The much awaited premier football tournament in the state, 21st Royal Gold Cup 2012 under the aegis of Royal Club is all set to kick off starting November 16 at local ground Kohima.
Altogether 12 teams from Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur will take part in the tournament, which will culminate on November 29. The participating team includes Kohima Komets, Hq IGAR, Imphal East FA, Barak FC, Twenty XI, ARC Shillong, Head Hunter, Nagaland Police, Trau Manipur, Lamkang FC, Life Sports FC and Aizwawl FC.
The opening match will be played between Kohima Komets and Hq IGAR at 1.30 pm on November 16.
Addressing a press conference Wednesday evening at Hotel Blue Bayou, Kohima, tournament secretary K.Kire said Royal Gold Cup 2012 was kept low affair giving priority for the Silver Jubilee Celebration 2013 that is expected to take place in a bigger affair.
Kire said 21st Royal Gold Cup 2012 carries a cash of Rs. 1,50,000, an elegant trophy, mementoes and certificate and Rs. 75,000 for the champion and runners-up respectively. An an incentive bonus of Rs. 5000 will also be awarded to the winning team coach, he added.
The team would consist of 20 members (18 players, coach and manager) and if any teams appear lesser number than specified the allowances will be reduced correspondingly.
On the allowances, the tournament secretary said Rs. 250 mess allowances per head will be paid to all participating teams for 20 members from day one before the first match and one day after the last match.
He also informed that journey fares for bus/train would be paid to all participating teams coming from outside Kohima for 20 members only on production of bus/train tickets.
Kire also disclosed that match allowances at the rate of Rs.3000, Rs, 4000,Rs 6000 and Rs.10,000 would be paid to the loser teams in preliminary rounds, pre-quarter match, quarter final matches and semi final matches respectively.
On accommodation, the organizer informed that free accommodations would be provided to the invited teams coming outside the state from one day prior the match till one day after the last engagement.
Furthermore, it informed that inner lines will be required for teams coming from outside the state and said the tournament committee desires that full particulars of all the players, coach and team managers to send ahead of time as to enable the club to complete the necessary formalities.
Meanwhile, members of the club included K.Kire IPS, Pelevituo Kengurusie, Avituo Sekhose, kevi Miachieo, Keneilhoubie Keditsu and Khriehu Liezetsu. Easter Mirror would be official media partner of the event.
It may be mentioned the Royal Gold Cup has its pride to be the first football tournament in Nagaland to be recognized as an All India Football Tournament by All India Football Federation (AIFF) in 1996.
The Royal Club football Trophy is now popularly called as Royal Gold Cup, initiated by Royal Club Kohima. It was established in 1988 with the motto, “Service to all”, with the twin objective to raise the game of football to higher standard by exposing the footballers of the state to higher level of competition and to generate goodwill among the participating teams and clubs.