IFA XI returns after dismal tour

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Having conceded nine goals in two matches, the IFA XI returned to Kolkata after a disastrous South Africa tour.

Kolkata:

Having conceded nine goals in two matches, the IFA XI today returned to Kolkata after a disastrous South Africa tour, even though coach Mohammed Habib claimed that the Indians had earned applause for their style of play. The IFA side, which went down 0-4 to Kwa-Zulu Natal XI at Pietermaritzburg on July 26 before losing 3-5 to Manning Rangers two days later at Chatsworth, were the first Indian side to play in South Africa in nearly 70 years. The only saving grace for the Dulal Biswas-led side was the fine hat-trick scored by teenage striker Syed Rahim Nabi in the second match against the World Cupper-studded Manning Rnagers. However, Habib felt that the players were done in by the biting cold in Durban. "Despite losing both the matches, our style earned praise from the fans there," he said. Habib also said had the team gone for the trip after better preparations, the results would have been different. (PTI)

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