Kohima, September 12: The 19th edition of one of the most prestigious students’ memorial soccer tournament in Nagaland – NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy will be held from September 22 at Local ground (Khouchiezie) here.
The tournament held on the theme “Goal for Peace” is an annual feature of the Angami Students’ Union an apex tribal students body of the State Capital organized in honour and in remembrance of the two comrades Lt Kekuojalie Sachu of Kohima village and Lt Vikhozo Yhoshü of Kigwema village.
The duo had fallen victim to the alleged indiscriminate firings of the Nagaland Police from Alichen on March 20, 1986 while on peaceful rally called by Naga Students’ Federation to register Nagas resentment against the State government’s decision to extent Disturbed Area Belt from 5KM to 20KM along the Indo-Myanmar Border on Nagaland side and also against the induction of IPS cadres into the State.
Convener of organizing committee, Voto Neikha addressing media persons at ASU office here this evening said that a total cash award of Rs 4.6 lakh have been earmarked, which include Rs 2 lakh for champion, Rs 1.2 lakh for runners-up, Rs 30,000 each for losing semi-finalist, Rs 15,000 each for losing quarter-finalist.
In the individual category cash award of Rs 10,000 each would be given to Best Goal-keeper, Best Mid-fielder, Best Defender and Highest Scorer, beside scooty for the player of the tournament. The winners would also receive Rs trophies and citations.
Neikha said that with a view to improve the standard of the tournament, the organizers would be bringing in National certified referees from Manipur state to conduct the matches.
Supplementing the convener, ASU president Visako Rino said that the organizers in no manner undermines the calibre of the local referees but “we want the local referees also to learn from referees from outside the state and improvise themselves”.
On the tickets for spectators, Rino said gate entry has been fixed at Rs 30 till initial rounds while Rs 50 would be charged from quarter-finals. Students in uniforms after the normal academic hours and also for the senior citizens and persons with special needs would be given free entry, he informed.
The last date of submission of entry forms for the interested teams and club is September 15.
(Page News Service)