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Odisha CM announces Rs 1 Crore for the Champion Indian football team

Bhubaneswar: The blue tigers won the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2023 at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.  They registered their victory against Lebanon 2-0 with goals from skipper Sunil Chhetri and Lallianzuala Chhangte.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handed the coveted trophy to the champions in front of a jubilant crowd. On this grand occasion, CM also announced Rs 1 Crore for the Champions Team India.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the champions. He said, “It is a matter of great pride for our State to host this prestigious Intercontinental Cup. Congratulations to India on their victory in the face of stiff competition. It is our intention to hold many more football events in Odisha and support the growth of the sport in Odisha and India.”

A sea of fans cheered on both teams, creating a true sporting festival. The spectators were as enthusiastic as they had been during the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, and their enthusiasm increased when the Blue Tigers faced Lebanon for the final match.

President, AIFF, Kalyan Chaubey shared, “Over the last few days the anticipation and excitement of the fans who wanted to see National Team win at the Kalinga Stadium, has been at the peak and the final clash saw the stadium reverberate with chants and roars. We couldn’t have had a better venue and ending to the Hero International Cup. I thank Odisha Government for extending all support and hospitality to the participating teams and for hosting a spectacular tournament.”

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