Kuwait: Palpak crowned champions at Xavierian Boys Football Tournament

Media Release

Kuwait, Nov 26: Kerala side Palpak were crowned champions of the third edition 7-aside Football Tournament open for Asian countries organized by Xavierian Boys, Madel, Margao-Goa.

The tournament was held at Bayan grounds on November 22. As many as 24 exciting teams from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka took part in the day-long tournament.

In the final, Palpak beat 3 Kings (Nagoa-Goa) 2-0. Both the goals were scored by striker Inzamam.

In the semi-finals, Palpak beat favorites MAC Kuwait while 3 Kings overcame a star-studded Arsenal Palakandi.

Palpak comprised of Inzamam, Shamil, Vishnu, Nithin, Mansoor, Rashid, Arun, Antony, Siddique and Sharath. Babaprasad was the team manager.

Runners-up 3 Kings consisted of Kistu, Xavier, Basu, Myron, Jay, Marcelino, Anthony Rego, James Rebello, Tiago Fernandes and Jascinto. Team was managed by Sylvester Pereira.

Founder member of Kuwait Indian Football Federation (KIFF) V K Vohra was chief guest at the event and spoke on the occasion. He was presented a bouquet of flowers, and introduced to the teams by chief coordinator of the tournament and president of Xavierian Boys Rafael Rodrigues.

Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Lourdina Rodrigues, Austin Abreo, etc.

Vohra while congratulating the winners, praised Xavierian Boys for organizing a grand tournament.

Exhibition match of future stars

Earlier, an exhibition match comprising of Don Bosco Academy (Under-13) teams brought glamor around; it was a delight to watch the budding footballers.

In the exciting match, Don Bosco Blues beat Don Bosco Orange 3-0. Dylan, Chris and Calvin scored for the winners. Dylan, Bevan and Shawn excelled for the winners while goalkeeper Cahill had little to do as the Blues held major possession throughout.

Don Bosco Blue: Cahill (goalkeeper), Royston, Chris, Shawn, Bevan, Dylan, Ayman, Calvin, Elijah and Abhik.

Don Bosco Orange: RehaanThanseeb, Samarth Dixit, Khaleed Anis, Sean Fernandes (goalkeeper), Allan Shijo, Wilbur Rodrigues, Shane Lobo, Prewil Crasta, Myron Fernandes and Myron Antao.

Team Managers: Brendon Fernandes, Simon and Godfrey Aguiar

Well organized tournament

In one of the best organized tournament, a number of glittering trophies and medallions were given away; cake was also served to all spectators.

The event was made all the more spectacular with expert commentary by Gasper Crasto. The cool weather and energizing spectators made the tournament very attractive.

Matches were officiated by Robert Bernard, Rafi Islahi, Edward Dias, Philip Ferrao, James Rebello, Basileo Rego, George, Tiago Fernandes, Rosario, Myron, Anthony Rego, etc.

Prizes were presented at the hands of V K Vohra, Rafael Rodrigues, Lourdina Rodrigues, Austin Abreo, Sylvester, James Rebello, Brazileo Rego, Avelino Dias, Fayne Fernandes, Brazileo Rego, Nazi Azavedo, Jimmy, etc.

In the vote of thanks proposed, Lourdina Rodrigues of Xavierian Boys thanked all the participating teams, officials, sponsors and everyone who rendered their help in making the tournament a success.

Lourdina singled out Lulu Grand Hyper for their support towards the tournament.

The tournament was sponsored by Lulu Grand Hyper, Wilson Pacheco (Muscat/Curtorim), Rabia Dourado, Cassiano D’Souza, Jacob Fernandes, Fayne Fernandes, James Rebello, Bosco Leitao, Philip Vaz, Salcete United, Thomas Crasto, and a well-wisher.

Later in a statement, chief coordinator Rafael conveyed special thanks to DerickGomendis, James Rebello, Christopher Ferandes, Don Bosco Football Academy, etc.

Gasper Crasto compered the prize distribution ceremony. Photographs were captured by Lionel Nazareth.

Apart from trophies for winners, runners-up and semi-final losers, the winners and runners-up were awarded cash prizes and glittering individual trophies.

Following individual prizes were given away; startlingly most of which but one were all bagged by Palpak:

First Goal of the Finals – Inzamam (PALPAK)

Best Goal Keeper of the Tournament – Vishnu (PALPAK)

Best Defender of the Tournament – Mansoor (PALPAK)

Best Midfielder of the Tournament – Arun (PALPAK)

Man of the Match (Final) – Inzamam (PALPAK)

Top Scorer of the Tournament – Arun (Arsenal Palakandi)