Air India emerge champions
Chembur- the young PIFA Colaba made the Air India team sweat hard for the 110th RCF Nadkarni Cup football tournament. Air India won the match 3-2.
Pramod Pandey (19th minute), Pratik Koli (25th minute) and Aaron D’Costa (45+2nd) scored the goals for champs Air India, while Elvis Ozawara, who was named ‘Player of the tournament’, struck both the goals for PIFA, the first in the 41st minute and the second from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.
The Air India outfit, who had finished runners-up losing to Mumbai FC last year, dominated the first half to take control of the match.
PIFA seemed unfazed by the early setbacks and fought back brilliantly.
However, PIFA conceded a silly goal in additional period of the first half and gave Air India a two goals cushion as the score stood at 3-1 in favour of Air India.
In the second half, PIFA came back strongly.
Air India stopper Anuraj Sidhu fouled Ozawara inside the area and referee Louis Fernandes had no hesitation in awarding a penalty in the 89th minute. Ozawara stepped forward and comfortably beat goalkeeper Das to the right-hand corner.
The victorious Air India outfit received the coveted Nadkarni Cup and the winners cash award of Rs one lakh.
PIFA Colaba were presented with the runners-up trophy and a cash prize of Rs 60,000. PIFA Colaba’s Elvis Ozawara was declared the ‘Player of the Tournament’ and he received a cash prize of Rs 10,000.