Ward No.8 (B), 13(A) lift KIWAT football tourney titles

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KANGPOKPI, 9th Feb: Ward No. 8 (B) edged past Ward No.14 (B) via tie-break to become the champions of Team-B in the 15th Kanggui Inter Ward Tournament 2019 at M Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi DHQs on Saturday.
The Team-B final match witnessed a goalless draw in regulation time. In the tie-break, one player of Ward No.14 (B) missed a penalty kick to be on the losing side as Ward No.8 (B) prevailed 4-5.
Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister, Nemcha Kipgen who was supposed to be chief guest could not attend the closing ceremony on health grounds.
However, Deputy Commissioner, Kangpokpi Dr Rangitabali Waikhom, IAS and Col. V M Naithani, CO 38 Assam Rifles attended the closing event as Guests of Honour.
Minister Nemcha Kipgen conveyed her message to the people of Kangpokpi especially the youth of Kangpokpi District Headquarters through her replacement, encouraging them (youth) to take up sports.
The Minister also contributed Rs. 1 lakhs which was handed over by H Guite.
No.13 turned out to be ‘Lucky Number’ as Ward No.13 (A) claimed a 2-1 victory over favorites Ward No.1 (A) to lift Team-A title for the first time.
Ward No. 1 were the better team right from the start. Not surprisingly, they took an early lead when a fast counter attack down the right flank saw Haominlen find Paokai with a cross at the edge of Ward No. 13 six-yard box and Paokai made no mistake in heading the ball into the net in the 11th minute.
Ward No. 13 found the equaliser just before the end of the first half.
Both teams had their chances in the second half. Ward No.1 tried to create openings after a better comeback in the second half but it was Ward No. 13 who tasted success with Lalchunglen finding the back of the net in the 79th minute to silence the cheering Ward No.1 crowd.
Champions Ward No. 13 from Team-A and Ward No.8 from Team-B were awarded with a trophy each in memory of (L) Tongjalal Lhouvum and (L) Thangkholet Kipgen with a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- and Rs. 15,000/- respectively along with certificate, while runners-up Ward No. 1 from Team-A and Ward No. 14 from Team-B were awarded with a trophy each in memory of (L) Ngamgouhao Khongsai, who was killed in a road accident during the tournament by a speeding tanker and Minthanglen@Wilson Doungel with a cash prize of Rs. 15,000/- and Rs. 10,000/- respectively along with certificate.
Vengthah Ward No.3 bagged both Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Champions trophies awarded in memory of (L) Raghu and (L) Veichin Haokip with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- each along with certificate while Men’s Volleyball runner-up Ward No. 2 and Women’s Volleyball runner up Ward No. 9(B) received a trophy each in memory of (L) Lamminnei Hangshing with a cash prize of Rs. 7,000/- each along with certificate.
Thangvanglen of Ward No.13 with 13 goals bagged the top scorer Award and his teammate Lamlunlal Haokip got the Man of the Tournament Award given in memory of (L) Henkholal Haokip while Ward No. 13 custodian Seigunlal Lhanghal took the Best Goalkeeper and promising player awards given in memory of (L) Seitinlen Haokip and Nelson Lhouvum bagged the best defender award given in memory of (L) Pupu Misao.
Paomounsang Khongsai of Ward No.3 and Neichinghoi Kipgen of Ward No.12 bagged the Men’s and Women’s Volleyball best player awards while Ward No. 10 received the best discipline team award and Gunindro of Ward No.2 got the fan of the year award.


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