Dear All !!!
The 2nd edition of the Gulf Bank – KEA Friendship Cup Football Tournament came to a conclusion on the 8 April 2011 with the losers’ final match between KEA and NSS followed by the much awaited final match played between TEC & MACE at the Saheel Sports Club.
In the losers finals KEA edged NSS 2-1 to win the 2nd Runner Up trophy. The match was played in high spirit with both the teams playing some fearsome attaching football. Kea took the lead in the 1st half through a clinical finish from Immanuel followed by a thunderous strike from a distance by Danny to make the score of 2-0 which was quiet a healthy lead at that point. NSS came back strong in the second half with some good football. Their game plan paved off when a long and high ball was taken on the volley and converted to a goal by the adjourned Man of the Match Naseem. KEA held on the 2-1 marginal lead for rest of the period to win the trophy.
The final was played between TEC and MACE two best teams of the tournament. After the introduction of players and referee by the MACE and TEC Chairman’s, TEC kicked off proceedings, with most in the crowd expecting a easy win for TEC given the fact that they were better team on papers. Team MACE was a mix of experienced players with some emerging young talents. To everyone’s surprise TEC was given a run for their money by the young stalwarts of MACE who fought shoulder to shoulder with the highly rated TEC players. To no surprise TEC took the lead in the 1st half with some swift through passes from the midfield to Suresh who wasted no opportunity to score his 5th goal of the tournament. The self belief in the team resulted in MACE scoring the 1st goal courtesy of a mistake by the TEC goal keeper Santhosh and the score was level at 1-1 at halftime. The goal lit the spirit of TEC to come back strong; TEC took control the game with some exception combination of play between the mid fielders and their forwards. Meantime MACE also created few half chances which were dealt firmly by the TEC defense and the goal keeper. When everyone thought the game was heading towards extra time the high spirited TEC came up with their 2nd goal 5 minutes away from the normal time courtesy of some individual game from Ramesh who took shot outside the penalty box resulting in a goal which helped TEC to take the lead 2-1 and maintained their lead till the final whistle to win the Championship. Later Ramesh was adjourned the Man of the Match.
Congrats to both teams for bringing such a wonderful end to what has been a highly successful tournament and also to the teams who played the losers finals. Special thanks to all the players from all the participating teams for showing the quality and passion towards the game.
Ramesh KP from TEC was awarded the Player of the Tournament for his outstanding performance in the tournament.
Suresh from TEC was awarded the Top Goal Scorer award for scoring 5 goals in the tournament.
Aju Issac from MACE was awarded the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament, who unfortunately had to miss the finals.
Karun Denny of MACE was awarded the Young Promising Player of the Tournament for his contribution towards the team and helping them to bag the runner-up trophy.
NIT was adjourned winners of the Fair Play award for their exciting and clean brand of football.
KEA Executive Committee wishes to take this opportunity to thank
1. Team TEC, MACE and KEA for winning the trophies and all the individual award winners.
2. Our Gold Sponsors Gulf Bank, Silver Sponsors K-MED, METEX, Mark Technologies, GAT Co and ACME and the Co-Sponsors for whole-heartedly supporting this event.
3. The Sports Committee and Tournament Organizing Committee. To name few...Rinosh, Jiji, Jimmy, Robin, Venu, Paul T, Jimmy, Sherin Thomas, Jisha Merin, Rajani Suresh and all others involved.
4. Official Judicators Santhosh Kumar, Rammohan and Sanjay Nair
5. Official photographers Presoon and Santhosh Kumar.
6. The chief officials from IFRA for the professional & smooth conduct of the matches.
7. All KEA/KEF linesmen who ably assisted the chief officials throughout the Tournament.
The Organizing Committee would like to convey our thanks to the Executive Committee for the support throughout the event.
The tournament wouldn’t have been so successful without the involvement of the spectators/supporters. Special thanks to everyone who showed great support to the teams.
See you all next year…
Please visit the ALBUM Section herein for pics of wonderful moments of the Tourney.
ONCE AGAIN KEA HAS PROVED THEIR ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS BY CONDUCTING THE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER. WELL DONE . CONGRATULATIONS
CONGRATULATIONS TO TEC FOR WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP
CONGRATULATIONS TO MACE FOR THE FIRST RUNNER UP
CONGRATULATIONS TO KEA FOR THE SECOND RUNNER UP
Congrats on winning the championship.
VISIT THE ALBUM SECTION HEREIN FOR FEW SNAPS OF THE EVENT.