Guwahati, 18th September : Flamingo FC of Guwahati has won the the second season of IO-Plus Guwahati Futsal Festival’s senior championship by defeating NEFIANS FC of Guwahati in an entertaining final battle. The final on September 16 saw a thrilling battle of Futsal skills by two of the tournament’s strongest teams.
Flamingo FC with their trophy
Both teams showed valiant display of some breathtaking talents of attack throughout the game. But with two goals from player of the tournament as well as top scorer Ritwik Pathak, Flamingo FC marked their win after the scheduled time of play. There were a total of 32 Futsal teams from across northeast in the event organized by Guwahati City FC (GCFC) in association with Sportcraft Management, of which four were from Manipur and one was from Sikkim. Teams from Guwahati finally outshined their Manipuri and Sikkimese counterparts in some exciting knock out battles.
“For the first time, U-13 championship was also organized in the two day Futsal encounters, where two teams of Manipur took part.Two teams from the city reached the final and Titanium FC defeated Assam Rhinos FC in another close encounter” said club director Kaustab Chakrabarty in a press statement.
The tournament’s best player award went to Flamingo’s fearsome striker Ritwik Pathak and best goalkeeper award went to another Flamingo player Rishof Ramdasow. The event was supported by Narayana Super Specialty Hospital, Egua and Gup-Shup 94.3 FM. It also had a freestyle football competition where Raj Kumar Limboo from Sikkim’s Red Panda Boys won the title.
Zubeen Garg with his ‘Mission China’ comrades, also graced the closing ceremony and played a Futsal match against GCFC management, where the popular artist scored twice to make the match a tight one. GCFC management won the match by a score line of 4-3. Actors Vivek, Sattyakee D’com Bhuyan, Composer Ajay Phukan also participated in the exhibition match on behalf of Zubeen’s team. After the match, Zubeen informed the media that he will work with GCFC to uplift Assam as well as Indian football in coming days and will take initiative with the club to find out and nurture local talents who can represent the country in near future.