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Discipline and focus the watchwords: Raman

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KOLKATA: Bengal's new Ranji Trophy coach, W.V. Raman, after a very successful stint with his home State, Tamil Nadu, is preparing a road map for Bengal's campaign this season.

After spending two days with the Bengal boys, Raman told the media at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday that in a team game like cricket all the players were equal.

“To me no individual is greater than the other. All are equal and I expect everybody to contribute to the benefit of the team,'' he said.

Raman, who had an excellent season with Bengal nine years back, felt the discipline and focus were the watchwords. “It is a question of working to a common objective. There should be a collective effort to the objective to achieve success,'' he pointed out.

On the availability of Sourav Ganguly, the coach said if the veteran played it would be good for the side.

“He is highly experienced and can be great strength to the side,'' he said.

When asked whether he was happy with the talent he has, Raman said, “I believe in utilising the available resources instead of worrying what I don't have. What is important is to prepare well and execute the plans on the field to derive optimum benefit for the team.''

On Bengal's campaign this season, Raman said every game would be tough and one had to be physically and mentally well prepared to wage an intense battle. With a bit of luck, he hoped, the team would do well.

IFA Academy in final

Indian Football Association Academy and Mohun Bagan-SAIL Academy reached the final of the eighth Administrators' Challenge Cup, an all-India under-17 football tournament organised by the Chandigarh sports department, according to information received here.

In the two semifinals played in Chandigarh's Sector 42 Sports Complex on Wednesday, Mohun Bagan Academy thrashed local Mahilpur Football Academy 5-0 while IFA Academy got the better of Gorkha Training Centre, Shillong by a slender 1-0 margin.

The final will be played on Thursday.

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