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India won SAFF U16 Championship Title | Defeated Bangladesh in Final

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In the scenic backdrop of Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan, India U16 football team won the title of SAFF U16 Championship 2023 champions. They achieved this by defeating Bangladesh 2-0 in an intense final match. Bharat Lairenjam scored a goal in the first half, while Levis Zangminlun secured the winning goal in the second-half, leading to a convincing victory for India. As soon as referee Hussain Zaheer signaled the end of the game, the young Indian squad burst into celebration. The players embraced each other, their faces filled with uncontrollable joy over their excellently executed mission.

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Under the guidance of head coach Ishfaq Ahmed, the Blue Colts enjoyed a remarkable journey during the championship. They showcased an enchanting style of dynamic, aggressive soccer that left their adversaries in a state of bewilderment. Their performance in Group A was outstanding, securing the top spot with 1-0 victories against Bangladesh and Nepal in both encounters. In the semi-final showdown against the Maldives, their offensive prowess was on full display, culminating in an impressive 8-0 victory. What’s truly remarkable is that the team achieved all of these feats without allowing a single goal to be scored against them throughout the entire tournament.

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In the ultimate showdown against Bangladesh, India showcased remarkable tactical expertise and composure. They skillfully managed ball distribution and efficiently utilized the available space, effectively countering Bangladesh’s predominantly physical gameplay. Prominent players such as Mohammad Arbash, Vishal Yadav, and Levis Zangminlun skillfully infiltrated the Bangladeshi defense, allowing India to maintain control of the game’s pace from the beginning to the end.

India maintained their high level of intensity as the second half began. Their relentless pursuit of another goal paid off in the 74th minute when Samson Ahongshangbam initiated a promising attack down the left wing. He displayed exceptional skill by switching play to find Levis Zangminlun on the opposite side. Zangminlun, in a quick one-two exchange with Vishal Yadav, skillfully maneuvered past his defender and found himself in open space. After taking a brief moment to prepare, he unleashed a powerful left-footed shot that found the back of the net, extending India’s lead.

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