Special StoriesZinc Football impresses at the international level

The Under-17 footballers of Zinc Football Academy, all of whom are under the age of 16 years, had the opportunity to compete against the best in the business at the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament 2019 held from September 7 to 18 in New Delhi. A total of 44 teams from across the country along with international squads like Bangladesh (defending champions), Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka among others took part.

Pitted in a tough Group D with previous yearโ€™s runners-up Afghanistan and Indian heavyweights Chandigarh, Goa and Tamil Nadu, our boys knew it would be tough to go through as only one team from each of the eight groups would book a quarter-final spot. However, we were not ready to bow down without giving a fight.

The thirst and hunger to perform at an international level was exhibited in our very first match when we lost narrowly to Afghanistan. Although the scorecard shows 2-4, the match was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests and our boys were even leading at half-time 2-1. Disappointed, but our boys took pride as the Ambedkar Stadium stands filled with our supporters stood and appreciated our performance against such a tough opponent.

In the second match, our boys were at our best to defeat another footballing powerhouse Goa 2-0, whereas in the third, we managed to draw 1-1 against a physically strong Chandigarh. In the final group D match, Zinc Football boys showed their mettle to dominate Tamil Nadu and finish off their debut campaign with a 6-0 win and finish third in Group D, behind Afghanistan (who qualified for the next round) and Chandigarh.

Itโ€™s commendable that our boys wooed the crowd with their attractive play and spirited effort. This, hopefully, is just the beginning of a long journey and the future seems bright!

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  • Thank you, Roger โค๏ธ Happy retirement, you absolute Legend ๐Ÿ‘
  • Hurray ๐ŸŽ‰ Our under-14 team won the FAIR PLAY award at the recently concluded Subroto Cup 2022.

Our brave hearts gave their all on the pitch, defeating Delhi 9-0 but came short against Mizoram 1-2. We will surely come back stronger ๐Ÿ’ช

#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #SubrotoCup2022 #ZincFootball #Rajasthan ๐Ÿ†
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  • Hisar โžก๏ธ Zinc Football Academy โžก๏ธ Indian Football Team. Sahil Poonia, one of our budding footballers, is living his dream, having won the Best Goalkeeper award on his debut tournament representing the country ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ.

A journey filled with hard work, dedication and discipline both on and off the pitch, and one that will serve as a motivation for all our young footballers in the Academy. The message is clear - Dream big and work hard to achieve it โค๏ธ Congratulations, Sahil Poonia. You are a blue tiger now ๐ŸŽ‰
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#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan #SAFFU17 #BackTheBlue ๐Ÿ’™
  • Congratulations, Sahil Poonia ๐Ÿคฉ Our 16-year-old boy has made the country proud, winning the Best Goalkeeper award on his debut tournament for India.

2๏ธโƒฃ cleansheets in 4๏ธโƒฃ matches, including one in the final vs Nepal. India claimed the SAFF U-17 crown ๐Ÿ†
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#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #SAFFU17 #BackTheBlue ๐Ÿ’™
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#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
  • Our under-14 team in action vs Delhi in the Subroto Cup 2022 yesterday. Dominated the proceedingsโ€ฆ and deservedly victorious ๐Ÿฅณ
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#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
Always a good time to rewatch Riyazโ€™s brilliant free-kick goal ๐Ÿ’ฅ . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
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Only if ๐Ÿ™ˆ Small margins in the game ๐Ÿ˜ฌ . . #Throwback #SubrotoCup2022 #ZincFootball #Rajasthan #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna
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Thank you, Roger โค๏ธ Happy retirement, you absolute Legend ๐Ÿ‘
Thank you, Roger โค๏ธ Happy retirement, you absolute Legend ๐Ÿ‘
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Hurray ๐ŸŽ‰ Our under-14 team won the FAIR PLAY award at the recently concluded Subroto Cup 2022.

Our brave hearts gave their all on the pitch, defeating Delhi 9-0 but came short against Mizoram 1-2. We will surely come back stronger ๐Ÿ’ช

#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #SubrotoCup2022 #ZincFootball #Rajasthan ๐Ÿ†
Hurray ๐ŸŽ‰ Our under-14 team won the FAIR PLAY award at the recently concluded Subroto Cup 2022. Our brave hearts gave their all on the pitch, defeating Delhi 9-0 but came short against Mizoram 1-2. We will surely come back stronger ๐Ÿ’ช #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #SubrotoCup2022 #ZincFootball #Rajasthan ๐Ÿ†
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One for the archives ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿคฉ Congratulations again, Sahil Poonia ๐Ÿงค. . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #SAFFU17 ๐Ÿ† #BackTheBlue ๐Ÿ’™
2 months ago
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Hisar โžก๏ธ Zinc Football Academy โžก๏ธ Indian Football Team. Sahil Poonia, one of our budding footballers, is living his dream, having won the Best Goalkeeper award on his debut tournament representing the country ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ. A journey filled with hard work, dedication and discipline both on and off the pitch, and one that will serve as a motivation for all our young footballers in the Academy. The message is clear - Dream big and work hard to achieve it โค๏ธ Congratulations, Sahil Poonia. You are a blue tiger now ๐ŸŽ‰ . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan #SAFFU17 #BackTheBlue ๐Ÿ’™
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Congratulations, Sahil Poonia ๐Ÿคฉ Our 16-year-old boy has made the country proud, winning the Best Goalkeeper award on his debut tournament for India.

2๏ธโƒฃ cleansheets in 4๏ธโƒฃ matches, including one in the final vs Nepal. India claimed the SAFF U-17 crown ๐Ÿ†
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#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #SAFFU17 #BackTheBlue ๐Ÿ’™
Congratulations, Sahil Poonia ๐Ÿคฉ Our 16-year-old boy has made the country proud, winning the Best Goalkeeper award on his debut tournament for India. 2๏ธโƒฃ cleansheets in 4๏ธโƒฃ matches, including one in the final vs Nepal. India claimed the SAFF U-17 crown ๐Ÿ† . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #SAFFU17 #BackTheBlue ๐Ÿ’™
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Game mode ๐Ÿ”›
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#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
Game mode ๐Ÿ”› . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
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Our under-14 team in action vs Delhi in the Subroto Cup 2022 yesterday. Dominated the proceedingsโ€ฆ and deservedly victorious ๐Ÿฅณ . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
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