Manipur CM : Why Manipur has been denied to host FIFA U17 World Cup matches ?

October 10, 2017, 11:57 pm
Imphal(Manipur ),  : Manipur Chief Minister,  Biren Singh is not  in a happy mood  .Reason : The  All India Football Federation (AIFF) has  not given an opportunity to Manipur to host the FIFA U 17 even though eights players including the Captain are  from Manipur.
A  footballer in his own rigtht , Biren had  participated in many  football tournaments  and had made a name  for himself.  Today the  Chief Minister Biren tweeted today, “What is the view of the AIFF towards Manipur, why Manipur was not given an opportunity to host even a single match of FIFA Under 17 WC?”
Biren also  drew the attention of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore regarding the matter. Biren was in  all praise for the Indian team and he lauded the performance of the whole team. He also said the goalkeeper, Moirangthem Dheeraj saved lots of goals during the match with Columbia on Monday in New Delhi. Not only that   the first goal of the Indian team was scored by Thounaojam Jackson from Manipur.
Biren declared  that the  entire Khuman Lampak stadium would had been packed by fans from all over the state to witness the U 17 FIFA world cup. " Imphal has a wondeful sports complex and the residents  are so passionate about sports . Its is the face of the state and soon the caacity  would be increased  from 25,000 to 60,000 with latest state of art equipments  and flood lights ". .
 He said  that as an incentive Manipur government had already announced to give  Rs 5 lakhs to the eight footballers  from the state  who  are  part of the team  for  the FIFA U 17 World Cup. 
The eight players  are Dheeraj S. Moirangthem (GK), Boris Singh Thangjam (Defender), Suresh Singh Wahengbam (MF), Nongdamba Naorem (MF), Mohammad Shahjahan (MF), Khumanthem Ningthounganba (MF), Jackson Singh Thounaojam (MF) and Amarjit Singh Kiyam (MF).
 To further imrove  the  sporting scenario in the state  Biren announced that the his  Government would develop 2-3 playgrounds by laying astro turf  in the State so that the players could play football all around the year.
CM , Biren questioned  if Guwahati can host the World Cup match then why Manipur was not given an opportunity to host even a single match of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. Manipur should have been given an opportunity to host at least a match of U-17 World Cup 2017, he added.

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