Sunday, February 5, 2023

Nagaland State Futsal Championship to begin today


The second Nagaland State Futsal Championship is set to begin on Friday at Reiphinyü Badze, Vürie, Kohima organised by Kohima District Football Association (KDFA), under the aegis of Nagaland Football Association (NFA).
Announcing this during a press conference at 2K hotel, here on Thursday, NFA president, K Neibou Sekhose said a total of 8 teams representing 8 districts would be participating in the championship.
He informed that the winner of the championship would walk away with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh while the runner-up will receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000.
The winner would also be representing the State in the upcoming National Futsal Championship to be held in the month of November.
He disclosed that the winner would directly qualify for the National Championship without any further qualification round unlike football where there would be another qualifying round at the zonal level.
He informed players of the championship would undergo Central Registration System (CRS) which would ensure a better system and more clarity as any player registered under this system would be able to participate in any State and National recognised event(s).
He said NFA was more focused on Futsal as the association noticed that Naga players were more physically suited to the game and also the selection process to participate at the national level was simpler and that the State players could perform better.
Sekhose disclosed that NFA was also focusing on nurturing young players in the age range of 6 to 8 years so as to help build more players in the long run.
Technical committee convenor of the championship and senior vice president of NFA, Kiyeka Sumi informed that NFA was holding the event under Competition Management System (CMS) for the first time. He said although NFA had communicated about CRS process and its mandatory requirement to all the district units well ahead of time, only 8 teams were able to complete the process and qualify for the championship.
He said the CRS registration was in the hands of All India Football Association (AIFA) and although NFA wanted more districts to participate, it was not in their hands as without CRS no player would progress further to the national level.
Kiyeka said some teams had also approached NFA for participation even in the past few days, however, since CRS takes at least 30 days to process it was too late. He further informed that Sports Cast would be live broadcasting the championship.
KDFA president Mhasimhalie Matthew Yhome said the championship would be played on a new turf with DC Kohima, Shanavas C, who is also the chairman of Kohima District Sports Council, as the special guest in the inaugural. Final match of the championship would be held on October 9 at 5:30 p.m.
The eight teams were divided into two groups:
Aphuyemi FC (Zunheboto)
Proper FC (Mon)
Kesko FC (Dimapur)
G-Sports FC (Chümoukedima)
Nimok Power FC (Phek)
Vanguard FC (Tseminyü)
Zasivi FC (Kohima)
Lengreng FC (Peren)

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