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Indian Arrows' Amarjit Kiyam targets top-five finish

About Indian Arrows' torrid last season, Amarjit Kiyam said the team had moved from playing U-17 football to playing against seniors and was very inexperienced.
Amarjit Kiyam at the U-17 World Cup.

As he prepares for the opening match of his second season of the I-League, Amarjit Kiyam feels he has a point to prove. The midfielder for the Indian Arrows knows they are only playing this season of the I-League by virtue of being the developmental team of the AIFF. The fact remains that they had finished dead last in last season's table. Since they couldn't be relegated, that sword instead fell on Churchill Brothers, who had finished two points above them.

But Kiyam, the captain of his team,...

I-League predictions: Mohun Bagan to pip East Bengal; difficult season for Aizawl

The I-League, still India's top club competition and qualifier for the AFC Champions League slot in early 2020, begins on October 26 with Chennai City FC hosting Indian Arrows.

The highlights of this season include a debut for the first team from Jammu and Kashmir in India's top-flight, the abolition of the mandatory Asian player quota, and a field of 11 teams that will include Churchill Brothers, who had their relegation overturned. Impressive individual performances will also keep India coach...

Don't judge the Indian Arrows by the points table

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Indian Arrows

Remember Jeakson Singh, who rose high to meet a Sanjeev Stalin corner to score India first goal at the U-17 World Cup? Remember midfielder Rahul Kannoly and defender Anwar Ali, both of whom struck the woodwork during that tournament? Remember Dheeraj Singh's saves in goal?

Jeakson, Kannoly and Anwar are all part of the Indian Arrows in the I-League -- Dheeraj played the first two months before going to Scotland for trials with Motherwell's youth team. A 3-0 defeat to defending champions Aizawl FC...

Dheeraj Singh quits Indian Arrows to pursue opportunities in Europe

'Indian Arrows goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem has quit the I-League team with to pursue a career in Europe.'

Indian Arrows goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem has quit the I-League team in an attempt to pursue a career in Europe. Dheeraj's contract with the Indian Arrows, the developmental squad of the All India Football Federation, was until the 31st of December 2017.

Dheeraj, who previously played for India at this year's U-17 World Cup, had been offered a three-year contract by the Arrows but chose not to sign the deal. "Right now Dheeraj feels he has reached whatever level he could in the age group...

Nongdamba Naorem arrives with a dream goal

Nongdamba Naorem (left) after scoring against Shillong Lajong at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi.
Nongdamba Naorem (left) after scoring against Shillong Lajong at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi.

It was the kind of goal dreams are made of.

The striker picked up the ball on the left flank and, cutting inside, wrong-footed two defenders before coming up another block of two, one a burly South Korean and the other a Nigerian. He dodged both men and glided past another centre-back from Africa -- Lawrence Doe had his hands up, probably making sure he didn't trip his man up -- before releasing a cheeky shot past an onrushing goalkeeper.

Nongdamba Naorem, the 17-year-old striker from Manipur, had...