The winning team, Tehok FC Mon Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: The 5th edition of Capt Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, MVC (P) Memorial Football Tournamant 2019 concluded in Kohima, Nagaland on Friday. Organised by the headquarters of the Inspector General of Assam Rifles (HQ IGAR) North (N), the tournament is held in memory of Kenguruse, a Kargil War martyr.

Tehok FC Mon clinched the winner’s trophy after it defeated Head Hunters 164 TA (NAGA) 2-1.

Chief scretary Temjen Toy graced the closing ceremony as chief guest which was held at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Kohima. The ceremony was attended by the parents and family members of Capt Kenguruse, Maj Gen Pradeep Nair, YSM IG AR (North), Civil and state government dignitaries and hundreds of school students.

Chief secretary Temjen Toy along with the players at IG Stadium in Kohima on Friday

Addressing the congregation, Toy acknowledged the Assam rifles for ensuring that the name of the brave son-of-soil Captain N Kenguruse, lives on forever in the memory of the younger generation. He also complimented them for the “outstanding contribution to the state of Nagaland” by contributing in every field.

Mentioning that Nagas are second to none in football, he recounted how Dr T Ao excelled in the field. He highlighted how the Kargil war martyr’s football memorial tournament is aimed at “fusing the indomitable Naga spirit and passion of Naga youth for football”, thus creating avenues to “rise and shine as professional footballers”.

The ceremony also witnessed a combined Pipe Band display by the Assam Rifles, an enchanting Naga folk dance by local artists and a spectacular dog show, which awed the audience.

Chief scretary Temjen Toy awarding individual players for outstanding performance during the tournament

Along with the winners’ trophy, the champions walked away with Rs 1,80,000; runner-up team was felicitated with a trophy and Rs 80,000. The third and fourth position holders — Naga FC, Kohima and Khomi FC, Phek — received Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively.

In the individual categories, Avilhou Yhome of Naga FC, Kohima with eight goals received the ‘golden boot’ award winning a cash prize of Rs 9,000; P Angki Konyak of Tehok FC, Mon was awarded ‘best custodian’ with Rs 9,000; Kudahu Dzudo of Upper Khomi FC, Phek was awarded Rs 9,000 for the ‘most valuable player of the tournament’; Kikrukhrielie Rutsa of Naga FC, Kohima received Rs 5,000 for ‘best manager’.

Meanwhile, Bumang Konyak of Tehok FC Mon, who sustained an injury during the second half of the final match, is under observation at Bedestha Hospital. Although the details of the injury were not disclosed, it was informed that Konyak is “hale and hearty”.

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