Sunday, August 14, 2022

1st late L Viluo 7-a side tournament underway


The first late Lhouchalie Viluo 7 a-side tournament got underway at L Viluo FIFA turf, Meriema, here on Tuesday.
Speaking as the guest, Nagaland Football Coaches Association (NFCA) president and former international footballer, Roko Angami said Nagaland is witnessing a gradual growth of the sport over the years and the footballers have improved and becoming more disciplined.
Recalling how he grew up with his mother who was widowed when he was at a tender age, he said making it to international football was through hardwork, determination, and with the blessings of the Almighty.
The football coach advised the young players to respect the talent, have the drive to learn and believe in one’s own capabilities. He said times have now changed and younger players have the privilege of being guided by coaches, senior players, and wellwishers to support and promote the sport.
He also encouraged the players to maintain consistency, make sacrifice in the pursuit of achieving their goals, and be enthusiastic and passionate about the sport. He added that football has helped him build a vast network and has given him an identity.
More than just a game that requires kicking the ball and running around, he said that the football game involves the whole body and so players should have self control and make the best use of themselves by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
As the L Viluo FIFA turf is the first futsal astro turf pitch in the Northern Angami-II region, he praised the contribution of the family in promoting the sport. He encouraged the players to build team spirit and build good relationship with fellow players through the sport.
With futsal being recognized by International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and All India Football Federation (AIFF), he hoped to soon witness Naga players at national and international level.
Further, he urged the players to win the hearts of people through the sport and protect sports facilities, both private and public, as their own. The top coach also advised football referees to be honest and fair with their judgment while officiating matches.
Proprietor Viluo Angami, informed that the tournament will witness some of the best footballers in the state as a total of 31 teams from across the state are vying for the championship trophy. The three-day 7-a-side tournament will conclude on June 30.
The winner of the tournament will walk away with a cash prize of Rs 70,000 while the runner up team will receive an amount of Rs 30,000 and the semi finalist teams will receive Rs 10,000 each. An amount of Rs 5,000 will also be awarded to the best goal keeper and the highest scorer.
The inaugural programme was chaired by Thejasetuo Dzüvichü while invocation was pronounced by CRMC, youth pastor, Zhaviu Pienyü and Viluo Angami delivered the welcome address.


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