Gangtok, 03 Jul:
Sikkim Football Players Association [SFPA] members have scheduled a meeting for 08 Jul to discuss the future activities and agendas of the association.
The footballers behind the formation of SFPA have invited footballers from the State including senior players, ex-players and active players to attend the meeting on 08 Jul at Paljor Stadium.
The meeting aims to discuss the association’s future agendas and take inputs from footballers for setting up the proposed SFPA, said footballer Nirmal Chettri during a press meet held today at Paljor Stadium.
Mr Chettri was accompanied by Shillong Lajong footballer, Novin Gurung, United Sikkim Football Club coach/player, MD Lepcha, Aakraman FC captain, Ashish Chettri and Aakraman FC owner/player, Sonam Gyaltsen.
“We are contacting footballers across the State to come and attend the meeting at Paljor Stadium. Through this press conference, we want to reach out to all the players of Sikkim about the meeting. We appeal to them to come and attend the meeting. All the details, agendas and programmes about the SFPA will be discussed and finalized that day,” added Mr Chettri.
He further said that the association aims to represent the interest and welfare of footballers of the State.
“SFPA is, for and by the players of Sikkim,” he further added.
Mr Chettri informed that the SFPA will be actively supported by him, Sanju Pradhan, Bikash Jairu and others playing outside the State.
However, Mr Chettri clarified that the SFPA office-bearers will be footballers currently based in the State.
Mr Chettri mentioned that more details of the SFPA will be released to the media after the 08 Jul meeting.
Simultaneously, MD Lepcha added that other States have beaten Sikkim in terms of football in the past couple of years.
“We must all think about why this is happening and why we are not able to compete with other States in football. There may be many reasons and we need to discuss amongst us where we are lagging. The SFPA will be analyzing the shortcomings and at the same time provide a platform for the players and create more opportunities for them,” he said.