Central Railway emerge champions of Shri Vishwanath Anchan memorial veterans football tournament

The 2nd edition of Vishwanath Anchan memorial veteran’s football tournament saw Central Railway outplay Bandra Packers in the final to lift the trophy

Central Railway veterans turned-back time to showcase once again why they were one of the best sides of early 2000 Mumbai football when they defeated Bandra Packers 3-0 to lift the 2nd Late Shri Vishwanath Anchan Memorial Veterans’ Football Tournament.

An early penalty in the 18th minute set the tone for the game as Kasif Jamal converted the spot-kick perfectly to give Central Railway the lead. Bandra Packers, one of the few long serving local football clubs, tried to pull things back however failed to break a resolute defence.

With minutes left for full time whistle, Central midfielder Arif Ansari capitalised on a defensive lapse to make a solo run and slot home the second of the evening. The game was not over yet as deep into injury time, Amar Pardesi made in 3-0 with a simple tap in from close to put the game into bed for good.

FT: Central Railway (Kasif Jsmal 18’, Arif Ansari 48’, Amar Pardesi 50+1’) 3 – 0 Bandra Packers

In the 3rd place play-off, Karnatak Sporting Association defeated Maharaja (Air India) 1-0 in the finish the tournament at third place. Melwyn Vaz scored the lone goal late at the end of first half to put K.S.A into lead.

FT: Karnatak Sporting Association (Melwyn Vaz) 1 – 0 Maharaja (Air India)

A special award was presented to Maharaja’s Santan D’Souza, who was the senior most player to participate in the tournament.

Individual awards –

Best goalkeeper: Shyam Sawant (Maharaja, Air India)

Best defender: Tabarez Sayyed (Central Railway)

Best Midfielder: Savio Rodrigues (Bandra Packers)

Best forward: Melwyn Vaz (Karnatak SA)

Player of the tournament: Kasif Jamal (Central Railway)

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