Kohima: Fan favorite Barak FC won the 6e edition of Capt (Late) N Kenguruse Mahavir Chakra (Posthumous) Memorial Football Tournament after beating Lengrang FC 2-1.
The final match, played at the Indira Gandhi (IG) stadium in Kohima, was witnessed by more than a thousand spectators. The 9-day tournament organized by the Inspectorate General of Assam guns (North) in partnership with the Nagaland Football Association (NFA) came to an end after a scintillating closing ceremony graced by Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam as the chief guest.
The winning team walked away with a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh along with the running trophy and citations. Their opponent received Rs 1 lakh. Meanwhile, Head Hunters FC (164 Infantry Battalion TA Naga) and Tehok FC, Mon were each awarded Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 for securing third and fourth positions respectively.
In the individual categories, Athanah Newmai and Haileuyibe of Barak FC shared the Golden Boot with six goals each and received Rs 10,000. Alemse of Head Hunters FC (164 TA) won Best Goalkeeper and received Rs 6,000.
Haotinmang Thomsong of Head Hunters FC (164 TA) won the Best Midfielder and walked away with a cash award of Rs 6,000. Mapie from Barak FC was awarded as the best manager and won a cash prize of Rs 5,000.
Speaking at the meeting, Chief Secretary J Alam appreciated the tireless efforts of the Assam Rifles to ensure peace and prosperity in the state. He said that Nagas are second to none and hoped that the tournament will ignite the Naga youth’s spirit and passion for football, creating further avenues to achieve their aspirations and dreams.
Alam also announced additional prize money of Rs 75,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively for the top three winners. 16 teams from different districts of the state participated in the tournament.
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