Shillong, Jan 21: Halen Nongtdu has been conferred with the Kiang Nangbah Award for sports by the Meghalaya government today.

It was an extra special award as it came on the occasion of Meghalaya 50th anniversary of statehood.

His award, and others named for U Tirot Sing and Pa Togan Sangma, were given out at the government’s main function here today. However, Nongtdu was not present in person and, instead, his local MLA, Kyrmen Shylla, collected the award on his behalf.

The tall defender, who will only turn 18 next month, has been a member of the U-16 and U-19 Indian national teams and has also played for Indian Arrows in the I-League.

(File photo)

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