Ranchi: The 11th Junior under 19 National Nine a Side Football Championship was organised by the West Bengal Nine A Side Football Association from May 5 to May 7 at Raj College Ground Jhargram, under the aegis of Nine A Side Football Federation of India. As many as 12 state teams participated in the tournament. Jharkhand emerged runners-up in the tournament losing to Assam in the final via penalty shoot-outs. This information was given by Brajesh Gupta, general secretary, Nine a Side Football Association of Jharkhand.
Earlier, Jharkhand defeated Kerala 4-0, Goa 2-0 Tripura 2-1 and West Bengal 3-2 in their pool matches to qualify for the semi-finals. In the semi-final, Jharkhand beat Bihar to enter the final
All the office bearers of the Nine a Side Football Association of Jharkhand congratulated the state team members for the achievement.
Team: Preet Tigga (Captain), Sachidanand Toppo, Nitesh Soreng, Ashim Anupam (all Gumla), Anuj Lama, Ashish Gari, Aryan Kutch, Akash Kutch (all Ranchi), Raja Banra, Sahil Kandeyang (all Chaibasa), Ravi Munda (Bokaro) , Rakesh Kumar Chaudhary, Rehan Ansari (both Dhanbad), Bhupendra Pradhan, Rahul Mahto (both Khunti); coach Sagar Vishwas; manager Wahid Ansari.