India lift Intercontinental Cup; Odisha CM announces INR 1 crore award for football team

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a cash reward of INR 1 crore for the Indian men's football team after they won the Hero Intercontinental Cup hosted in the state. 

The Indian football team celebrate after being awarded the Intercontinental Cup. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@IndianFootball

India rode on skipper Sunil Chhetri's 87th international goal and Lallianzuala Chhangte's strike to beat Lebanon 2-0 in the final and lift the Intercontinental Cup at the Kalinga Stadium yesterday night.

"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," Patnaik said during the closing ceremony.

All India Football Federation president Kalyan Chaubey thanked the Odisha government for successfully hosting the tournament.

"We couldn't have had a better venue and ending to the Hero Intercontinental Cup. I thank Odisha government for extending all support and hospitality to the participating teams and for hosting a spectacular tournament," he said.