DFA Udaipur enter finals of the MKM National Football Tournament for the first time in 43 years

DFA Udaipur enter finals of the MKM National Football Tournament for the first time in 43 years

DFA Udaipur will meet Delhi XI in the finals on 30 January

MKM National Football Tournament Zinc Football Mohan Kumar Manglam DFA Udaipur Shakeel Hussain

DFA Udaipur (3) - Dehradun (0)

The young football team of DFA Udaipur has created history by entering the finals of the Mohan Kumar Manglam National Football Tournament for the first time in 43 years.

In the semi-final played today evening, DFA Udaipur trounced Dehradun by 3 goals to nil. The final will be played at 3pm on 30 January, where DFA Udaipur will play Delhi XI for the coveted 43rd MKM Football Trophy. Notably, the MKM Football tournament is the biggest national level football tournament and is being held in Zawar Mines, since 1976.

The first half of the semi final today went goalless, as both team attacked without any success. However, as the team re-grouped at half-time, it was Udaipur who showed aggression and the 6th minutess into the second half witnessed the first goal of the match, which was netted by Ranu Singh (Jersey #8).  This was followed by a counter-attack from Udaipur and the Dehradun defender conceded a penalty.  The penalty kick was effortlessly shot into the nets by Aman Khan, which increased the lead for Udaipur.

In the 73rd minute, an excellent pass by Riyaz allowed Adnan (Jersey #5) to net home the third goal for Udaipur, all but sealing the fate for Dehradun.

The overjoyed Secretary of the Udaipur District Football Association, Shakeel Ahmed, in his interaction with UdaipurTimes, apprecicated the players and the team management, viz. selectors Firoz Khan and Janak Singh and coach Narendra Soni. Shakeel added that 7 players of the DFA Udaipur team have been trained extensively at the Hindustan Zinc Football Academy for the past 4 years. The Hindustan Zinc XI team was the other team from Udaipur to participate in the tournament, which saw a total of 18 club participations from across India.

It is the biggest national level sports competition organised at Udaipur, according to Dilipsingh Shekhawat, Secretary of Rajasthan Football Association. This is the 43rd edition of the MKM competition and is held as a memorial to former Union Minister for Steel and Mines, Mohan Kumar Mangalam.  It was in October 1972 that the then Union Minister, Mohan Kumar Mangalam visited Zawar Mines. In May 1973, Mangalam expired and from 1976 onwards, the football tournament in his memory is being organised at Zawar Mines by Hindustan Zinc Ltd and the Zawar Mines Labour Union. THE HZL XI team won the first edition of the tournament in 1976.

The last MKM Football competition was held in 2020, before the COVID lockdown was imposed. In 2014 and 2016, the approval was not recieved from the Environment Ministry for organising the competiition in Zawar Mines. The MKM Trophy is currently held by Sikh Regiment, Jalandhar, who beat Indian Air Force, New Delhi, in the 42nd edition of the tournament in 2020.

List of Teams winning the MKM Football Tournament since 1976 is as follows:

Year Champion
1976 Hindustan Zinc XI
1977 Rajasthan Police, Bikaner
1978 Hyderabad XI
1979 CRPF, Neemuch
1980 Eastern Railway
1981 CRPF, Neemuch
1982 RTBP, Dehdarun
1983 ASC Centre, Bangalore
1984 CRPF, Neemuch
1985 ASC Centre, Bangalore
1986 Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF), Mumbai
1987 BEML Limited
1988 Garhwal Heroes FC
1989 Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF), Mumbai
1990 Students FC, Delhi
1991 Punjab Police
1992 ITI, Bengaluru
1993 Border Security Force
1994 Punjab State Electricity Board
1995 Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala
1996 Border Security Force
1997 Border Security Force
1998 Punjab Police
1999 Punjab Police
2000 Kerala Financial Corporation
2001 National Aluminium Company (NALCO), Bhubaneswar
2002 Border Security Force
2003 Border Security Force
2004 Border Security Force
2005 Indian Air Force
2006 Army XI
2007 Corps of Signal
2008 Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala
2009 Lt. B Choudhary & Zawar Mines
2010 J&K Police, Jammu
2011 Uttarakhand Police, Dehradun
2012 Union Bank of India
2013 RCF, Mumbai
2017 Kerala Police FC
2019 Gorkha Brigade, Lucknow
2020 Sikh Regiment, Jalandhar

Source: Wikipedia

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