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India U-16 beat Smouha Club in 2nd friendly match

Monday, Apr 24, 2017,17:27 IST By anju A A A

Alexandria | India’s Under-16 football team continued its fine run to beat Alexandria’s Smouha Club 3-1 in the second friendly match and win the India-Egypt Friendship Cup for the second time.

Talented young footballer Rohit Danu scored a hat-trick in the match to help the Indians post a comfortable win.

“I scored hat-trick. This is my first hat-trick. I am feeling proud,” Danu told PTI.

Danu had also scored a goal on Saturday during India U- 16′s first friendly match with Al-Ahly in Cairo.

Smouha’s lone goal was scored by Osama Mohamed.

Mohamed said he played against a foreign team for the first and it was great experience.

“We enjoyed playing with them. They are a strong team and we loved the game,” Mohamed told PTI.

India’s ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya said it it was fantastic game between the two teams.

“This has been a fantastic game. Some of the boys are really very good. I loved the spirit. I hope to see more of this because this is what brings people together,” said Bhattacharyya.

The ambassador also said that he would love to see an Egyptian team going to India.

“We are also trying to get a hockey team to come,” he added.

India U-16′s visit to Egypt is the first ever by an Indian football team to the country.

The matches were played as part of the India by the Nile cultural festival, which runs until 27 April.

Khaireya el-Sokary, vice-president of Smouha Club said: “Both teams showed very good skills. This is a very good experience, which can be counted as a good training for coming championships.”