GANGTOK: January 18, 2012
Sikkim Football Association (SFA) has sent 24 members Junior Boys Football team to participate in the 48th Junior National Football Championship for Dr. B.C. Roy Memorial Trophy 2012 scheduled. The tournament begins on 19th Jan 2012 at Cuttack, Orissa. It is being organised by All India Football Federation. The team is lead by the Manager Norbu Sherpa and its captain is Kinthup Ongpo Lachungpa.
For the preliminary round, Sikkim has been slated in cluster “A” along with Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Sikkim will play its first match on 19th Jan 2012 against J & K, their second match is against Chhattisgarh on 21st Jan 2012 and the third match and the final match on 23rd Jan 2012 against Gujarat. A 15 days coaching camp for the championship was conducted at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok before the team left.
While releasing the final list of players the at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok on Wednesday, General Secretary, SFA Menla Ethenpa, said that he is grateful to Nima Thendup and his colleague for imparting coaching to these boys before leaving for the tournament. He said that SFA has high hope from these boys to perform well in the tournament. President, SFA B.K.Roka, has also extended his good wishes to the team.
The team members namely are Gyurmit Gyatso, Kumar Chhetri, Dawa, Lhendup Sherpa. Nikhil Raj Rai, Sonam Tshering Bhutia, Naresh Chhetri, Roshan Pradhan, Chandra Tamang, Pema Tamang, Chewang Zangpo, Bijay Mukhia, Jorthing Lepcha, Kinthup Ongpo Lachungpa, Amos Thapa, Nabin Gurung, Bikash Pradhan, Sunny Rai, Ram Chhetri, Suman Rai, Bikram Lohar, Sujit Rawat and Anup Rai.