Falcons lift BRC football trophy

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Updated 11 February 2013
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Falcons lift BRC football trophy

A scintillating performance by goalkeeper SM Mujeeb helped BRC Falcons to lift 25th football title organized by Bharath Recreation Club here recently.
The winners displayed good offensive skills throughout the game, while defensive game of opponents BRC Phoenix led the match to a tiebreaker. Falcons made a excellent start through brilliant moves by Hifsu, Sinani and Rasheed trios.
In the 5th minute goalkeeper Rafi of Phoenix pulled off the best save of the match when he dived full length to scramble away a goal bound shot by Rasheed.
Phoenix slowly took control of the encounter through team captain Mahad, Firshad and Tanwir. Firshad would have made the game safe for Phoenix in the 15th minute, but his blasted shot saved by goalkeeper Mujeeb in an acrobatic style. Captain Navas, Hifsu, Nisbeth and Dilker scored goals for Falcons in the tiebreaker while Firshad, Lakmeel and Aslam scored for Phoenix.
Earlier BV Abdul Aziz ex-goalkeeper (Junior India & KSRTC) inaugurated the match. Latheef, marketing manager LG, Salim Kannor, SIFF vice president, Paulson, a sports journalist, Basheer (EFS Cargo), Muhamed Ali Musaliyarakath, member of SIFF Advisory Board, Jaleel Kannamangalam of Asianet, Jaafer Ali Palakode, reporter, K.C. Abdurahiman, Naser Shanthapurm and other dignitaries attended.
The tournament was sponsored by Al-Abeer Medical Center, Western Union and SIPCO (Pepsi Bughshan). Mujeeb of Falcons selected as Best Goal Keeper, while Firshad of Phoenix grabbed the Best Player of the tournament title. Earlier Fawaz Rasheed’s BRC Jeddah Eleven defeated Calicut Eleven lead by Ehab to lift BRC Junior Football title.
Master Ashiq selected as best player and Sabiq Iqbal as Best goalkeeper, while Shoib Noushad and Faiz Ali Fouz grabbed the BRC promising players trophy in Junior Football tournament. The tournament was managed by Imthiyas PNM, PP Saleh Baramy, PNM Iqbal, Badruddin VP, Phiroz K.M., Muhajir PV and Nihal IM.


‘We want to make Saudi Arabia proud’: Pizzi promises better showing against Egypt

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‘We want to make Saudi Arabia proud’: Pizzi promises better showing against Egypt

  • Saudi Arabia cannot progress from Group A even if they defeat Egypt in their final game on Monday
  • Wednesday’s overall performance was much improved, yet a lack of penetrative passing was obvious

ROSTOV-ON-DON: “Keeping possession of the ball seems to be the absolute and most important thing, but then when you sometimes find issues in getting the ball into your opponent’s half, you have to find other movements and ways of doing that,” said Oscar Tabarez after watching his lackluster Uruguay rely on a solitary Luis Suarez goal to eliminate Saudi Arabia from the World Cup. 
Tabarez was talking about his own team’s struggles, yet the assessment is considerably more applicable to the Green Falcons, who dominated possession and retained the ball with ease in midfield, yet for the second match running looked absolutely bereft of ideas in the final third. With Uruguay and Russia now on six points, Saudi Arabia cannot progress from Group A even if they defeat Egypt in their final game on Monday.
The Green Falcons coach Juan Antonio Pizzi confirmed he intends to stay at the helm of the side for the long-haul, yet is only too aware that the potential of this team is being hamstrung by its inability to score. He called it “our weakness”, adding that his side enjoyed “good ball possession, but no effectiveness”. They, he said, did not have the sufficient “weapons or tools” to equalize.
Pizzi’s side have found the net now just twice in their past five games and against Uruguay managed only three shots on target in 90 minutes — two of which came in added time and were so tame they would hardly have troubled the opposition goalkeeper Fernando Muslera had he been relaxing at his far post sipping a drink. In the 5-0 defeat to Russia last week, they failed to muster a single shot on target. 
Wednesday’s overall performance was much improved, yet a lack of penetrative passing was obvious. One passage of play in the opening exchanges saw Saudi Arabia complete 16 passes untroubled without the ball entering the opposition penalty box. When Uruguay finally won possession, they required only four quick exchanges to find Edinson Cavani on the left wing drilling the ball across the front of goal. 
“I don’t share that assessment,” said Pizzi, when it was put to him that his team was too slow to attack. “We played at the speed that was necessary. We need to be accurate, but if you step up the speed you lose accuracy with your passes. We had control of the game and that was why.”
Striker Mohammed Al-Sahlawi had been the focal point of much criticism from Turki Al-Sheikh, the head of Saudi’s General Sports Authority, after the Russia “fiasco” and was dropped from the side against Uruguay. So too was goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf, another who Al-Sheikh name-checked as having been at fault.
Pizzi, asked whether the scathing assessment from his bosses had forced his hand when it came to team selection, calmly dismissed the suggestion. He also ruled out the notion that administrative issues between the players and the country’s football federation had caused unrest in his squad.
“I have a list of 23 players here and they are all available to play. We are here together and pushing in the same direction. 
“I wanted — and still want — to make the Saudi Arabian people feel proud of our energy and the desire we show in matches. Unfortunately we were unable to do that against Russia and will be playing our next match without any hope of progressing. I hope now they will feel a little more proud even though we are out of the World Cup,” he said.