Sechü Zubza FC lift 25th Classic Cup

Sechü Zubza FC lift 25th Classic Cup
Players of Sechü Zubza FC after lifting the trophy at Kohima local ground on Saturday evening. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA NOV 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/23/2019 11:35:01 AM IST

Debutant team Sechü Zubza FC emerged as the champions of 25th Classic Cup after defeating Puliebadze Club Jotsoma via tie-breaker in the final match played here at Kohima local ground on Saturday.

The thrilling encounter final match ended in a 1-1 draw during the stipulated time and the match was decided by tie-breaker. During the shootout, Menuosieto, who took the first penalty for Puliebadze Club, kicked the ball wide off the target which proved to be decisive as Yhunshalo Kemp struck the winning spot-kick to hand the victory to Sechu Zubza FC team by 5-3.

Playing in front of a packed crowd, Puliebadze Club dominated the proceeding with Menonikho Nakhro hitting the crossbar in the 5th minutes. The Zubza team, on the other hand, failed to ease the pressure of the final match as they made a slow start. In a strange technical change, Zubza coach decided to take off former Churchill Brothers SC midfielder Visalie Mezhu and put Khiuwangbo in the 33rd minute, but that didn’t gave much consistency for the team.

Puliebadze’s defenders were able to keep in form Rhitsho Mero from scoring any goals. But he came close in the 29th minute when his shot was inches away from scoring the first goal for the team. The evenly contested match ended in a goalless draw in the first half.

In the second half, Zubza team got into the game when Medoneituo Sekhose scored from 35 yards following a poor clearance from goalie Tsoneru Odyuo in the 54th minute.  But a quick response from the Puliebadze Club saw the team finding the equalizer through Ngachonhor six minutes later who seized the opportunity from a poor clearance to volley the ball into the net.

Puliebadze goalkeeper Odyuo made important clearances to keep the team in contest as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.  During the extra minute time, Zubza team put pressure to score but was unable to beat the defenders as the match ended in stalemate and preceded to penalties.

In the tie-breaker, debutants team Sechu Zubza FC secured a victory by 5-3 over Puliebadze Club.

Neiba Kronu, minister of Planning and Co-ordination, Land Revenue & Parliamentary Affairs graced the occasion as the guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion, he asked the sportspersons to be committed, disciplined and follow strict diet. He added that good sportsperson should fight to reach higher level. He also congratulated the Classic Club for conducting the tournament for 25 years and also for the community service they have done for the state. He also affirmed that PDA government was keen to encourage the young sportspersons in the state so that they can compete with the other states in the country.  Champions Sechü Zubza FC received a cash prize of Rs.3 lakh and the runners-up Puliebadze Club received Rs. 2 lakh. The two losing semi finalist, New Market XI and Kohima Eagles, received Rs.50,000 each.

Individual awards

Player of the tournament - Visalie Mezhü (Sechü Zubza FC)

Best defender - Keduovikho Mekro (New Market XI)

Best goalkeeper - Medophrezo Kezieo (Sechü Zubza FC)

Best midfield - Medoneituo Sekhose (Sechü Zubza FC)

Best forward - Johnny Ritse (New Market XI)

Highest score - Rhitsho Mero (Sechü Zubza FC- 12 goals)

Most lovable player - Kezhose Mathew (New market XI)

Best referee - Zhavibinyü

Photo-shoot of the tournament- Zhovezo Resu

Highest participated- New Market XI (24 times)

Best disciple team - Kohima Bible College

Best manager: Neitsüzo Peseyie (Puliebadze Club)

Best coach: Visakholie Medoze (Sechü Zubza FC)

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