New Delhi: The draw against Asian champions Qatar in the World Cup qualifier saw pundits and football fans across the country hailing the Blue Tigers. While the top-class show against the highest-ranked Asian outfit came as a pleasant surprise, the question that followed was whether the Indian team can consistently replicate such a performance against other top footballing nations. And former India midfielder Jo Paul Ancheri believes they can thank the Indian Super League (ISL).Speaking to IANS, Jo Paul Ancheri said that the reason behind the Indian team doing well against a champion team like Qatar and before that against Oman – India were leading going into the last 10 minutes before conceding two goals in the 82nd and 90th minute – is the influx of quality foreign players in the ISL.“Earlier, you had a few quality foreign players. But with ISL, a lot of big foreign names started coming and momentum was created. The game and since then taken shape in the country. Why do you think the Indian team is playing good football? It is because good players are coming here and the competition is tough and the Indians are also improving as they look to compete with the best.“That contest in the ISL prepares the Indian players to face any other country. According to me, that is why we did so well against Qatar,” he pointed.But lack of quality strikers post-Sunil Chhetri is what worries the former India player. “I don’t see a player in the under-20 or under-23 team who can take over from him. Though Balwant Singh and Jeje Lalpekhlua are there, we need to find strikers who can score regularly. We can defend very well. We can send passes, but the problem is scoring,” he said.When asked the reason behind this constant issue in Indian football, Ancheri said that the clubs not backing Indian strikers is undoubtedly one of the reasons behind the country’s failure to produce goal scorers at the top.“An important factor is that most of the clubs have foreign strikers and that is one of the reasons that Indian strikers are not getting a chance,” he explained. IANSAlso Read: English Premier League Launches New Social Channels for Indian FansAlso Watch:Two female drug peddlers apprehended in Guwahati | The Sentinel News | Assam News
Alex Iwobi The South Americans set to test might against Senegal thursdayDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportsBrazil’s Assistant Coach Cleber Xavier has picked out Alex Iwobi as the most dangerous player in the current Super Eagles expected to take on the South Americans in Singapore on Sunday. Speaking ahead of the Brazil versus Nigeria international friendly scheduled to hold on Sunday in Singapore, Xavier said yesterday that the Everton man plays more of an inside role as a second striker.“At Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton,” stressed Xavier.“He is the link in the counter attack, drags opponents out of position and infiltrates well in the box.“Nigeria defend less than Senegal Africa’s topmost team. The Senegalese are more about positioning with (Idris) Gueye marking strongly,” Xavier told BBC yesterday.Brazil will play the Teranga Lions of Senegal today before taking on Nigeria’s Super Eagles for just the second time as part of a friendly double-header against African opposition in SingaporeNigeria’s only previous meeting with the Selecao also came in 2003, when goals from Gil, Luis Fabiano and Adriano Leite resulted in a 0-3 defeat for the Super Eagles in Abuja.On today’s clash with Senegal, Xavier admitted that the Selecao are expecting a stern test when the five-times world champions file out against the Teranga Lions this evening.“Senegal is a very well trained and strong team,” Xavier noted yesterday evening.“They (Senegal) conceded few goals during the Africa Cup of Nations with interesting players like Sadio Mane and Idrissa Gueye.“Ismaila Sarr on the wing is a player of individual actions and in the centre M’Baye Niang plays as a pivot, a support player for Sarr and Mane to feed off.“It is a direct team that seeks Mane with the long ball, a transition from defence to attack geared around him. It is a demanding team.”Cameroon are the only African side ever to have beaten Brazil, a 1-0 victory in the 2003 Confederations Cup.Fresh from winning this year’s Copa America, Brazil plan to use the games to plan for the start of World Cup qualification which starts in March.“These two friendlies and the two November friendlies will allow us to test new players and to adjust and tweak some tactical details in attack and defense,” explained Xavier.“We did this in the preparation for the Copa America. We succeeded in the objective of winning and did so unbeaten. Every time the qualifiers become more difficult. It is a very hard competition. Last time we qualified with four rounds to go, which was a great achievement.”INT’L FRIENDLIESBrazil v Senegal (1.00pm)Thailand v Congo (1.00pm)Gabon v B’Faso (4.00pm)Algeria v DR Congo (8.45pm)Venezuela v Bolivia (11.00pm)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Saturday, April 4, 20151 a.m.Â Non-Injury accident in the 800 block N. Settlers Dr., Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Sara M. Owens, 35, Wellington and a fixed object/fencing.â€¢2:33 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of electrical services in the 200 block S. Elm, Wellington.â€¢2:33 a.m. Officers took a report of children in need of care in the 200 block S. Elm, Wellington.â€¢10:25 a.m. Kevin E. Deloria, 31, Wellington was arrested, charged, and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving while license is suspended, speeding 60 mph in a 40 mph zone and driving in a no-passing zone.â€¢4:21 p.m. Officers took a report of a juvenile problem of a known subject(s) in the 1300 block Michigan, Wellington.â€¢5:29 p.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1200 block E. 4th, Wellington.â€¢8 p.m. A courtesy motor vehicle accident report was conducted in the 1000 block W.Â 8th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Melissa J. Hare, 38, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Daniel D. Jones, Wellington.â€¢10:10 p.m. Charles W. Dickinson, 53, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance and defectiveÂ headlight. Sunday, April 5, 2015â€¢10:50 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 200 block E. 19th, Wellington.â€¢11:13 a.m. Amanda J. Brown, 33, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with criminal damage to property.â€¢11:17 a.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 2000 block E. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢2:25 p.m. Donald R. Downing, 35, El Dorado, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.â€¢5:54 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery, criminal damage to property and assault by a known suspect(s) in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.â€¢6:20 p.m. Timothy S. Hays, 28, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property and assault.â€¢6:32 p.m. Gary W. Webb, 60, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.â€¢Wayne H. Harrold, 86, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for failure to report an accident that occurred on March 31, 2015. Wellington Police notes for Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5, 2015:Â Friday, April 3, 2015â€¢8:05 a.m. Kenneth G Wilkening Jr., 44, St. Francis, Ks. was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 62 mph in a 50 mph zone.â€¢10:28 a.m. Holly J. Delain, 45, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone (radar) and child restraint violation.â€¢12:15 p.m. Julia M. Whitney, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large and no Wellington registration.â€¢4 p.m. Chase A. Rosewicz, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for three dogs at large.â€¢10:25 p.m. Ramiro Castaneda Jr., 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight and no proof of insurance.