by Cl Chris Ferreira
CHHOTAUDEPUR, DEC 20, 2016: The Under-14 boys football team from Don Bosco failed in its bid to make the semi-final of the football Khelmahakumbh tournament by falling against Baroda Rural team, 2-1 in their encounter at Don Bosco campus, Chhotaudepur on December 9.
Fifty two teams representing the districts of Gujarat participated in the football event. The team from Chhotaudepur did well in its preliminary matches and entered the league zone with ease.
Baroda Rural struck a brace early in their league match against the team from Chhotaudepur. The home team managed to find the net once as Sardar Rathwa struck, but they failed to add to their tally.
The next day, in their fight for the third place they ensured a narrow win against Rosary School, Baroda, 1-0. The bronze medal shone on their chests' as they secured the third place in the state tournament.
On the occasion, the District Collector expressed grief as well as joy that Chhotaudepur had come a long way but failed to strike gold at the event.