Mohammedan Sporting Club will open their campaign in the U-19 IFA Shield 2017 against Pathachakra Club at the Mohammedan Sporting Ground on Sunday, May 28.
Instituted back in 1893, the IFA Shield is the fourth oldest cup tournament in the world after the English & Scottish FA Cup’s besides the Durand Cup. Since 2015 the tournament is being conducted as an Under-19 team competition and follows a league cum knockout format.
Mohammedan Sporting Club is clubbed in Group A alongwith recently crowned U-18 I-League champions AIFF Elite Academy, East Bengal Club and Pathachakra Club; while in Group B, defending champions Tata Football Academy, Minerva Punjab FC, Mohun Bagan AC and FC Pune City will fight it out for the top two positions and a place in the semifinals.
Mohammedan Sporting Club general secretary Ghazal uz Zafar said, “the IFA Shield provides us an opportunity to evaluate progress of our youth players amongst the best from India and serves as a developmental curve for players both on and off the field.”
The 121st edition of the IFA Shield will kick off tomorrow when East Bengal take on AIFF Elite Academy at the East Bengal ground.
Mohammedan Sporting Club U-19 Fixtures
28-May-2017: Mohammedan Sporting U-19 vs Pathachakra Club U-19 (at Mohammedan Sporting ground)
01-Jun-2017: Mohammedan Sporting U-19 vs AIFF Elite Academy (at Mohammedan Sporting ground)
04-Jun-2017: Mohammedan Sporting U-19 vs East Bengal U-19 (at East Bengal ground)
(Mohammedan Sporting Club)