Kalighat Milan Sangha striker Christopher Chizoba scores a goal in the qualifying match at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The 34th Federation Cup qualifying match between Kalighat Milan Sangha (KMS) and Royal Wahingdoh turned out to be an one-sided affair with the former posting a handsome 6-0 win on Wednesday afternoon.
Kalighat striker Chritopher Chizoba did the start act for his team by pumping in a hat-trick against the hapless Royals from Meghalaya at the soggy JRD Tata Sports Complex.
The fate of the match was decided within nine minutes after Kalighat slipped in two goals in quick succession. If the quick-footed Chizoba found the net in the very 3rd minute after the whistle, James Gbillee made the conversion six minutes later via a swift right-footer from outside the box. Kalighat led 2-0 at the breather.
The second half also saw the Calcutta outfit holding a vice-like grip over the proceedings. Chizoba scored his second goal in the 45th minute before skipper Tanmay Kuudu increased the lead in the 49th minute.
The Meghalaya boys were all at sea against a superior and balanced team. Chizoba was unstoppable, receiving the crosses nicely and rushing with the ball in a menacing mood.
Chizoba came up with his hat-trick in the 55th minute with a sliding grounder which rolled past Royals custodian Saroj Pradha. He scored his fourth goal in the 88th minute to complete the formalities.
“The boys played well. The first two goals kept us in an advantageous position,” said Kalighat coach Arun Ghosh. He added that their next outing (versus Vasco on September 14) would be tough. “Today was an easy match for us but Vasco is a strong side and we have to be very careful,” he added.
Royals coach Carlton Chapman, a former assistant coach of the Tata Football Academy (TFA), admitted that they lost to a superior side. “There’s no excuses for the loss. We lost to a better side. We have to work hard in the upcoming matches,” he added.
Chapman pointed out that his team plays on artificial turf at Shillong and the pitch here was different.
“This was also a contributing factor in the loss,” he said, adding that his team was the champions of the Meghalaya Premier Division.