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Nagaland rejoices in Germany’s soccer victory

- 20000 spectators, mostly German supporters, watch World Cup final at clock tower in Dimapur
Fans of Germany and Argentina at Police Bazar in Shillong on Monday after the Fifa World Cup final. Picture by UB Photos

Kohima, July 14: Nagaland joined Germany in celebrating the victory of Deutschland against Argentina.

Germany was the favourite team for Nagaland, but there were a few supporters of South America’s team as well this morning during the FIFA World Cup final played at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

There was jubilation in several parts of the state as their favourite team Germany struggled to defeat Argentina in the dying minutes by a solitary goal.

In Dimapur, over 20,000 spectators turned out to watch the match at the clock tower, most of them supporters of Germany.

People celebrate Germany’s win in Kohima on Monday. Telegraph picture

The district administration deployed heavy security in the town to thwart any untoward incident. The Dimapur district administration in collaboration with Dorian Club had organised a live screening of the match. The authorities also set up food stalls and staged a rock concert prior to the match. A public screening of the match was also organised at Kohima, Mokokchung, Zunheboto and other major towns in the state by different organisations. Partying went on throughout the night and some organisations have even organised victory parties today.

But there were people like Kihoto Sumi who did not support Germany on the ground that the Germans under the leadership of dictator Adolf Hitler were responsible for the Holocaust. But Ashish Eric, a die-hard fan of Germany, said no one could stop him from supporting the country. “I am proud to support the Germans,” he said.

“The match showed at the city clock tower last night was a great memory. We must really thank the district administration and Dorian Club for organising such an event for the public to take a break and enjoy the final to the fullest. It was very well organised and well managed. A big thumbs up,” said Celement Bujem.

“Germany, you own the world. For the first time since the unification of Germany, they are the champions. There is no higher place to climb,” said Menitso Chuzho.

On account of the World Cup final, many schools remained closed in the state today, while others declared a half-day. Attendance in offices was also thin.


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