17th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy 2016 begins
Morung Express News
Kohima | September 24
“Great Stories are often created through simple actions but greater stories through supreme sacrifices such as today we stand to give our respect and honor,” said Neinguvotuo Krose, Convenor, Organising Committee during the inauguration of the 17th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy 2016 on September 24 at Khuochiezie, Kohima Local Ground. R. Tohanba, Parliamentary Secretary, Municipal Affairs, Economics and Statistics, graced the function as the chief guest.
Held every year in remembrance of late Kekuojalie Sachü and late Vikhozo Yhoshü, the 17th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy 2016 will witness the participation of 66 teams and 1188 players, and is expected to draw one of the biggest crowds in Nagaland. Of the 66 teams, 49 teams are from Kohima, 6 from Dimapur, 3 from Peren, 4 from Phek and 4 from Manipur state.
Recollecting the killing of the two students on March 20, 1986 during a peaceful protest in Kohima and how NSF Martyrs’ Trophy came into being, Dievi Yano, President, ASU said, “Over the years, this trophy has become a remarkable event remembering our beloved martyrs who laid their lives. This trophy has brought together various teams consisting of young, talented and promising footballers from within and neighboring states.” While exhibiting talent, Yano further encouraged the players to display the true essence of sportsmanship and with utmost discipline.
“Today we talk about change and peace and I believe sport is a device that is instrumental to building the bond of society when other means fail. We are aware of the fact that many an occasion sports is used as a platform to foster friendship between peoples and nations when political and diplomatic channel could not succeed. I believe this has become more relevant in our given society today when we are being confronted with many unpleasant diversities,” noted Neinguvotuo Krose in his keynote address.
Even through shedding of tears and blood, sensibility has evolved out of it, viewed Krose which is indicated in the theme and motto of the trophy which is ‘Goal for Peace’ and has become an annual feature of the Angami Students’ Union. The Trophy further boasts of being one of the longest surviving open football tournament in the State which promotes the game of football and also providing a platform to the young football players in the State.
Chief Guest R. Tohanba shared the efforts of the government of Nagaland in improving sporting infrastructure in the State and encouraging the youth to taking sports professionally. “We are all aware that sports in general not only bestows fame and honor but has become a lucrative avenue as sportsperson are among the richest people in the world,” said Tohanba who appealed the youth to pursue their chosen game with dedication, sincerity and seriousness to achieve professionalism and further uphold healthy lifestyle so that talent does not go in vain. He expressed hope that tournament will be a step towards fulfilling their dreams of producing another great footballer in the mould of the Olympian, Dr. T. Ao.
In his solidarity message, Subenthung Kithan, President NSF stated that the sacrifices of the two martyrs, has brought Nagas together as a team and family.
“Of all the soccer tournaments in Nagaland, NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy is one of the oldest and most reputed tournaments. It is not only a tournament to promote young talents but is a tournament for a cause. It is a tournament to bring all the Nagas to exhibit their talents and to display their skills,” said Kithan.
In the inaugural match, Meriema Youth Organisation defeated Dejavu Football Club 2-0. Vizotuolie Lhousi and Petevizo Kezie-o netted the goals.
Matches for September 26:
1. Boisterious Boys vs ARKCA FC @ 9:30am
2. New MArket XI vs Crony FC @ 11am
3. Tiema-Khe Kidima vs Galacticos FC @ 12:30pm
4. Addax FC Baptist High @ 2pm