Fateh Hyderabad A.F.C.

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Fateh Hyderabad Associated Football Club, also known as Fateh Hyderabad Football Club, is an Indian football club based in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The club plays in the I-League 2nd Division.[2]

Fateh Hyderabad AFC
Official Fateh Hyderabad AFC Logo.png
Full nameFateh Hyderabad Associated Football Club
Nickname(s)Nizams[1]
Founded2015; 5 years ago (2015)
GroundFateh Maidan
Hyderabad, Telangana
Capacity30,000
OwnerYogesh Maurya
LeagueI-League 2nd Division
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

InceptionEdit

Fateh Hyderabad was founded in 2015. The club is owned by Yogesh Maurya and Aditya Narayanan, who studied together at Wharton Business School. They officially launched the club on 4 September at Park Hyatt Hyderabad. Its infrastructure for training and player accommodation is situated at Gundlapochampalli, which is located in the outskirts of Hyderabad. Yogesh Maurya is also a part of the coaching staff and attended AIFF's AFC 'B' Coaching Licence Course in Goa in September 2015 to improve his understanding of the game. Maurya has served as the club's Technical and Sporting Director since its founding.

In February 2017, the club announced a joint venture with Premier Education Group of the UK which will teach physical education in schools throughout Hyderabad.[3]

I-League 2nd DivisionEdit

The newly founded Fateh Hyderabad AFC made their debut in 2015–16 I-League 2nd Division. Fateh Hyderabad were placed in Group A. Their first match ended in a goalless draw against Neroca on 14 November 2015. Fateh Hyderabad lost their next six matches in the group stage. On 8 December 2015, Nitin Jyal became the first goalscorer for the club in their 1–2 loss to Mohammedan. Fateh Hyderabad recorded their first ever win in their eight and final match of the season against Neroca. Shahil Bhatt scored twice in a 2–1 victory for the club. The season also saw 16-year-old Tao Shaiza debut for the club. Shahil Bhatt was the club's top scorer in the season with three goals. Fateh Hyderabad finished last in the group stage, with only one win from their eight matches.

The following 2016–17 season saw significant improvements at Fateh Hyderabad. The club signed three foreign players, including Englishman Adam Mitter who took on the role of captain. Fateh Hyderabad topped their group and remained undefeated in their six group stage matches, thus qualifying for the Final Round of the I-League 2nd Division for the first time in their history. They finished fourth in the Final Round of the league, managing only two wins from ten matches. With nine clean sheets, Fateh Hyderabad had the most clean sheets in the 2nd Division that season. Saihou Jagne was the club's top scorer with four goals.

At the end of the 2016–17 season, the club saw several key players move to ISL clubs. Gurtej Singh, their captain and most experienced defender, was drafted by FC Pune City.[4] Defender Abdul Hakku and goalkeeper Kunzang Bhutia were drafted to Northeast United and ATK respectively.[5][6]

On 14 March 2018, club owner Yogesh Maurya announced that Fateh Hyderabad would be moving their home ground to the RDT Stadium in Anantapur for the upcoming 2017–18 season of the I-League 2nd Division.[7] According to Maurya, the poor pitch conditions at the Gachibowli Stadium forced them to move to another stadium. Maurya also disclosed plans for Fateh Hyderabad to have their own stadium in the next few seasons.

StadiumEdit

 
The Gachibowli Athletic Stadium, home to the Fateh Hyderabad AFC

Fateh Hyderabad Football Club play their home matches at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium.

The Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, formerly known as Fateh Maidan, is a football and cricket stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana.[8] The stadium was renamed in 1967 in memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri, India's former Prime Minister. The stadium is situated behind the police control room, between the Nizam College and Public Gardens in Hyderabad. It is the venue for many national and international sporting events, especially football and cricket.

For the 2017–18 season, Fateh Hyderabad moved their home ground to the RDT Stadium in Anantapur due to poor pitch conditions at the Gachibowli Stadium.[7]

Senior team squadEdit

Current SquadEdit

As of 12 October 2019[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Fayaz Shaikh
2   GK Vikram Lahkbir Singh
3   DF Harpreet Singh
4   DF Sunveer Singh Chaudhary
5   DF Ponif Vaz
7   FW Sohail Khatri
8   MF Don Tshering Lepcha
10   MF Gagandeep Singh
11   FW Omkar More
12   FW Mohammad Farish Khan
13   GK Thouanjam Abomcha Singh
14   DF Pramod Kumar Pandey
No. Position Player
15   FW Naro Hari Shrestha (Captain)
17   MF Shivam Pandey
20   FW Forster Addae
22   MF Ningombam Sana Singh
23   FW Haileuyibe Iranggau
26   DF Vishal Sharma
27   FW Clyde Fernandes
33   GK Nikhil Deka
35   FW Yadav Rahul
49   DF Dhyaneshwar Jangitwar

Technical staffEdit

As of 3 August 2019
Position Name
Manager   [10]
Technical Director   Yogesh Maurya
Owner  

Yogesh Maurya

ManagersEdit

Abhik Chatterjee

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2015—2016 Vamos None
2016—2018 T10 Sports
2018—present Vector X

Team recordsEdit

RecordEdit

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Federation Cup/Super Cup AFC Champions League AFC Cup
2016–17 I-League 2nd 12 4th 469 DNP DNP DNP
2017–18 I-League 2nd 18 Group stage 120 DNP DNP DNP
2018–19 I-League 2nd 16 DNP DNP DNP
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

SeasonsEdit

As of 29 April 2018
Year Division League Federation
Cup
Pos. P W D L GF GA Pts
2015–16 I-League 2nd Division Group stage 8 1 1 6 5 17 4
2016–17 I-League 2nd Division 4th 16 5 8 3 16 10 23
2017–18 I-League 2nd Division Group stage 10 5 2 3 23 16 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "make way for the nizams". twitter.com.
  2. ^ "Eighteen Teams Will Contest in Second Division League 2017–18". I-League. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Fateh Hyderabad sign joint venture with UK's Premier Education Group". 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Gurtej Singh signs for FC Pune City".
  5. ^ "ISL 2017–18: Naveen Kumar, Abdul Hakku to join Kerala Blasters | Goal.com". Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ Staff, Scroll. "ISL Player Draft: Here are the full squads of all ten teams". Scroll.in. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Football: Fateh Hyderabad to play home matches in Anantapur". Telangana Today. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Ground Profile". Retrieved 8 April 2006.
  9. ^ "Senior Team".
  10. ^ https://fatehhyderabad.com/staff/

External linksEdit