All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel today congratulated Minerva Punjab for becoming the Hero I-League champions, saying the side deserved the triumph after an exciting campaign. "Congratulations Minerva Punjab Football Club on winning the Hero I-League 2017-18 and gaining a spot in the ACL Qualifiers for the next season.
The League has been a very competitive and exciting one and it was nice to see four teams having a chance to win it on the final day," Patel was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the All India Football Federation. Minerva defeated Churchill Brothers 1-0 in their final match in Panchkula today to finish on 35 points and emerge champions for the first time. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das also congratulated Minerva on the achievement. "Well played Minerva Punjab Football Club, the deserving champions of the Hero I-League. The manner in which you sealed it is in itself a story. I trust the victory will encourage kids to follow and play the sport more," he said.
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