Kohima, November 23: Emerging football club, Sechü-Zubza FC today added another feather to its crown lifting the champions’ title of the 25th edition of Classic Cup organized by Classic Club Kohima on the theme “Together we can” at Local Ground here.
Playing an exciting final match, Sechü-Zubza, who already has the credit of winning the second edition of Kohima Football League in 2018, defeated former champion of Classic Cup – Puliebadze Club Jotsoma by 5-3 via tie-breaker as the teams were locked in 1-1 draw during the 105, including 15 minutes extra time.
Puliebadze dominated initial few minutes of the game and continued to pressurize Sechü-Zubza, who took time to settle down, but neither side managed to make any decisive move in the first 45 minutes.
After the lemon break, it was Medoneituo Sekhose of Sechü-Zubza FC breaking the deadlock in 54th minute rival custodian and skipper Tsoneru Odyuo failed to get strong grip on the ball of his long shot from the right out.
Nonetheless, Puliebadze fought back within six minutes as Ngachonhor pushed in the equalizer taking advantage of the advancing rival custodian Medophrezo Kezieo.
Thereafter, it was no compromise on either side with the 90 minutes as well as the extra 15 minutes ending in 1-1 draw.
However, the tie-breaker favoured Sechü-Zubza with all its five shooters – Salu Kulim, Kevisalie Schü, Rhitsho Mero, Khiuwangbo and Yhunshalo managing to beat rival custodian. But, unfortunately Puliebadze started off bad with Menuosieto missing the nets, while other three – Theingam, Mezibul and Lamgulun found the nets.
Winning the tournament, Sechü-Zubza received cash award of Rs 3 lakh with trophy, citation and medals while runners-up Puliebadze Club Jotsoma got Rs 2 lakh with medal and citation.
Semi-finalists – New Market XI and Kohima Eagles also received Rs 50,000 each.
The individual prize winners are:
Player of the Tournament – Visalie Mezhü of Sechü Zubza FC
Best Defender – Keduovikho Mekro of New Market XI
Best Goalkeeper – Medophrezo Kezieo of Sechü Zubza FC
Best Midfield – Medoneituo Sekhose of Sechü Zubza FC
Best Forward – Johnny Ritse of New Market
Highest Scorer – Rhitsho Mero of Sechü Zubza with 12 goals
Most Lovable Player – Kezhose Mathew of New Market XI
Best Referee – Zhavibinyü
Photo Shoot of the Tournament – Zhovezo Resu
Highest participated- New Market XI (24 times)
Best disciple team – Kohima Bible College
Best manager: Neitsüzo Peseyie of Puliebadze Club Jotsoma
Best coach: Visakholie Medoze of Sechü Zubza FC
Player of the Tournament: Visalie Mezhü
Gracing the occasion as special guest, Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu along with Advisor for Water Resources Namri Nchang gave away the prizes to the winners.
Exhorting the gathering, Minister Kronu said sportspersons are the most respected person in the world today as they earn name, fame and wealth through professional sports. Expressing Naga youths also have potential of excelling in the sports, he said, there is no shortcut to become a high level of sportsman, but it requires discipline, punctuality and sporting spirit.
Pointing that Nagaland had been lacking in sports activities for some years, he asserted that under the leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the state government is encouraging youth talents to excel in the field.
(Page News Service)