This year’s SARE Homes HT GIFA is wit­ness­ing tough com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the teams of Delhi, Gur­gaon, and Noida

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Gur­gaon, Noida, and Delhi have al­ways been in com­pe­ti­tion with each other, be it de­li­cious food joints, swanky malls, or the most hap­pen­ing party spots. But when it comes to the sport of football, the ri­valry be­tween the cities has reached a new level, on the football fields at SARE Homes HT GIFA, the big­gest neigh­bour­hood tour­na­ment in Delhi-NCR.

Around 630 teams bat­tled it out dur­ing the pre-qual­i­fier matches and only 316 qual­i­fied for the league matches. “If you have a strong op­po­si­tion you tend to per­form bet­ter. The ri­valry be­tween the cities should be in the spirit of sport. It should fos­ter good val­ues and pro­mote com­pan­ion­ship and sports­man­ship. I’m sure a Delhi team will take the tro­phy home,” says Man­deep Singh Sa­hani, team man­ager from Wind­sor FC, Indi­ra­pu­ram.

The in­ten­sity of ri­valry be­tween the teams from dif­fer­ent lo­cal­i­ties pro­motes a spirit of com­pet­i­tive­ness, feels Saatvik Basil, TSRS FC from Bev­erly Park - 2, Gur­gaon. “It makes the matches more fun to play and watch. I don’t re­ally root for a team from a spe­cific lo­cal­ity to win, but be­lieve that a team that per­forms well should win,” he says.

Jitesh Lakhwani, fa­ther of Ro­han Lakhwani from TSRS Aces, who has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in HT GIFA for the past two years, says, “It is a healthy ri­valry and only pro­motes more com­pe­ti­tion in the field, en­sur­ing play­ers go be­yond their lim­its and im­prove their game.”

INOX Palms Tigers from Noida pose for a photo be­fore their match

INOX Un­der­dogs, a team from Delhi won their match against Sar­vo­daya All Stars (1-0)

From Gur­gaon, In­vin­ci­ble 8 won with a score of 3-2

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