i-day cup soccer
Nagaon, Sept. 22: Oil India FC, Duliajan, were held to a 1-1 draw by Langsning Sports Club, Shillong, today in the first quarter-final league match of the 63rd Independence Day Cup all-India football tournament, organised by Nowgong Sports Association, at Nurul Amin Stadium here.
Oil India striker Jayanta Basumatary’s free kick brought the first goal of the match in the 41st minute.
Langsning midfielder Malsoma Chhangte equalised through a beautiful shot just two minutes later.
Chhangte’s second attempt in the 65th minute missed the net, as it rebounded from the woodwork.
Three Oil India players — Raju Konwar, Dhananjay Boro and Zaidin Hmar — and two Langsning players — R.V. Nundanga and Musta Macgfo — were cautioned with yellow cards during the course of the match.
The defence of both the teams did a commendable job during the match, preventing several goals in the second half.
Six quarter-finalists are divided into two groups for the league.
Oil India FC, JCB Bhilai Brothers and Langsning SC are in Group A while host Radial Club, Sashastra Seema Bal, Siliguri and Kalighat Milan Sangha, Calcutta are pitted in Group B.
Of the four home teams, Amlan Gosthi, Star Sporting Club and Rajasthani Yuba Sangha left the tournament in the pre-quarterfinal stage.
Fancied outfits like NF Railway (Guwahati), Nagaland Police and Assam State Electricity Board SC (Guwahati) refused to participate in the tournament because of a clash of fixtures with other simultaneous tournaments, said an NSA source.
Hosts Radial Club meet SSB, Siliguri, in another quarter-final match tomorrow.
Hockey squad: Hockey India had listed two state players among the probables for the Men’s Junior Six Nation Invitational Sultan Johor Cup to be held at Malaysia in November, reports our sports correspondent from Imphal. The players, Th. Kirankumar Singh and Ph. Bisham Singh, will report at SAI Centre, Banglaore, for the coaching camp from September 22-November 5.