HPFA Retains Maj Bob Khathing Football Trophy


Ukhrul: Hunphun Phungcham Football Association (HPFA), winner of last year’s edition has successfully retained the coveted title of the Maj Bob Khathing Ralengnao Football Tournament 2024 in a nail-biting match.

HPFA scripted history by defeating Haokok FC in a penalty shootout by a score margin of 2-1 after the match ended in a 1-1 draw during full-time play.

The Assam Rifles has initiated this tournament and other engagements in memory of Late Maj Bob Khathing Ralengnao after his birth centenary celebration in 2012. The 112th birth anniversary celebrations of Maj Bob Khathing Ralengnao Tournament 2024 that kicked off on February 17, 2024 culminated on Monday at Ukhrul Headquarters.

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John SR Khathing (Retd. IRS), son of Maj Bob Khathing Ralengnao, along with Brigadier Sandeep Singh, SM, Commander 10 Sector AR, Somsai, Colonel Manoj Shinde, Commandant of 35 AR, Somsai, ranks, and files of Assam Rifles, paid a rich tribute to Maj Bob Khathing Ralengnao by offering wreaths at his statue erected at Awontang, Ukhrul.

Attending the closing ceremony as Chief Guest, John SR Khathing stated that “Assam Rifles have been conducting this tournament in a very magnificent way to honor a Tangkhul, a son of the soil for his role in various activities and also taking into account his civil service records. This is something our family is very appreciative of, and we are thankful to them.

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“Given the present situation in Manipur, getting representation from different places for Men’s Football, Baby League, Women’s Volleyball, it is really a wonderful thing that this has happened. I wish that in the years to come, the number of teams will increase, and there is every hope that it will increase because the popularity of the tournament has also increased, and it is no longer confined to Ukhrul and Kamjong districts but other districts of Manipur. And I am sure the representat

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