Football in Nagaland

Football in Nagaland


            India has one of the finest armies in the world and our soldiers have proved their mettle, time and again in all theatres of wars since prehistoric times, be it bringing Hitler and his armies to their knees or fighting in the harsh cold weather of Europe or taking on our rival Pakistan. Indian Army has always fared well whenever they have been up against a challenge. 


            But in recent times, along with securing our borders, Indian Army has been tasked with a special job and it is to enhance the lives of people in the North East through the help of Sports. 


            So, continuing its efforts towards improving the infrastructure for sports and promotion of talent in Nagaland, 44 Assam Rifles (Indian Army Regiment) is helping in the construction of a football field at the Akhoya Village, Mokokchung (Nagaland) as a part of the Assam Rifles Civic Action Project 2017-18. 


            After completion of the initial task of clearing of foliage, leveling of the ground was done followed by other heavy engineering works, in order to give a shape to the football field in the hilly terrain, the regiment then further helped in the furnishing of the location.


            A press release from Assam Rifles said that the football field will help to provide a better platform to the local sportsmen in the Akhoya Village and the nearby villages to showcase their talent. The Press release further stated that such projects will aid to improve the relationship between Assam Rifles and the natives. 



            In another major boost to Football in Nagaland, Nagaland Youth Resources and Sports department has received a proposal from Union Ministry for the construction of 100 basic football grounds in the state, including 10 indoor and outdoor stadiums.


            Stadiums will be constructed under the flagship programme of the Government of India ‘Khelo India’. Youth Resources and Sports Ministry has confirmed that they will sanction the project within three months.


            All the districts in Nagaland will be covered judiciously under this package and each project will cost Rs 10 lakh. The project will improve the sports infrastructure of the state to a large extent. 


            In fact from this year, the BJP led State Government in Nagaland is planning to conduct an All-State Futsal Tournament, to be hosted either in Kohima or Dimapur, with each district sending two teams for the tournament.


            The State that gave India its first ever football captain, Dr. Talimeren Ao, presently has only one decent football stadium – that is the Indira Gandhi Stadium and with the state government and the Army  taking keen interest in growing the sport by taking proper initiative to build stadiums and football grounds across every district and also encouraging the youths to take up football, it is sure to open various avenues for all the talented youths and athletes in this northeastern state.

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