73rd National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy
*J&K thrashes Uttarakhand by 3-1 in inaugural tie
Excelsior Sports Correspondent
KATRA, Feb 11: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today inaugurated 73rd National Football championship for Santosh Trophy 2018-19 North Zone qualifying round at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Complex, here today.
The tournament is being organized by J&K Football Association under the aegis of All India Football Federation and is supported by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, J&K State Sports Council and J&K Bank Ltd.
CEO Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Simrandeep Singh, Secretary Youth Services & Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, DIG Udhampur-Reasi Range M Suleman Choudhary, SSP Reasi Nisha Nathyal, Secretary JK Sports Council Naseem Choudhary, President J&K Football Association and other concerned persons were present at the inaugural ceremony.
The 73rd edition of National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy (North Zone Qualifiers) will be played at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Complex, Katra from February 11-16, 2019. There are total 12 matches to be played on single leg format and daily two matches shall be played.
Eight North India an States are competing in the championship which includes Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and host Jammu & Kashmir.
The Advisor on the occasion interacted with the officials from All India Football Federation and J&K Football Association who are part of this ongoing championship.
Later, he also met the teams of J&K and Jharkhand playing their match today after which the championship was officially kicked off.
He appreciated the efforts of J&K Football Association in organizing the events and also thanked AIFF, SMVDSB, J&K Sports Council and J&K Bank for their support in hosting the championship.
J&K is hosting this event for the fourth time. Similarly, the ongoing I-League matches have also been organized at Srinagar in a very systematic and smooth manner.
A colorful cultural presentation was also given by the students of SMVD Nursing College, Katra.
In the inaugural match, Jammu and Kashmir thrashed Uttarakhand by three goals to one (3-1). From J&K, the first goal was scored by skipper Goutam Mehra, while the 2nd and 3rd goals were netted by Shakir and Akif Javaid.
In another match, Delhi defeated Chandigarh by a solitary goal.