by BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, JAN 26, 2015: Akansha Foundation narrowly edged out Leher Foundation, 1-0 to clinch the Friendship Cup, an inter-NGO football tournament that took place at the Don Bosco Astro Turf pitch in Matunga on January 24.
Twelve city-based NGOs took part in the tournament which was organised by Shelter Don Bosco. The teams were divided into four pools and the matches were played according to a league format. Shelter Don Bosco boys were among the 12 teams that took part.
The tournament began with a prayer service in honour of Saint John Bosco. After the service, the players took a sportsman's oath. Nishant Sinha, the CSR manager of MGL, was the Chief Guest for the inauguration. He officially declared the tournament open.
The semifinals took place at 3pm between Shelter Don Bosco and Akansha Foundation. The match was settled via a sudden death in favour of the latter. Akansha Foundation met Leher Foundation in the finals. The former emerged victorious in the end.
Father Bernard Fernandes, Principal of Don Bosco High School in Matunga, was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony. Father Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial of the Mumbai Province and Father Byron also watched the finals and attended the closing ceremony.
Leher Foundation's goal-keeper was given the best goal-keeper award. A player from Akansha foundation was awarded the best player trophy. A boy from Shelter Don Bosco was awarded the highest goal-scorer trophy. Father Gregory Almeida, rector of Don Bosco Shelter proposed the vote of thanks and the event ended at 5pm.