Sikkim in semis of Dr T Ao NE C’ship

Gangtok, 25 Feb:

Sikkim has entered the semi-final round of the ongoing 2nd Dr T Ao Centenary North East International NEC Gold Cup Football Championship [U-21 years] 2019. In its last qualifying match at LNIPE Stadium, Guwahati on Monday, a brace by SangayChopel helped Sikkim to edge past Bangladesh 2-1 to secure a berth in the semi-final round of the tournament. Sikkim has also finished the qualifying round as the topper of Group A.

SangayChopel scored the lead for Sikkim in the 10th minute but Bangladesh scored the equaliser in the 30th minute to finish the first half with 1-1 draw. In the early minutes of second half, SangayChopel completed his brace to extend the lead of Sikkim to 2-1 in the 48th minute. Sangay was adjudged as man of the match.

Sikkim team manager, ArjunRai said, “Knowing the importance of the match our players played their hearts with an attacking game throughout out the match.” He added that Bangladesh was one of the tougher foreign teams in this tournament.

“This win has filled our team with new energy and we are all set to give our best in the semi-final scheduled for 27 February,” he expressed.