New Delhi, Sep 29 : India U-18 football team lifted the SAFF U-18 Championship for the first time beating Bangladesh 2-1 in the final in Kathmandu on Sunday.
India surged into the lead as early as the 2nd minute when Vikram Partap Singh sped past his marker and banged it in.
The match-winner came in late in injury time when the nippy Ravi Bahadur Rana scored off a screamer from about 30 yards. Yeasin Arafat reduced the margin for Bangladesh in the 40th minute.
The victory makes it sweeter with the U-15 National Team having lifted the SAFF U-15 Championship beating Bangladesh in the final in August 2019.
While the U-16 team went on to qualify for the AFC U-16 championships, the U-19 team will play the AFC Qualifiers in November in their quest to qualify for the AFC Finals.
India’s Ninthoinganba Meetei was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.(UNI)