IMPHAL, June 11: The Manipur men’s football team which ended up runners up in the 65th national football championship for the Santosh trophy held recently in Assam was felicitated today.
A felicitation function for the Manipur team was held today at Khuman Lampak sports complex in which Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly I Hemochandra and state YAS minister DD Thaisii attended as the chief guest and functional president respectively.
Speaking at the function, YAS minister DD Thaisii said he would deposit of a sum of Rs 5 lakhs for preparation of Manipur football team so that the team could do well in the coming Santosh Trophy.
Prior to this year’s final of the Santosh trophy, the state YAS minister had announced that a sum of Rs 5 lakhs would be given to Manipur football team if the team emerged champion. However, Manipur ended up runners up.
Regarding the amount, the YAS minister said he would deposit Rs 5 lakhs to a bank for preparation of Manipur football team for the next year’s Santosh trophy.
The YAS minister donated Rs 10,000 only to the Manipur football team.
Speaking at the receptiion function AMFA president A Santoshkumar said Manipur football will surely develop in the coming years as an artificial turf which will be used as practice ground will be coming up soon at Khuman Lampak. He also expressed hope that Manipur do well in the coming national championships.