• Plays first professional game in 2nd Division League of AIFF
• Strongly fought game ends with draw against experienced Neroca FC
Imphal, Nov. 15, 2015: Fateh Hyderabad opened their I League 2nd Division campaign with a well-earned draw against an experienced Neroca FC team in Manipur in front of a crowd of 18000. Neroca played a direct game with their midfield playing balls down the channels while Fateh Hyderabad was playing a well-crafted combination game.
It was an uneasy first half for both teams with Fateh defending well but unable to create enough chances in the final third. Fateh Hyderabad’s goalkeeper Vignesh and centre backs Manpréet and Sunveer held back Neroca’s offense.
The young Fateh players settled in better in the second half and started seeing more of the ball. They continued to defend well and created a few opportunities to score. Neroca pressured Fateh in the final few minutes but the vigorous defence by the young players stood strong earning the club’s first league point.
At a post-match Coach Yogesh Maurya said “Very proud of how our team stood tall. First time for most of our players in front of that kind of crowd on this stage. Manpreet was a lion and Vignesh was brilliant in goal. The boys will definitely be better off for the experience”. The coach was also gracious and thanked Neroca FC for being wonderful hosts and also complimenting their team for a game well played.
The team proceeded to Guwahati for their next encounter on Nov. 21 against Guwahati Football Club at the famous Nehru Stadium.
About Fateh Hyderabad Associated Football Club:
Fateh Hyderabad AFC is a young professional football club that has been given a conditional entry into the I-League 2nd Division (Hyderabad’s first I-League team) and will play in the Telangana Football Association’s Hyderabad Rahim “A” Division. The Club is youth development and grassroots focused and invests in football under a value conscience model knowing that the sports business, especially football; is a new industry that requires a sustainable approach. Fateh Hyderabad field young players and invest the majority of our funds in infrastructure and grassroots. The Club has been founded by Aditya Narayanan and Yogesh Maurya, two Wharton School classmates who share a passion for developing football in India.