Kohima: The ongoing Dr T Ao Inter-district tournament, which is set to conclude on Friday, will witness the final match between the Dimapur District Football Association (DDFA) and Mon District Football Association (MDFA) at Imkongmeren Sports complex in Mokokchung. 

The 22nd edition of the Inter-District Football Championship will see a friendly rivalry between former academy colleagues Tingnyek (Ating) Konyak and Kivi Zhimomi in the final match today. 

Both players wear the captain armband for Mon and Dimapur. The duo have played together since their academy days at Dimapur. Konyak and Zhimomi also formed the best-known midfield partnership in their prime time. 

Asked about leading the team, Ating Konyak, the captain of Mon, said: “With the kind of performances throughout the tournament, I have full faith on my team. If we continue to maintain the consistency and put little more efforts, we can hopefully win the title.”

He shared that all players of his team have shown their skills and capability in all the matches and hope to give their best in the final match as well. 

Kivi Zhimomi, former Northeast United player and now Gokulam FC player, in an interaction, said he is very excited for the final match and hopeful of a good show by his team. He assured that his team will go all out and fight till the end.

So far, Dimapur scored eight goals in five matches with Kakhevi Assumi, who emerged as the leading scorer of the team with three goals. They are yet to concede a goal in the tournament. Dimapur beat the likes of Niuland and Peren in quarterfinals and semis to enter the finals of the tournament.

Mon team scored 12 goals with Laiwang Bohamm Konyak and Shamba Samson Konyak scoring three goals each, defeating the defending champion Pheka and Tseminyu in quarterfinals and semis of the tournament to reach the finals. 

The closing ceremony of the coveted Dr. T Ao trophy — 22nd Inter-District Football Tournament, which is being hosted by Mokokchung District Football Association, will be graced by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

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