Odisha, Meghalaya in football final

May 28, 2013, 10:10 IST | IANS

Odisha and Meghalaya will battle it out today in the summit clash of the Coca-Cola Cup, a national under-15 sub-junior football tournament, at Father Agnels School, Vashi today

The youngsters will be showcasing their talent in front of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and India’s national football team captain Sunil Chhetri. Over 41,000 budding footballers from 2,610 schools across 86 cities competed in this tournament over the last several months across district, zonal and state levels.

After several gruelling rounds, Meghalaya, Odisha, Goa and Karnataka’s state teams made it to the semi-finals held on Sunday.

The semis saw Meghalaya and Odisha emerge as winners, qualifying for the national finals.

Forty players will be shortlisted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) technical committee for the national under-16 squad.

AIFF technical director Rob Baan said, “The Coca-Cola Cup has offered the young and budding football players of our nation with a platform to demonstrate as well as hone their skills in the sport. We are excited to see who wins the ultimate title.” 

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