Friday, June 2, 2023

Nagaland participates at National Blind Football tournament

Nagaland men’s blind football team made its debut at the 7th men’s edition & 3rd women’s edition of the Indian Blind Football Federation (IBFF) National tournament held in Jamshedpur from May 17 to 20.
A press release issued by Nagaland State Disability Forum informed that the team’s participation in the tournament was earned through their commendable performance, securing the third position in the North East Zonal qualifiers held in Arunachal Pradesh in January 2023. The recently concluded national tournament, organized by IBFF, brought together 19 states teams from across the country to compete for the coveted title.
The team was led by head coach Diethozo Yoho, assistant coach-cum-goal guide, Kezhaleto Zecho, goalkeeper-cum-escort, Rongsenyanger and the following players – Odimongba, Ragulong Newmai, Kholang, Yafo and Hangmei Henka.
The team showcased their abilities on the field and left a lasting impression on both fans and fellow participants. They played with unwavering determination and passion, overcoming numerous challenges to participate in the tournament. Despite their triumph over seasoned West Bengal, the Nagaland team could, however, not qualify for the semi-finals due to a point shortage against Kerala in the group stages.
Nagaland State Disability Forum said that the office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Directorate of Social Welfare and Directorate of Youth Resources & Sports played a crucial role in supporting the team’s participation in the event. Their sponsorship and encouragement provided the team with the necessary resources and assistance to participate in the tournament at such a competitive level.
The men’s team, despite being relatively new to the sport, displayed tremendous skill, teamwork and resilience throughout the tournament. Their performance not only reflected their dedication and hard work but also served as an inspiration to aspiring blind footballers across Nagaland and beyond.
The release stated that the team’s participation at the national event was a testament to the determination and spirit of the visually impaired athletes in Nagaland. It was a milestone in their journey towards inclusion, empowerment and breaking barriers.


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