Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Manipur ISL players to visit State for friendly match


Kohima Town Club (KTC) in partnership with Kohima Forest Division (KFD), will be organising a friendly football match with players from the State and neighbouring Manipur on June 4, 2022 at IG Stadium, Kohima from 5:30 p.m. onwards.
The match will be played between KTC XI, a team of around 20 top players from Nagaland who were selected from the recently held Kohima Super Cup and a similar number of players from Manipur forming up team Kangleipak Pari XI.
KFD has sponsored the jerseys for the match and would also distribute tree saplings at the venue of the game to create awareness on climate change and promote environmental protection.
The match would also be held as a precursor to the World Environment Day which falls on June 5.
During the jersey launching event at KFD office premises, here on Thursday, KTC president, Dr. Viketoulie Pienyü, said the event was formulated with the sole vision to promote local players as most of them were yet to play outside of the State.
He said with the inclusion of KFD in the event, it has now become multi-faceted as the match was also being used to create awareness on environmental changes at the same time help local players to get exposure playing with national level players.
Dr. Pienyü expressed appreciation to KFD for coming forward to promote a novel initiative.
He hoped that the partnership between the club and the department would also help pave the way for more collaborative works even in the future.
Sharing a brief history about the club, Dr. Pienyü said it was formed on December 1, 2016, by a group of football lovers solely to promote the game, provide a platform to the players and highlight local talents.
District Forest Officer (DFO), Kohima, Rajkumar M, while sharing about the features of the jerseys said it was designed with global warming cautionary signs and colors.
The main theme of the jersey is based on the official campaign slogan of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) “Only One Earth”, he disclosed. Rajkumar said the department had been actively involved in various environmental protection activities for the past several years. In that regard, he said the KFD had approached KTC to be part of the exhibition match as it felt that sports was a good area to instil awareness amongst the youth.
KFD would be distributing over 2000 tree sapling during the event and also usher in people gathered at the venue to take a pledge to protect the environment.
The jersey will display a “Warming Stripes” logo indicating the global warming trends, a diagrammatic picture of the relation between man and nature, Rajkumar explained.
The launch event was chaired by Pelebeinuo Khezhie while organising committee convenor, Zedikuolie Kire, proposed the vote of thanks.


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