Kohima, November 4: The 25th edition of Classic Cup, silver jubilee tournament, organized by Classic Club Kohima on the theme “Together we can” was officially kicked off by Director of Youth resources and Sports, Akumla Chuba at Local Ground here.
Altogether 28 teams are competing this silver jubilee edition which has cash prize of Rs 3 lakh for the champions, runners Rs 2 lakh and the losing semi-finalists Rs 50,000 each while individual awards in the categories of Best Goal Keeper, Best Defender, Best Midfielder, Best Forward and Higher scorer of the tournament will also get a bicycle each would also get cash awards and the player of the tournament will get a motor-bike.
A photography competition for the entire tourney has also been set aside while the winner will get Rs 10,000.
In her address, Akumla Chuba as the special guest, urged upon the stakeholders to come forward and joins hands together for progress and development of football in Nagaland.
She said that the department has been trying its best to scout young footballers by conducting coaching camps.
“Sport is a unifying factor, bringing people of different caste, races and nations together,” she said.
She called upon the sportspersons to remain dedicated and discipline in their search for excellence.
Commenting on the sports scenario in Nagaland, she expressed happiness that Nagas are doing well in many disciplines.
“What was once just a mere hobby is growing into a profession with many sportspersons reaching national level in many disciplines,” the director maintained.
She appreciated the Classic Club for organizing the Classic Cup since 1995.
She said that today, the Classic Club has become a household name not only in the football arena, but also in philanthropic activities.
She also lauded the club for its various activities from beautification programme in and around Kohima to creating awareness programme for conservation of environment, conducting health camps, peace run and helping the poor and the needy.
She also appreciated the Club for instituting the prestigious Classic Award which started in 1999 in recognition of individuals/organizations excelling in different fields.
The inaugural function commenced with Pastor of Chedema Baptist Church Razouvolie Üsou saying the invocation while Dziesekhrienuo Keretsü presented special melody and Classic Club president K Neibou Sekhose delivered the presidential address.
Playing the inaugural match, Rustic Boys, Football Club Thizama defeated New Reserve Youth Organization (NRYO) 4-1.
Rustic Boys found an early lead within the first two minutes through Nramlumbe while Lohrü doubled the lead in the 22nd minute to end the first half. After the lemon break it was Rustic Boys adding two more goals through Dhale and Eyangho in the 40th and the 45th minutes of the game.
The only face saver for NRYO came through the boots of Joel in the 60th minute.
(Page News Service)