PIFA Colaba Youngstar FC the men’s team of the Premier India Football Academy recovered from a disastrous start to qualify for Mumbai’s Super division Elite play off’s.
Premier India Football Academy took over the management and training of the Colaba Youngstar FC in 2006-2007. They played the Mumbai Senior Division of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) and topped the league to get promoted to MDFA Super Division 2007-2008.
PIFA CYFC is a community project run by PIFA to develop football in Mumbai’s Colaba area. The team has a big fan base from this area and has instilled a sense of pride to have their boys perform, win matches and getselected to playforthe Indian team. The team has 2 players Harshad Meher (GK) and Ajit Bhoir (def) playing India (u-16), Manuel D. (mid) & Chand Sheikh (GK) have been called for India U-19 trials.
The team got a new sponsor Tilaknagar Industries Ltd for 2007-2008 season, the sponsorship helped the team to train at a proper training facilities, recruit coaches, pay the players and support staff.
PIFA Director & UEFA B licensed coach Nirvan Shah took over the team after sacking coach Nelson, when the team suffered 2 loses against Sea View SC (0-1), Income Tax (1-4) and tied against Mumbai Muslims (1-1), securing one point from 3 games. The team scored only 2 goals.
It was an uphill task and the team needed to get out of the relegation zone. It took 2 weeks for the new coach Nirvan Shah to train and re-organise the team into a competitive side, they once were. The boys trained hard and were responsive to the new training methods. The team focused on set plays, movements as well motivation. Most importantly the boys began to enjoy their game.
The team’s new war cry “One for all, all for one” instilled team spirit. They won 3 games beating Companeroes Bandra (3-1), Mumbai Port Trust (8-0) and Air India U-19 (2-0) and fought back against the league leaders Central Railway after being down (1-3) to tie the game (3-3).
The team scored 18 goals in the league to become the highest goal scorer’s. The team finished 3rd in the league after being at the bottom for the first 4 games. The team remained unbeaten under coach Nirvan.
The five teams that will play the Mumbai Super Division - Elite play off's are as follow :
1. Central Railway (19 pts)
2. Income Tax (14 pts)
3. PIFA CYFC (11 pts)
4. Sea View (9 pts)
5. Mumbai Muslims (8 pts)
The team now has a new challenge to finish top of the Elite play off to secure promotion to the Mumbai Elite division.