Monday, January 30, 2023

Detroit Tigers lift Open Football Trophy

Detroit Tigers sprang surprised when they defeated a spirited Diphupar Warriors 1-0 to win the 2nd Open Football Tournament at DDSC Stadium, here on Wednesday.
The Warriors entered the final as one of the favourite but were outplayed by their younger opponents, who dictated the match with their pace and swift movement.
Both teams played an attacking game and tested each other’s defenses while the goalkeepers of both sides were kept busy throughout the entire session.
Eventually, Tigers’ Mughahuto scored the winning goal in the 26th minute, when he converted the spot kick. The spot kick was taken after Phanjamo was brought down inside the danger zone by one of the Warriors defender.
Unlike the semifinal, luck was not on Warriors side as one of its player had its shot deflected after hitting the cross bar in the later stage of the game. Warriors’ striker Rhitsho, who was kept under checked by the rival defenders missed a golden opportunity in the second half.
Earlier, before the kick off, a minute of silence was observed to pay respects to Athletics Coach, Awala Walling who passed away on September 13.
The final match was graced by DDADU president, Tito Yepthomi as guest of honour. In his brief speech, he thanked the DDFRA for organizing the tournament thereby creating platform to the youngsters. He also encouraged the players never to shy away from their dreams but keep on pursuing till they achieve. He however, reminded the players that discipline, hard work and dedication was prerequisite for success.
The tournament was organized by Dimapur District Football Referee Association (DDFRA) in commemoration of its silver jubilee. 15 teams took part in the tournament.

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