Young Indian team shines in SAFF, Under 15 Championship; bags title
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 28-Aug-2017

Kathmandu, August 28: Young Indian team has concluded its inspirational run in South Asian Football Federation, SAFF, Under 15 Championship after winning the title. India defeated host Nepal by 2-1 in the finals SAFF, Under 15 and grabbed the title. The final was played at ANFA Complex, Lalitpur in Nepal on Sunday.

 

Nepal was leading by one goal in the first half of the match as Birjesh Kumar Chaudhary made no mistake by converting penalty into a goal in 41st minute. In the second half, Indian team looked in sensational form and played better. Striker Lalrokima dribbled past Nepali defenders and equalised the score by 1-1 in the 59th minute.

Indian skipper Vikram Pratap Singh scored the decisive goal in 75th minute. Nepal looked to get back into the game but was let down by their poor possession on the ball. Vikram Pratap Singh was declared best player of the championship. India won all four matches in the championship.

Earlier, in the league matches, India defeated Maldives by 9-0 and host Nepal by 2-1. In the semifinal, India defeated Bhutan by 3-0. India scored 16 goals and conceded just two. The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-15 Championship for boys kick started on August 18, 2017, at Nepal. As many as six nations participated in the tournament where each of the sides was divided into two pools comprising three teams each.

Interestingly, the SAFF Under-15 Championship is a continuity of the earlier SAFF Under-16 Championship. The motive behind the change is to allow teams to be better prepared for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 qualifiers to be held later this year.