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Mizo fans cheering for the champions
IG Academy girls cleaning up the stadium
Sikkim (blue) make way and cheer for champions Mizoram as they walk up to receive their trophy
Prize distribution ceremony underway
People behind the scenes: Security squad (in QRT uniform) and ball boys and girls (in red track suits)
Jubilant Mizoram team kneel in prayer after their victory over Sikkim
Final match over! Mizoram win! Mizoram 1- 0 Sikkim
Mizoram substitution: Vanlalthanga (13) IN; Lalruatfela (10) OUT
Runner-up to get Rs 6 lakh along with trophy and certificates
Today’s winner will walk away with Rs 10 lakh (1 million) along with trophy and certificates
5 minutes time added
Latest score: Mizoram 1-0 Sikkim
Mizoram substitution: Vanlalthlamuana (9) IN; Malsawmfela (11) OUT at 79.00 min
1st goal for Mizoram scored by David Lalrinmuana (17) at 74:03 min
Latest score: Mizoram 1-0 Sikkim
Mizoram scores first goal!
Mizoram substitution: MS Dawngliana (15) IN; F Lalrinpuia (16) OUT at 69:20 min
Sikkim (in blue) and Mizoram (in red) continue to contend for the ultimate championship trophy
Sikkim substitution: Ashish Chettri (9) IN; Sanjay Rai (13) OUT at 64:40 min
Another yellow card for Sikkim’s Sameer Pradhan (5) at 63:44
Sikkim’s Afzal Ansari (12) given yellow card at 60:12 min
A portrait of the legendary Indian footballer put up on the railing of the stadium in Kohima
Spectators watching the final match intensely
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who is gracing the closing ceremony, also inspected behind the scenes of the live streaming of matches. The matches are being live streamed at drtaotrophytrophy.nagaland.gov.in.
The 9th edition of the North East Dr T Ao Trophy to come to an end tonight
Second half begins!
Mengu Suokhrie and the band continue to enthrall the crowd at half-time
Mizoram 0-0 Sikkim
Half time! First half concludes with a goalless draw
The champions trophy and the runner-up trophy await!
Match underway. Both teams yet to score despite several attempts.
In the history of North East Dr T Ao Trophy, only Manipur and Mizoram have won the championship trophy. Manipur won the trophy six times, and Mizoram won it twice. This edition, Manipur was knocked out from the group match, and Mizoram has once again made it to the final playing against Sikkim. Sikkim has a record of bagging the runner-up trophy twice, in 2011 and 2016.
Mizoram just made a good attempt inside the net, but offside it is!
Team Mizoram: Starting XI
Lalrinchhana Tochhong (C)
David Lalrinmuana (VC)
Team Sikkim: Starting XI
Sonam Zangpo Bhutia
Kilpo Namgyal Barfungpa
Dom Tshering Lepcha (C)
Tempa Lhandup Bhutia
Sonam Tshering Bhutia
Match will take place in a short while. Stay tuned
Match about to kick off. But first, introduction of players… Nagaland CM meets players of team Sikkim (in blue) and Mizoram (in red)
Two LED screens have been set up at the Indira Gandhi Stadium for live show of the matches. The facility has been made since the semifinals of the tournament
Mengu Suokhrie and the band enthrals the crowd
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s speech on closing ceremony:
• Dear Friends I bring you greetings and best wishes on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the North East Dr. T. Ao Trophy and also on the occasion of the onset of a new decade, 2020.
• As we all know, Dr. Talimeren Ao was India’s first ever captain of the Indian football team at the Olympic Games. In the 1948 London Olympic Games, when he led team India into the arena, he etched his names in the annals of India sport. He remains one of the greatest sons of Nagaland and a legendary figure who will inspire every generation. He was a champion, a nation builder and an icon who proved that no dream is impossible if one truly desires.
• I must congratulate each and every organisation, all government departments and all individuals who has made the 2020 edition a grand success. I extend my appreciation to all the participants and to my chief minister colleagues of the north eastern states who have sent their teams, all of who have played the championships in an exemplary spirit of sportsmanship. This championship has once again exemplified the fraternity of the north eastern states and I hope that we will continue to build our bonds of friendship under a spirt of unity and mutual co-existence so that together we can rise. Most importantly I want to thank and congratulate the sports lovers and football fans that have come out in thousands to support not just the teams but also the championships as a whole. The success of this event is because of the positive support of the people of Nagaland.
• Before I conclude, let me assure the sports fraternity that the Nagaland Government of Nagaland in collaboration with the Nagaland Olympic Association, the Government of India and the Indian Olympic Association is formulating a comprehensive long-term game-plan to develop sports in the State. We assure you that in the not very far future we hope to not only produce champions but also host national and international events and championships here in Nagaland. All sections and stakeholders must work together as a cohesive unit and each citizen is a member of Team Nagaland. Let us work together as one. “Together we will soar.”
• Thank you for listening, I wish you a pleasant and enjoyable evening.