Jameshedpur, the Steel city of India, is well renowned for being one of India's industrious heartlands. However, the city of Jharkhand is also home to the illustrious and venerable Tata Football Academy (TFA), who have added another feather to their cap by becoming one of the participant finalists in the 120th edition of the Indian Football Association's (IFA) Shield.
They overcame Frenz United, in a close affair, to book their spot alongside the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) Elite Academy to make it an all sub-continental affair in the final of the prestigious tournament. The match was held at the Mohun Bagan Ground on Thursday, March 3rd.
Having gone unbeaten for the length of the group stages, TFA faced Malaysia's Frenz United in the semis. The visitors started on the front foot and remained so for most of the match, but failed to make their dominance count, owing to the statuatory nature of their movements in the final third, giving TFA's defenders ample time to clear threats to their goal.
Kuki, who troubled the opposition defenders with his pace, scored the winner in the first half with a well taken volley, from inside the eighteen yard box, to ensure TFA walked away the winners within 90 minutes of action.
The final that will be competed for by TFA, will be their second only IFA Shield final, having first played, and lost it, in 1989. Their conquerors on that fateful day were Mohun Bagan.
Sunday, March 6th, is the scheduled date for the final.