First match of the Hero Junior National Football Championship

 Shillong, January 25, 2020 (MMP): Meghalaya will play their first match of the Hero Junior National Football Championship (Tier 1) for the Dr BC Roy Trophy against Haryana tomorrow at 4:00pm at the JN Stadium, Polo. Entry will be free for all spectators. The championship will begin with two matches at 9:30am. At Third Ground defending champions Mizoram will take on Goa in Group A, while Odisha will face Sports Authority of India in Group B at the JN Stadium. At 2:00pm Uttar Pradesh will go up against Delhi at Third Ground.  Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh will grace the occasion of Meghalaya’s first match. 

     Speaking today at a press conference, Meghalaya coach Bobby Lyngdoh Nongbet said, “We have to take it one game at a time. Expectations are high as we are hosting the tournament. The Youth Development Cell of the Meghalaya Football Association conducted a comprehensive selection process around the state and the boys have worked hard.”Nongbet has coached many of the boys in the team during the sub-junior nationals of past years and has seen those of the opposition as well coming up through the age categories. “Haryana will have a height advantage of us and we can’t take them lightly. I am sure they will give us a good fight but our boys are also ready for the challenge,” the coach added. MMP

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