Praful Patel, appointed president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday, said a good show in the 2011 Asian Cup would be the first step towards reviving the game in the country. "We have qualified for the AFC Asian Cup in 2011, after 24 years.
Our national team is preparing to take on the best Asian nations. I think doing well in the Asian Cup will be the first step in reviving the sport in the country," Patel said.
Haldia school lose to Chandigarh Academy
West Bengal’s campaign in the Subroto Cup came to an end on Tuesday after Haldia Senior Secondary School was beaten by Chandigarh Football Academy 0-4 in a pre-quarterfinal match at the Ambedkar Stadium.
In the U-14 category, Chandigarh beat Sports Authority of India 1-0, while Army Boys trounced Sainik School 7-0.
Bajaj, Chadha on top
Chandigarh: Abhijeet Chadha and Rahul Bajaj returned rounds of even-par 72 to emerge on top after the first round of the LG Samarvir Sahi Chandigarh Open.
Just one behind the leaders was Tarundeep Chadha.
Angad Cheema, Akshay Sharma and Imamul Haque were tied for the fifth place at two-over 74.
Chadha opened with back-to-back bogeys but came back well and made the turn at one over for the round. He picked up another birdie on the front-nine to get to level par and he managed to hold on to that score till the finish. Bajaj too started badly before he managed to plug the leak and claw his way back towards level par.