Head Hunters lift 24th Classic Cup

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New champions Head Hunters Jakhama along with NPF president Atuo Mezhür and Classic Club officials pose for lens at Kohima Local ground on on November 19, 2018.

Kohima, November 19: Head Hunters Jakhama drubbed Chedema Village Youth Organisation by 6 goals to one to lift the 24th edition of Classic Cup organized by Classic Club Kohima at local ground here today.
Head Hunters, a team of the Territorial Army stationed at Jakhama, Kohima district, having a well formed team, dominated the game from the start of the whistle. Nyitong Magh opened the floodgates within the first minute as his right footed long ranger shot found the net. He doubled the margin in the 5th minute with a header off Khuanjang’s free kick.
The 11th minute witnessed Chedema VYO forwards Shürhosül and Imlongchaba building a combination but the former’s shot from inside the D Box was blocked by custodian Mhiesinilhu. Three minutes later, Head Hunters striker R Thitsho Mero tripled the margin with a beautiful header off Nyitong’s cross.
The 18th minute of the game gave Chedema VYO an unexpected goal as their left out Salu Khulim making a solo effort from left wing tried to cross the ball for Shürhosul inside the box but the ball flanked the goal line bringing down the margin. Salu could have found the second goal in 25th minute but this time his shot lacked power for an easy save by custodian Mhiesinilhu.
In the 30th minute Chedema striker VYO Shurhosul’s header went slight over the bar off Imlongchaba’s cross. Nevertheless, they conceded another goal seconds before the lemon break as their custodian Seyieneituo failed to judge a direct free kick from Khuanjang and as the ball rebounded from the second post an alert striker Chingsha pushed in a goal to end the first half 4-1.
Eight minutes into the second half, substitute player Hranglen entering the field took a long ranger to slide the rival custodian Ruokuozelhou’s gloves for the fifth goal. Chedema VYO had replaced the custodian during the lemon break.
Chedema forward Salu made at least two consecutive attacks in 59th and 67th minute but only to miss the target while Menguzelie’s power shot from D Box also went out for goal kick in the 73rd minute. After that Chedema players seemed exhausted to make any further progress while Head Hunters Jakhama were also unable to make any further decisive moves.
Winning the tournament, Head Hunters lifted the trophy for the first time along with cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh and citations while first time runners-up Chedema VYO had to be satisfied with cash Rs 80,000 and citations.
Individual award winners are:
People’s Choice – Souhiampou of United V&S Dimapur (Rs 5000 with citation)
Best Goal keeper – Yanger Lemtur of Deja Vu Edition FC (Rs 7000 with citation)
Best Defender – Mecievikho of Head Hunters Jakhama (Rs 7000 with citation)
Best Forward – Imlongchaba of Chedema VYO (Rs 7000 with citation)
Highest Scorer – Rhitsho Mero of Head Hunters, Jakhama with 10 goals (Rs 7000 with citation)
Player of the Tournament – Dominic Ngouri of Küluopfü Football Club Pochury (Rs 10,000 with citation)
Nagaland Football Association president, P Atuo Mezhür Sekhose gracing the valedictory function as the guest of honour gave away the prizes to the winners in presence of NPF MLA Dr Chotisuh Sazo.
(Page News Service)