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JCB, cops ready for final

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Dibrugarh, Feb. 23: JCB Bhillai Brothers, Chattisgarh, will be looking to repeat their stunning performance as they take on the formidable Punjab Police men in the final of the 6th OIL Challenge Gold Cup Football Tournament, which will be played at Nehru Maidan in Duliajan, tomorrow afternoon.

The Chattisgarh side, which has so far featured on two earlier occasions in the coveted tournament, could not perform as expected in the earlier editions. However, the team has come up with an exciting and surprise performances to defeat strong opponents like Oil India FC in the quarter-final and Vasco SC, Goa, in the semi-final on Tuesday.

“JCB have played extremely well this time and we do hope that they will be able to repeat their performance during the final as well. However, Punjab Police, who are the current runners-up of the tournament, will not be easy to beat,” former footballer Ramesh Phukon said.

If JCB will be looking to repeat their stunning performance for the third time in the tournament so far, Punjab Police will not like to repeat their mistakes of the last edition and are likely to come up with a strong performance. Punjab Police have beaten NISA, Imphal, in the quarter-final and ASEB-SC in the semi-final to book their final berth.

The absence of Oil India FC in the final has frustrated the fans in Duliajan, known to be a very popular ground for football in the state. “Yes, we are dejected with the first match exit of Oil India FC. However, that is past now and we will come out with full enthusiasm to enjoy the match,” Nababrat Gogoi, a geologist employed with Oil India Limited, said.

N.K. Agarwal, the resident chief executive of Oil India Limited, will be the chief guest in the prize distribution ceremony tomorrow.

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