Mohammedan Sporting clinch Bordoloi Trophy
KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club
clinched the 65th Bordoloi Trophy, beating Oil India
3-1 in the final at the Nehru Stadium in Guwahti on
Chrales Atcha put Raghu Nandy’s side ahead in the 26th minute before Philip Adjah scored twice in a span of four minutes after the break to take the contest out of Oil India’s reach. Although Milan Boro pulled one back for Oil India in the 87th minute, it never looked enough to deny Mohammedan Sporting a thoroughly deserving win.
Apart from pocketing the winners’ purse of Rs 3 lakh, Mohammedan Sporting had also seen their goalkeeper Laltu Mondal and Ghanaian striker Philip Adjah win the best goalkeeper and man of the tournament awards, respectively.
Thursday’s victory also came as a cherishing moment for Nandy’s side about a month after losing another final in Assam.
On October 13, Mohammedan Sporting took the lead but allowed BSF Jalandhar to equalize and eventually clinch the issue 4-3 on penalties in the Independence Cup final, held in Nagaon.
The black-and-white brigade subdued BSF in the semifinal en route to clinching the Bordoloi Trophy.
On Thursday, as Mohammedan Sporting took the lead again in another final, Nandy’s side looked determined not to repeat the mistake. Adjah, who joined the side towards the end of the team’s Calcutta Football League campaign, showed his worth, scoring in the 58th and 62nd minute to set up the team’s march towards this season’s maiden trophy.
This is Mohammedan Sporting’s sixth Bordoloi Trophy title and their first since 1991.
“I don’t have words to explain how I feel right now. This is my first trophy as a captain and I really feel good to score in the final,” Adjah said after the final.