Sikkim Police lifts Mahendra Karki Memorial Trophy

Gangtok, 30 Apr:

Sikkim Police emerged the champion of the 2nd edition of Mahendra Karki Memorial Invitational Football Tournament 2018 played here at Paljor Stadium. In the final match played today, Sikkim Police outplayed United Brothers, Kalimpong, 4-1 to lift the trophy.

Both the teams played an attacking game from the start and it fell on Sangay Bhutia to break the deadlock when he scored the lead for Sikkim Police in the 29th minute and his teammate doubled the lead to 2-0 a minute later.

With the help of another goal by Sukraj Subba in the 40th minute, Sikkim Police finished the first half 3-0 ahead.

Despite of some good attacks, United Brothers strikers could not breach the strong defense line of the home team.

In the second half, Kalimpong players played their hearts out to score in the match and Sonam Lepcha of United Brothers gave some comfort to the team with his goal in the 79th minute in a penalty shot.

But another last minute goal of Karma Lepcha in the 89th minute sealed a 4-1 victory for Sikkim Police.

Tempo Bhutia of Sikkim Police was adjudged as the Man of the Match while Man of the Tournament trophy was awarded to Dewashish Rai of United Brothers, Kalimpong.

The Highest Scorer trophy was received by Ganesh Limboo of Apex Football Club, Kalimpong while Pujan Pradhan of Sikkim Police was adjudged the Best Goalkeeper.

Sonam Lepcha of Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club was awarded with Emerging Player of the Tournament while the State Sports Academy received the Fair Play trophy.

The final match had Rajya Sabha MP, Hishey Lachungpa, as chief guest accompanied by Sports & Youth Affairs Department Secretary, SD Dhakal, and family members of late Mahendra Karki among other dignitaries.

The tournament was organised by Gangtok-based Sikkim Boys Football Club from 19 Apr. The tournament was participated by 12 teams from in and outside the State.

It may be mentioned here, Gangtok resident, Mahendra Karki, was killed in a car mishap at Gangtok in 2011 at the age of 31 years. He was a popular footballer having played as a right-back for many local clubs and also for the State team in regional and national tournaments.

Members of Sikkim Boys FC, many of whom have played with Late Mahendra Karki at national football tournaments, have been hosting the tournament as a tribute to their friend since last year.