After 5 years, JK qualifies for Pre-Quarter Round

Santosh Trophy

Srinagar, Feb 5: After five years of a gap, JK football team qualified for the pre-quarterfinal round of the ongoing 67th Santosh Trophy by defeating Assam in their second group match at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
 In its second match of the group, JK defeated Assam by 1-0 through 70th minute penalty scored by Rizwan. Earlier JK in its first match of the event had defeated Rajasthan in a one sided match by 3-1. With two wins out of two matches played, JK cemented its place in the pre-quarterfinal round of the event. It is after five years that JK qualified for the next stage of the event last qualified during 2008 event hosted by JK. In total it is only fifth time ever in the 67 editions of the prestigious national level event that JK has qualified for next round.
 The team will now return back to Jammu on February 7 and will be heading for Kerala for Pre-Quarterfinal stage on 19th. The next round of trophy is scheduled to be held at Kerala from February 21.
 Meanwhile J&K Football Association (JKFA) has congratulated team for their superb performance and has hoped that they will make State in proud in next round as well.
 “It is really great to see this young brigade performing exceptionally well. The players deserve applause for their effort,” said JKFA spokesperson.
 “We selected balanced team for the event as has been the policy of Association from last three years. In first couple of year’s youngsters struggled to shine at national level and we continued to support them. Today they showed that we were right in keeping our faith in them,” he added.
 The J&K Sports Development Association (JKSDA), President, Bashir Ahmad Malik has also hailed the team for the effort.
 “In football, JK has got talent in abundance and this team has proved that again. We hope that they will continue their winning run in pre-quarterfinal stage as well and make history by becoming first team to qualify for the quarters,” Malik said.
 “We must hail selectors for giving chance to deserving players in the squad and they delivered for us. It shows if deserving players are given chance, JK team will conquer invincible,” Malik added.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 6 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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