Vastavam web: Lalrokima and Vikram struck in the second half to guide India to SAFF Under-15 Championship title win as the visitors edged past hosts Nepal 2-1 in the final, here on Sunday.The India team, which had players from AIFF s Regional Academy, trailed by a goal at the interval but Lalrokima and Vikram’s timely strikes saved the day for India.Ravi came close to scoring in the 14th minute while Harpreet s header missed the target narrowly soon after. Ravi shot it straight into the keeper s hands as India launched one attack after another.
India could have equalised right at the beginning of the second half but the players could not finish off their chances. Givson s free-kick struck the cross bar in the 56th minute as luck continued to elude the boys.Finally, Lalrokima struck in the 58th minute to draw parity. The goal infused life into the game as India roared in search of their second goal.”Congratulations to the boys and entire staff. The manner the boys have played is a clear indication of how a structured Youth Development Programme can raise the bar,” AIFF President Praful Patel said.