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50th Mongsen Ait Marok Football Trophy kicks off

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By EMN Updated: Dec 18, 2023 7:47 pm
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Players in action during the match between Mongsen Ait Club (blue jersey) and Khanimu Citizen Club (black) at Longjang, Mokokchung, on Monday.

DIMAPUR — The 50th edition of Mongsen Ait Marok Football Trophy, organised by the Mongsen Ait Club (MAC), kicked off on Monday at Longjang, Mokokchung, 

In the first match of the day, Mongsen Ait Club (MAC) dominated the 60-minute game against Khanimu Citizens Club, with Tarep of MAC scoring the first goal of the tournament in the early minutes of play, an update stated.

In the second half, Tarep’s teammate Lanutemsu scored in the 53rd minute, sealing the fate of their rivals.

The second match between Salaksalaker and Lametong Youth Association (LYA) witnessed a goal galore as Salaksalaker trounced their rivals 11-1. Salaksalaker’s Longkoi led the attack with five goals in the first half and another four goals in the second half. His teammates Moarenba and Sangle contributed a goal each. LYA managed to save the blushes with a solitary goal.

In the third match, Omega defeated Aningchen 3-2, while in the fourth match, Yimsen Youth Club (A) overcame Yimsen Youth Club  3-0.

In the final match of day between Rebels and Mongsen Ait Club, the former won 2-1.

Earlier, in the inaugural ceremony of the golden jubilee edition, Longden Longkumer, Managing Director of LL Group, Nagaland, was the chief guest.

Longkumer, in his speech, congratulated the MAC -one of the oldest clubs in Nagaland –for moulding young players for decades, providing them a platform and also giving the youngsters hope for the future.

He encouraged the players to abstain from intoxicating substances, as they not only weaken their health but also hinder their skills. He also reminded that many star players of today were once street players; it was their discipline and dedication which set them apart.

The director further expressed hope that the event would bring not only the players but also the people together. 

TN Mannen, Advisor of Law and Justice and Land Revenue, in his message, paid tribute  to the club for being a pioneer in cultivating young talents in the field of sports.

S Jongpong Imsong, while highlighting the history of the club, stated that the club held its first matches in the year 1961 under the banner of Lt. Tekatemba Trophy, which was later changed to Mongsen Ait Trophy in 1963.

President of MAC, Yapangaier, delivered the welcome address.

The tournament carries a cash prize of INR 1 lakh and trophy for the champions, besides another INR 60,000 for both team and individual prizes.

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By EMN Updated: Dec 18, 2023 7:47:20 pm
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