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INDIA Under-13 Girls: Champions return home; girls felicitated

India's triumphant Under-13 Girls were felicitated at the Football House in Dwarka by the All India Football Federation today. The girls returned back after winning the AFC U-13 Girl's Football Tournament held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.AIFF General Secreta...

India’s triumphant Under-13 Girls were felicitated at the Football House in Dwarka by the All India Football Federation today. The girls returned back after winning the AFC U-13 Girl’s Football Tournament held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said on the occasion, “I congratulate you for the feat which you have achieved. Hope you will continue with this in the future tournaments. All of you have made the country proud.”

Kushal Das also announced a cash reward of Rs 5,000 each for the players and the support staff in the name of the federation.

Head Coach Priya sounded elated. “We are very happy that we won. This is a step in the right direction. We hope to sustain our performance even at the U-14 tournaments.”

She also lauded AIFF’s support and the reward awarded to the team. “AIFF has been very encouraging and this kind of appreciation would only inspire more players to take up the sport in the country,” Priya added.

The girls won all their five matches and defeated the likes of Iran (1-0), Bhutan (13-0), hosts Sri Lanka (7-0), Jordan (7-1) and Palestine 9-0 on way to winning the tournament.

Published with permission from Arunava Chaudhuri.

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