Friday, August 19, 2022

KTC to organise Kohima Super Cup from May 16


Kohima Town Club (KTC) will be organising Kohima Super Cup (KSC) from May 16-31 at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima.
Informing this at a press conference at Where’s The Food restaurant, here on Friday, organising committee convenor, Zedikuolie Kire said KTC had rechristened erstwhile Kohima Super League to now KSC in order to accommodate more players and teams from all across the State.
He disclosed that KTC, with 40 members strong, was formed in 2017 to promote football in the district with a vision to help players reach higher levels through this event.
He said with the recent relaxation in the Covid-19 SOPs KTC has decided to organise the event.
A total of 17 teams have registered to participate out of which a team of best players would be shortlisted and they will get a chance to play with Indian Super League players from Manipur on June 4, Kire said. The winner will receive a cash prize of Rs 1.80 lakh while the first runner-up would receive Rs 1.20 lakh and the other two semi-finalists would each recieve Rs 30,000.
Apart from the individual prizes awarded in the earlier editions, Kire said the organisers has now added three more individual prizes including player of the tournament.
Ticket for entry will be Rs 50 which would be enhanced to Rs 100 from quarter finals onwards. KTC president, Dr Viketoulie Pienyü, pointed out the need to seriously work for the upliftment of players from the grass root level. He opined that KTC was working to ensure the growth of fanbase for local players as this would help in revenue generation and self-sustenance of players.
With the aim to encourage the players and more importantly to expose them to players from bigger arenas like Indian Super League and other national level clubs, Dr Pienyü said they had roped in players from neighbouring Manipur to play with local players in an exhibition match.
He disclosed that one of the core objectives of the club was to initiate football revolution in the State which was evident as after its earlier editions similar events had also popped up even in the other districts.
He also shared about the future plans of the club which was to make events televised nationally, which he said, was a possibility with more participation from the people.
Answering to a query on how the teams were preparing for the tournament, a representative of Secretariat United said the team was solely made up of government employees and that they have many senior players including a 50 year old, the team was excited to be part of the event since they love the game and wishes to see it grow.
Answering to another query on the inclusion of non-local players, he said bringing such players from neighbouring States or even other States was a win-win situation as it would give more exposures to the local teams and attract viewers from other parts of the country.
The inaugural to the event would be held on May 16 with senior SP, Kohima, Kevithuto Sophie as the guest.


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