Kenkre Champions League: How Did The NGO Teams Fare On The Final Match Day?
The 5th Rustomjee Kenkre Champions League had three NGO matches on the final day of the league as it rounded up the 7 week long Champions League which is popularly known as the Sunday league amongst Mumbaikars. One notable and special feature of this extravagant League this year, has been the initiative to provide a platform for various NGOs around the city to field their teams. There were 8 NGO’s from across Mumbai who participated for the first time in the Kenkre Champions League - Oscar Foundation, Rahee Foundation, Akanksha Foundation, KC Gosai Foundation, Leher Foundation, Just for Kicks and Vision Rescue. This feature of this year’s Kenkre Champions League set them apart from all the other leagues going on in the city as the entries were free for all the NGO teams but the prize money given to them was equal to what it was given in the main league. The arrangement was also on the par if not higher for the NGO teams, as refreshments were served which made all the spokesperson of the NGO appreciative of the arrangement and facilities by the authorities. 3 matches took place on the final day in U-12 Ngo division. KC Gosai Foundation emerged as the champion by a mile as they were invincible in the tournament.
U-12 NGO : Vision Rescue 6-0 Share
In the first match of the day Vision Rescue blanked Share 6-0 courtesy a 4 goal blitz by the wonderkid Manthan Gaekwad. Manthan scored 4 times for his side as Prabhat Dhobi chipped in with a brace in a clash where Vision Rescue outplayed their opponents and managed to finish third with 7 points from 5 matches, ahead of Akanksha owing to better goal difference. Dhiraj Kojri played through the centre providing enough opportunities for Manthan and Prabhat to materialise their creativity upfront. Manthan was in his usual self springing off jaw-dropping dribbles while Share kids made the costly mistake of not marking him. Share tried to open up towards the second half opening but were undone in the final third as they rounded up the campaign without a win.
KC Gosai Foundation 8-0 Share
KC Gosai Foundation rode on a hat-trick by Jatin Solanki to inflict another humiliating loss on trot for Share. Harsh, Jatin’s brother found the back of the net once along with Mayankumar Waghela, Akash Purviya, Rahul Rathore, Param Devani as KC Gosai played like a champion should, and went on to clinch the league with their 5th win on the trot as they finished on 15 points from 5 matches; 6 points clear of closest rival Leher Foundation.
Just For Kicks 2-1 Akanksha Foundation
Just For Kicks managed to find their second win of the league on the final day as they pipped Akansha 2-1 in an enthralling match where Samayak Jadhav and Yash Bhalekar scored for them. Chaitanya Shinde scored the only goal for Akanksha as they slipped a position to finish on 4th position behind Vision Rescue , owing to larger goal difference.
By Spandal Paul