Bengaluru FC clash with Maziya for a spot in AFC Cup group

first_imgMale (Maldives): Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC are set to face Maldivian side Maziya S&RC in a Playoff Round first leg clash of the 2020 AFC Cup, at the Maldives National Football Stadium on Wednesday.Despite having qualified with a massive 10-1 aggregate win over Bhutan’s Paro FC, Blues’ boss Carles Cuadrat says his side will have to work hard to claim a result in humid conditions. “I remember winning against Maziya S&RC with a late goal and when New Radiant got the better of us in 2017. We are in a good place with the big win in this competition against Paro FC, but this is a completely different situation and previous results don’t matter,” Cuadrat said.The Blues’ first-ever win in continental competition came against Maziya S&RC, and despite having the upper hand in clashes between the sides, Cuadrat maintains that past form counts for little. “It’s true that we have had a decent run against teams from the Maldives. But if you notice how we won some of the games, it was tough. Nishu scored in injury time at Kanteerava once, Johnson scored late on in the Maldives. It’s difficult to say that we are favorites,” he added.The Blues will be without skipper Sunil Chhetri, who continues his return from a muscle injury while midfielder Suresh Wangjam serves a one-game suspension, having picked up yellow cards in both clashes against Paro FC.The Marjan Sekulovski-coached Maziya side qualified for the playoff rounds with a victory on away goals over Bangladeshi Premier League side Abahani Dhaka, having returned with a 2-2 result from the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the first leg. (IANS) Also Read: AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC take on Bhutan’s Paro FC in reverse legAlso Watch: ‘Dehal Kasirodam Utsav’ by Karbi Community observed in Guwahatilast_img read more

Breakdown of Syracuse’s ‘lack of institutional control’ detailed by NCAA report

first_imgThe NCAA released its findings Friday from an eight-year investigation into Syracuse University, which detailed the lack of institutional control exhibited by SU.The involvement of a booster with the men’s basketball and football programs was part of that lack of institutional control that led to the NCAA sanctions. Here’s where SU went wrong with the booster:The basketball staff encouraged student-athletes to develop a relationship with the booster, which is a violation of NCAA rules. Part of this relationship involved men’s basketball and football players volunteering at a local YMCA, for which three football and two men’s basketball players were paid more than $8,000 in cash.Not only was cash given to players for appearance and assistance, but men’s basketball staff members were compensated in cash for working events. These staffers failed to report the payments they received as ones coming from “outside income or supplemental pay,” which was another violation of NCAA rules.Per the NCAA’s report, the compensation also included a free membership for a year and a half to the Syracuse YMCA and the payment of one month’s rent for one of the staff members.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on March 6, 2015 at 2:43 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more