Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Nagaland exits Sentinels (Women) Cup after semi-final defeat

Sentinels Women Cup
The Nagaland women's team before the semifinal match at Assam.

Kohima, July 7: In a decisive match of the Sentinels Cup North-East (Women) Championship, Nagaland’s represented club Naga Damsels bowed out of the tournament, conceding 4 goals to nil against the championship favorites, the Director General Assam Rifles (DGAR) team on Monday here at Sonitpur, Assam. The tournament was organised by Assam Rifles with teams from from North Eastern states, including Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, and one from the Director General Assam Rifles Women Football Team taking part in the championship.
The semi-final clash saw DGAR, a team composed of star players, many of whom have represented the Indian national team, dominate the field. While the young Nagaland team without lack of experience failed to make much impression in the game ending the saga.
The team was led by DYRS state football coach Kevilebei Zashumo and manager Viliebeizo Liezietsu.
AFC C licence holder and club manager Liezietsu sharing his experience highlighted a critical issue citing the lack of women’s tournaments in the state. This absence results in a noticeable gap in experience and confidence when facing top-tier teams.”The girls gave their all but lost to a better team,” Keren remarked, stressing the need for more exposure to competitive matches to build experience and confidence. He added that the semi-final outcome underscores the necessity for increased support and opportunities for women’s football in Nagaland. With more competitive exposure, teams like Nagaland could develop the skills and confidence needed to compete at higher levels, said the manager.
As the championship progresses, Arunachal Pradesh beat Assam 3-0 in the second Semi finals. The Arunachal Pradesh will now play DGAR in the finals to be played at ARTC, Shillong on the July 12th. All eyes are on the upcoming final in Shillong, where the DGAR team aims to secure another title.
(Page News Service)