2nd Div I-League Team Profile : Delhi United Football Club

Friday, 7 April 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee
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About the club

During their inception in 1995, Delhi United Football Club was originally known as the Gorkha Heroes football Club. Till very recently, United Soccer Pvt.Ltd. controled & managed the club after the takeover in 2012. DUFC participated in I-League 2nd Division 2013-14 & became the champions in Football Link F-Cube tournament in Delhi during August 2012.

 

Just before the start of the final round of the 2nd Division, news emerged that the team has changed ownership again. This time, former FIFA Regional Development Officer and author of the book "Back to the Roots", Shaji Prabakaran is learnt to have taken the responsinility to take the club forward with Chairman BS Mehra resigning. 

Previous year’s second division's performances

Delhi United have not had a good record in the 2nd Division I-League. They participated for the first time in 2013-14 season and have failed to make any decent mark, getting knowcked out in the preliminary round itself. Since then they have never participated again and out of no where, they came back this season along with Sudeva Moonlight FC and Hindustan FC to make three teams from Delhi.


1st Round performance this season

DUFC finished second in the Group A table, just a point behind LoneStar Kashmir, ahead of the likes of Sudeva and Real Kashmir. The club from Delhi lost just 1 game out of 6 in the preliminary round finishing with 9 points from 6 games.

 

28th Jan- DUFC 2-0 Real Kashmir

2nd Feb- DUFC 0-0 LoneStar

8th Feb - DUFC 0-0 Sudeva

12th Feb- Sudeva 1-1 DUFC

2nd March- LoneStar 2-0 DUFC

4th March- Real Kashmir 1-2 DUFC

Target in the final round


The target as any of the other team will be to be in the I-League the next season. They have taken everyone by surprise by qualifying to the final round of the 2nd Division and would look to upset a few sides- who are stronger on paper. Having said that, a second or third place finish will be a good achievement for the capital club.

 

Players to Watch out for

Khwetelhi Thopi : The striker from Nagaland has been very instrumental in the zonal round, scoring twice with as many assists. The former Rangdajied United and Aizawl FC player is a work-horse with great speed and dribbling quality. If he works on his finishes, he is an exciting striker to watch.


Expectations in the final round

With one of the most inexperienced side of the 2nd division, the expectations aren't really high from them. Teams like Neroca and Southern Samity might just be too hot to handle for them. 
However, they are fully capable of staging an upset.

What will they bring to the I-League?

I-League lacks a team from the Nation's capital. So a team from Delhi would bring that 'Pan India' feel and provide the budding talents in the area with a platform to showcase their talent.

The club’s ability to survive in the I-League if promoted

With the current set of players, it is highly unlikely that they can weather the storm in the I-League. Surviving the I-League would require DUFC to invest in a lot of new faces and make some smart buys in the transfer market. Summing up, the squad needs to go through a massive overhaul.

 
Full squad

Goalkeepers:    Chandi Das, Sanju Thapa, Gurpreet Singh.

Defenders:         Sagar Ali, Pawan Kumar, Rahul Rana, Jonathan, M.Salah, C.Mate, Adeoal Hassan.

Midfielders:      Zenith, Don T.Lepcha, Rishad Pp, E.Dayananda, Oinam Rishi, K.Thopi, Roshan Chhetri, Harmanjot, Jaskaran, Aditya.

Forwards:            Hamid Karimi, T.Jajo, Obed Kahmai, Stephan Harry.


Final Round Fixtures

9th April - Kenkre vs DUFC

12th April - Fateh Hyderabad vs DUFC

17th April - Southern Samity vs DUFC

21st April - Neroca vs DUFC

30th April - DUFC vs LoneStar 

4th May - DUFC vs Fateh Hyderabad

17th May - DUFC vs Southern Samity

19th May- DUFC vs Neroca

22nd May- DUFC vs Kenkre

28th May- LoneStar vs DUFC