Monday, January 30, 2023

61st Subroto Cup: Nagaland wins Under-17 boys title after 42 years


Pilgrim Higher Secondary School (PHSS) Dimapur, Nagaland, beat Government Model Higher Secondary School (GMHSS) Chandigarh 1-0 to win the 61st Subroto Cup International Football Tournament Boys Under-17 title here at the famous Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi.
It was a game which Nagaland team dominated, but in the end it took a header in the first-half of extra-time by Setungchim, to ensure that the prestigious Subroto Cup Boys Under-17 crown came to Nagaland after 42 years. It was in 1980, that Government High School Dimapur shared the championship title with Ibemcha Hr Secondary School Manipur since the final match could not be held due to unavoidable circumstances.
Nagaland walked home with Rs 3, 50,000 including trophy and citations while the runners up received Rs 2, 00,000.
The winners received the grand trophy from the chief guest, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari. Nagaland team was led by vice president Nagaland Football Association Mughato Aye as the coach and Akihito Zhimo as the manager.
Red letter day, says Neikha: Advisor for Youth Resources & Sports, Er. Zale Neikha, congratulated the team for winning the prestigious trophy and bringing laurels to the State, adding that it was a red-letter day for Nagaland football to have won such a prestigious tournament.
He said their win epitomised the hardwork put in by the young players. “Our boys from Pilgrim Higher Secondary School, Dimapur representing Nagaland showed their quality to be champions, their teamwork and effort contributed to the success of the trophy,” Neikha said.

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