Ranti Martins joins FC Goa

Margao: Striker Ranti Martins, who was contacted by three ISL franchises, finally signed for FC Goa on loan from I-League side East Bengal, official sources said. According to a FC Goa source, Ranti was contacted by North East United FC and Chennaiyin FC, but both the deals could not materialise and FC Goa wasted no time to grab him. Goa is no new place for Ranti, who had spent eight successive seasons with Dempo from 2004 before parting ways to look out for greener pastures.

FC Goa take on India Under-19

Panaji: FC Goa will be playing their second friendly against India Under-19 football team today at Tilak Maidan in Vasco here. Ahead of the Indian Super League, which begins on October 12, the franchise has been practicing with various football clubs and had blanked Sesa Football Academy by three goals a few days ago. During the match, FC Goa coach Zico noticed that left back position was found wanting and has decided to rope in Brazilian left-back Andre Santos (formerly with Arsenal) who will reach before their first match against Chennaiyin FC on October 15. FC Goa, who wanted to field all Dempo players, had to make a last-minute change bringing in Mohun Bagan’s Bikramjit Singh in place of injured Pronay Halder who got wounded during India’s match against UAE at the Asian Games last month.

District Ranking TT: Nishant delights

MUMBAI: Left hander Nishant Kulkarni notched up two impressive wins on his way to the men’s singles semi-finals of the KRC-Pratap Vora Memorial District Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, held at Kandivali Education Society Hall, Kandivali (West) on Friday. The Central Railway stalwart, mixing aggression with caution, first downed Vaibhav Pawar 11-6, 14-12, 11-7, 11-7 in the pre-quarters and then produced another impressive 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 win over Sudhir Kesarwani to make the last four stage. Top seeded junior Ravindra Kotiyan and second seeded Noel Pinto, however, did not have to stretch much as they joined Nishant in the last four stage.

Floodlit Rink Football tourney

Mumbai: The 27th Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana Floodlit Rink Football Tournament gets underway today, with games kicking off at 6:00 p.m. A record number of 180 teams – Men, Women, Boys & Girls teams will be participating in this year’s edition with U-16 tourney for Boys & Girls making debut. In addition, there will be a grass-roots festival workshop for under-12 children and all the participants numbering 100 will be given a Football each, courtesy the Mumbai City FC.

Toofani Boys storm into semis

Mumbai: PJ Hindu Gymkhana Toofani Boys upset CCI Jaguars to storm into the semi-finals, in the PJ Hindu Gymkhana Sir Wilson Jones BSAM Mumbai Snooker League. Toofani Boys made the most of home conditions to cruise to a 3-1 win for a surprise last four clash with CueSchooling Snookerites who halted PJ Hindu Gymkhana What’s In a Name by the same margin, as former state No. 2 Rahul Sachdev once again impressed for the winners after winning both his singles. Sanjay Jhaveri played a key role in the success of Toofani Boys by snatching the opening frame and crucial fourth with upset wins over Hitesh Kotwani in both singles. Jhaveri, playing with a handicap of +40 won the first tie 105-46 and the other 96-88. In between, Kirit Rayani beat Nishant Dossa after Jaguars won the doubles. CCI X-Men and 2012 champions CCI Snooker Kings set up the other semi-final. X-Men overcame JVPG Tigers after Malkeet Singh won both his singles and Snooker Kings prevailed over Chembur Gymkhana Gladiators where former state champion and current No. 2 Hassan Badami also won both his ties.

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