The Meghalaya Invitational Football Tournament which is underway is already at the end as the finals are almost upon us.

Teams from all over the country are invited to participate and Oil India Assam lost to I-League club Shillong Lajong in the semi-finals of the tournament.

The Shillong side won 2-1 as they came from behind to beat the Assam club.
In the other semi finals, Shillong based club Rangdajied United FC were defeated by 58 Gorkha Training Centre in a thrilling 4-3 match.

The final will be held this Saturday which will conclude the tournament.

Source: TNT

NorthEast really need a win as they have been without one in 6 matches. They take on Pune City who have no shortage of goal scorers and are in fine goal scoring form.

The first has lacked  from both sides, however Northeast did have a big chance to be one up but frantic defending by Pune saw them clear the ball away from goal. The first half has been quite uneventful with neither side having any clear cut chances. The dying minutes of half time saw Northeast with a penalty appeal which the referee refused to give. Sissoko later shoved Velez and was let off with a yellow.

The second half saw Alfaro fouled inside the box but yet again no penalty. Northeast have been unlucky so far with the match not going their way.

The first real chance in the match came from the  but luckily for Northeast, the ball hit the post. A stunning free kick by Romaric in the 81st minute finally gave the home side their much needed goal.

This was enough for the Northeast side to gather all 3 points after a long six match run of not winning any. This will definitely give fans something to cheer about.

Source: TNT

Kwakeithel eased to a 3-0 victory over Sagolband United (SU) while FC Zalen edged past SSU 2-1 today in the ongoing 11th Manipur State League at Mapal Kangjeibung. In the first encounter of the day between TRAU and SU, the former dominated possession and were in control of the match. Sh Meiraba of TRAU broke the deadlock in the 19th minute as he found no difficulty in converting a brilliant attempt off a pass from Amir Khan. TRAU extended the lead in a span of three minutes as L Sanatomba found the net of their opponents through a long pass from M Meino. The first half ended with the team taking an easy 2-0 lead. Even as SU put up a spirited fight to equalise the goals, their attempts turned out bootless. Rather they ceded one more goal in the 80th minute as TRAU’s Th Vandona was bang on target.

In the second encounter, FC Zalen scored a goal each in both halves to scrap past SSU 2-1. Even as both sides started the match formidably, the Sadar Hills team were visibly in an advantageous position. Paolenlal Khongsai banged in the opener for FC Zalen in the 38th minute and the first half ended with the Sadar Hills side taking a 10 lead. SSU struggled hard to restore parity in the second half. However, they felt wanting in converting some chances. Lamgoulen extended the goal account of FC Zalen as he booted home a superb one in the 88th minute that eventually earned full points to the team. Penalty was awarded against FC Zalen in the 90th minute. L Gogocha of SSU stepped up and converted the penalty to reduce the goal difference.

NISA, Thangmeiband cruised past TRUGPU, Nambol 3-1 while NEROCA FC drubbed YPHU 3-0 today in the ongoing 11th Manipur State League at Mapal Kangjeibung. Wary of each others, NISA and TRUGPU started their match cautiously. None could succeed in breaking the deadlock till the end of the first half. After careful observation of the match in the first half, NISA coach who after identifying the weaknesses of TRUGPU teed up his players in the second half. Kh Naoton converted a penalty in the 54th minute to give the lead to NISA. Naoton scored his second in the 69th minute. Undaunted after ceding two goals, TRUGPU players put up a spirited fight to restore parity. They got rewarded when S Ratan pulled one back for TRUGPU in the 71st minute.

Even as TRUGPU strug gled hard to find the equaliser, they ceded another goal to their opponents as Y Ibomcha slotted home a goal for NISA in the 74th minute.

In the second encounter, NEROCA FC maintained their unbeaten streak as they drubbed YPHU 3-0. NEROCA FC played in the attacking mode right from the beginning of the match. However, YPHU defenders were cautious in marking the forwards of their opponent. Ch Sushilkumar who taking advantage of the defence split of YPHU slotted home the opener for NEROCA FC in the 34th minute. The first half ended with NEROCA taking a 1-0 lead. YPHU bounced back with more vigour in the second half and were making all out efforts to equalise the goal. However, NEROCA’s lead was extended by Chinedu Emanuel in the 61st minute. Gobin completed the score for NEROCA FC as his brilliant header found the net of his opponents in the 79th minute.

Source: The Sangai Express

The long wait is finally over as the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) commences in Guwahati following a Bollywood filled opening ceremony extravaganza.

The Highlanders have never qualified for the semi-finals in the past two seasons and will be itching for a step forward under new coach Nelo Vingada – nicknamed ‘The Professor’.

New marquee player Didier Zokora had a niggle during the pre-season in Dubai but since then has regained his fitness and is fit to start. Nicolas Velez, the star name on the roster was used mostly as an impact substitute last season but is tipped to be the first name on the sheet this term.

The biggest decision Vingada may have to take is for the place in between the sticks. Rehenesh T.P. who has been brilliant for the franchise in the past might have to play second fiddle to Indian veteran Subrata Paul.

Seityasen Singh hasn’t trained in the last couple of days and striker Sasha Aneff has been ruled out for atleast a month in lieu of a broken rib. Katsumi Yusa will fill into the right side in a 4-2-2-2 formation. Halicharan Narzary gets the nod ahead of Sumeet Passi and Lallianzuala Chhangte or even Jerry Mawihmingthanga for the left winger role.

Kerala Blasters have been training in Guwahati for the last five days and will be used to the conditions in the Brahmaputra valley.

Cedric Hengbart returns to his old club where he was captain for NorthEast United for a better part of last season. He will be partnered by marquee Aaron Hughes, fresh off a tryst in the Euro 2016. Indian centre-half Sandesh Jhingan will be utilised in a full back role.

Mehtab Hossain will used as the pivot in midfield. Chadian Azrack Mahamat is ruled out for the first week and Josue Currias will reprise his role in midfield along with teengaer Vinit Rai who will play infront of his hometown crowd, but in different colours.  Antonio German, who incidentally scored a screamer in the corresponding fixture last season, is tipped to start after being declared fit. Semboi Haokip misses out over Mohammed Rafi and Haitians Duckens Nazon and Kevin Belfort will fight it out for a single spot in attack.

Expect nothing less than fireworks as the world’s fourth most watched league begins it’s third sojourn.  Kick-off is at 7 pm IST, following the gala opening ceremmony at 6.15 pm IST. 

Source: Kangla Online

The stage is set for the first Binga Ete Memorial Football Tournament (BEMFT), 2016, which will kick-start at Aalo general ground from October 7.

The tournament being organized by West Siang district sports association (DSA) is being sponsored by Science & Technology secretary, Gaken Ete, in memory of his father.

Seventeen teams from across the district will slug it out for glory.

We are making all efforts to make the event a grand success, said DSA secretary Karik Lollen.

He expressed hope that the teams would play competitive football over the next twenty days, so that the profile of the tournament is further raised.

The winner will take home a cash prize of Rs 1.25 lakhs and a trophy while the runner-up purse is Rs 75,000, informed Lollen.

He said there are also individual prizes of Rs 10,000 each for player of the tournament and highest scorer.

The fixture for the prestigious tournament has been drawn and the teams have been divided into four pools.

Last year’s DSA champion Jummi Combats FC Bene has been pitted against FC Tadin, Kugi Ao FC, Puakgumin FC and strong contender Kabu FC in pool A.

Gotu TK Darka, FC DPGC Kamki, Sipu FC and Memo United FC are placed in pool B.

Newcomers NEFTU FC, Kombo FC, SFS FC and Sora Bros FC are clubbed together in pool C while pool D comprises of MAE FC, Darka FC, Pakam FC and Ngomdir PH FC.

The inaugural match between Jummi Combats FC Bene against Tadin FC on Friday will set the tone for the tournament.

West Siang deputy commissioner Gamli Padu will attend the opening ceremony of the tournament.

The two semifinals would be held on October 24 and 25 while the final will be held on October 27.

Source: The Arunachal Times

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