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Pune FC’s Durand Cup opener against CRPF in Delhi on Thursday was a special occasion for one of the club’s most popular players Izumi Arata as it was his first match as an Indian citizen.

Written by Express News Service | Published: August 26, 2012 5:47 am

Pune FC’s Arata starts life as Indian citizen

Pune FC’s Durand Cup opener against CRPF in Delhi on Thursday was a special occasion for one of the club’s most popular players Izumi Arata as it was his first match as an Indian citizen. The 30-year-old midfielder,Arata,born to a Japanese mother and an Indian father in Japan,had just received his Indian passport. “I am extremely happy. It has been a long wait and a tough road to get this (Indian citizenship). I appreciate all who supported me, especially my wife,Pune FC and all my supporters who were eagerly waiting for this day,” a Pune FC press release quoted Arata as saying. Pune FC have registered Arata as an Indian player for 2012-13 season and extended his contract by two years,keeping him at the club till the end of 2013-14 season. “Arata has been an asset to the club on and off the field. We are glad the paperwork for his Indian citizenship is complete and now we all can focus on the season ahead,” said Chirag Tanna,Pune FC’s head,operations. Arata has been at Pune FC since 2009 and has played for the club 89 times in the I-League,Federation Cup,IFA Shield and Durand Cup,and scored 23 goals,playing either in central midfield,on the wing or behind the striker. In 2009-10,his best season so far,Arata scored 13 goals in 29 appearances.

Pune FC held to goalless draw

Pune FC were held to a goalless draw in their first group stage encounter of the Durand Cup in Delhi. The Pune outfit showed a lot of promise and attacking verve,creating a number of chances but were unable to find the back of the net. Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua who was named skipper for the game created the first chance as he beat two CRPF defenders and squared the ball for Arata whose shot was saved by the CRPF keeper. CRPF did not have too many chances preferring to sit back and soak up the pressure. The CRPF side though had a chance to hit Pune FC on the counter but striker Varinder dragged his shot wide. In the second half,Pune FC coach Derrick Pereira tried to change things in the second half but CRPF stood resolute in defence and closed the match out.

IMED,BMCC progress in Inter-college basketball

Hosts Institute of Managament and Entrepreneurial development (IMED) won their first encounter against PVG College of Engineering in the IMED Intercollegiate basketball tournament. IMED won the match 39-18 with Ajinkya Mehta scoring 13 points and Siddhant Shinde scoring 12 points. BMCC won 20-13 against VIT with Aditya Bhosale scoring 9 points. New Law College prevailed over MIT College of Management 24-15 with Yogesh Hulage scoring 13 points. In the women’s event,New Law College won 19-9 against MIT College of Management. Priyanka Panda and Barakha Peshwara scored 12 and 5 points for New Law College. In the other match,BMCC won 26-15 against New Dental COllege. Ishwari Pingale was the star for BMCC scoring 14 points.

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