Subroto Cup International Football Tournament 2019 kicks off: RFS outclass Jharkhand 4-1

The Subroto Cup International Football Tournament – Asia’s largest youth football tournament kicked off on 20thAugust 2019 at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium

The Subroto Cup International Football Tournament – Asia’s largest youth football tournament kicked off on 20th August 2019 at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi.

In the inaugural match played in the sub-junior U-14 category, between Reliance Foundation School (RFS) and Jharkhand, Reliance Foundation School emerged victorious defeating Jharkhand by 4 goals to 1 in Pool A.

The match started with Reliance Foundation School looking the more organized of the two teams. They got an early lead with the help of Sanathoi Singh in the 4th minute. Sanathoi scored another in the 22nd minute to double the lead for his team. In the 23rd minute, the gap was further widened by a goal from Srijal Rai. Jharkhand hinted towards a comeback as a goal just at the brink of the half-time by Akash Hembram narrowed the gap to 3-1.

With the start of the second half, it was a similar story. Though, the half didn’t see many goals a 38th minute goal by Aditya Dhingra was the final nail in the coffin. The match ended with Reliance Foundation School winning the game 4-1.

At the opening ceremony, held at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium, Air Marshal PP Bapat VSM, Air Officer-in-charge-Administration & Vice Chairman, Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society (SMSES) was the Chief Guest.

Sharing his thoughts at the function, Air Marshal PP Bapat, said, “It’s a momentous occasion for us to kick-off the Diamond Jubilee Edition of the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament 2019. We at the Indian Air Force have always strongly believed in sports as a critical factor to usher in human development and this needs no emphasis, as football is undoubtedly the world’s favourite sport and the love for it is similar amongst the air warriors. Therefore, hosting the 60th edition is a matter of pride for us.”

He added, “The number of participating teams from India and abroad has seen a steady rise over the years and that speaks for the popularity of the tournament across the globe. I am happy that the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament this year is seeing participation from 16 international teams – the highest ever in the tournament’s history. I wish all the participating teams all the very best and hope to see the best team emerge victorious.”

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