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Yellow cards hit Green Valley

Guwahati, July 15: Green Valley Sports Club will miss the services of two key players when they lock horns with Gauhati Town Club in the final of the Premier Agro Bio-Tech 8th NN Bhattacharya invitation football tournament at Nehru Stadium here tomorrow.

Nigerian recruit stopper Jonathon Nnamdi and midfielder Gaiham Rongmei, who were instrumental in the second division I-League outfit’s roller coaster ride to the final, will be out of action in tomorrow’s summit clash as both were booked with yellow cards in the last two matches.

“We will miss their services. But we have their replacements who are also equally reliable,” said Green Valley general secretary Ibocha Singh. Coach Naresh Chetri could not be contacted for his views.

Amol Boro will have to step into the shoes of Nnamdi in tandem with skipper Maneswar Mushahary and the seasoned Birendra Narzary.

Nnamdi’s tandem with Mushahary had almost been an impenetrable defence in the earlier matches.

A brace of goals by Nigerian striker Michel Lucky Kelechukwu helped Green Valley beat last year’s runners-up Assam Police Blues 2-0 in the second semi-final yesterday to make it to the final.

He struck his first goal with a spotkick, awarded for Police defender Kushal Rabha bringing down Green Valley’s foreigner George Prince inside the danger zone, in the 45th minute. Kelechukwu ruffled the net again in the 62nd minute, striking from top of the box for a spectacular goal.

GTC, another second division I-League outfit, will not have much to worry about.

It is going to be a tough tussle as Green Valley has been a very good side to be an opponent any day. We don’t have any injury or card issues, but we will have to put our best efforts in the game,” coach Sawan Thapa said.

GTC blanked Maharana AC 5-0 in the semi-finals on Friday.


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