s (Fort) 0; St Stanislaus (Bandra) 3 (Joshua Sequeira 2,Jonathan D’Gama) bt St Paul’s (Dadar) 1(Ronson Patel); Campion High School (Cooperage Road) 4 (Arsh Thakker 2,Kantawalla,Ansu Ahuja) bt St Ignatius (Jacob Circle) 0.