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Hard work leads to success and we deserved to win the trophy– Firmin D'Souza

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Sunita Munda’s strike in the 67th minute made all the difference in the final victory over Bangladesh.

India U-15 Girls Coach Firmin D’Souza attributed the success in the SAFF U-15 Championship to “hard work.” Moments after India were crowned champions in the SAFF U-15 Girls Championship by defeating Bangladesh by a solitary goal in the final in Thimpu, D’Souza stated, “We stuck to our task. There were targets for each player and everyone executed it to perfection. I am extremely proud of the girls.”

“Right from day one when we assembled in the Camp, we have worked hard. Hard work leads to success and we fully deserve this,” he added.  “It’s hard to express how happy I am to get this trophy back home.”

The legendary Bembem Devi, presently the Assistant Coach of the team couldn’t stop smiling after the final whistle. “As a player, I have been fortunate enough to win medals for my Country. But to win it in my first International Coaching assignment is perhaps more satisfying. The maturity of this U-15 girls, both on and field the field is so inspiring,” she maintained. “They are a very disciplined unit.”


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Goalscorer Sunita Munda said, "I can’t ever describe this moment. We are the champions, India are the champions. We had promised that we would be backing each other and fight for our Country. The tournament has been an eye-opener for all of us. We want to better ourselves in the future.”

Forward Shilkhy Devi also added, "We are very proud to have won this for our Country. This is a feeling which I can’t describe."

Midfielder Avika Singh attributed the triumph to “team spirit", and said, "We gave our 100 per cent on the field. It was a very tough match and it’s so satisfying to have emerged champions. Jai Hind."

Published: Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:18 PM IST

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