Italy team beats Spain to lift Phesa World Cup


Italy team along with citation and trophy during the Phesa World Cup at St Paul stadium on August 15.

Kohima, August 16: Four-time world cup champions Italy’s absence this year might have left loyal fans disheartened but there was no stopping for team Italy at the Phesa World Cup who were tough contenders against the Spaniards. Italy team took home the trophy of the Phesa World Cup defeating Spain 3-1 via penalty here at St Paul Stadium on August 15 evening.
The match ended in a stalemate after Kedikhrie Zashumo managed to strike for the team Italy in the last 30 seconds during the second half. Earlier, Neisaleto had scored a goal for Spain during the first half in the 25th minute. In the penalty shootout, Italians won via tiebreaker 3-1.
Earlier, Spain beat Japan in the semifinals to advance to finals while Italy beat Argentina to reach finals both matches via tie breaker.
The Golden glove was awarded to Vimetsito Motonyii of Japan team. Golden Boot was conferred to Neisaleto Kuotsu of Spain team with six goals. Neikehiezo Khale from Spain team was awarded the Young Player award and Golden Ball was given to Kevi Chuse from team Italy. The trophies along with cash prizes were distributed by the special guest.
The World Cup trophy replica made out of the Plaster of Paris was sculptured by Sekrese Mejura, an artist from Phesama village costing around Rs 17000 thousand, an official in the organizing team informed.
Special guest,Vito-o Kuotsu, President, Phesama Youth Organization, speaking at the closing function said that football, as one of the most expensive and highest paid game internationally, he encouraged players to passionately practice and advance the game to reach greater platforms.
He also stated that the tournament aftermath is a good time to select the best players from different teams to represent the village for other tournaments in the coming days.
Meanwhile pointing that the village in the past and present has continually produced good sportspersons in different field and football in particular, he also lamented the need for a spacious and quality playground, he therefore urged elders, educated mass and concerned villagers to take stock of the same.
Encouraging the players to keep the game spirit alive, Koutsu exhorted the players to learn from the tournament while leaving the place considering oneself as winners.
The closing function was chaired by Thejanguzo Zashumo and benediction was pronounced by Rokolhoubei Chuse. Neisalie Mejura from the organizing team gave the vote of thanks. VZ Angami, Commandent 10 IR Bn and his lady wife along with other sponsers and village elders attended the closing function.
(Page News Service)