The defending champion, United Sikkim Football Club has lifted the champions´ trophy of the Sikkim Football Association Premier Division Sikkim-League 2018 played here at Paljor Stadium.
Bhaichung Bhutia owned United Sikkim FC remained unbeaten in the league and secured 19 points from 6 wins and 1 draw to top the point tally. This is United Sikkim FC´s second consecutive championship win and has now become the champion for the State Premier Division League for the third time earlier lifted the trophy in the year 2012.
In its last crucial match in the ongoing SFA Premier Division Sikkim-League 2018 on Friday, the United Sikkim FC has thrashed the State Sports Academy 6-0 to finish the league on the top. Former India skipper, Bhaichung Bhutia was also present on the field to motivate his team.
Karan Rai scored a hattrick with is goal coming in 9th, 21st and 86th minute for United Sikkim FC, while his teammate Prashant Chettri [33rd], Sanjay Chettri [57th] and Klip Namgyal Barfungpa [60th] contributed one goal each in the team victory.
United Sikkim FC has also secured its berth in the upcoming Governor´s Gold Cup Football Tournament 2018 and AIFF I-League second division.
Another strong contender in the league, Sikkim Aakraman Football Club finished the league on the second position with 16 points, while the State Sports Academy stood third with 14 points. Likewise, Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club finished the league with 8 points, Boys Club with 8 points, Unicorn Football Club with 7 points, SAI Namchi with 7 points and Pakyong United FC with zero points.
SAI Namchi and Pakyong United Football Club have been relegated to the Second Division of Sikkim-League 2019. SFA also levied the fine of Rs 25,000 on Pakyong United for failing to report for the 5 matches in the league.
Klip Namgyal Barfungpa of United Sikkim FC adjudged as the Man of the Tournament, while Indra Dorji Tamang has received the Best Goalkeeper trophy and Milan Chettri of the State Sports Academy presented with the Highest Scorer trophy for his 10 goals in the league. Boys Club Gangtok received the Fair Play trophy of the league.
Secretary to Sports & Youth Affairs Department, SD Dhakal, who was present as the chief guest, handed over the winning trophy, individual medals and cash prize of Rs 50,000 to the champion.
United Sikkim FC coach, Mayal Dok Lepcha expressed his happiness and satisfaction on the performance of the team throughout the league. “We remain unbeaten in the league and we won our matches with the convincing margin. All players put their best efforts and played exceptionally well to finish the league on the top,” he expressed. He mentioned that after a break for a week the team will again start its training for the upcoming Governor´s Gold Cup football tournament and I-League Second Division 2018-19.
Mr Lepcha mentioned that if required some more players will be added to make a strong team to maintain its good performances in upcoming tournaments and to keep the name of Sikkim on the top.
Likewise, United Sikkim FC senior manager, Arjun Rai expressed his happiness on finishing the league as the champion for the second consecutive time and three times so far. He complimented the efforts of every player of the team to remain unbeaten in the league. He informed that as the United Sikkim FC has planned to participate in the I-League second division 2018-19 so the club has already sent a letter for the same to the AIFF. Mr Rai mentioned that the club would continuously work to promote local players by providing better exposures in and outside the State.
Bhaichung Bhutia owned United Sikkim FC crowned champions of the Sikkim Premier League for the second time in a row...
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