Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan held their nerves in a tense final and overcame Amini School, Afghanistan, 1-0 to clinch the 59th edition of the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament (Junior Boys category) on Tuesday. Habibur Rahman netted the solitary goal in the match at the 11th minute to help Bangladesh win the Under-17 school tournament, which was held at Dr Ambedkar Stadium.
The second half failed to see any goals despite a spirited counter-attack by the Afghanistan side to score an equaliser. Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan had also won the sub-junior (Under-14) Subroto Cup tournament in 2016, prevailing over Chandigarh’s Government Model High School in penalties (4-2).
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who was the chief guest, handed over the prize money to the captain of Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP). Pranub Limboo of Govt Senior Secondary School, Namchi, Sikkim was adjudged the best goalkeeper while the best player award was presented to Mohammad Nemil of Reliance Foundation School, Mumbai.
Raghu Kumar of Army Boys Sports Company, Banglore, received the best coach award and the Fair Play Trophy was given to Reliance Foundation School, Mumbai. The award for the Most Contributing School for Football was presented to NNMHSS, Chelembra, Malappuram and Kerala for their contribution towards the development of football.
A total of 95 teams participated in the tournament, including eight teams from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.