Organizing committee along with ASU officials during press conference in Kohima on September 12. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | September 12
A whooping over Rs. 5 lakh prize money have been set for the forthcoming 19th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy 2018, starting from September 22 here at Kohima Local Ground under the aegis of Angami Students’ Union (ASU).
With the theme “Goal for Peace,” this tournament is an annual feature in honour and in remembrance of Late Kekuojalie Sachu of Kohima village and Late Vikhozo Yhoshü of Kigwema village, who were victims to the indiscriminate firings of the Armed Police from Alichen on March 20, 1986 when the students’ fraternity were on peaceful duty call of the Naga Students’ Federation to register Nagas resentment against the state government’s decision to the extension of Disturbed Area Belt from 5KM to 20KM along the Indo-Myanmar Border and also against the induction of Indian Police Service cadres into the state of Nagaland.
Addressing a press conference here organizing committee convenor Voto Neikha said the intention of this annual tournament since late 80’s, is also to promote football in Nagaland alongside honouring and remembering the martyrs.
He regretted that the state is still lacking behind in the field of football as compare to other states.
Neikha said that with a view to improve the standard of the tournament, the organizers would be bringing in National certified referees from Manipur state to conduct the matches.
Neikha said that this round tournament is expecting many teams across Nagaland including Manipur.
The tournament will go on till October 20.
The last 18th edition witnessed 56 teams.
Acknowledging the unflinching support of various agencies and individuals over the years, he once again appealed to each and every individual to continue to do so for the success of the tournament.
ASU president Visako Rino made a fervent appeal to the state government to improve Kohima Local Ground so that the players can exhibit their talents to the fullest.
He also appealed the state government to provide Astro Turf ground as soon as possible as the state is yet to own it even after completion of 50 years of statehood.
On entry ticket for spectators, Rs. 30 has been fixed till initial rounds and Rs. 50 from quarter-finals.
Students in uniforms after the normal school hour and also for the senior citizens and PWDs would be given free entry.
Last date of submission of entry forms has been fixed on September 15.
Forms have been made available in various outlets. Kohima: Sports Paradise, Riiluo Market, Kezieke. Dimapur: Master Graphix, Supper Market, near Hotel Saramati.
For further details, contact 9774214201, 8413967271.
Champion : Rs. 2.00 lakh
Runner- Up : Rs. 1,20,000
Semi finalists : Rs. 30,000 each
Quarter finalists : Rs 15,000 each
Player of the Tournament: Scooty
Best custodian : Rs. 10,000
Best Midfielder : Rs. 10,000
Best Defender : Rs. 10,000
Highest Scorer : Rs. 10,000