Jacob felicitates footballer Kivi

Dimapur, Jul 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/22/2018 12:10:42 AM IST
PHED minister, Jacob Zhimomi Saturday felicitated Kivi Zhimomi for being selected to the Indian National Under-23 Football team. 
Kivi is the first Naga footballer to secure a place in the Indian national team after a gap of seven decades. The first Naga was Dr. T Ao, who captained Indian team to the 1948 London Olympic. 
The minister also lauded Kivi Zhimomi for being the first Naga to score in the prestigious Indian Hero League while playing for Gokulam Kerela Football Club. Kivi is also the first Naga footballer to be picked by one of the ISL franchise team, Northeast United FC earlier this year. 
For the record, Kivi’s first goal came against Chennai FC. He then went on to score his second and third goal against Shillong Lajong and the East Bengal respectively. 
Kivi will leave for Delhi soon to attend the national coaching camp which is from July 28 to August 17. 
On August 18, Kivi will leave for Australia along with the national team for exposure trip. 
The Indian team will be defending the South Asian Football Federation Cup (SAFF) in Bangladesh from September 4-15.

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