Imphal: The 11th 7 Aside Men Open Football Tournament concluded with both the teams Lanchenbi FC Toubungkhok and RFC KhamnamLeirak playing their best to outperform each other in the final match at Atongkhuman Youth Development Club(Gound), Sangaithel Road on Saturday.
The tournament was held with the motive to encourage the youths to indulge in football and other sports rather than stepping into drugs and social menace.
CAF and PD minister Th. Satyabrata expressed that both the teams that have reached the final can be called winners even though there has to be a winner and a loser in any match.
It is high time we need to focus on grooming the talents of our youths so that they can compete at the international level, he said.
“It is true that Manipur is a sports powerhouse but we usually encounter hiccups when reaching the international arena although we perform well at the national level.There are steps needed to be taken up to rectify the lapses that may occur due to deficient diet or lack of proper training. We need to work in this area”, he added.
Satyabrata also appealed the Atongkhuman Youth Development Club to nurture the children and youths at the grassroots level in the beautiful YDC ground by providing them training with coaches so that they can become promising players in future.
There was a friendly match between MLAs and Imphal West Pradhan in which MLA team beat Padhan team by 2-0.MLA Dingo scored both the 2 goals of the match that made him the first scorer of the match and received Rs 500 cash prize donated by Thokchom Gambhir.
Minister Satyabrata and MLAs Dingo and Robindro provided financial assistance to the YDC club to enhance their future activities.