MALAPPURAM: An enthralling match. Electrifying crowd. The fifth edition of the ‘TNIE Goal’ had a fitting denouement at the Malappuram District Sports Council Stadium in Kottappadi on Saturday.
For the record, NSS College, Manjeri blanked SN College, Kannur, 2-0 to emerge champions of the TNIE Goal. Along with unearthing new champions, the spectators, who were packed to the rafters, underlined their undying passion for the ‘Beautiful Game.'. The champions were given a cash award of Rs 2 lakh, the highest for a football tournament across all categories in the state. The runners-up received Rs 1 lakh, and the 10 best players in various categories received TVS Apache motorcycles. Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali hailed the organisers for selecting Malappuram as the venue. “When it comes to football, Malappuram is outstanding for everybody plays and enjoys football."
P Ubaidulla MLA, chief guest at the valedictory function, said tournaments like Goal 2016 would play a crucial role in promoting budding players and developing a new culture of campus football. Ubaidulla, who offered all support to the organisers in the upcoming years, expressed his gratitude to TNIE for organising the tournament in Malappuram. Ajaykumar, Coca Cola national head, public affairs, Sriram, Kerala head, TVS, Sameer Pathak, senior manager, Coca Cola, K T Chacko, former international player, Jaseer Karanath, former Kerala captain, Prabhu Chawla, TNIE Editorial Director, Vinod Mathew, TNIE Kerala Resident Editor and P Suresh Kumar, General Manager, TNIE, Kerala, attended the valedictory function.