Monday, January 30, 2023

Subroto Cup: Manipur beat Nagaland 2-0 in SFs


Team Nagaland’s impressive run in the ongoing Under-14 Subroto Cup International Football Tournament came to an upsetting end after it lost to Manipur 0-2 in the semi-final played at New Delhi on Tuesday.
Representing the State, Greenwood School from Dimapur failed to make any headway as Heirok Higher Secondary School Imphal, representing Manipur scored two goals.
Manipur’s A. Devo scored in the 24 minute and L Bikramjit scored the second goal in the 45th minute.
With Tuesday’s result, Manipur advanced to the final. In the other semifinal, Jharkhand beat Chandigarh 3-1 to set up a title clash with Manipur on September 15.
Nagaland under-14 was led by Kechi as team coach and Kevilebei as manager.
Interacting with media persons, team captain, Limathung Lotha, thanked God for the opportunity and also the coach and manager for trusting him to lead the team.
“During the league games we all thought about reaching the top and worked hard accordingly. Every night after dinner we used to gather in an open space close to the hotel we were staying and along with our coaches we discussed about the game we played that day and how to be mentally prepared for the next game”, Limathung said.
He added that all the players were motivated and as the league game ended the team was well prepared when they faced Assam in the quater finals.
Limathung continued that as they stepped into the ground they prayed to God seeking for victory.
He said in the semifinal, the team failed to score despite of all their efforts.
Limathung said although the team lost the match they were happy to play a tough match against Manipur at the tournament. Team coach Kechi also thanked God for letting the team all the way through to the semifinals.
He said it was an enriching experience which he considered as a good platform for an amateur coach like himself.
He added that he was amazed and much humbled to see tons of experienced coaches holding AIFF ‘A’, AIFF ‘B’, AIFF ‘C’ licence guiding their young players.
He pointed out that throughout the tournament he felt the growing need for Nagaland State to give more priority to the young footballers and also more platforms that needed to be created for the upcoming generation and for the football enthusiasts.
He observed that there was also a marginal difference in terms of basic tactics and techniques between “our” State players and players from footballers producing States like Goa, Manipur, etc., which, he added, was the result of a lack of proper foundation thereby resulting in poor basic knowledge of the sport.
He thanked the Indian Air Force for organizing a grand International Subroto Tournament for the upliftment of young future footballers. “It is because of such tournaments that the players are able to realize and live their sport dreams”, he said.

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