The premiere edition of “The Times” Cup Trophy 7-aside football tournament saw AVC emerge champions trouncing Indian Strikers in the finals by two goals to nil. The tournament organized by Santos United and sponsored by The Times was held on 21st March 2014 at the MOH Grounds under the auspices of Kuwait Indian Football Federation (K.I.F.F). A total of 17 clubs (19 teams participated) took part in this tournament.
Indian Football Referees Association (IFRA) professionally did a marvelous officiating job and it complimented the enthusiastic teamwork put in by the Santos United lads in the successful organization of the tournament. Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony, the Chief Guest, Raymond D’Sa, President of G.O.A. Maroons congratulated the winners and runners-up and applauded the tournament organizers and the participating teams. The matches were played with sporting spirit and discipline which are the hallmark of the tournament, Raymond D’Sa added.
The event’s comperes, Julio Cardozo, Kevin Vaz and Bernard Fernandes kept the spectators entertained and informed on the events during the tournament, with Ferns Caterers providing snacks, tea and coffee.
Reaven D’Souza, The Times, Media Response & Events Co., Bhasin Co., Ms. Carol Chapman, Dana Optics, KIFF President Fidelis Fernandes and KIFF Managing Committee, IFRA officials, Goan Cultural Centre, the English print and e-portals were all thanked by the organizers for the support and generous gifts.
During the break in-between the matches, spectators were treated to refreshments, a game of housie and the hamper picks for which fabulous prizes including electronic and electrical gadgets were won. Winners and runners-up were given gleaming trophies apart from the gifts for winners, runners-up and referees.
Shining momentos were presented to the individuals: James Figueira of Goa Maroons being the oldest player of the tournament and Joaquim Rodrigues of Santos United for his dedicated services. The ‘Best Disciplined Team’ trophy was accorded to Real Betalbatim S.C., Indian Strikers’ Dixon Benedict and Anthony Vincent claimed the Best Defender and Best midfield player awards. AVC’s Savio Fernandes and Blesson D’Souza were presented the ‘Man of the Final Match’ award and ‘Best Goalkeeper’ award respectively.
However, AVC’s Anthony Rodrigues took two individual awards, namely as the ‘Best Striker’, and also the ‘First Goal Scorer’ of the finals. Mussolini Gomes, Carol Chapman, Liby Fernandes, Pascoal Alphonso, Glen D’souza, and Fidelis Fernandes and Raymond D’Souza were called on the dias to hand over the prizes.
Santos United’s president, Carmo Santos, on behalf of the organizers and his team members thanked and appreciated the sponsorship and support for organizing the tournament of Reaven D’Souza, The Times, Media Response & Events Co., Bhasin Co., Ms. Carol Chapman, Dana Optics, KIFF and IFRA officials, Goan Cultural Centre, the English print and e-portals, and Gaspar Almeida.