The AFC U-13 Girls Football Tournament ended on grand note in the Sri Lankan capital on Wednesday with the closing ceremony attended by enthusiastic spectators who gathered to witness an interesting finish to a great tournament.
The occasion was graced by Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) Deputy Chief Executive Officer Anura de Silva, Chairperson of Women’s Football Olivia Gamage, Youth Development Officer R.M.U. Mahindapala and Exco Member Gamini Randeni.
India carried away the coveted champion’s cup presented by the FFSL along with the gold medals while the runners-up and third place winners Iran and Sri Lanka were awarded the silver and bronze medals.
Indian captain Faya Devi who had a goal aggregate of 11 from five matches was declared the best goal scorer in the tournament while Roja Devi who had superb performance also for India clinched the most valuable players’ award.
It was a great tournament for all teams especially India as they remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, however, the spirit of the tournament was not for winning but striving to improve one’s game, inculcate better appreciation of it as a sport and platform for positive change and to forge friendship and solidarity.
It was an interesting scene to watch the young girls gathered as friends to enjoy the last day’s proceedings which also showed that in the course of their involvement, they forgot all differences and were happy to be together, giving the spectators an idea of what sports can do to people from different parts of the world.
The tournament itself has proven that players whether young or old are capable of presenting the message of peace and harmony through ‘Fair Play’.
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