GANGTOK, July 3: Sikkim Football Association (SFA) organised the the “2nd Division S-League 2011” on 2nd of July at Paljor Stadium, Sikkim’s capital Gangtok. The event was chaired by Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Department, NK Pradhan.
SFA is conducting the I-League matches after a decade with great expectations on a newly laid astro turf, for uplifting the budding players from the state. The league will conclude on 27th of August.
The first day of the 2nd Division match was played between Central Pandam and Lower Arithang FC. Central Pandam defeated Lower Arithang FC 3-0 whereas in the second match UTB FC Jorethang defeated UBFC Rabong 7-1.
On the 3rd of July the match was played between Bhaleydunga FC West Sikkim and Middle Arithang. Bhaleydunga FC won4-0. In the second match Brotherhood scored defeated Tathengchen FC 3-2.
The matches played on the first day of the 2nd Division S- league went well and the most interesting part was that a huge number of spectators were present to see the match.
Deputy Director (Coaching) Sports Department Thupden Rapgyal while speaking to Sikkim Mail said, “We do hope that the 2nd Division S-league matches will be successful and ensure that we have the best team this time selected for playing the first league matches to be played in the days to come”. A total of 12 teams from across the state have taken part in the tournament.
Adding further Mr. Rapgyal said that, we had never seen any teams playing with such enthusiasm but the excitement in the players to play and perform on turf is extraordinary; in discovering their skills in this format of game. “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the State Government for providing such a platform for the footballers here in the capital” was shared by one of the football team during the match, added Mr. Rapgyal.
He said that, all the teams are equally competitive and SFA is looking forward in selecting the best two team from this league to perform in the 1st Division I-League matches to be organized in a month’s time.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)