The third edition of the MiD DAY Corporate Soccer Championship kicked off admidst much fanfare at the Western Railway Ground, Lower Parel on Saturday.
Bollywood actor and football enthusiast Dino Morea along with MiD DAY Infomedia Ltd’s Managing Director & CEO Manajit Ghoshal flagged off the 17-team competition following an oath of fair play taken by the captains of all participating teams. The seven-a-side competition, played across last weekend offered a winner’s purse of a whopping Rs 100,000. The teams were divided into four groups, with each match comprising 20 minutes (10 mins each half). The top two teams from each group qualified for the quarter-finals.
Bollywood actor Dino Morea (left) and MiD DAY MD & CEO Manajit Ghoshal unveil the MiD DAY Corporate Soccer Championship 2012 trophies
Defending champions, Hutchinson Global Services began their campaign on a winning note. They registered a 1-0 win over winners of the inaugural edition of the tournament, HDFC. Hutchinson then went on to win both their league matches and to qualify for the quarter-finals.
NCO-India ‘A’ and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) were the other two teams who were impressed in their respective groups having won all their respective league encounters to book an entry into the quarter-finals.
MiD DAY MD & CEO Manajit Ghoshal (right) presents a bouquet to Bollywood actor Dino Morea during the opening ceremony of the MiD DAY Corporate Soccer Championship 2012 at the Western Railway ground, Lower Parel on Saturday. Pics/Shadab Khan
Corporate bigwigs — British Airways World Cargo, Philips Electrolux, Serco Global Services ‘A’ & ‘B’, Standard Chartered, Online Tourism & Freight were the other teams who also did well and made it to the pre-quarters-final stage.
Cleophas Fernandes from British Airways World Cargo led the race for the coveted Golden Boot award — carrying a cash prize of Rs 20,000 — having scored nine goals from three matches. Rishi Pillai of Hutchinson Global Services and Shairesh Bawkar of Online Tourism & Freight were tied second with six goals each.
MiD DAY MD & CEO Manajit Ghoshal inaugurates the MiD DAY Corporate Soccer Championship 2012 on Saturday
At the end of Day One, the quarter-finalists were NCO-India-A, Serco Global Services ‘A’, Serco Global Services ‘B’, British Airways World Cargo, Standard Chartered, Hutchinson Global Services, Online Tourism & Freight and Tata Consultancy Services.
MiD DAY’s employees indulged in a friendly match at close of play, wherein MiD DAY Yellow beat MiD DAY Green 5-3 via tie-breaker. Sanjay Pattar opened the scoring for Green team in the first half before Suraj Kunder made it 1-1. In the tie-breaker, Kunder, Amit Kabre, Nitin Tewari and Mohd Javed Khan were on target for MiD DAY Yellow, while only Sanjay Pattar and Krishna Nagre managed to score for MiD DAY Green.
Bollywood actor Dino Morea, who is also a football enthusiast, kicks off the MiD DAY Corporate Soccer Championship 2012 on Saturday
Day One results...
Group 1: Serco Global Services ‘A’ 7 (Mario Caldeira 4, Rahul Ahire 3) bt Bigtree Ent 0, Hutchinson Global Services 1 (Sheldon Benny) bt HDFC Group 0, HDFC Group 1 (Jayesh Naik) drew with Serco Global Services ‘A’ 1 (Blaise Fernandes); Hutchinson 6 (Rishi Pillai 5, Sheldon Benny 1) bt Bigtree Entertainment 0; Hutchinson 1 (Rishi Pillai) bt Serco Global Services ‘A’ 0; HDFC Group 4 (Jayesh Naik 2, Avinash Bhave, Vitesh Bhobe) bt Bigtree Entertainment 0.
Group 2: NCO-India ‘A’ 1 (Ryan Vallatras) bt Standard Chartered Bank 0, NCO-India ‘A’ 8 (Roshan Shivalkar 2, Ryan Vallatras 2, Xavier Rodrigues 2, Micky, Gurmeet Singh Rait) bt Mindshare 0, NCO-India ‘A’ 4 (Roshan Shivalkar, Macbeth Pereira, Edwin Gurmeet Singh Rait) bt Nevales Network 0; Standard Chartered Bank 4
(M Fernandes 2, Sachin Sharma, Kunal Pradhan) bt Mindshare 0, Standard Chartered 2 (Jeet Desai, Melvin Fernandes) bt Nevales Network 0, Mindshare 1 (Salil Mahadeshwar) bt Nevales Network 0.
Group 3: NCO-India ‘B’ 9 (Roger Gonsalves 4, Karim Chugani 3, Prem Kattiyar 1, Peter Fernandes 1) bt Videocon d2h 0, Serco Global Services ‘B’ 1 (OG) bt British Airways World Cargo 0, Serco Global Services ‘B’ 6 (Rishi Pawar, Abhishek Tendulkar 2, Ralf D’Souza 2, Steven Gomes) bt Videocon d2h 0, British Airways World Cargo 14 (Cleophas Fernandes 9, Rajendra Yadav 3, Nigel D'Souza 2) bt Videocon d2h 0, British Airways World Cargo 2 (Rajendra Yadav, Nigel D'Souza) bt
NCO-India ‘B’ 0, Serco Global Services ‘B’ 7 (Ralph D'Souza 3, Movin Varghese 3, Adrian Pereira 1) bt NCO-India ‘B’ 0.
Group 4: Tata Consultancy Services 1 (Nahusha Ganiga) bt Online Tourism & Freight 0; Tata Consultancy Services 4 (Akshay Bandekar 2, Nahusha Ganiga, Bhavya Thakkar) bt Xoriant Solutions 0, Tata Consultancy Services 3 (Gilroy Aranha 2, Bhavya Thakkar 1) bt Philips Electrolux 1 (Sarwar Zariwala ), Tata Consultancy Services 5 (Akshay Bandekar 3, Gilroy Aranha, Sharad Chattri) bt Ignitee Digital Services 0, Philips Electrolux 1 (Ajay More) drew with Ignitee Digital Services 1 (Ajay Bhat), Online Tourism & Freight 5 (Ashish Marchande 2, Shairesh Bawkar, Satyavan Sawant, Jonathan Fernandes) bt Ignitee Digital Services 0, Online Tourism & Freight 4 (S Sawant, Shairesh Bawkar 3) bt Xoriant Solutions 0; Online Tourism & Freight 6 (Kishore Pujari 2, S Bawkar 2, Ashish M, Satyavan Sawant) bt Philips Electrolux 1 (Ajay More), Xoriant Solutions 3 (V Ramkrishnan, Rohit Loke, Sandeep Jaiswal) bt Ignitee Digital Services 1 (David D’Souza), Xoriant Solutions 2 (Rohit Loke, Deepak Padiyal) bt Philips Electrolux 0.