Wednesday, May 29, 2024

India Claims SAFF Championship Title, Outshines Kuwait with Stellar Performance: A Phenomenal Triumph for The Nation

India clinched a record ninth SAFF Championship title on Tuesday 4th July, in Bengaluru. The victory came in a very tense penalty shoot-out with a score-line of 5-4.Both the sides were battling a neck-to-neck 1-1 score till the end of 120 minutes.

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The Five rounds of penalty kicks also proven indecisive  as the score was 4-4 at the end of it and the sudden-death came into play.In the sudden death shot Mahesh Naorem scored for India and then The Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saved Khaled Hajiah’s shot to lead India’s triumph in SAFF Championship.

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The deafening cheers and unforgettable scenes were exploded in the crowd.The atmosphere was electric with goose bumps-inducing moments and passionate chants echoed through the crowd as they witnessed their team’s spectacular victorious performance. Roaring crowds and thrilling chants of “Vande Matram” which means ‘I praise to thee,Mother (land India)’ induced goose bumps in the stands. Indian flags and many banners saying “Blue Pilgrims’, ”BELIEVE”, “Mission Worldcup” were waving high.That certainly displayed the India is not gonna settle in this title only, India wants more, India wants to play The FIFA World Cup. The fans experienced pride as India made history again clinching the title for the ninth glorious time. All these made the night captivating and unforgettable for the Indian Football and sports history.

Awards in a flash:

Fair play award – Nepal

Best goalkeeper of the competition – Anisur Rahman Zico (Bangladesh)

Highest Goalscorer award – Sunil Chhetri (India)

Most valuable player of the competition – Sunil Chhetri (India)

Winners – 50,000 USD (India)

Runners-up – 25,000 USD (Kuwait)

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