praneel-pradeep-rafiKochi 26th feb 2013: WIFA’s Maharashtra State Team won the deciding match against Tamil Nadu by 2-1 here today and entered in semi final of the Santosh Trophy Senior National Football Tournamnet -2013. Maharashtra’s captain N. Pradeep scored both the goals. He scored first goal on a free kickin 75th minute.  He  took a curving and accurate set-piece to make it 1-0. where as after getting a superb pass from Mohammed Rafi he netted another goalin the 88th minute. Just before Tamil Nadu’s A. Raegan scored the equalizer in the 85th minute.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra team defeated GOA also on 24th Feb by 3-0. Maharashtra’s  (from left) Preenel Mendon, N.P. Pradeep and Mohammed Rafi scored the goals. (Photo courtesy : C.Suresh Kumar)

By wining all 3 matches Maharashtra State team entered in the Semi-Final Of Santosh Trophy after a very long gap.