State coach alleges discrepancies in selection process

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/16/2018 1:40:46 PM IST

Governor gold medallist and state football coach, Mughato Sumi has alleged discrepancies in the selection process for the Dr. T. Ao award 2018. 

Mughato, who mentored the junior and senior state football teams to a number of titles, including national and international events, said he was not against the coaches who had won the Dr. T. Ao awards, but was against the manipulation in the nomination process. Besides receiving the governor’s gold medal in 2015, Mughato has also won best coach awards on five occasions, both national and international. Under his guidance the state football team won the Subroto Cup in 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Talking to media persons at State sports football academy, Dimapur, Mughato said that late Dr. T. Ao being a footballer, at least one of the football coach or player should be considered for the award. 

“In the event of the footballers or football coaches not deserving the award, it is fine, but why am I being neglected despite of my achievements”, he said. 

Mughato also said that the manipulation by the selection committee had discouraged the coaches and players. “We have a lot of talent, but because of this we are lagging behind”, he added.  

He said that he had contributed to the state’s achievements in football, both in the junior and senior levels. However, he added that if this trend continued in the selection process for awards, many upcoming youngsters and even coaches would be discouraged.  Meanwhile, it has been found that one of the coaches, a recipient of the award, had not applied for the award through the department of Youth Resource and Sports. 

Condemning the unfair judgement of the selection committee in the selection process, sports associations have appealed to the committee to properly scrutinize the matter before giving out the awards so that coaches and players were encouraged and not discouraged. Advisor, Nagaland Kick Boxing Association, Akihito Zhimo questioned the selection committee, as to why the award was also given to those who did not apply?  He added that Mughato deserved the award but justice has been denied, he therefore sought justification from the committee.   

Kuhuboto Ghakhu Sports Association (KGSA) general secretary, Xusheto Zhimo also appealed to the committee to give the award to the deserving so that sports in the state could be improved and encouraged. He further appealed to the selection committee to be fair so that deserving candidates were not left out in the near future.   GB Midland, Khehuto Zhimomi has also appealed to the selection committee to give serious thought before giving away the awards. “This should not happen in the near future”, he added.


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