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Arkong win 5th Mokokchung Inter-ward Football Tournament

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By Imrongkumba Aier Updated: Mar 23, 2024 11:22 pm
Mokokchung Inter-ward Football Tournament
Team Arkong, the champions of the 5th Mokokchung Inter-ward Football Tournament, pictured alongside organisers at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung, on Saturday.

MOKOKCHUNG — Arkong emerged as the champion of the 5th Mokokchung Inter-ward Football Tournament (MIFT), defeating their arch-rival Artang with a score of 3-1.

The showdown took place on Saturday at Mokokchung’s Imkongmeren Sports Complex, where Arkong and Artang met for the second time in the MIFT final. Arkong faced Artang in the first MIFT, and they defeated their arch rival 1-0 in 2019.

Bendangtoshi’s lightning-fast goal in the game gave Arkong an early lead when he scored in just 20 seconds, exploiting the left flank of Artang.

The first half of the match was filled with near-miss opportunities for both teams; however, in the 45+2nd minute, Aripong stunned the Artang team when he converted, taking down two defenders with a throw-in assist just before the break, making it 2-0.

In the second half, Artang had a fantastic opportunity when they won a penalty in the 60th minute. Tongpang Lemtur took the shot 2-1, boosting Artang’s morale for a comeback, but the young boys of Arkong demonstrated their resilience by thwarting numerous critical strikes.

Seven minutes later, Talitemsu extended Arkong’s lead with a free kick assist near the D-Box, securing the championship title for the second time.

The champion pocketed a cash prize of INR 50,000 along with certificates, while the runner-up received INR 30,000 along with certificates.

Tarepnungsang of Sungkomen ward was named the highest scorer, with a total of nine goals. Inovi Chishi of Arkong ward was awarded the title of best defender, while Kevin of Arkong ward received recognition as the best goalkeeper. Namang of Artang ward was named the player of the tournament.

Thsuvisie Phoji, Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung, was the guest of honour at the final game.

Also read: Sungkomen storm into MIFT quarters with 11-0 demolition of Salangtem

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By Imrongkumba Aier Updated: Mar 23, 2024 11:22:49 pm
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