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SC Nagaland girls pose with Vastera BK30 team members and other officials ahead of their match in Sweden 
SC Nagaland girls pose with Vastera BK30 team members and other officials ahead of their match in Sweden |EastMojo image
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Gothia Cup, Sweden: How U-15 Naga girls’ football team won crowds

Despite its loss in 1st match against host team Vastera BK30, team’s spirit is high as it gears up for remaining two matches in international youth tournament

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Kohima: A viral video of the Sports Club (SC) U-15 Nagaland girls’ football team, which is currently representing India at Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden, adorning Naga traditional attire at the parade of nations during the opening ceremony of the tournament is sending the right message the world over.

Despite its loss in its first match against Sweden’s Vastera BK30, the team’s spirit is high as it gears up for two remaining matches. In another video taken after the match, the team is seen playing a ‘whisper’ game to cheer each other.

Swedish well-wishers handed out money to the team members for their pocket money
Swedish well-wishers handed out money to the team members for their pocket money
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Speaking with EastMojo over a telephonic conversation, youth resources and sports adviser Zale Neikha said: “I am so proud of them. It is really good and encouraging to see them in high spirits. There are still two more matches to go, so let’s always keep hope.” Adding that the reception on their arrival was heart-warming, Neikha narrated how Swedish well-wishers generously “collected money and handed them to the girls for (their) pocket money”.

Youth resources and sports adviser Zale Neikha cheering the SC Nagaland U-15 girls’ football team members ahead of their match against Vastera BK3
Youth resources and sports adviser Zale Neikha cheering the SC Nagaland U-15 girls’ football team members ahead of their match against Vastera BK3
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In the opening ceremony which was held at 8 pm (Swedish time) on Monday, the Naga football team led the parade of nations dressed in traditional Naga attire. The remaining two matches are scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday against Swedish teams IF Brommapojkarna and Ahus IF, respectively.