Norbert Lalfakawma scored the decisive goal in the extra-time as Government Chawngfiang Middle School, Mizoram, won sub-junior (Under-14) title of the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament by defeating Esteqalal School from Afghanistan on Thursday.
The Mizoram outfit defeated the school from Afghanistan 3-2 after the two teams were locked 2-2 at the end of regulation time.
The win was worth Rs 2.5 lakh for the Mizoram school while the runners-up team got Rs. 1.25 lakh.
Air Marshal BBP Sinha presented trophy to the winners while Mizoram chief minister Lalthawala presented the cheque to them.
If the first half of the match belonged to the northeastern side, the Afghan boys made the second half theirs, thanks to Rasheed’s perseverance and his second goal just a few minutes from time. Earlier, he had slotted in a goal to reduce the margin after Chunnfa Hamar had put the Mizoram School in the lead.
The Mizo boys, playing percentage football and keeping a good control over ball possession, went ahead as early as in the eighth minute when R Lalriupuia sent in a long cross from near the centre line. With several defenders surrounding, Hmar used his head to a greater effect to send the ball into the left of goalkeeper Sharif.
Earlier, Delhi Dynamos player-cum-manager Roberto Carlos, along with his teammates, was present to cheer the two teams. The Subroto Education Society offered 25 promising players in the Under-14 section Rs 15,000 each, a one-time scholarship.