Wung United lifts first R N Tamchon Memorial Football TrophyDecember 1st, 2007 - 10:09 pm ICT by admin
By Sanjay Kumar
New Delhi, Dec 1 (ANI): In an exciting final, Wung United defeated Ching-Tam United (MSAD) by 2-0 to lift the first R N Tamchon Memorial Football Trophy here on Saturday.
In a near jam-packed Ambedkar Stadium, which was almost overflowing with football enthusiasts mostly from the North East, the Tankhul dominated Wung United convincingly trounced the Meitei dominated Ching-Tam United, which was supposed to be the most superior team in the championship.
None of the sides could score in the first half. But the deadlock was broken in the fifteenth minute of the second half, when Wung United scored a brilliant goal with an outstanding effort by striker Sochungmi, who also emerged as the top scorer of the tournament with fourteen goals.
When there were just two minutes left for the final whistle to blow, Wung United outsmarted the Ching-Tam Uniteds defender to make the job easier for Themreishang to score.
It is really exciting to win the tournament. Its a satisfying feeling of course we missed some good opportunities but we played well, Wung United skipper Tuireising Ruvah told ANI.
We were preparing for the final right from the beginning of the tournament. Its really disappointing to lose the finalbut its game and you have to take every thing in your stride, said Chongtham Thoiba, captain of the Ching-Tam United.
This was for the first time that two Manipuri sides played against each other in Delhi.
The Meitei dominated team whose players come from the Manipur valley were defeated by a Hill based team that does not have good infrastructure and facilities as their rival team has.
It was the rivalry that was the hallmark of the tournament but friendly competitive spirit that dominated the proceedings.
Our aim is to bring up the talents of Manipur to the national stage and give the players platform to grow through tournaments like this. We want to expose Manipuri players to the best clubs of India, said Ramnganing Muivah, Joint Secretary and CVO, CPWD and the Vice President of the Tangkhul Naga Society, Delhi (TNSD) that organized the tournament.
Muivah said that the tournament would be organized every year.
The event was organized in memory of R N Tamchon, former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Delhi.
It main objective is to promote peace, friendship, unity and interaction through games and sports amongst the people of North East even when they are in the metropolitan cities like Delhi. (ANI)
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