Monday, January 30, 2023

Nagaland U-17 boys team lift Subroto Cup

The Subroto Cup Boys Under-17 crown came to Nagaland after 42 years as Pilgrim Higher Secondary School (PHSS), Dimapur beat Government Model Higher Secondary School (GMHSS), Chandigarh 1-0 at the Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday.
After the game kicked off, the boys from Nagaland played the more enterprising football. Captain Bapen and Thanglenngam combined together well on the left flank where most of the attacks were created. Chandigarh had the best chance of the half when tournament top scorer Lemmet of GMHSS tested Nagaland goalkeeper Shotok, who saved well to keep the scores even.
The second half was an even affair with both teams not able to create any clear-cut opportunities taking the game to extra time. Nagaland however, looked the more compact and organized in attack throughout the game.
The goal came early in the first half of extra time, when off a Tongtinlen corner, Setungchim, who had scored a hat-trick in the semi-finals, rose highest to deflect a header past Rohit in the Chandigarh goal.
Nagaland team on their way to final beat Kejriwal High School, Bihar 3-1, Fountain Head School, Surat 16–0 and Banpother Bengenabari HSS, Assam 2–0 in the league matches to top the Pool G.
The team also bested St. Anthony’s High School, Meghalaya in quarters via penalty shootout 5-4.
In their semi-final match, they defeated CT Higher Secondary School Manipur, 3–1 to make it into the final round.
The 61st Subroto Cup edition began on September 6 where a total of 92 schools representing 25 States and Union Territories of India participated in the three (U-14 Boys, U-17 Girls, U-17 Boys) categories including a team from Bangladesh.
Earlier, speaking at the prize distribution, Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari said, “It was heartening to see two fine young teams battle it out so intensely for what is undoubtedly the premiere school football prize in the country. Today’s match once again reiterates that there is no dearth of talent in the country when it comes to football or any other sport.”
Olympic silver medalist wrestler and Guest of Honour Ravi Dahiya also shared his thoughts and emotions saying, “Sport in itself is a great guru for kids. It imbibes discipline and focus at a very young age. These are values which go a long way in the making of a successful human being.”
“Therefore, I urge the young to take up one sport, any sport, in your life and pursue it. It will not only make you a fitter individual, but also a responsible citizen and a good human being. I congratulate all the winners of today and wish them a bright future ahead.”

Individual Awards
Best Player – Lemmet Tangvah, GMHSS, Chandigarh.
Best Goalkeeper – Shotok Nikhuyi, PMHSS, Nagaland.
Best Coach – Ankur Khanna, GMHSS, Chandigarh.
Best School – Pilgrim HSS, Dimapur, Nagaland
Fair Play Trophy – 10+2 Zila School, Chabasia, Jharkhand.

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