India U-16s win Jockey Youth Cup

The Indian team defeated host Hong Kong U-17s 4-2 in the final.

The Indian team has an unbeaten run spanning 22 matches.   -  AIFF Media

India’s U-16 football team has clinched the Jockey Cup International Youth Invitational title with a 4-2 defeat of Hong Kong U-17s in the final in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Bekey Oram scored two goals and Rohit Danu and Lalrokima scored one each to seal the contest for India. This was India’s third victory in three days, after having defeated Chinese Taipei and Singapore. The team is going through a purple patch, unbeaten for 22 matches which include those against National Youth Teams and International Club and Academy sides.

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The Jockey Cup is an ‘exposure tour’ planned by the All India Football Federation and the Sports Authority of India to sharpen the squad to qualify for the next FIFA U-17 World Cup. The team has already qualified for the AFC U-16 Finals from where the top four teams will make it to the U-17 World Cup.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das congratulated the U-16 team on winning the tourney. He said, “My heartiest congratulations to the boys and the coaching staff. I am excited by the performance of this team but now they have much sterner tests ahead.”

The team will next play a series of matches in Spain.