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Nagaland Police beat Gujarat 2-0
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Feb 19 (NPN):
Published on 19 Feb. 2009 11:49 PM IST
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Nagaland Police got off in style with an impressive victory over Gujarat in their opening match of the 57th B.N. Mullik Memorial All India Police Football Championship 2008-09, played at NAPTC Stadium, Chumukedima here, Thursday. Hosted by Nagaland Police the championship is played at Chumukedima Police Complex, 15 kms from Dimapur. Elsewhere, at ground 3, Assam Rifles started their campaign on a high note by registering a record victory over Indo Tibet Border Police (ITBP) 10-0 while at ground 2, defending champion BSF banked Rajasthan 3-0. Led by skipper Imli Yanger first half strike and Bendang second half strike, Gujarat Police proved no match for the host who outplayed them in every departments. The match was a one sided contest with the host dominating the entire match right from the word go. The rival custodian Subhashsingh Jha was kept busy all through out the match. Nagaland Police missed out plenty of opportunities and it was only before three minutes into the first half the skipper with his superb strike through a pass from Zanthungo found the net for the Nagaland Police. Right after two minutes from the first goal Vikehiezo has another opportunity missed out when his powerful header after hitting the right post sailed out side. Earlier, in the 40th minute Nagaland had an opportunity of taking the lead but the shot from Imli Yanger inside the danger zone just missed the mark by inches. With Nagaland leading 1-0 both team went for lemon break. Right after five minutes from the lemon break in the second half Bendang increased the score line to 2-0 and confirmed his team victory, after his powerful shot from out side the danger zone found the mark leaving the rival custodian helpless. Earlier, declaring the tournament opened State home minister, Imkong. L. Imchen said sports being torch bearer in the society plays an important role in human relationship and in development of human society. “Sports acts like a bridge between cultures, tradition, races and above all to co-exist with each other as human beings and bring peace to the society”, Imchen said. Saluting late Mullik, who was a close advisor of the former Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, for his vision in bringing development in northeast, Imchen described him as a man of great visionary and said the contribution made by late Mullik towards Nagaland in the early years has been immense. The home minister also released the souvenir and Nagaland Police “coffee table book”. DGP Nagaland, J. Changkija IPS in his welcome address said that Nagaland Police has been given a rare privilege of hosting the tournament for the second time due to its systematic organizational capacity of Nagaland police and the hospitality of Naga people. “Along with privilege comes the responsibility to live up to the expectation and that the Nagaland Police will not disappoint the guests”, DGP Nagaland affirmed. Acknowledging the fact that Nagaland being located in remote parts of the country he asked pardon from the guests if the comforts and facilities available may not be up to their expectations like in the metros. He also requested the participating teams and the guests to see the positive light and take it as a privilege. He further lauded all the participating teams for coming for the tournament and hoped that they have a great time in Nagaland. Played on a league system, Nagaland police placed in group-D along with CISF, Gujarat and Ponducherry will now take on CISF at ground no. 1 (NAPTC Stadium) on Friday. It may be mentioned that this is the second time Nagaland Police is hosting the tournament, the first in 1999. The matches are played in four venues: Ground No. 1- NAPTC Stadium; Ground No. 2- Police Training School; Ground No. 3- 1st NAP Ground; Ground No. 4- Sports Complex. League matches will conclude on February 23 and knock out stages will start from February 24. Around 800 participants including team coaches and managers from 33 teams from states and police organizations- Assam Rifles, BSF, ITBP, CRPF, RPF and SSB including the host state are taking part in the championship.

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