AIZAWL: Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla has declared a state holiday on Wednesday to celebrate the state’s history-making win. As soon as the Mizoram players held aloft the glittering trophy in Siliguri, fans roared their approval and Mizoram’s capital Aizawl erupted in ecstasy. Impromptu victory processions were taken out in various parts of the city and in many towns, and fans sang and danced on the streets till well after midnight.
A grand welcome awaits their heroes with Governor Vakkom B Purosothaman saying he would greet the team on their return. The Mizoram Football Association will hold a public reception in Aizawl.
The MFA is expecting around 70,000 fans at the AR Ground and are appealing to people of Aizawl and adjoining towns to gather at Lengpui airport to show their support. (Agencies)