For the first time, the Under-15 Girl’s Football team from Nagaland will represent India at the International Tournament Gothia Cup in Sweden.
The Gothia Cup is the world’s largest International Youth Football Tournament which is scheduled to be held from 14th to 20th July at Gothenburg in Sweden.
A total of 21 members including 14 players, Advisor for Youth Resources and Sports, Zale Neikha along with two team coach and other officials will be leaving for Sweden tomorrow (July 10) from Dimapur.
Cheif Minister Neiphiu Rio wished the team in his tweet:
Best wishes to the U-15 girls' football team from #Nagaland who'll be representing India at #GothiaCup, "the world’s largest and most international youth football tournament"; to be held from July 14-20, 2019 at Gothenburg, Sweden. Give your best. We're proud of you. @KirenRijiju pic.twitter.com/lB6FZW28WY
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) July 9, 2019
In a sendoff programme held at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Kohima today, the Advisor expressed hope that Nagaland team will be able to compete professionally at the highest level with other teams and showcase their talents as sportsperson.
He said it is an achievement for the team to represent the country and a platform to show the uniqueness of the Naga identity and culture during the opening ceremony of the tournament. As part of the year long centenary celebration of legendary Naga footballer Dr T Ao and also to help the players gain exposure, the Youth Resources and Sports department has taken the initiative to send the team to the international tournament.
Besides taking part in the tournament, the Nagaland team will also be representing India in the parade of nations during the opening ceremony. The team will be playing its first match on 15th July.
News Source: AIR Kohima