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Saturday, April 11, 1998

India file

Sesa Goa SC to be disbanded

MUMBAI: Sesa Goa Sports Club, one of the giants in Indian soccer and 1995 Rovers Cup finalists, have disbanded their team. The decision came from the company's finance director, Valerian Frank, in Goa on Tuesday.

According to Goa Football Association (GFA) secretary Albert Colaco who was in the city on Thursday enroute to Calcutta, he tried his best to persuade the Sesa Goa management to change their mind but to no avail. Colaco said the management told him that they intend doing something good for the sport at the grass-roots level by starting a football academy in Goa.

Santosh Trophy

CALCUTTA: Defending champions Bengal have been placed in Group II in the quarter-final of the 54th Santosh Trophy football championship being played in Assam.

Bengal would lock horns with winners of Clusters D, E and F for a berth in the semi-finals. Last year's runners-up Goa, who, like Bengal, have earned a direct entry to the round of last eight, would clash with winners ofClusters A, B and C in Group 1, AIFF secretary Kedarnath Mour said in a statement today.

The cluster matches are being played at six venues in Assam from April 6. Guwahati's Nehru Stadium would be the sole venue from the quarter-final stage, slated to kick off on April 16. The semi-finals would be played on April 24 and 25 and the final on April 27, Mour said.

Paes highest

BARODA: Leander Paes is the highest ranking player and will in probability be seeded first in the $ 50,000 ATP Challenger tennis toursnament to be held at the IPCL Sports Complex here from April 13.

Paes has an ATP ranking of 130 followed by Peter Traidchhis with 166. East European Oleg Odrodov is third with 167. India's Mahesh Bhupathi is placed sixth with 247 which is one spot below Israel's experienced Ran Eyal. The organisers have given wild cards to two Davis Cuppers Prahlad Srinath and Syed Fazuluddin.

Madan's praise

NEW DELHI: Former India manager Madan Lal was all praise for the Indian cricket team for itsexcellent performance in the ongoing tri-nation Pepsi Cup One-day series and said he is ``very happy''.

The former Indian coach also opined that youngsters Ajit Agarkar and Hrishikesh Kanitkar should be given ample time to settle themselves and said it would be easy for India if it gets Zimbabwe in the finals.

ATP Challenger

VADODARA: Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have confirmed their participation in the $ 50,000 IPCL Cup ATP Challenger tournament.

The Vadodara leg of Challenger will be played from April 13 to 18 with 32 players in main draw of singles event and 16 pair event.

Peter Trmacchi, Oleg Ogorodov, Peter Luxa, Eyal Ran, David Nainkin, Mose Navarra, Barry Cowan were other players who have secured direct entry into the tournament. The qualifiers for both -- singles and doubles event -- will be played tomorrow and on Sunday.

Copyright © 1998 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.


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