The second edition of the SYU Open Futsal Tournament concluded on Thursday with Ignite FC emerging as the new champions after securing their win in a thrilling final match against G-Sports Mokokchung. Thejasetuo of Ignite scored the lone goal of the match. The 3-day tournament was organized by the Salangtem Youth Union (SYU) under the aegis of Mokokchung District Football Association (MDFA) with Nagaland Minerals & Mines as the official partner.

Ignite SYU futsal
Ignite, champions of the 2nd SYU Open Futsal Tournament 2024

The champions were awarded a cash prize of Rs 60,000 along with a Trophy while the second and third place winners were awarded a cash prize of Rs 40000 and Rs 10000 respectively. Individual prizes totaling Rs 10000 were also be awarded in various categories. A total of 22 teams participated in the 3-day tournament.

Best Goalkeeper award went to Imkumer of Ignite while Temsuyanger of Chargers FC with his 13 goals was awarded the Highest Goal Scorer prize.

Vanim of Trebuchet club was adjudged the Most Promising Player while Rato of Ignite was adjudged Player of the Tournament. Genesis FAC was adjudged the Best Disciplined.

Colonel Rahul Gurung, Kirti Chakra, Commandant of the 12 Assam Rifles in Mokokchung, was the guest of honour. In his speech, he emphasized the abundant talent among the people of Mokokchung and commended the SYU for flawlessly organizing the tournament, which not only encouraged youth participation but also provided them with a platform to excel in sports. He highlighted the global recognition of futsal as a major sporting discipline and praised the MDFA for its contribution to the sports sector.

Assam Rifles commandant
Colonel Rahul Gurung, Kirti Chakra, Commandant, 12 Assam Rifles, Mokokchung

Additionally, he encouraged youth to consider joining the armed forces through schemes such as Agni Veer and SSC to serve as ranks. He expressed gratitude for the 76 youth from Mokokchung who had registered for the Agni Veer Scheme and mentioned that the battalion was offering free coaching at its headquarters to help them prepare for exams.

During an interaction with Arong, one of the coaches from the winning team, Ignite, it was revealed how the journey had been a rollercoaster ride for both the club and its players, overcoming numerous obstacles to emerge victorious in the tournament. Arong recalled their defeat in the previous year’s tournament and expressed their club’s primary objective of nurturing young, promising players by providing them with opportunities in various tournaments. He emphasized the importance of such experiences in developing their skills and teamwork for future endeavors.

Imnayanger, a member of the organizing committee, highlighted the improved quality of teams in this year’s tournament and expressed their vision of attracting talent from all districts of the state to participate, serving as role models for aspiring young players. He emphasized that the tournament was not limited to players from Mokokchung district but was open to all who shared a passion for the game, inviting everyone to participate in the 3rd SYU Open Futsal Tournament.

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