Bhubaneswar: The concluding match of SAFF U20 Championship between India and Bangladesh saw the spectators burst into roars of cheer and applause as India and Bangladesh tackled for the coveted trophy at the iconic Kalinga Stadium.
This was further heightened with the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who met the two teams during Line up and wished them the best.
Chief Minister, a sports enthusiast, therafter enjoyed watching the two teams who had kept the audience hooked with their game. The tournament that had commenced on 25 August featured 5 teams Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Srilanka and host India.
Each team has expressed their delight to be here in Bhubaneswar and train and play and above all have such facility and support from the State Goverment.
Chief Minister shared that support and promotion of sports including football is amongst the state’s focus areas. And tournaments like IWL, SAFFU20, and upcoming FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup will give a big boost to the development of football, especially amongst the youth and also build a long lasting legacy for the sport in the state.