NEW DELHI: Odisha became the 37th National Games Women’s Football champions on Sunday, November 5, 2023, when they defeated mighty Manipur in the tie-breakers at Tilak Maidan, Goa.
The tie-breakers were applied after the teams were locked 1-1 at the end of regulation period. Odisha had the last laugh in penalties winning 4-2. This is the second time Odisha has won the National Games Women’s football gold medal.
After a goalless first half, Odisha international Pyari Xaxa put Odisha in the lead in the 51st minute. However, Manipur restored parity in the 79th minute through Nongmeikapam Sibani Devi.
In the tie-breakers, Pyari Xaxa, Grace Lalrampari Hauhnar, Bannya Kabiraj, and S Lynda Kom scored the goals in the first four penalties. Manipur found the target through Wangkhem Linthoingambi Devi and Phanjoubam Nirmala Devi.
The team received congratulations from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera, and AIFF President Kalyan Choubey for their remarkable achievement.
Congratulate the #Odisha women’s football team on becoming champion at the 37th #NationalGames in Goa by beating Manipur. May they continue to win more matches and make us proud. Wish them all the best for future endeavours. #OdishaForSports https://t.co/nd8sO6nPG2
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) November 6, 2023
Congratulations to the #Odisha women's football team for their outstanding victory at the 37th #NationalGames 2023 in Goa.
Wishing them continued success and more wins in the future. #OdishaForSports⚽️ https://t.co/tKcf4qSjLo
— Tusharkanti Behera (@btushar02) November 6, 2023
🥇 Golden Glory for Odisha Women's Football Team! 🏆
They clinched the #Gold medal in a thrilling final against Manipur at the 37th National Games Goa 2023. ⚽
— Odisha Sports (@sports_odisha) November 5, 2023
Congratulations Odisha @FootballOdisha for winning the Women’s Football Championship at #NationalGames2023
The victory is a reflection of @Sports_Odisha ‘s support for holistic growth of sports in the State @Nat_Games_Goa @CMO_Odisha #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/766mWMe3gu
— Kalyan Chaubey (@kalyanchaubey) November 6, 2023