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Thadou Trophy: Dr Nehginpao Kipgen Memorial Team emerge Champion

4th Thadou Trophy state-level open football tournament: Dr NMT defeated Kuki Football Academy 2-1 in the final match

ByKaybie Chongloi

Updated 8 May 2022, 2:47 am

Dr Nehginpao Kipgen Memorial Team won Champion title in the 4th Thadou Trophy state-level open football tournament held in Kangpokpi, Manipur (Photo: IFP)
Dr Nehginpao Kipgen Memorial Team won Champion title in the 4th Thadou Trophy state-level open football tournament held in Kangpokpi, Manipur (Photo: IFP)

Professor Dr Nehginpao Kipgen Memorial Team lifted the champion trophy of the 4th Thadou Trophy state-level open football tournament, 2021 after defeating Kuki Football Academy 2-1 in the final match at Saparmeina public ground amidst the overwhelming crowd on Saturday.

Nehginpao Kipgen was a renowned Kuki academician, a political scientist, a famous writer, and an orator in varied fields, who died of the dreaded COVID-19 on May 2 last year in Delhi.

The late professor served as an executive director at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), OP Jindal Global University, New Delhi till he breathed his last.

Dr Nehginpao Memorial Team features well-known footballers of the state such as Len Doungel, Jackichand, Salam Ranjan along with well-known players from various football clubs of the state. The team thrashed Kuki Football Academy (KFA) which features ISL players like Songpu Singsit, and former East Bengal player Ginkholen in the final match.

Seiminthang's brace in the 35th and 45th minutes before the first half gave the debutant memorial team to lift the championship trophy as the Academy side managed to score only a single goal through Seineo in the 48th minute.

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Taking the opportunity of the huge participation of various football clubs dominated by youths and the popularity of the trophy with thousands of fans, the Manipur police strongly embarked on promoting the government's 'War On Drugs' campaign initiated by the chief minister.

Manipur police chief, director general of police Paotinmang Doungel attended the occasion as chief guest while brigadier PS Arora, DIG, 22-Sector, IGAR(E), Assam Rifles, and secretary-general, Thadou Inpi, general headquarters M Jamkhomang Haokip attended as guest of honour and president respectively..

The Manipur police officials led by its chief P Doungel were also seen distributing sweets among the crowd after the ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.

A friendly match between 22 Assam Rifles and TSA leaders was also played before the final match.

Dr Nehginpao Memorial Team was awarded the champion trophy with a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh while the runner-up Kuki Football Academy was awarded with a trophy and cash prize of Rs 50,000.

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Kuki Football Academy's striker and ISL East Bengal player Songpu Singsit bagged the hattrick (thrice hat trick during the tournament) and top scorer award with 14 goals in his boot.

Dr Nehginpao Memorial Team's custodian Jedidi bagged the best goalkeeper award and KFA's Lenminlal Haokip bagged the emerging player of the tournament while Salam Ranjan of Dr NMT bagged the man of the final match award.

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First published:8 May 2022, 2:47 am

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Kaybie Chongloi

Kaybie Chongloi

IFP Correspondent, KANGPOKPI

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