Hero I-League Champions, Minerva Punjab FC who are well-known to nurture young domestic talents have yet another reason to cheer as on of their youth team products Vikram Pratap Singh scored a brilliant hattrick for team India who defeated home team Jordan in the ongoing WAFF U-16 Championship played at the King Abdullah II Stadium.
The final exposure trip is a vital experience for The Blue Colts as the U16 WAFF Championship has teams, which have qualified for the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship as they would also get to play against Iraq, The AFC U-16 Defending Champions and Japan, who are also strong contenders for the AFC U-16 Championship.
The Nail biting encounter between home team Jordan and India was Vikram break the deadlock in the 43rd minute, followed by pumping in another 2 goals in the 61st and 73rd minute, his teammate Bekey Oram scored in the 84th minute to seal the victory for Blue Colts.
Notebly, Vikram Pratap Singh has Captained the India U-15 Team that landed the SAFF U-15 title in 2017 by going the entire tournament unbeaten and then later qualified for the AFC U-16 tournament as the best second-placed team ahead of Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Afghanistan. With AFC U-16 Championship being just a month away which is scheduled to be held in Malaysia between 20th September and 7th October 2018, The Blue Colts head coach Bibiano Fernandes has made sure the boys are on the right track leaving no stone unturned for their preprations to compete in the Continental’s top Tournament.