Mizoram winning the national football championship for the Santosh Trophy underscores the phenomenal growth of the sport in the northeastern states. The region is fast becoming the new nursery of Indian football.
Railways will try to break their 48-year old jinx while Mizoram will look to become first-time lucky when the two sides cross swords in a high voltage title clash of the 68th National Championships for Santosh Trophy here tomorrow.
High flying Mizoram will look to extend their seven-match winning streak when they take on Tamil Nadu and a buoyant Railways face Maharashtra in the two semifinals of the 68th National Championships for Santosh Trophy at the Kanchenjunga Stadium here on Friday.
Punjab on Tuesday booked a berth in the main round of the Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy after thrashing Uttar Pradesh 4-0 in their final North Zone qualifying round match here.
Uttarakhand on Monday defeated Chandigarh by a solitary goal to earn a ticket into the final round of the Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy to be played in Siliguri later this month.
Last year`s semifinalists Punjab inched closer to clinching a berth in the Senior National Football Championships for the Santosh Trophy after defeating Jammu and Kashmir by a solitary goal here on Sunday.
Gujarat survived anxious encounter in the dying minutes to hold Madhya Pradesh to 2-2 draw in the qualifying round match of the Santosh Trophy (West Zone) played at Tilak Stadium, Vasco, here Saturday.
The All India Football Federation on Tuesday lifted the life ban imposed on Uttar Pradesh Santosh Trophy captain Naseem Akhtar who was handed the punishment by his state association for asking better facilities for his team members.
The next Santosh Trophy national football championship will be played in two phases - zonals and final -- while the Federation Cup will be held in Kerala from January 1-12, it was decided by the AIFF`s Tournament Committee here today.
Mid-fielder Monu Chaudhary will lead Delhi state football team in the pre-quarterfinal league matches of 67th Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy scheduled to be held in Kochi from February 15.
Services scored once in each half as they beat Kerala 2-1 at the Barabati Stadium here Friday to advance to the final of the 66th Santosh Trophy. They await the winner between Manipur and Tamil Nadu to see who they will face Monday.