Kohima: The top two teams of the 18, Barak FC and Lengrang FC, both from Peren district, compete for the championship trophy of the 6e Captain Kengurüse Football Tournament 2022 will be held at the Indira Gandhi (IG) stadium in Kohima on Wednesday.
The nine-day tournament started on November 15 and is an annual football event organized annually by the Assam Rifles on behalf of Spear Corps, in memory of the Kargil martyr and to celebrate the sporting spirit of Nagas, the Defense PRO Kohima informed.
During the tournament, Barak has so far scored 24 goals from three matches to the semi-finals, while Lengrang has scored 9 from three matches. Athanah Newmai of Barak FC is the leading contender for the golden boots so far with six goals to his name.
In their journey to the final, Barak FC defeated Phiro FC 7-1 in the first leg. This was followed by a huge 12-0 in their match against Dimapur’s Pro Aim Sports Club in the quarter finals.
Barak defeated defending champion Tehok FC in the semifinals 5-4. On the other hand, Lengrang FC defeated Naga United FC 3-0 in their first game. In their quarter-final match against Longpa Lomuden FC from Mokokchung, the team scored 3-1.
As for Lengrang, the team defeated Head Hunters (164 TA) 3-2 to enter the final. In the third place match played on Tuesday, HeadHunters (164 TA) came out victorious by beating defending champion Tehok FC 2-1.
Earlier, during the opening ceremony, the main guest of the event, Major General Vikas Lakhera, SM, IG AR (N), remembered the heroic act of Capt (Late) N Kenguruse, MVC (P) who made the greatest sacrifice during Operation Vijay in 1999.
The officer also recognized Subedar (Honorary Captain) Imli Akum Ao who was awarded MVC for his exceptional gallantry and bravery in the Kargil War. He claimed that the tournament has become a popular sporting event in the state in a short period of eight years.
The tournament is organized in collaboration with the Nagaland Football Association (NFA). The winner of this edition will walk away with a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh along with the running trophy.
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