Leon Menezes

Leon Menezes

Mumbai Strikers SC put up a gutsy performance against Karnataka Sports Association (KSA) as they recorded their first point ever in their Elite division season.

KSA were at their best right from kick off with some excellent attacking play. However, MS looked like an improved and more organised side compared to their last two performances. KSA came close to scoring early in the game but saw the effort hit the crossbar and out. The golden moment arrived when MS midfielder Akshay D set it up for Arnold M who brilliantly tapped it into the KSA net in the 39th minute. MS soaked the pressure from repetitive KSA attacks finishing the half a goal to nil.

The Second half saw MS let KSA have majority of the possession as they sat back and defended as a unit. MS got occasional counter attack opportunities as Akshay D and Ravish D exploited the KSA defence. KSA got their breakthrough in the 90th minute as their striker managed to head the ball in the goal via a cross. The game got interesting in the dying minutes as both sides started to push for the winning goal. MS got their chance to win it as an Akshay D attempt was saved by the onrushing KSA keeper. The match ended in a draw as the scored read 1-1 at full time.

MS registered their debut first point of the Elite season and look to keep the momentum going as they face an experienced Mumbai Customs in the next encounter on 20th of December.

It’s another feather on the cap for the Mumbai Strikers Performance Academy. After the U-13 boys of the MSPA grabbed the title at the Adidas Uprising tournament, it’s the girls from St Mary’s Convent School, Mulund who have qualified for the playoff stage of the Mumbai School Sports Association (MSSA) Football tournament.

The campaign began with a walkover from Ryan International, Malad which got in 3 valuable goals and points. It was a test for the girls against Narayana E-techno from Borivali as Mary’s was reduced to 9-men. However, after a hard fought encounter, the girls earned a vital 0-0 draw. The girls now had to go past St. John the Evangelist, Andheri to hop into the playoff stage. It was a show of true grit as St Mary’s recorded a 2-1 victory after being a goal down. Kyra Vincent and Serene Joseph made it to the score sheet as St Mary’s walk proudly to the playoffs

We wish nothing but good luck to the girls for the remainder of the campaign.

The Under-13 collective of the Mumbai Strikers Performance Academy reigned supreme in the third edition of the Adidas Uprising Tournament. The tournament was held on 4th and 5th November 2017 at the St Andrews Turf located in Bandra.

MSPA faced the likes of Football Leaders Academy, Oranje Academy, St Lawrence and Agro FC. MSPA ran riot as they remained unbeaten throughout the tournament after recording comprehensive victories over their opponents. Bhavya Thakker (5) and Dhruv Mane (5) netted goals in almost every match while Harshad Bhobate (2), Anish Joshi and Joshua Thomas also contributed on the score sheet.

Congratulations to the boys on such a commendable performance and we wish them luck in their forthcoming campaigns.

MS faced Century Rayon in the second fixture of the Elite Division season and having played them before in the Super Division last year, they knew it was not an easy encounter. However, MS looked geared up to snatch victory after being trounced 8-1 by Air India in the first game.

The intensity was tremendous from the start as MS and Rayon both exchanged blows in the first half. The defensive herds of both teams had a tough time taking on the attacking department. Century Rayon almost scored in the first fifteen minutes of the game due to a defensive scramble but saw the effort go off the post. It was a goalless first half and the next 45 minutes were vital.

The second half was even more intense and interesting as both teams tried to break the deadlock. The moment of glory came for Century Rayon when they scored the first goal in the 75th minute through a clinical finish by their striker. Ten minutes later, MS succumbed to another goal which deflected off MS defender Rakesh P while Rayon bagged all three points from the game.

MS now have two losses in two games and they are on the hunt for their first Elite Division victory.

Mumbai Strikers SC were in for the biggest game of their first ever Elite Division campaign as they faced defending champions Air India. The encounter took place at the Cooperage Stadium on 7th October 2017 and both teams intended to put their best foot forward as it was the first game of the season for both.

It was not a very good start for the new comers as MS conceded a goal within a minute of kick off. In the next 10 minutes, Air India took advantage of a defensive lapse and scored another one to make the scoreline 2-0 in 12 minutes. However, there was some respite as  MS striker Ravish D slammed in an unsaveable scorcher from almost 25 yards away in the 18th minute. Immediately, a dented Air India ramped up the momentum and took every chance of scoring since then. By half time, Air India scored four more and the score read 6-1 in their favour.

After half time, MS looked more determined and functioned as a unit in the defense. It was much difficult for the Air men to penetrate like in the first half. However, MS conceded two goals by the end of regulation time. The score read 8-1 at the end of a one sided-affair.

MS will now face Century Rayon in their next match on 15th October 2017 and will look to get maximum points.

The Mumbai Strikers Performance Academy fielded three different teams at the Foot Roar Tournament organised by the Lions Club of Panvel on the 19th & 20th of August 2017. The event was held at the CKT Senior College in Panvel and was attended by many other reputed academies from across Thane, Navi Mumbai & Mumbai.

MSPA participated in the U11 Boys & U15 Boys category and also fielded a team in the Girls Open category. The U11 boys were pooled with VNFC, Kooh Sports and Bombay Stallions B. It was not an easy venture for them as they drew against VNFC and Bombay Stallions B while being handed a defeat by Kooh Sports. The U15 lads were on a dream run. They were grouped along with the likes of FC Kamothe, Sacred Heart and Bombay Stallions A. The boys romped to a comprehensive victory over Bombay Stallions with a score of 2-0 and edged past Sacred Heart with a score line of 3-2. In order to qualify for the semi final, MSPA U15 had to register a win against FC Kamothe. However, things did not work their way and FCK blanked MSPA 2-0, bringing their dream run to a halt in the tournament.

The MSPA Girls had a different story to tell. The girls recorded thumping victories against Bharti Vidyapeeth A, Bharti Vidyapeeth B and Chetan FC. The winning trophy was in sight as the girls qualified for the finals against Chetan FC. The result was unlike the one from the group stage. Chetan FC avenged their group stage defeat by dragging the final bout to a penalty shootout and defeating MSPA 3-2. The girls grabbed the runners-up position and Ishita Chande won the Best Player of the Tournament Award.

MSPA Coach Saurabh Keni was content with the performance and said that the kids showed true grit and the effort was commendable. There is a lot more to learn and the results will look much different on the brighter side.


The stage was set on a very wet day for teams participating in the fifth edition of the Independence Cup Touch Rugby Championship 2017. The tournament was being held under the aegis of the Rugby Union of Mumbai Suburbs for the second time.

Conditions were somewhat apt for an amazing day of rugby as it poured throughout the day on 20th August, 2017. The likes of Societe Generale, Ace Foundation, All Dreams & Slum Lions, hailing from various suburbs of Mumbai took part in the event. Boys and girls belonging to the Ball Project also participated as Durgawadi United for the second consecutive year.

Thrilling encounters ended in nail-biting finishes in all the categories of the tournament. In the Men’s category, Ace Foundation trumped the Slum Lions in the finale to bag top honours after an edge of the seat match. The Women’s & Mixed category ended up with the same contenders, but the results were different. In the women’s section, Sporting Mulund FC beat the Mumbai Strikers SC girls while Mumbai Strikers SC took away bragging rights against Sporting Mulund FC in the mixed category.

All in all a good day for the sport of Rugby.

Mumbai Strikers SC were newcomers in one of the most prestigious tournaments in the city of Mumbai, the Independence Cup. After qualifying for the Elite Division last year, MS automatically qualify to play the tournament and it was a marvellous run for their first one.

MS were listed to play their first match with Karnataka Sporting Association (KSA) who have spent several years in the elite. The game ended 0-0 in regulation time and went into the tie breakers, where MS triumphed 6-5 to qualify for the quarter finals. MS faced HDFC in the quarter-finals and were in cruise control after taking a 1-0 lead. However, in the dying minutes of the second half, a resilient HDFC came back with an equaliser taking MS into yet another penalty shootout. MS kept their nerves on this one too as they beat HDFC by 5-3 in the shootout.

On Day 2 of the tournament, MS locked horns with Western Railways vying for a place in the grand finale. Both teams found it difficult as heavy rains lashed the encounter. However, Western Railway broke the deadlock in the first half through a decent build up that ended in the MS net. The second half was a better one for MS as they held the railway men and at full time the score read 1-0.

Newly appointed MS Head Coach Sandeep Singh was pleased with the performance being a debut and called for more focus on the next target which is the elite league season.

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