The Martyrs Memorial B Division League Champions Satdobato Youth Club felicitated the victorious team members here on Friday, a day after winning the title for the first time in their 23-yearlong football history.

SYC, also known as Rocket Boys for their speed and stamina on the field, also bade farewell to the players with gratitude. Established in 1998, Satdobato played C Division qualifier and other domestic tournaments for 12 years before getting into B Division. Satdobato had finished in top four in the previous two editions of the B division league.

Meanwhile, Lalitpur Metropolitan City Mayor Chiri Babu Maharjan announced the reward of two million rupees to the club in the next fiscal year, while Lalitpur Ward No 15 Chairman Sudarshan Mishra promised one million rupees.

All Nepal Football Association President Karma Tsering Sherpa welcomed the SYC into top flight football and urged the club to contribute in the development of the sport in a professional manner. "It is a historic moment in football as Lalitpur district alone has six A Division clubs in top flight," said Sherpa. "SYC should not be just another club. I request the club officials to come up with concrete plans and programmes.

I assure you all that we will help the club to the extent possible."

Nepali Congress leader Madan Amatya congratulated the club for the achievement.

"Getting into the A Division is much easier than staying in the top flight. So, I request the club officials to plan accordingly and bring in sponsors to make the team strong in the days to come," he added. Member of Parliament Pampha Bhushal requested the local level governments to help SYC foster in the days to come. "We are also planning to construct a futsal facility at Mahendra Adarsha Vidhyashram complex and we will provide the SYC with the venue for training purpose." SYC is the sixth club from Lalitpur to earn the A Division status. Out of the 11 matches played in the B Division League, SYC registered nine victories and played a draw. Their lone defeat came against Madhyapur Youth Association in the 11th round after they were assured of the title.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 13, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.