Minerva Punjab FC win Nike Premier Cup 2017

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New Delhi, Feb 11: The second edition of the Nike Premier Cup concluded at Cooperage Stadium today with Minerva Punjab FC lifting the trophy with a 3-0 win over Ozone FC.

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Held in association with the All India Football Association (AIFF), Nike Premier Cup provides young footballers the opportunity to compete with best athletes in their age group.

Nike Premier Cup champions Minerva Punjab FC (Image courtesy: I-League Twitter handle)

This year, 55 teams across India competed in the U16 Youth league to earn a spot in the Nike Premier Cup.

The 16 best teams battled it out in the tournament which was held in Goa and Mumbai between Jan 30 to Feb 10.

The finals of the Nike Premier Cup witnessed high-octane action as the two best teams of the tournament competed fiercely to lift the prestigious trophy.

The winning team, Minerva Punjab FC was awarded a cash prize of INR 5 lakhs and the runners up, Ozone FC received a cash prize of INR 1.5 lakhs.

Ajay Alex from Ozone FC was awarded for being the highest scorer of the tournament. "A tournament like this provides our young footballers an opportunity to showcase their talent at a national stage.

"Throughout the tournament, we have seen some exceptional individual and team performances in the group stages and in the finals today," said Baichung Bhutia, chairman of AIFF technical committee and former Indian football captain.

"This tournament truly provides these athletes an opportunity to compete against the best in their age group and learn from each other. I would like to congratulate all the teams who were part of this year’s Nike Premier Cup."

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