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Assam Rifles in final


Dibrugarh, Aug. 1: Assam Rifles, Shillong, sealed a place in the finals by blanking Food Corporation of India (FCI), Guwahati 2-0 in the second semi-final of the sixth Bodousa Cup Football tournament organised by Bodousa Sports Club at Kachujan in Tinsukia district today.

The match was barren for a good part of the first half even as Assam Rifles had the upper hand. In the 44th minute, in-form striker Akum Ao opened the account for Assam Rifles through a penalty kick after FCI stopper Birmal Basumatary handled the ball. Leading by a goal, the Shillong team did not relent and instead, kept up the pressure on the FCI men, giving them hardly any room to strike or make a move towards their zone. In the second half, Akum once again showed his class, this time anticipating a high ball and heading it into the oppositionís net to seal the match in the 47th minute.

Assam Rifles kept up the offensive but could not score a third goal as the FCI men beefed up its defence.

The Shillong team will now lock horns with powerhouse Oil India FC, Duliajan, in what promises to be a humdinger of a summit clash on Sunday.

Cricket: The Assam Cricket Associationís 21-day academy camp for under-19 cricketers got under way at Nehru Stadium here today.

Altogether 17 players will be selected from the current 31 players to represent the state in the Dhruv Pandove Trophy at Chandigarh.