Shillong, December 13: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma launched the Meghalaya State League 2017-18 (MSL) at a function held at Anton Hall on December 12. He also unveiled the MSL Trophy during the occasion in the presence of DP Wahlang, Commissioner & Secretary, Education and Lifetime Member, Meghalaya Football Association and Director of Sports & Youth Affairs MW Nongbri among others.
20 teams from Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills will be participating in the MSL 2017-18 that will be held at Jowai, Kurkalang, Mairang and Ampati. The inaugural match will be held on December 16 at Kurkalang Grounds, Ri Bhoi.
Speaking during the launch, CM Sangma said that football in Meghalaya will be taken to the next level through the Meghalaya State League and it will create a new milestone in the state as far as football is concerned. He expressed his happiness that the government has been able to respond to the much needed intervention to help people realize the dreams and passion associated with football. “It also gives an opportunity to connect with football lovers all across the globe and we must take advantage of the emerging opportunities associated with this sport” he said.
Sangma also said that there are a lot of football activities going on in the state which is not regulated and as a result of too many small tournaments are being held all over the true and potential talents in the field cannot be nurtured and groomed. “The MSL will take football beyond its centre in Shillong and therefore encourage and provide a tremendous opportunity for the youth of the state to immerse themselves in this beautiful game and realize their true potentialities as footballers” he added. He assured support of the government to the tournament through Mission Football.
Earlier, President of Meghalaya Football association Larsing M Sawian informed that the MSL has been conceptualized with the objective to strengthen the competitive structure of football in the state. MSL, which is a feature of Mission Football, is to promote the establishment of football leagues across the state while providing employment opportunities to coaches and referees besides giving a platform to talented players from across the state to showcase their talent at the highest level in the state.