SHSC squad heads off for Junior Youth I-League U-15

Gangtok, 28 Apr:

The Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club squad is all set to participate in the Hero Junior Youth I-League U-15 2018-19 scheduled to be held at the Bidhannagar Municipal Sports Complex football ground in Kolkata.

A 24-strong SHSC team, including two coaches, Pranay Subba and MD Lepcha, and manager, Sonam Dadul Denzongpa, is scheduled to depart Monday for the league. This is the second time that SHSC is participating in the league.

The Sikkim team’s first match is scheduled for 03 May against Aizawl FC, after which they take on Maximus Prime Sports [Delhi] on 05 May, and on 07 May square off against Au Rajasthan FC. The winner of this group will for the next national round.

Speaking to media-persons here at Guards’ Ground today, SHSC founder, Tenzing Lamtha, informed that the tournament is being hosted under the AIFF grassroot level initiative.

“It has always been the aim of our club to provide platforms at the regional and national level to talented footballers of the State. Our club has been focusing on grassroots level football and give a chance to all the talent,” he said.

SHSC had played in second division I-League previously, but could not return to it in the following seasons due to funds constraints.

Mr Lamtha explains that they realised that it was difficult to sustain the club in second division I-League and hence adopted another strategy to get AIFF accreditation which allowed the club to play in youth and junior level national leagues.

“This way we can continue to send our young footballers to national level tournaments like this u-15 Junior League,” he said.

Coach Pranay Subba said that the team is prepared well for the u-15 junior league.

“We have players from the SHSC hostel and also from different parts of the State. We wanted to give an opportunity to the best u-15 talent of our State as our aim is to promote all of them. Hence, we did not select the players only from our academy and we expect to do well in Kolkata,” he said.