Arunachal pip Maharashtra in a game of missed opportunities

Sportspersons needs facilities: Mein
Hero Sub Junior NFC begins

Staff Reporter
NAHARLAGUN, Dec 2: Arunachal colts pipped Maharashtra 1-0 in the opening match of the Hero Sub-Junior National Football Championship (NFC) at RG Stadium here on Sunday.
It was a game of missed opportunities.
Arunachal could have won the match with a higher margin had they converted the chances.
The hosts started the match on an attacking note, creating many scoring opportunities.
They played like a well-oiled machine with short passing, dribbling, receiving and shooting; but poor finishing plagued the team.
At the end of the first half, the scores remained 0-0.
After a barren first first, it was Pramod Subbah, who broke the deadlock.
He slammed a brilliant goal in the 80th minute, taking advantage of a goalmouth melee.
Maharashtra, on the other hand, were seen defensive throughout the match. They launched sporadic attack, but had never posed threat to Arunachal.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who attended the opening ceremony, said the sportspersons of the state will perform well at the highest level, if they are provided with the required facilities.
“There is no dearth of sports talents in Arunachal. What they need is proper training and guidance,” Mein said.
He said that sportspersons of the state can win medals at international level events, if they are backed by proper infrastructure and coaching facilities,” Mein said.
Stating that the junior players of the state are doing exceptionally well in national and international level events, Mein said the government is giving priority on developing sports infrastructure and grooming the budding players.
Minister Sports & Youth Affairs Mohesh Chai, MLA PD Sona, Competition Manager of AIFF Rahul Paresar, Secretary Sports & Youth Affairs Dani Sulu, Chairman Sports Authority of Aruanchal (SAA), Bamang Tago, Vice Chairman (SAA) Nich Doni, members of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association were also present.
Meanwhile, Odisha beat Tamil Nadu 3-0 in the second match, which was played under floodlights.