DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 8 (MExN): Vihokhu village football team lifted the 19th edition of Zhuikhu M.B.E Memorial Football Gold Cup defeating Nihoto Football Club 3-1 via tie-breaker in a keenly contested final played this afternoon at Khaghaboto town. Match ended in a goalless draw even after extra time. The tournament was organised by the Western Sumi Sports Association and hosted by Khaghaboto Area Sports Association.
Z Kasheto Yeptho, Class I Contractor witnessed the final match as guest of honour of the closing function of the meet and handed out the running trophy along with a cheque of Rs. 70,000 to the winners. Nihoto walked away with a cash award of Rs. 50,000 with a trophy while two semi final losers Hovishe and Shoxuvi recieved Rs. 15,000 each.
In his speech, Kasheto congratulated the winning team with a reminder not to disrespect the losing side but to encourage one another to lift the spirit and the standard of the game.
He reminded the players that sports associations and likeminded sections of society who have concern for the growth of sports in the state, despite hardship, are providing platform to showcase their talent. Therefore, they should take such platform as a stepping stone to sharpen their skills and talents to take it to professional level where there are lots of opportunities, he said.
Observing the commitment and hardwork of local sports persons despite lacking infrastructures, he said that Naga have been blessed immense ability and talent and assured to support and back any talented sports person eager to make it to the top level.
Apart from football, WSSA also conducted Badminton and Volleyball tournaments both in men's and women's categories.
List of other results:
Individual prizes of football
Best player - Ghunaka of Vihokhu.
Best goalkeeper - Homka of Vihokhu.
Joint highest scorer - Inito of Nihoto and Aben of Vihokhu.
Champion - Vikuho team
Runner-up - Hezulho team
Best player - Kito Zhimo of Hezulho.
Champion - Hezulho team
Runner-up - Hozukhe team
Best player - Kivikali Wotsa of Xekiye
Champion - HASSA team
Runner-up - Pukhato team
Best player - Kitoka of HASSA
Champion - Nikhekhu team
Runner-up - Vihokhu team
Best player - Ayeli of Vishiyi