A free-kick from Nagaland U-14 (in blue-jersey) narrowly misses the target during their inaugural match against BKSP Bangladesh at the ongoing Subroto Cup International Football Tournament 2019 in New Delhi on August 21. (Morung Photo/screengrab)
Morung Express News
Dimapur | August 21
Nagaland U-14 team kicked off their Subroto Cup International Football Tournament 2019 campaign today on a positive note with a goalless draw against the formidable Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP), Bangladesh.
The BKSP is the national sports institute of Bangladesh team and its U-14 team was the champions of 2016 edition, while the team was the winner of both U-17 Boys’ and Girls’ category in 2018.
However, the U-14 Boys of Greenwood Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, representing Nagaland at the diamond jubilee edition of cup slated from August 20-29, are no novice either. They were winners in 2008, 2012, and 2014 and was also the runners up in 2007. In 2018, Manipur lifted the trophy in U-14 category.
In the evenly poised today, both sides created many chances but failed to convert those into goals, eventually ending the match in a goalless draw.
While BKSP started strong and troubled the Nagaland side in the first 20 minutes, the latter regrouped thereafter and responded with equal firepower to end the first half in a positive note.
In the second half, both sides played out evenly.
Nagaland team is lead by Mughato Aye (Team coach), Akihito Zhimomi (Team Manager) and assisted by other two officials. The state is in Pool–C along with BKSP (Bangladesh), CBSE, Haryana and Team 15.
According to the schedule of the tournament, Nagaland is slated to play CBSE, Haryana and Team 15 next on August 22, 23 and 24 respectively.
Biggest Subroto Cup
The Diamond Jubilee edition of International Football Tournament, the Subroto Cup, billed as the Asia’s largest youth football tournament—kicked off at the Ambedkar Stadium on August 20.
According the organiser, the tournament this year will see a record 112 teams, including 16 international sides, vying for top honours in the sub-junior boys (U-14) and junior (U-17) boys and girls categories.
However, Nagaland is participating only in the U-14 Boys category.
While the U-14 category is scheduled at the Ambedkar Stadium from August 20- 29, the U-17 girls’ and boys’ competitions will start on August 30 and September 7, respectively, with the finals scheduled for September 6 and September 18.
The U-14 boys’ category has 36 teams; the U-17 girls’ section has 31 teams while the U-17 boys’ category has the maximum participating teams, 45.
Apart from Bangladesh and Afghanistan, other countries participating in this season include Nigeria, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.
The tournament has enhanced its prize money in all three categories by Rs 50,000 this year. The winners in the sub-junior boys’ section will walk away with a cash prize of Rs 3,00,000, while Rs 4,00,000 each will be awarded to the winners in the junior boys’ and girls’ sections.
The runners-up in the sub-junior boys’ category will receive Rs 1,75,000 while those in the junior boys’ and girls’ sections would earn Rs 2,50,000 each.