Gangtok, Dec 4
A 21-member team will represent Sikkim in the Junior National Football Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy 2019-20 to be held at Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.
The state team accompanied by Alpan Lepcha as team coach and Dorjee Gay Bhutia as team manager will be leaving for the championship on Thursday.
The state team members are Abit Mohamad, Besu Hang Limboo, Gautam Singh, Aninav Thapa, Dewan Mangar, Aryan Bagdas, Kailash Tamang, Aman Rai, Prajit Pradhan, Sagar Mohanta, Rudra Chettri, Bishal Subba, Narendra Chettri, Pratham Sundas, Noel Baraily, Sidanth Darjee, Ronak Pradhan, Anoje Chettri, Peeush Parsai, Amar Tamang and Deo Kumar Chettri.
Sikkim has been placed in group A along with Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Tripura and Tamil Nadu for the league round of the championship. Sikkim team will be playing its first match of the championship against the host, Himachal Pradesh on 10 December, which will be followed by second match against Gujarat on 12 December, against Tripura on 14 December and last league match against Tamil Nadu on 16 December. It has been informed that only the group topper will qualify for the knock-out round of the championship after league round.
Speaking to media persons this morning, Sikkim Football Association president, Menla Ethenpa informed that forty-five budding footballers from across the State had participated in the selection trial for the State. He added that the state team members have undergone through 21-day camp organized by SFA at Paljor Stadium and all set to give the best performance in the championship. “We have a strong team this time and we are very hopeful for the better results,” he expressed.
Team coach, Mr Lepcha said, “We have good players in every position this time and team members are in high spirit and in good form to give good fight to the opponent teams. We are very hopeful for the better result from the State team.”