Tseminyü and Dimapur will now fight for the coveted title in the ongoing football event of the Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2022, after both the teams qualified in their respective semi-final matches at IG Stadium, here on Thursday.
In the first semi-final match Tseminyü beat Peren 3-2 while in the second semi-final match, Dimapur beat Phek with an identical score of 3-2.
Peren took the lead early on when jersey No. 10, Winamthiu Ringdi, netted the ball in the 14th minute of the game.
However, the equalising goal from Tseminyü came from the boots of jersey No. 7 Nyithong Magh in the 29th minute. The first half ended with one goal each from the teams.
Later in the second half, pressure mounted for Tseminyu as Peren doubled its score in the second half when jersey No. 18, Lamdanggin Hangsing scored from 18-meter distance in the 57th minute.
The equalising goal from jersey No. 15 Hyulozu Semp in the 64th minute brought a new wave of energy to the stadium as Tseminyü fans roared into a thunderous applause.
None of the teams gave the other any break similarly fans of both the teams stayed on their toes taking seizing every opportunity to cheer on their teams.
Tseminyü supporters went frenzy as the team captain jersey No. 9, Yhunshalo Kemp scored the third goal just before the added time in the 79th minute which remained as the last score of the game.
Peren team grew noticeably impatient as the match neared its end and with every pass the players tried their best to equalise the score but all their efforts were met with stiff resistance from their opponents and they finally had to settle for loss. The final whistle drew a fine line between the teams as Tseminyü headed for the final while Peren’s journey to lift the title came to an abrupt end.
In the second semi-final match between Dimapur and Phek, the former took the lead when jersey No 11, Shurusol, netted the ball from the penalty area in the 11th minute of the game.
Phek missed a chance to equalise when it was awarded a free kick from the 16 meters distance.
And within 8 minutes, Dimapur’s jersey No 9, Aloumai’s impressive header doubled the score for the team and also set Phek further back in the race to the finals.
Phek’s keeper jersey No. 21, Lhiwete Koza made some impressive saves keeping the score line in check and the chance for the team to fight back.
Dimapur’s jersey No. 8, Mughahuto’s score in the 35th minute took the teams lead by 3 goals as the team bombarded their opponents with numerous attempts.
The match appeared to be one sided in the first half as Dimapur took possession of the ball for the better part of the game.
Phek’s frustration was also visible when one of its players was awarded a cautionary card for unsporting behaviour. The first half ended with Dimapur having a massive lead over Phek.
Later in the second half, although Phek took over the ball possession, the match remained rather uneventful as time was running out for the team.
A slight respite for Phek team came in the form of a goal by jersey No. 11, Johnny Ritse, in the 75th minute of the game.
And within 5 minutes Phek’s efforts paid off when the second goal for the team came through the boots of jersey No. 8, Muleyi Medeo bringing a new ray of hope the team for the team to fight back.
Phek’s last hope for an equaliser and the chance to head for an additional time was faced with stiff resistance yielding no result as the defenders of team Dimapur fortified their wall.
Both teams squabbled for the ball as the time drew closer to fulltime and the inevitable.
Meanwhile in an action taken report notification issued by Nagaland Football Association (NFA), it was informed that Ratobe N Poireng, has been banned from all recognised football events with immediate effect for a period of 1 year within and outside the State.
The notification said this action was initiated based on the report of the Match Commissioner and the Disciplinary Committee Nagaland Olympic (football event) for his misconduct during the ongoing Nagaland Olympic.
Third place 3:30 p.m. – Peren Vs Phek
Final match 6 p.m. – Tseminyü Vs Dimapur
Nagaland Olympic Shooting competition concludes
DIMAPUR, AUG 25 (NPN): The shooting competition for Nagaland Olympic and Paralympic 2022 concluded on Thursday, here at Shooting Range, Multi-Disciplinary Sports Complex, Dimapur.
Addressing the gathering at the closing ceremony, advisor, animal husbandry & veterinary services, women resources development, R Khing, stated that chief minister Neiphiu Rio, after taking over as the chief minister has been trying his best to promote games and sports. He also added that it was due to the relentless efforts of Rio that Nagaland could be affiliated to Indian Olympic Association.
Speaking on the shooting as a sport, Khing stated that shooting for Nagas was like an inborn talent or instant, adding that when a boy turns 8 to 9 years, he becomes fond of guns. Khing also urged participants and Nagas not to use the art of shooting for criminal activities but to use it for promotion of the game to bring peace, and also for protection and preservation of domestic and wild animals.
He thereby urged all participants not to be lazy, but to give best effort and also to be consistent, saying that games and sports have become a profession now.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by honorary secretary, Nagaland State Shooting Association (NSSA), Shalo Khing, and vote of thanks offered by honorary secretary, NSSA, Neilasa Sopfli.
The categories for shooting competitions are: Prone 50 metro rifle (men) – 10 metro rifle and 10 m air pistol; Prone 50 metre (women) – 10 metre rifle and 10 metro air pistol; and 10 metre rifle mixed team, 10 metre air pistol mixed team.