U-16 girls defy odds to win football tournament in Denmark

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New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) An U-16 girls team made up of slum dwellers from Mumbai and players from rural Jharkhand defied all odds to win the Dana Cup football tournament in Denmark.

The team from OSCAR Foundation won the second biggest youth football tournament in the world on July 26. Its players had faced gender discrimination in their communities and were saved from dropping out of school and early marriage because of their passion for football.

The girls took on four Norwegian teams, Bjarg IL (4-2), Skedsmo FK (5-2), Brodd FK (9-2), Hei IL (5-1) and won all the four games before their final match against Toten FK.

OSCAR Foundation won their game with Toten FK by 2-1 and went on to lift the Dana Cup.



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