SFA teams up with EGT Entertainment to host Sikkim Premier League 2017
Gangtok, 06 Sept:
Play24/7 Sikkim Premier League 2017 is scheduled to be kicked off on 11 Sept here at Paljor Stadium. The recently elected executive body of Sikkim Football Association has geared up to organise the premier division league of the State in a better and grander manner this year. This was announced during an SFA press conference here at Football House this afternoon.
On the occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed between SFA and EGT Entertainment Private Limited to further promote football in the State.
This one-year agreement has been signed by SFA president, Menla Ethenpa and Chief Operating Officer- EGT Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Kailash Divecha, in which the latter has agreed to sponsor the football tournaments of SFA during the agreement period.
Eight premier division clubs are in the fray this year.
The participating clubs are defending champion, Sikkim Aakraman Football Club, Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club, Royal United Sikkim Sporting Club, State Sports Academy, Sikkim Police, Boys Club, Dzongri Football Club and Pakyong Football Academy.
Addressing the press conference, SFA president, Mr Ethenpa, stated that it was a historic day for Sikkim football as for the first time a company has come forward to sponsor Sikkim Premier League. He thanked the company for extending support in the promotion and development of Sikkim football.
Mr Ethenpa informed that during the one-year contract period the company will be supporting SFA with Rs 8 lakh. He mentioned that for the first time SFA will also provide Rs 30,000 to each of the eight premier division clubs.
“For the first time some matches of the premier division this year will be played under flood lights,” he added.
The league will be played between 11-25 Sept and top two teams of the premier division league will secure a place in the upcoming Governor’s Gold Cup Football Tournament scheduled to be held in Oct. It is informed that the premier division league will be followed by Sikkim Super Cup under flood lights, in which only top four teams of the premier division will get entry.
Former Indian football team skipper and SFA advisor, Bhaichung Bhutia, who is also the chairperson of the league committee, mentioned that a good standard league would help to take Sikkim football forward and help produce talented professional footballers from the State. On the same, he expressed his gratitude to the company for their collaboration to promote football in Sikkim.
Bhaichung informed that it will be compulsory for the participating teams to field at least 6 local players throughout the match and only two foreign players will be allowed on the field. He informed that this year a separate league committee has also been formed to conduct the league in a proper manner and a disciplinary committee would also be formed for the league.
“Our intension is to make Sikkim premier division league the best in the country to produce talented professional footballers from Sikkim and see more Sikkim players in ISL and I-League in near future,” he said.
Bhaichung informed that only the champion of the premier division will get a cash prize. He mentioned that Sikkim Super Cup was a knock-out football tournament for the top four clubs of the premier division to be played under flood lights. In this tournament, two semi-finals and one final will be played. He informed that the winner and runner-up team will be awarded with cash prizes.
“This year the league will have good matches, so we would like to request the people of the State to boost the morale of players of their favourite teams with their presence,” he appealed.
Likewise, COO-EGT Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Mr Divecha, expressed his happiness on being associated with SFA for promotion of football in Sikkim. He stated that the company has always been ready to support talents of the State.
The inaugural match of the league is scheduled to be played between Boys Club and Royal United Sikkim Sporting Club on 11 Sept evening under flood lights.