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India win SAFF Under 15 Championship

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India has won the South Asian Football Federation, SAFF, Under 15 Championship. India defeated host Nepal by 2-1 in the final at Kathmandu yesterday.

In the first half Nepal was leading by one goal. Birjesh Kumar Chaudhary made no mistake by converting penalty into a goal in 41st minute. In the second half Indian team looked more composed and played better.

In 59th minute striker Lalrokima dribbled past Nepali defenders and equalised the score by 1-1. Indian skipper Vikram Pratap Singh scored the decisive goal in 75th minute. Nepal looked to get back into the game but were let down by their poor possession on the ball.

Vikram Pratap Singh was declared best player of the championship. India won all four matches in the championship. In the league matches India beat Maldives by 9-0 and host Nepal by 2-1. In the semifinal India defeated Bhutan by 3-0. India scored 16 goals and conceded just two.

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