2nd Kamjong District LeagueNERAU trump Oriental Club 4-1 in final to become district champions


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Our Correspondent
KAMJONG, Sep 13 : The 2nd Kamjong District League organised by Kamjong District Football Association and sponsored by Alchemy Bizsoft concluded on the September 13 after having kicked off on the September 1 with Renedy Singh, for Indian National team captain and Pooja Elangbam, IAS, SDO Porompat gracing the opening ceremony as the chief guest and the guest of honour.
The second edition of the Kamjong District League saw participation of 8 football teams and the newly formed club NERAU (North East Regional Athletic Union) from Shingkap, Kamjong won their first ever District League title.  Leishiyo Keishing, MLA Phungyar AC, graced the closing ceremony of the league tournament as the chief guest and All Manipur Football Association (AMFA) president as the guest of honour.
The final was played between NERAU and Oriental Club and saw a quick start to the game for NERAU with Ragui Shimrah of NERAU giving his team the lead inside the first minute of the game. Oriental rallied back strongly but their hopes of a comeback were quashed five minutes before half time when NERAU scored two quickfire goals through Semi Mayon (41') and Worrin (44') to take a healthy 3-0 lead into half time.
The second half saw more domination from NERAU with Ragui getting in on the act once again to score his second just two minutes before the hour mark.
Oriental pulled one back in the 68th minute courtesy of a strike from Shingrei but the goal proved to be a consolation as NERAU cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory to seal their first major title.
The champions boasted a tournament high 12 goals scored in 5 matches and striker Ragui Shimrah walked away with the top scorer award. NERAU’s solidity at the back which saw them concede just one goal in 5 matches also earned their goalkeeper Mikyen Shimrang the "Best Goalkeeper" title while defender Ngoru Semi Mayon was adjudged best defender.
The individual accolades for the championship team didn’t end there as their talismanic midfielder Shirinmi Kazingmei walked away with the "Player of the Tournament" award. Angelus Mashangva of Oriental Club, meanwhile, was awarded the "Best Midfielder" title of the district league tourney.
NERAU will now represent Kamjong District in the upcoming 26th Winners Cup while Oriental will represent Kamjong District in the CC Meet tournament, both tournaments organised by the All Manipur Football Association.