Flagging off ceremony held as team leaves for Chandigarh
By R. Elahi
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Football Association on Wednesday announced J&K’s senior squad for the 75th National Championship for Santosh Trophy set to begin from November 19 at Chandigarh.
The contingent of 22 players and five officials was flagged off by Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary to Youth Services & Sports Department in a brief ceremony held at GGM. Science College Ground, Jammu.
Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said that government is concerned about providing better facilities to the players enabling them to bring laurels for J&K. “The government has created better infrastructure facilities for the youth to participate in different games,” he said.
The Principal Secretary was introduced to the senior squad and the Women’s football team, who are currently undergoing a coaching camp at Jammu for participation in the Senior National Women’s Championship to be held at Kerala.
The flag off ceremony was also attended by Z.A Thakur, President JKFA, Ashok Singh, DSO Jammu, and other officials of JKFA and Sports Council.
J&K Team: Furqan Ahmad, Faisal Thakur, Guatam, Shahid Nazir, Arun Nagyial, Hyder, Nirdosh Sagotra, Tahfeem, Shakir, Imad, Kartik, Raja Musharaf, Aakif Reshi, Mehran, Sarmad, Arjun, Mehran Rasool, Asrar, Mohit, Adeel, Mehjoor and Furqan Nabi.
The team will be accompanied by five officials, including Mohammad Shafi Nari, head of the delegation, Zahoor Ahmed Teli (manager), Satpal Singh, head coach, Shahnaz Iqbal Khan, coach, and Yawar Manzoor, physio.
The J&K team will compete in the North Zone leg of the competition which include teams: Chandigarh, Services, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
November 21: J&K vs Chandigarh
November 23: J&K vs Services
November 25: Uttar Pradesh vs J&K
November 27: Himachal Pradesh vs J&K
The matches will be played at Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh.
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