14th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy gets underway
Former champions KVSU thrash Students’ FC 8-0
KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 20
THE 14th edition of NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy 2013 organised by Angami Students’ Union (ASU) under the theme ‘Goal for Peace’ was officially declared open by Minister for Youth Resources and Sports, Merentoshi R. Jamir as the chief guest of the inaugural function.Playing a totally one-sided match, the former champions Kohima Village Students’ Union (KVSU) trounced Students’ Football Club (SFC) by 8 goals to nil with Mhasibeituo Yhome and Meduoneituo Sekhose scoring a hat-trick each.
KVSU dominated the play from the start of the match and made four attempts during the first twenty minutes through Keduoneizo Kire, Meduoneituo and Mhasibeituo but were unable to break into the nets. However, a 21st minute hand-ball inside the danger zone cost SFC heavily as referee awarded penalty spot kick, which was converted by Meduoneituo opening the flood gates. He doubled the margin in the 27th minute with a solo effort but rival custodian Kakishe somehow managed to foil it. Nonetheless, he managed the second lead in the 33rd minute to lead the first half with two goals.
Four minutes into the second half, Mhasibeituo opened his account scoring the third for the team while he scored the fourth for the team in the 44th minute.
Coming from the substitute bench, Thejaneilie Solo made an excellent header to beat the custodian scoring the fifth goal in the 60th minute which was followed by Mhasibeituo scoring the first hat-trick of the tourney and the sixth goal for the team in the 62nd minute. The very next minute it was Thejaneilie giving the seventh lead.
It was Meduoneituo winding the match in style with his hat-trick and the eighth goal of the team in the 69th minute. SFC tried for a face-sever in the first half of the match as Viho made a long range attempt but his shot was easily collected custodian Keneiphrezo Kire.
Exhorting the players and football fans, Jamir called upon the youths to take up sports as a profession and try to emulate Dr. T. Ao, who had led India into the Olympics. He also lauded the efforts of the ASU in honouring and remembering the sacrifices made by Late Vikhozo and Late Kekuozhalie while also providing a platform for the football players in the state.
Chaired by Keneido Peseyie the inaugural function commenced with Pastor of Faith Harvest Church, Rev. Shan Kikon saying the invocation while ASU President Zakie Khate delivered the welcome address and Organising Committee convenor Rükravolie Rülho delivered the key-note address.
NSF President Tongpang Ozukum shared solidarity message and ASU Secretary Sports, Mhasimhalie Yhome administered oath to the 65 participating teams.