Guwahati, Oct. 8: Green Valley Sports Club, Guwahati, today made it to the quarter-finals of the 64th Independence Day Cup all-India invitation football tournament, prevailing over Assam Police Blues 2-0, at Nurul Amin stadium in Nagaon.
In a one-sided affair, the Green Valley men dominated the proceedings right from the word go. Though the policemen tried to stage a comeback, they could hardly knit their attack to match the opponents.
Green Valley, too, disappointed the crowd in the 15th minute when Nigerian recruit Midhel Lucky Khelechukwu spoiled the adrenaline rush, squandering a spot kick by shooting it outside the woodwork. However, fellow Nigerian striker George Prince drew first blood, converting a pass from the right flank by Chayaram Basumatary in the 27th minute. Leading by a solitary goal in the second half, the Green Valley men went on the offensive. Chayaram enhanced the lead with solo efforts from the midfield onwards into the opponent box before scoring in the 50th minute. Assam State Electricity Board SC, Guwahati will lock horns with former champions Oil India FC, Duliajan in the first quarter-final tomorrow.
Union minister for youth affairs and sports Ajay Maken stressed the need to focus on Olympics medal-winning events, rather than too many sports disciplines, while interacting with sports administrators at Olympic Bhavan at Khuman Lampak sports complex in Imphal this evening, reports our sports correspondent from Imphal.
He was accompanied by Gopal Krishna, SAI director-general. He will leave for Guwahati tomorrow.