Gangtok, 01 Dec:
Futsal Association of Sikkim [FAS] congratulated Sikkimese footballers on their return home after winning Colombian hearts at the recently held C20 Futsal World Cup held in Colombia, South America. India finished on the 12th position in the overall rankings at the U-21 World Cup Valledupar, Colombia, losing out closely against USA with score 3- 4.
Three Sikkimese footballers - Ashwin Rai, Boxer Pradhan and Sangay Choppel Bhutia - played for team India while Bishal Chettri led the team as head coach in the World Cup.
Ashwin scored 5 goals, Boxer 3 goals and Sangay scored one goal for India at the tournament.
On their return home, the footballers received a warm welcome by local footballers and sports enthusiasts at Rangpo on Friday evening.
FAS states that it was a matter of pride for Sikkim that a total of nine goals were scored by the Indian team and that all were by Sikkimese boys.
FAS general secretary Dr Benoy Upreti thanked all sports supporters and enthusiasts who were present to show their solidarity for sports and provide a positive reinforcement to the boys.
“The experience gained by these boys will definitely be shared among peers and the Association takes this opportunity to thank the able governance and dynamic leadership that exists in the state that will help us embark on a lot of positive sporting indulgence amongst the youth of the state,” he said.