Manipur’s Bharat Lairenjam and Levis Zangminlun has propelled India to SAFF U-16 Championship 2023 victory over Bangladesh at a time when the state is still roiled in ethic conflict, now surpassing four months.
In a picturesque setting at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan, India’s U-16 football team delivered a standout performance, securing their status as champions of the SAFF U-16 Championship 2023. The team under the captaincy of Tahchapa Ngamgouhou Mate clinched the title with a resounding 2-0 victory over a formidable Bangladesh side in an intense final match.
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The match witnessed a stellar display of talent from the Indian team, guided by their head coach, Ishfaq Ahmed. The Blue Colts put on a sparkling run throughout the championship, showcasing their dominance by not conceding a single goal in the entire tournament.
Bharat Lairenjam was the first to make his mark, finding the net in the opening half. His precise finish set the tone for India’s quest for glory. As the second half unfolded, Levis Zangminlun left an indelible mark, sealing the victory with a well-executed goal. Their combined efforts ensured a comfortable win for the Indian team and solidified their championship status.
With this victory, India’s U-16 team etched their name in the history books of the SAFF U-16 Championship, leaving an enduring legacy of excellence and unity on the field.
The SAFF U-16 triumph stands not only as a testament to India’s football prowess but also serves as a poignant reminder of the sport’s unifying power, transcending boundaries and communities, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose that resonates far beyond the confines of the playing field.