Former International footballer kicks off Kanggui Inter Ward Wise SportsKANGPOKPI | Jan 10
Former International footballer from Manipur who turned a prominent social worker among the Kuki community kicked off the 15th Kanggui Inter Ward Wise Tournament, 2019 organized by Kangpokpi Youth Union at M. Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi today.
Manglenthang Zou, former International footballer attended the inaugural ceremony of the tournament as chief guest while an active member of GUDUP, a non-political, non-profit WhatsApp group in Kangpokpi, Jampu Kipgen and chairman of Kangpokpi Town Committee, Lunseh Kipgen attended as guest of honour and functional president respectively.
Apart from various other distinguished persons from the town, Maj. Irfan, Post Commander, 38 AR Kangpokpi also attended as special invitee.
The former International footballer lit the tournament cauldron amidst cheers and applauds after the 15th Kanggui Inter Ward Wise Tournament Torch Relay lead by defending champion Ward No.8 captain was conducted while the chief guest hoisted the tournament flag.
A condolence ceremony lead by KYU President, Tolminthang Misao was also conducted to pay tribute to the departed leaders of KYU, former players of the tournament and leaders of the town who had once contributed immensely in the annual tournament and for the town.
The organizing committee chairman Lamminthang alias Lala Misao while extending gratitude to all the participating teams, dignitaries, and leaders of various CSOs who keenly participate in the inaugural ceremony presented a memento and gifts to the dignitaries as a token of appreciation and gratitude.
“Nowadays, sports play as an important tool in breeding peace and harmony among the communities and the society”, said Manglenthang Zou while addressing the gathering on the importance of games and sports. He also said that games and sports is the only platform where everyone can participate without any segregation irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
As a former footballer, Manglenthang exhorted young players to focus on team work, game spirit and discipline rather than giving more important to winning the game only and as a prominent social worker he urged the people of Kangpokpi to be frontrunner of peace among the community and dedicate for the overall welfare of the masses.
After inspection of players and declaration of the tournament by the chief guest, the inaugural match between the defending champion Ward No. 8 and Ward No.2 was kicked off amidst loud cheers.
The inaugural match ended with 1-1 draw. The opening and first goal of the tournament came after Daniel of Ward No.2 slot home in the 46 minutes of the second half which was shortly equalized by Shongpu of Ward No.8 in the 52nd minute. Ngangam of Ward No.2 was booked yellow card for his dangerous tackling in the 4th minutes.
The second match between Ward No. 4 and Ward No.9 witnessed youngest goal scorer of the tournament so far through 12 years old Haolilim Kipgen of Ward No. 4 who scored in the 36 minutes after breaking the record of his same age teammate Laltinlen Haokip, who made the youngest scorer record in the 25th minutes of the same match, where their ward won the match 2-0.
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