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Baby league football tourney organised in Ukhrul

By Our Correspondent Updated: Feb 16, 2019 9:20 pm

Our Correspondent

Imphal, Feb. 16 (EMN): In a move to encourage the budding stars and discover the hidden talents of football in Ukhrul, Somsai Battalion of 10 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) organised a two-day Baby League football tournament, the first of its kind in Ukhrul town, 84 km north of Imphal.

The two-day tournament which was held from Feb. 14 to 15 saw nine young and energetic teams fight for the top prize. More than 150 children participated in the event which drew a large number of locals as they encouraged the youngsters on the football field.

The final was a keenly contested affair with the young teams of Ukhrul Football Club narrowly edging out Ukhrul United Football Club. The tournament saw many young names being recognised and the future looks promising for them.

These competitions are drawing big crowds in Ukhrul and are already acting as a stepping stone for the youngsters of the district. The upcoming weeks are going to be festive as Assam Rifles encourages sports and youngsters in Ukhrul.

Mentionably the Baby League event also acts as the curtain raiser of the much awaited Major Bob Khathing Tournament that will see the best teams of Ukhrul fight for top honours in men’s football and women’s volleyball from Jan. 18 to 23. The event will also see a church choir competition.

The tournament and competitions will be organised by Assam Rifles under its 10 Sector at Somsai in Ukhrul as part of the 107th birth anniversary of Major Bob Khathing at Ukhrul Headquarter and it will wind up with a wreath laying programme on Feb. 28 at Mantripukhri in Imphal.

As per reports available here, 16 teams for football and 10 teams for women’s volleyball will be vying for the coveted trophy along with cash prize.


By Our Correspondent Updated: Feb 16, 2019 9:20:35 pm