Capt Kenguruse Memorial Tourney kicks off

Capt Kenguruse Memorial Tourney kicks off
Khriekesa FC’s Kekhrieletuo Tsira (green) vie for the ball against Head Hunters players during the first match of Capt. N. Kenguruse Memorial tournament at IG Stadium, Kohima on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/29/2019 11:55:42 AM IST


Head Hunters, 164 INF BN (TA) (NAGA) and Arsenic FC, Zunheboto won their respective matches on the first day of 5th Capt. N. Kenguruse MVC Memorial Football tournament which got underway at IG Stadium, Kohima on Tuesday.
The annual event tournament is being organised by 9 Assam Rifles under the aegis of Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North) in honour of the late soldier Captain Neikezhakuo Kengruse, Maha Vir Chakra.
In the inaugural match, Head Hunters, 164 INF BN (TA) (NAGA) came from behind to beat Khriekesa FC Meriema 2-1 in the encounter. 
Head hunter captain Haotingmang Thomsong made the difference between the two sides of the match.
In the first half saw, Khriekesa FC dominated the game as Kethoselie scored from a close range which set up by Shurhosul Zhotso in the 8th minute to hand the lead. They should have finished the game in the 38th minute when the referee awarded a penalty following a handball inside the area by a defender. However, Zhotso weak shot was saved by the Head Hunter custodian.
The second half saw a rejuvenating side of Head Hunters as Mhiesinglhu scored in the 56th minute from a defensive blunder and their captain Thomsong headed a stunning goal through a crossing from Khekiho Chisho in the 69th minute to win the match for the team.
In the second match, Arsenic FC, Zunheboto beat Green Club, Zunheboto by 2-1. Bosheto scored the first goal in the last minute of the first half for Arsenic FC, while Kikato scored in the 57th minute for Arsenic FC to double the lead, despite a late drama from Green Club with Puloto Kiho scoring in the 72nd minute, Arsenic FC managed to hold on the lead to win the match.
Meanwhile the organising committee informed that first match to be played between Vanguard FC and Tehok FC Mon was postponed to October 31.  
Earlier, Maj. Gen. PC Nair, YSM, IGAR (N), the chief host speaking during the inaugural session said the tournament was organised for the youth of Nagaland in honour of Capt. N. Kenguruse MVC who laid down his life while fighting Pakistani intruders during the Kargil War in 1999.
“The nation salutes the brave martyr who serves as a beacon of love for the country. He epitomises sacrifice and indomitable courage. His memory lives on in many ways including this football tournament” said Nair.
He said the tournament recognised the Nagaland evergreen passion for football and added that the tournament will be an endeavour to brighten India’s prospect in football by identifying promising players from among the students and introducing them at the state level. Neiselie Kenguruse, father of Late Captain Kenguruse also spoke at the programme.
The champions of the tournament will receive a cash prize of Rs 1,80,000 while the runners up will pocket Rs. 80,000 along with trophy and citations. The third and fourth will get Rs 30,000 and Rs. 20,000 respectively.
Altogether, 24 teams from different districts of Nagaland are participating in the tournament.
Today’s matches
6:30 am - ARC Athibung Vs United Vikings, Kiphire 
9:00 am - Team Young XI, Kiphire Vs Tsurankong FC
12:00 noon - Upper Khomi FC, Phek Vs Longleng FC
2:30 pm - FC Nagnimora Vs Wokha XI Tigers.

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