Akash Mishra’s Header Earns India 1-1 Draw Vs Bulgaria

first_imgNew Delhi: Akash Mishra’s perfectly-placed header earned India a well-fought 1-1 draw against Bulgaria in the last match of the group phase in the Granatkin Memorial Tournament at the Petrrovsky Stadium on Sunday.India finished the group matches with one point from three games. They will now play two play-off to decide the final standings.Coach Floyd Pinto gave Sumit Rathi his first start of the tournament replacing Jitendra Singh as the central defender, besides bringing Sanjeev Stalin back to the starting 11 once again after the first game at the expense of Vikram Partap Singh.India could not have expected to concede an own goal so early but Muhammed Rafi’s mistimed clearance went inside giving the European outfit a surprising lead in the seventh minute.India tried to build up the game from the midfield, but the resilient Bulgarian defenders averted every danger that came their way.Bulgaria pushed India further trying to increase the lead but Detelinov’s side-footer missed the target by a whisker in the 33th minute. At the stroke of the first half, Bulgaria could have breached Prabhsukhan Gill again but Filip’s shot flew over the crossbar.Five minutes to the final whistle, Harmanpreet, on a counter-attacking move, burst into a sprint but finally, jammed the ball into Viktor’s gloves to let the opportunity go. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Netball Jamaica hits back

first_img “I realised from Fast5 Championships that Netball Jamaica really don’t want me to be a part of their coaching staff,” she added. However, Netball Jamaica’s public relations officer, Wayne Lewis, said Francis should blame herself and not the association for her failure to get the job. “If Netball Jamaica didn’t want Connie Francis, we would have just accepted the recommendations from the technical committee, employed Mrs McCracken and move on,” said Lewis. “But the fact that we opened up, was to give Connie Francis another opportunity since based on the reports from the technical committee Mrs McCracken was a lot stronger than her in the interviews,” he said. Meanwhile, Netball Jamaica said Allison-McCracken would be in charge for a six-month probation period. In their release on Wednesday, Netball Jamaica said Allison-McCracken who is of Jamaican parentage, brings to the position substantial training in the areas of sports psychology and netball coaching. She holds a United Kingdom Level 2 coaching certificate and has vast experience in game introduction and netball skills development at different levels. Netball Jamaica has hit back at former coach Connie Francis after she said yesterday that there were people within the organisation who did not want her to coach the national senior team. Francis’ outburst came after she was overlooked for the vacant Sunshine Girls job. Francis who has been coaching for more than 20 years, was among three candidates that were interviewed for the post, which has been vacant since Minneth Reynolds resigned last November. Netball Jamaica announced Englishwoman Jermaine Allison-McCracken as the new coach on Wednesday night. “At first I was told that it was a board decision but deep down in the back of my head, I think that the technical person must have a say in who coaches our national team,” said Francis. BLAME YOURSELFlast_img read more