Excelsior Sports Correspondent
SRINAGAR, April 23: Sports Council Football Academy (SCFA) beat J&K Bank to win the Youth League Football Championship title trophy-2022, played at TRC Synthetic Turf, here today.
While it was a must match for the J&K Bank colts to get their hands on the coveted trophy and all the FA Sports Council had to do was deny their opponents such a chance. The Sports Council FA defense guarded their goal post and reduced any chance their opponents had of earning an extra point from the game.
Sports Council FA stuck to their game plan and settled for a draw which meant the effort was enough to hand them the Championship badge. It was a second consecutive championship title for the SCFA colts this season.
Earlier in the evening, the penultimate league match between SCFA Bandipora and SCFA Baramulla went into the latter’s pot, claiming victory by a single goal. The colts of Baramulla SCFA by this victory were placed in third place in the league.
Kashmir Divisional Commissioner, Pandurang K Pole presided over the ceremony as the chief guest who presented the awards to the participants.
While appreciating the efforts of the Sports Council, he said, “To carry out such activities and provide many opportunities for young people to show their talent is a welcome step and a need of the hour.” He added that football is a much-loved sport at J&K and has huge potential to produce many top players for the national team.
Joint Secretary of J&K Sports Council, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Divisional Sports Officer of Kashmir, Nuzhat Farooq as well as many other officials from Sports Council as well as other ministries were also present on the occasion.
Bashir Ahmad Bhat, co-secretary of the Sports Council, said 12 top teams from the valley participated in the league which also featured more than 300 players and officials. He added that the league was played at two venues, with Gani Memorial Stadium Downtown hosting 12 games while six games were played on TRC synthetic turf under floodlights.