Chandigarh,23.03.18-Apollo backed Minerva Punjab FC scripted history when they clinched the Hero I-League title in style dominating the league throughout the season and finally sealing their maiden Hero I-League title in their own fortress. 

The Mohali based team were finally felicitated for their achievements today at the Hotel Mount View, Chandigarh in the presence of General Secretary, All India Football Federation Mr. Kaushal Das and Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League who graced the occasion and bestowed with the coveted silverware.

The occasion saw the whole 32 member squad of Minerva Punjab FC except their star foreigners like Bhutanese International Chencho Gyeltshen and Nepal International custodian Kiran Chemjong miss the celebrations as they were committed to National duty for their respective Country’s.

 With Minerva Punjab FC's triumph, the trophy made a comeback to the Northern part of India after a prolonged wait of 21 years.

 Mr. Kushal Das also congratulated Minerva Punjab FC on the achievement. "Well played Minerva Punjab Football Club, the deserving champions of the Hero I-League. The manner in which you sealed it is in itself a story. I trust the victory will encourage kids to follow and play the sport more.”

 Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League heaped lavish praise on their success and termed it as a ‘landmark for Indian Football.” 

 He stated: "Minerva Punjab FC's win is a landmark for Indian Football, let alone the club itself. Their success rightly showed that proper planning and investment in youth development can help a club reach the summit."

 Minerva Punjab FC now gearing up to continue their run in the Hero Super Cup 2018 where they'll face Jamshedpur FC in the round of 16 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on April 2, 2018.

 Meanwhile, the individual awardees' names were also announced today. They are as follows:

 Best Goalkeeper: Shilton Paul (Mohun Bagan)

 Jarnail Singh Award for Best Defender: Varney K Kallon (NEROCA FC)

 Best Midfielder: Soosairaj Michael (Chennai City FC)

 Best Forward: Chencho Gyeltshen (Minerva Punjab FC)

 Highest Scorer: Dipanda Dicka (Mohun Bagan)

 Best Emerging Player (U-22): Samuel Lalmuanpuia (Shillong Lajong FC)

 Syed Abdul Rahim Award for Best Coach: Gift Raikhan (NEROCA FC)

 Best Match Organiser: NEROCA FC

 Fairplay Award: NEROCA FC