Internet Desk: Mohammedan Sporting Club made history on Thursday winning the 36th All India Sikkim Governors Gold Cup. The century old club from Kolkata beat Jhapa XI of Nepal 1-0 in the final played at the Paljor Stadium in Gangtok. Manvir Singh netted the winner for Mohammedan Sporting in the 16th minute of the first half. It was Mohammedan Sporting’s first Governor’s Gold Cup triumph after 36 years and also the first silverware since winning the IFA Shield in 2014.
Mohammedan assistant coach Zaheer Abbas Hamza was not in the reserve bench as he picked marching orders in the last match. Veteran Dipendu Biswas acted as a coach in his absence.
According to Dipendu, “It was an evenly contested battle. As they were used to playing in a high altitude, it was a little difficult for us. But I must credit the boys for the fighting spirit displayed right throughout the tournament.”
Mohammedan won a purse of three lakh on being the champions. The entire prize money was distributed among the footballers. The victorious footballers will be returning to Kolkata on Saturday by Darjeeling Mail.