I-League: Team Of The Week - Round 21

Here's the best Round 21 had to offer...



Formation: 3-4-3

Best XI:


Goalkeeper:


Kalyan Chaubey (Salgaocar) -
The Salgaocar keeper was superb in the previous round, when he kept his side in the game at the Salt Lake Stadium against Mohun Bagan, and was impressive this time around too, repeating the trick against Pune FC. Pune dominated the game, but a few crucial saves kept the score at 1-0, and allowed the Goans to equalize at the death.

Defenders:

Wailadmi Passah (Shillong Lajong) -
Defending hasn't really been Lajong's forte through the course of the season, but Passah has impressed for the most part. Playing against Mahindra was never going to be easy, but the defender stood out, fending the Mumbaikars off to seal a 2-1 win for the Northeast side.

Kenji Arai (Sporting Clube de Goa) -
Up against big boys Churchill Brothers, Sporting needed a big performance from their center backs, and Kenji came up with the goods. Throughout the game, the defending champions hardly ever got a sniff at goal, and that was largely down to him, as he led the backline superbly.

Saivash Saminia (Salgaocar) -
Salgaocar were worrying about the absense of Luciano Sabrosa before the Pune game, but Saminia came back into the side after missing the Bagan game, and led from the front. He came up with a number of last-ditch tackles and blocks to help the Goans keep Pune at bay, and will be joined by Sabrosa for the next game.

Midfielders:

Amandeep Singh (JCT) -
JCT produced one of the performances of the season, as they thrashed Viva Kerala 5-1 in Ludhiana. The Keralites were on a seven-match unbeaten run, but powered by the foreign strikers, as well as their wingers, the Punjabis ruled the roost. On the right wing was Amandeep Singh, who bagged assists as Henry and Okoro wreaked havoc in the Viva defence.

Beto (Dempo) -
Beto has been off the boil in recent times, thanks largely to injuries, but was back to his influential best against Chirag United. After starting the game slowly, a superb run and finish opened the scoring for Dempo, while he played in Ranti for his side's second of the day.

Mehtab Hossain (East Bengal) -
The Kolkata side ended a long winless streak in the league in the last round, as they got past a dogged Mumbai FC side by the odd goal. At the center of it all was Mehtab Hossain, who continued his fine form this season by dominating midfield. Hossain was also named Man of the Match.

Ryuji Sueoka (Mohun Bagan) -
The Japanese midfielder has impressed in fits and starts for Mohun Bagan this season, and the game against Air India was one where he was influential. He opened the scoring and caused problems for Air India throughout, as Biswajit Bhattacharya earned his first win as Bagan coach.

Forwards:

Daniel Bedemi (Shillong Lajong) -
Bedemi has played in a range of positions for Lajong, and has definitely been the key man for Stanley Rosario's team. He started the season playing as center back, but is now playing as a frontman, and scored an invaluable late winner against Mahindra to move Lajong further away from the relegation zone.

Henry Ezeh (JCT) -
What a signing this man has been for JCT! The fact that Baljit Sahni, who sizzled in the league's first phase, has been moved into midfield, says enough about the effect Henry has had in the team. He was as clinical as ever against Viva, scoring a hattrick.

Junior Obagbemiro (Sporting Clube de Goa) -
The skipper came up with a virtuoso performance against Churchill, leading from the front with a brace that saw them win the game 2-1. Sporting lost a man and conceded a penalty five minutes from time, but Junior went up the other end, and smashed in a fantastic goal to get his side back in front. The value of the goal was immense, as Sporting lived to fight another day.

Special Mentions:


Emmanuel Okoro (Forward, JCT) -
Played second fiddle to Henry on the day, but grabbed a brace himself in the 5-1 rout of Viva Kerala.

Jose Barreto (Forward, Mohun Bagan) -
The only reason he missed out on the starting XI was probably the quality of opposition Bedemi played against. Air India were poor on the day, as the Brazilian bagged two goals.

Agnelo D'Souza (Forward, Sporting Clube de Goa) -
He didn't find himself on the headlines, but the young lad came up with a performance to remember against Churchill. Single-handedly, he made Gouramangi Singh and Rowilson look like amateurs, and ran rings around them. He won the penalty for Sporting, and should have scored one himself, but it wasn't to be.

Arata Izumi (Midfielder, Pune FC) -
Arata hadn't been at his best in recent games, but a return to Pune saw him return to form, as he headed in a superb goal againt Salgaocar to give Pune the lead. He was involved in most of Pune's good moves throughout the game as well.

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