NAGALAND PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 17 – 7th July.
Nagaland Premier League – Matchday 17
This weekend has been the season decider or so would many believe. Going into Matchday 17, FC Naga Tornadoes wre leading the table by a goal difference of 2 and played against Dimapur United not looking to slip up or even draw but for Dimapur United it was all about pushing the table till the end which they so rightfully held on to the top for a month. If we look at the table then it would be unfair if a team unbeaten throughout the whole season could just claim to second spot. The resurgence from Barak is an astonishing feat after chasing table toppers for most of the season and finally on top with one match to go which they cannot afford to slip up. Mathematically Tornadoes still have an outside chance because if they win by a differential of 3 goals or more and if Barak fails to score in their respective last games then FCNT wins the league either through goal difference or head to head record. It is still possible even though the pressure is against Tornadoes. We await for an exciting season closing encounters.
The bottom half has seen too many changes and it is exciting to see teams trying to climb up one rung or the other. The super Dynamic team has stepped and their good run of form sees them climb up three positions on 7th position above the two Mokokchung teams where a lot was expected. The teams from Mokokchungs has been a story if only it could have beens because they did have the talent and the squad to be contenders or even champions. Life Sports could have been up there two barring two games which they will solefully regret after the end of the season. The kingmaker has been Kohima Komets especially in the last match against Barak. Komets is a team that has the highest goals attempted in the entire league with an average 6 per game and now they should just prepare for the next season and they should know where to begin. Last match of the season and if all teams are looking to finish strong then there might be some upsets but in paper Barak has one hand on the NPL title already.
Match Preview by NPL Punditz
Baihcung Bhutia – League Patron
An exciting prospect for the League, the management is highly grateful to have on board the “Sikkimese Sniper” and the only Indian to have to have played more than 100 matches for his country. Though now retired from international football, Bhutia still remains the face of Indian football and is at the forefront of promoting the sport throughout the country. There’s no dearth of talent in Nagaland, we just have to see the right players with the talent and the discipline to come out of Nagaland and play not just here but for the country. I whole heartedly support this movement and the NPL Management,” said Bhutia.
Through this league we aim to represent the state as a viable footballing state in the country as well as in the world community by having a vision for football in the state and help develop the community.