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Punjab FC Won Hero I-League 2017-18; See the Top Scorers Here!



Today we bring you the footballers who hit the most goals in I-League 2017-18. The Hero I-League 2017-18 or I-League 2017-18 was the eleventh edition of the Indian professional football league tournament, hosted during November 25, 2017– March 7, 2018. Hero I-League was an 11 teams competition and a total of 80 matches were held in the tournament. We see here the exceptional scorers who got listed among the most goals in I-League 2017-18.

Fukushima, Japan born Footballer Katsumi Yusa would go on to score 6 goals for the East Bengal Ground based East Bengal Football Club during the Hero I-League 2017-18 tournament. With these goals, the Japanese Footballer got himself among the footballers with the most goals in I-League 2017-18. Yusa had signed for this football club in season 2017-18 though he came to Indian domestic football in 2011.

4. Felix Chidi Odili (NEROCA)

Former Dempo Sports Club Footballer Felix Chidi Odili would go on to score 7 goals for the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium based NEROCA Football Club during the Hero I-League 2017-18 tournament. With these goals, the Nigerian Footballer got himself among the footballers with the most goals in I-League 2017-18. Odili had signed for this football club in January 2016.

3. Chencho Gyeltshen (Punjab FC)

The Bhutanese Footballer Chencho Gyeltshen would score 7 goals for Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana based RoundGlass Punjab Football Club during the Hero I-League 2017-18 tournament. With these goals, this former Yeedzin Football Club Footballer got himself among the footballers with the most goals in I-League 2017-18. Chencho first signed for Punjab in 2017-18.

Former Salgaocar Football Club Footballer MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi would go on to score 8 goals for the 1920 formed Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata based East Bengal during the Hero I-League 2017-18 tournament. With these goals, the Nigerian Footballer got himself among the footballers with the most goals in Hero I-League 2017-18. The Forward had signed for this club team in 2018 season only and 2001 was the season he came to this Indian Football tournament. Dudu scored the only hat-trick of the season, against Chennai City.

Former Shillong Lajong Footballer Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka would score 13 goals for Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata based Mohun Bagan Athletic Club during the Hero I-League 2017-18 tournament. With these goals, this Former DSK Shivajians Footballer got himself among the footballers with the most goals in I-League 2017-18, in fact leading the list. Dicka came to Indian Football in 2015.

These were the footballers who led goal-scoring in Hero I-League 2017-18, in fact top 4 on goal numbers. This is it for today. Hope you liked the content, don’t forget to put in your questions and thoughts below; yes, the comments section awaits your listing always.


From skateboarding for fun, Margielyn Didal relishes being an Olympian



PH skater Margielyn Didal is headed to the Tokyo Olympics. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/RED BULL

MANILA, Philippines—Margielyn Didal is stepping into the biggest stage of her career when she represents the Philippines in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

But Didal never expected to be an Olympian when she started skateboarding.

Skateboarding had not been a part of the Olympics until Tokyo with the sport making its first appearance in the Summer Games.

“I mean not like till three years ago because skateboarding before was a lifestyle that I do for fun or I can do until I can earn money,” said Didal Friday in a virtual press conference.

It was only in 2016 that skateboarding was approved to be part of the 2020 Olympic program along with baseball, softball, karate, surfing, and sport climbing.

Two years later when skateboarding became an approved Olympic discipline, Didal made history after winning the gold medal in the street event of the Asian Games in Indonesia.

“I’m really happy and excited that this is happening and it’s less than a month away,” said Didal. “We’re preparing for the past three years and I’m just really excited that this is the first time that skateboarding will be in the Olympics.”


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WTC Final: “Don’t change Rishabh Pant” – Graeme Swann’s passionate plea to Indian fans



Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann has requested Indian fans to not be too critical of Rishabh Pant in the wake of his failure in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.

Rishabh Pant was dismissed for 4 and 41 in his two innings in Southampton against the Black Caps. Both times he perished trying to take on the bowling. He was particularly criticized for his wild hoick against Trent Boult on the last day of the Test.

According to Swann though, Rishabh Pant is a match-winner because of his aggressive stroke play and India will do a disservice to themselves if they ask the dashing wicketkeeper-batsman to tone himself down.

Speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda, Swann opined:

“India have got an absolute superstar in Rishabh Pant going in at 6 or 7. Just go back one Test mach in India’s history. That magnificent century he scored against England (in Ahmedabad) that won them that series. Never forget that. It was a counter-attacking innings, played against the grind, playing against the spin a lot of times. It was a brilliant hundred. Had he got in there and “played the situation” and tried to block it, India would not have won that game. It is as simple as that.”

“He is a match-winner. All I want to say to cricket fans in India – don’t fix what isn’t broken. You have some absolute goldmine ready to be unearthed and used well for 10 years. Don’t change Rishabh Pant. Let him fail. Let him be. He is absolutely worth it,” Swann further added.

Virat Kohli had backed Rishabh Pant after WTC loss

Rishabh Pant had come under fire over his failure to adapt to the challenging conditions in England during the WTC final. Like Swann though, Indian captain Virat Kohli too had thrown his weight behind the young cricketer after India’s defeat to New Zealand.

Speaking at a virtual press conference post the WTC final, Kohli had said about Rishabh Pant:

“Rishabh Pant is definitely going to be a very expressive player, whenever he gets an opportunity. Whenever there is a situation that needs to be understood, he assesses it really well. When things don’t come off, you can say that it was an error of judgment. That’s acceptable; it’s sport. But, we don’t want him to lose his positivity or his optimism in changing the situation for the team. That’s where his USP lies ,and we will definitely continue to back him to play that way, find ways to put pressure on the opposition and score runs, which is his natural game.”

Just 23, Rishabh Pant has featured in 21 Tests and has 1403 runs to his name at an average of 43.84 with three hundreds. He was one of India’s chief heroes in the Test triumph Down Under earlier this year. He took on the Aussie bowlers and came out on top.

Edited by Sankalp Srivastava

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Georginio Wijnaldum: Netherlands captain prepared to lead players in walk-off if racially abused in Euro 2020 match



Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum has called on UEFA to take stronger action against racism and says players subjected to abuse should not have to make a decision on whether to walk off the field in protest.

Wijnaldum said he had thought long and hard about leaving the pitch if subjected to racism when the Netherlands face the Czech Republic in Sunday’s Euro 2020 last-16 tie in Budapest.

UEFA are currently investigating allegations of racist and homophobic behaviour by supporters following incidents in Hungary’s opening two Group F games at the Puskas Arena.

“I’ve thought about it very carefully,” said Wijnaldum, who will wear an armband bearing the words ‘One Love’ and a rainbow motif in a stand for diversity in Budapest.

“I previously indicated that I would walk off but that was easier to say back then because I had never really run into that problem.

“After that, I started to think very hard about it. Gini, you will play in Hungary later in the tournament, what will you do if it happens? What if you play against a weaker team and those fans know that and they antagonise you to get you to walk off the field so that you lose the match?”

Wijnaldum scored three goals as the Netherlands won all three group matches

Wijnaldum said the responsibility for action lay with the match officials and UEFA.

“I think I will go to the referee but, to be honest, I’m not sure what my reaction is going to be in the heat of the moment,” he said.

“I’ve never experienced it myself and I hope never to. But if it happens, UEFA must act. They need to realise that if they don’t, they are putting a big responsibility on the players.

“UEFA must protect the players. It shouldn’t be the responsibility of the players.

“Some players have walked off in the past but if you ask them if they felt supported, I think they’ll say they weren’t.

“If the referee, or maybe the opponents, jump in, then the signal is stronger. That’s what I’m thinking right now but I’m not ruling out walking off the field if something like that happens on Sunday.”

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