Thilixu FC lifts 2nd edition of DDFL trophy

Thilixu FC lifts 2nd edition of DDFL trophy
Thilixu FC celebrate with the trophy after winning the title on Wednesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/24/2021 11:21:37 AM IST

After battling for a total of 65 matches amongst 12 teams, Thilixu FC emerged as the champion of the second season of Okusa Toyota Dimapur District Football League 2021 (DDFL) trophy, after defeating Chümoukedima FC in the final match on Wednesday, here at Dimapur District Sports Complex (DDSC). 

In a thrilling final match, both Thilixu FC and Chümoukedima FC failed to open their accounts in the regulated time which ended in a goal less draw. The winning team was decided via penalty shoot-out where Thilixu FC defeated Chümoukedima FC 4-3. 

Minor commotion took place during the shoot-out when a player from Thilixu FC was allowed to shoot for the second time after his first kick was saved by Chümoukedima FC goal keeper. 

It was assessed that the goal keeper crossed the goal line before the kick was made. The same offence happened twice for the Chümoukedima FC keeper, where both his saves were disqualified due to the same offence. Both kickers managed to score in their second kicks. 

The final match witnessed amazing turn out of supporters and football lovers at the sports complex. 

The winning team walked away with a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs with trophy and certificates, while the runners-up received a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh with trophy. 

In the individual awards, player of the season was awarded to Limakumzuk of Chümoukedima FC; Best Goal Keeper was Tonoka of Thilixu FC; top scorer was Shürüsal, 16 goals of Thilixu FC; best manager was Ayeto Ayemi of Thilixu FC; and emerging player of the season was awarded to Mughahoto of Thilixu FC.  

Earlier, addressing the gathering as the special guest, SDO (Civil), Yanthungbemo Kikon stated that it was an encouraging site to witness many people, both young and old, to have gathered to witness and support their team, and also the ideals of fair play and equal opportunities. 

Kikon maintained that sports was an essential component of human resource development, and added that Nagas need to provide excellent opportunity to young and budding players, so as to develop sporting skills. 

He added that one should try to learn the ability to accept defeat, to reflect and improve for next round and to have courage to try again. 

He however maintained that the state lagged behind in sports, in respect to infrastructures, exposures, and providing guidance and support. He hoped that Nagas could pave way for youngsters to display their skills and also equip themselves for bigger goals and challenges, through such tournaments. 

He further urged the organizing committee to continue taking such initiatives in the coming years which would positively impact and improve the standard in the field of sports, not only in Dimapur, but also the state as a whole. 

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