PANAJI: GFDC Dona Paula Lioness topped the table with nine points to emerge winners in the Khelo India U-17 Women’s Football League organised by the Sports Authority of Goa in association with the Goa Football Association at the Bambolim stadium recently.
While GFDC Utorda were the runners up of this league with six points. The President of GFA, Churchill Alemao was the Chief Guest at the prize distribution ceremony.
“This football league aims at taking women’s football forward. We are hopeful at least five are selected from here to represent Indian in the U-17 women’s world cup. There is a need to place India back on the world map in football,” said Alemao.
The Minister for Ayush, Shripad Naik who was the Guest of Honour praised Churchill Alemao for his contribution in Goan football.
While the Secretary to the Chief Minister, J Ashok Kumar mentioned that Khelo India League is a new initiative by the government of India to promote sports among the girl students.
There were various individual prizes distributed at the award ceremony. GFDC Dona Paula bagged three awards, Karen Estrocio won the Golden Boot, Thais Mascarenhas was awarded the Golden Ball award and Dyumna Madan won the Golden Glove. The Rising Star was awarded to Nusrat Kotwala from GFDC Utorda.
GFDC Member Secretary, Aleixo Da Costa and from DSYA, V M Prabhu Desai were also present at the occasion.