Mumbai beat Pune 3-1 to reach WIFA Inter-District final after 5 years

Mumbai reach WIFA inter-district final

After a five-year hiatus, Mumbai football team has surged into the final of the WIFA Inter-District Championship, while defending champions Nagpur too make it back to back finals

In a quarterfinal clash on February 3rd at The Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Stadium in Nagpur, Mumbai faced off against Jalna. A stellar performance led by Asadul, Tyson, Dwight, and a brace from Dipu Neupane resulted in a commanding 5-0 victory, setting the stage for an exciting semifinal encounter.

The semifinals brought together Mumbai and last year’s runners-up, Pune. Despite an early setback with Pune’s Sumeet Kate finding the net in the 20th minute, Mumbai showcased grit and determination. Keegan Pinto’s equalizer in the 49th minute and Tyson’s quickfire brace in the 51st and 54th minutes secured a remarkable 3-1 comeback, propelling Mumbai into the championship finals.

On the opposing side, defending champions Nagpur secured their finals berth with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Kolhapur. Skipper Fahad Azmi opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but Kolhapur responded strongly with Rohit Jadhav’s equalizer. Yashraj Kamble put Kolhapur ahead in the 24th minute. In the second half, Nagpur mounted a comeback with Fahad’s second goal in the 62nd minute. Late strikes from Mohd. Rizwan and Jawed Akhattar sealed the victory for Nagpur.

The stage is now set for an epic showdown as Mumbai prepares to face Nagpur in the finals at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Stadium on February 5th.

Also Read: FC Goa continue winning surge with convincing 2-0 win over Hyderabad FC

Also Read: Mumbai Squad ready to conquer in WIFA Inter-District Championship

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