IMPHAL, May 10: Nagaland Veteran Football Association has lifted the 13th Challenge Cup trophy.
In the thrilling final played today at Mapal Kangjeibung, Nagalang defeated FC Imphal by 1-0.
The all important goal for the Nagaland veteran football team was scored by Shanti in the 38th minute.
FC Imphal player tried their hearts out to clinch the title but Shanti’s solitary first half goal dashed their hope as they failed to square the lone goal deficit till the end of regulation period. FC Imphal had to content with the runners-up trophy which carry a cash prize of Rs 10000.
The thrilling final match saw some uneasy scenes during later part of first half as three players of either side were shown yellow cards by referee Sh Suresh.
Nagaland DGP K Kire who attended the prize distribution ceremony donated Rs 1 lakh to organisers as well as Rs 20,000 to the winner and Rs 10,000 to runners up team.
Shanti, who scored only goal of the final match was awarded with Rs 1000 for scoring first goal of the final match while his teammate Noklo recieved same cash prize for best defender’s trophy. Another Nagaland player Khonchamdu got best goalkeeper’s award.
The fair play award was given to FVWA team while L Surchandra of FC Imphal was awarded with best player of the tournament.