Afghan girls take part in Subroto Cup
KABUL (PAN): For the first time in the history of Subroto Cup, Afghan girls were seen in action along with other teams in the 52nd edition of the football tournament in New Delhi, organisers said on Saturday.
The event is organised annually by the Subroto Mukerjee Sports Education Society in memory of the first chief of the Indian Air Force, (late) Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee OBE, who was a keen soccer aficionado.
Afghan teams - U-17 boys from Military School, Kabul and U-17 girls from Rabia Balkhi, Malika Suraya and Amina Fedawi and U-14 boys from Lycee Istiqlal took part in the inter-school contest that was kicked off at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi on Nov. 4.
Over 59 school teams, including those from overseas, are vying for the top spot at the Subroto Cup Football Tournament this year. A total of 31 teams are participating in the U-17 and 28 in the U-14 categories.
"The Afghan teams played with the best provincial school teams from India and neighbouring countries and displayed a superior level of football with high spirit and enthusiasm," the organisers said in a statement.
The U-14 boys' team won all three league matches by huge margins and reached the quarter-final stage of the tournament, where they lost to the Meghalya opponents in a penalty shootout.