India wins 2017 SAFF U15 Championships

The Indian U-15 football team completed a brilliant comeback win over Nepal to win the SAFF U-15 Championships in Kathmandu on 27 August 2017. They were trailing 0-1 at the interval, but second half goals from Lalrokima and Vikram clinched the trophy for the Indian side.

India started the match well as Ravi came really close to scoring in the 14th minute but his finishing was not enough. After a few minutes, Harpreet’s header missed the target narrowly and it seemed that it will be an easy outing for the Indian youngsters.

It was Nepal who broke the deadlock against the run of the play in the 40th minute. The hosts earned a penalty and were able to place the ball perfectly to take the lead minutes before the interval. However, the Indian U-15 football team continued to attack and the result finally came in the 58th minute as Lalrokima scored to make it 1-1. The goal was exactly what the doctored ordered for the Indian team as it infused life into the game and India roared in search of their second goal.

The SAFF Championships win came just days after the senior team were crowned champions in the Hero Tri-Nation Football series. Congratulating the U-15 Team for the achievement, All India Football President Mr. Praful Patel said: “Congratulations to the boys and entire staff. The manner the boys have played is a clear indication of how a structured Youth Development Programme can raise the bar.”

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