Nine Bengaluru-boys in BFC’s squad for Hero Junior League

Young Blues Name Twenty-Four Member Squad Ahead Of Saturday’s Opener

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC have named a 24-man squad for the upcoming 2018-19 Hero Junior League which kicks off with consecutive home games at the Vidyanagar Township in Bellary starting Saturday, April 6.

Keeping in line with the club’s philosophy of developing local talent, the Young Blues who will be led by Coach Ajay Chorge, have named as many as nine boys from Bengaluru in the squad for the zonal phase. The youngsters who have been training at the BFC Residential Academy in Bellary, are placed in Group A of the Bengaluru Zone and will face-off against Raman Sports Academy, Sporthood FC, Ananthapur Sports Academy and Bangalore Youth Football League in a round-robin format.

“We have been working hard throughout the season and everyone is very eager to play. We have had a few friendly games in Mumbai earlier in the season but the Junior League will be our first competitive tournament this year. It’s vital that we give our best and keep a positive attitude in the zonal phase as we expect a tough competition from all the other four teams. Our primary target is to make the final phase,” said Chorge ahead of the competition opener.

Among the Bengaluru players, Louis Macarton Nickson and Sarath Rajkumar were promoted from the U13 city-based squad into the residential programme at the start of this season, while five other U13 players from this year – Micah Joseph, Dhanraj Y, Parikram Borah, Aaryan Germain Maini, A Chetan Reddy – have all been added to the squad. Meanwhile Gautam Rajesh and Vinith Venkatesh who have excelled in the Sub-Junior League this season have also been given an opportunity of being part of the U15 squad.

Ajay Chorge’s boys who kick off their campaign hosting Sporthood FC on Saturday, will play all their home games at the Vidyanagar Township in Bellary. Their four away games will all be played at the Centre for Sports Excellence in Yelahanka.


The Squad

Goalkeeper: Dipesh Chauhan

Defenders: Lastborn Mawphniang, FC Lalhmunmawia, Rakesh Meitei, Anish Mazumdar, Sarath Rajkumar, Manish Chaudhary, Julenjit Singh

Midfielders: Freddy Chawngthansanga, Damaitphang Lyngdoh, Bekey Oram, Lalthang Liana, Macarton Louis Nickson, Micah Joseph, Dhanraj Y, Parikram Borah, Aaryan Germain Maini, Vinit Venkatesh, Abhishek Thapa, Shighil NS, Gautam Rajesh

Forwards: Alfred Lalruostang, Sonming Haokip, A Chetan Reddy


Fixtures, Bengaluru Zone, Group A

Date Day Opponent Venue Kick-Off
06-April-2019 Saturday Sporthood FC Vidyanagar Township, Bellary 4.00 pm
09-April-2019 Tuesday Raman Sports Academy Vidyanagar Township, Bellary 4.00 pm
15-April-2019 Monday Ananthapur Sports Academy Vidyanagar Township, Bellary 4.00 pm
21-April-2019 Sunday Raman Sports Academy Centre for Sports Excellence, Yelahanka 8.00 pm
24-April-2019 Wednesday Sporthood FC Centre for Sports Excellence, Yelahanka 4.30 pm
27-April-2019 Saturday Ananthapur Sports Academy Centre for Sports Excellence, Yelahanka 7.30 pm
29-April-2019 Monday Bangalore Youth Football League Centre for Sports Excellence, Yelahanka 9.00 am
02-May-2019 Thursday Bangalore Youth Football League Vidyanagar Township, Bellary 4.00 pm