Under the theme, “Goal for Peace”, the NSF Martyrs’ Trophy-one of the biggest football tournament in Nagaland- is organised by the Angami Students’ Union (ASU) annually in the memory of Lt. Vikhozo Yhoshü and Lt. Kekuojalie Sachü
Morung Express News
Kohima | September 16
“We still need to search within ourselves to find the strength to forgive others for the purpose to live together as a people,” said Vipopal Kintso, Convenor, Organizing Committee, while reflecting on the NSF Martyrs’ Trophy theme, ‘Goal for Peace’ during the 16th NSF Martyrs’ Trophy which began on September 16 at the Khuochiezie Ground, Kohima. Vikheho Swu, Minister for Road and Bridges was the Chief Guest.
Paying homage to the Lt. Vikhozo Yhoshü and Lt. Kekuojalie Sachü, Kintso recapitulated the incident of March 20, 1986 where the two martyrs were killed and several students injured during a protest by NSF. The protest was held against the induction of IPS Cadres in Nagaland and the extension of Disturbed Area Belt from 5 km to 20 km along the international border by the Indian government. “We need to remember the reason for the Martyrs dies for- To live in dignity as a people,” noted Kintso.
Stating that the tournament is one of the most coveted and biggest sport events in Nagaland, Swu congratulated the ASU and NSF for successfully organizing the Martyrs’ Trophy year after year. “Sports bring people together- bringing together a team and its own set of supporters. Sports help to promote competition, comradeship and most of all it teaches us about our responsibilities and about dealing with failure and success,” stated Swu, further adding that sports knits closer relationship with other communities. Swu also assured that the State Government is making every effort for development of sports and games in various disciplines in the grassroots to support and nurture talent of the youth.
The state is working for the improvement of infrastructure to create more opportunities for Sportspersons to compete at the national and international level, under the department of Y R & S, he said. “Once again I call upon the society to re- commit ourselves to our greater goal for peace through sports and through this tournament,” added Swu.
Subenthung Kithan, President, NSF who delivered the solidarity message, thanked the ASU for shouldering the responsibility in organizing the trophy every year. Kithan also encouraged the players to participate with the true spirit of sportsmanship.
“We honour our Martyrs’. They still live in us and they shall grow in us. With them in us we shall grow to achieve our goal,” Kintso concluded with a quote by Soren Kiergaard: “When a tyrant dies his rule is over; when a martyr dies his rule begins”
The inaugural function was chaired by Neizokhotuo Belho, Former General Secretary, NSF. A prayer was invoked by Kedo Peseyie, Pastor, City Church, Kohima while the welcome address was delivered by Dievi Yano, President, ASU.
Special numbers were presented by students of Baptist High Kohima and Mezhür Hr. Sec. School. The oath taking was conducted by Vizokho Zashümo, Secretary, Games and Sports, ASU.