Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju gave a warm send-off to the Under-15 girls football team from Nagaland, which is set to participate in Gothia Cup, the world largest youth tournament in Sweden.
This year, 80 nations are participating in the international football tournament, and India is being represented by Nagaland. The team was accompanied by the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio.
The footballers met the Sports Minister at his residence and were greeted with a motivational message from him.
Best of luck and happy journey girls! Sent off U-15 girls' football team from Nagaland who'll be representing India at #GothiaCup⚽️ Sweden. The team qualified for the international event. Thanks Nagaland CM @Neiphiu_Rio ji for the support. pic.twitter.com/34Et0OfNyf
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 11, 2019
Rijiju said, “It is a matter of great pride for the nation that these young girls have qualified for the tournament. I met their coach and spoke to him about the training methods and his expectations from the team, and I am confident that they will do well.”
The chief minister of Nagaland added to this, “Football in Nagaland has always had tremendous potential and now we have the opportunity to widen the platform for excellence, at the international level. This participation is an achievement towards expressing gender equality through football.”