Nisha Bais fired five goals in a row to lead Madhya Pradesh into the women’s semi-finals, on an eventful day of hat-tricks, in the National Inclusion Cup Championship for underprivileged children, a CSR initiative of Sony Pictures Network India, organised by Slum Soccer, at the Andheri Sports Complex on Thursday.
MP, who led 3-2 at half-time, registered an emphatic 6-3 win over Andhra Pradesh after dominating the second half following Nisha’s individual brilliance. R. Shobha scored all three goals for AP including two in the first-half. In the semi-finals, MP will take on West Bengal who overcame Tamil Nadu 8-2.
“Being a Thakur, we girls are not encouraged to play football,” revealed 19-year-old Nisha of Chhinwada, near Jabalpur, who fired 33 goals in her maiden Slum Soccer tournament in Nagpur two years back. “But my dad, who is a police inspector, and family give me all the support.”
Puja scored four goals including a hat-trick to lead Assam to a convincing 7-2 win over Haryana. Assam will play Jharkhand in the second semi-final after the latter beat Orissa 6-3.
Kerala beat Delhi 4-2 in a tight men’s quarter-final encounter after R. Gunaalan opened the scoring and M. Mukesh netted a hat-trick. In the semi-finals, Kerala will face Vidarbha who beat Punjab 7-4 with Kartik netting the day’s fourth hat-trick for the winners. Telangana will play Tamil Nadu in the other semi-final after the latter, who trailed 0-1 at half-time, recovered to beat Karnataka 4-2 in an exciting tie.
Results: Men: National Inclusion Cup (Quarter-finals): Kerala 4 (M. Mukesh 3, R. Gunaalam) bt Delhi 2 (Adhishek, Rahul); Vidarbha 7 (Kartik 3, Ashwadip 2, Saquib, Bharat) bt Punjab 4 (Vinod Kumar 2, Jaskarn Singh, Kamaljit Singh); Telangana 9 (Mohammed 5, Faizuddin Ahmed 2, Mohd. Muqram, Mohd. Wahab) bt Assam 2 (Abhijit Roy); TN 4 (A. Ruban 2, M. Muthuraj, S. Ahmed) bt Kar 2 (Kevin Koshy, Wisilu Bou).
Women: National Inclusion Cup (Quarter-finals): MP 6 (Nisha Bais 5, Seema) bt AP 3 (R. Shobha); WB 8 (Sucharita Dey 4, Limpa 4) bt TN 2 (Laxmi); Jharkhand 6 (Nitu, Hemanti, Anita) bt Orissa 3 (Karishma 2, Reena); Assam 7 (Puja 4, Anamika, Shruti, Barnali) bt Haryana 2 (Bobby).
Women: Equality Cup (Semi-finals): Mumbai 4 (Nagma 3, Gulapsha) bt Mah 0; Kerala 1 (Komala) bt Vidarbha 0, via sudden-death. Quarter-finals: Mumbai 4 (Avigale 3, Gulapsha Ansari) bt Chhattisgarh 0; Mah 4 (Sandhya 2, Pooja 2) bt Challengers 0; Vidarbha bt Delhi 3-2, via sudden-death; Kerala 2 (Kamala, Shalini) bt Raj 0.
Men: Diversity Cup (Quarter-finals): J&K 5 (Sahil 3, Shareef 2) bt Orissa 1 (Supriyo Das); AP 7 (M. Veeranjana 5, Y. Tharun 2) bt Mah 3 (Abdul, Parvez, S.K. Sharakh); WB 7 (Imran 3, Karan 3, Amikul) bt HP 0; Haryana bt Jharkhand 5-4, via sudden-death.