127th Durand Cup football tournament to begin from Oct 29

The 127th edition of Durand Cup, the third oldest football tournament in the world, will commence in Goa from October 29.

Margao: The 127th edition of Durand Cup, the third oldest football tournament in the world, will commence in Goa from October 29.

The tournament, organised by the Army, will have a grand curtain raiser at the Bambolim Stadium on October 11, officially declaring the dates and the match fixtures, an official release said.

To ensure that no one loses on watching the matches and the related events, there is no entry free and all are invited to take part in the football carnival, it said.

Preliminary stage matches will be held at 3 Military Training Regiment in Madgaon from October 20 to 27. Two Goan teams are also participating in the tournament.

The quarter-final matches will be held daily between October 29 and November 4 at the Raia Sports Complex. The two semi-final matches will be played on November 6 at Raia Sports Complex.

During the tournament, the Army has also planned unique displays on various days spread across Goa. Locals will get to witness Military displays and Army Melas, including Battle Tanks and Artillery Guns.

Displays are being planned at Don Bosco School, Sharda Mandir, Goa Institute of Management, Raia School, Pharmacy College, Ponda and at the Vagator Football ground.

In addition, various specialist teams would display their capabilities during various events specially brought to Goa.

Acrobatics by the helicopter team of the Indian Air Force 'Sarang' and sky divers will perform on the Opening Ceremony on October 29 at Raia Sports Complex.

An aircraft fly-past and parachute drop is also scheduled with para motors during the closing ceremony on November 8.

The organisers will also parade the Durand Cup in a procession at various places to generate awareness among locals and to reach out to the remote locations of Goa.

The first such procession was held on September 23 covering Panjim-Belgaum road, Old Goa Churches and interiors of Ponda. The silver trophies and Mascot 'Azad' was displayed along with the procession of Army vehicles.

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