SFA’s C-Division State league to commence this month Organisers seek improvement of Paljor Stadium p

Gangtok, 04 Jun:

Sikkim Football Association ‘C’ Division Football Tournament 2018 will kick off on 06 Jun here at Paljor Stadium. Twelve clubs are in the fray in the Division this time.

The participating teams have been divided into four groups of three teams each.

The teams are: Young Boys Academy, JVC Singtam, Chujachen Sports Academy, Ranipool Football Club, Sikkim Himalayan Sporting Club, Kumar Sporting Club, Nimtar Football Club, Sikkim Boys Football Club, Dzongri Football Club, Sasenians Football Club, Sumin Football Club and Young Orchid.

The inaugural match will be played between Young Boys Academy and JVC-Singtam on 06 Jun at 12 noon, followed by another match between Sasenians FC and Sumin FC.

This was informed during a press conference here at Football House this afternoon by Deputy Chairman, Tenzing Gyamtso, and chief coordinator of League Organising Committee, Phurba Sherpa, joint secretary, Arjun Rai, and vice-president of Sikkim Football Association, Chewang Paul Sangderpa.

Mr Gyamtso mentioned that the topper of each group after the league matches will enter the semi-final round.

The semi-final matches will be played on 13 and 14 Jun and the final match is scheduled for 16 June.

He informed that the top-2 teams will be promoted to Second Division Sikkim League 2019.

It is added that SFA will be starting the State Premier Division and Second Division League simultaneously from Julu this year.

Mr Rai informed that although 30 clubs of the State had applied to participate in the C-Division League this time, only registered clubs of the State have been given entry.

He added that SFA has been strict this time in allowing entry to registered clubs in the league in a bid to encourage club culture here and to bring higher professionalism to Sikkim football.

Chief coordinator Mr Sherpa thanked that the State Government for its recent announcement to provide a grant of Rs 12 lakh to first division sport clubs and Rs 6 lakh to second division sport clubs of the State and 5% reservation to sportsperson in government employment.

On the same, he urged the government to release these grants to the clubs at the earliest if possible as it will help them to make a better team in this season of the league.

Mr Sherpa mentioned that the present condition of Paljor Stadium ground needed attention since the field has became dangerous for players.

“If a new turf is laid on the ground then there should not be any other activities on the new turf except football and other sporting activities. Parades and other events on the ground will again decrease the life of the turf. Or else, the government can turn the ground into sandy as it will be suitable for all activities and utilise the saved funds to make better galleries,” he said.

Likewise, the SFA has urged the State administration to allow football lovers and people to put flag of their favourite World Cup teams in their vehicles.

“FIFA World Cup is the biggest festival in the world of football. Football fans here should get the chance to support their favourite teams by putting flags of their favourite country in their vehicles,” he expressed.

They stated that the people in the neighbouring hills and other parts of the world have been supporting their favourite teams in this way already so the administration should consider and allow the people to put suitable size of flags on their vehicles.

Meanwhile, AIFF D-license course will be held from 11 to 15 June at Paljor Stadium. It is informed that 31 players are attending the D license course which includes 23 from Sikkim, 03 from Assam, 04 from Kalimpong and 01 from Nagaland.