Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma, has stated that the Government aims to promote football in the state with a view towards empowering citizens to reach the highest levels in sporting activities. Dr. Sangma stated that the country has a population of more than 1.3 billion residents and the state of Meghalaya can make a sizeable contribution to football.
He made this statement during the inauguration of the Grassroots Football Centre located in South West Garo Hills’ Ampati. Dr. Sangma stated that Meghalaya has immense potential and will be able to reach out to the rest of the globe through the sheer spirit of football. He also highlighted the abundant passion and love for the game in the state and the innate strength of its citizens.
Dr. Sangma also highlighted the contribution of the MFA (Meghalaya Football Association) and organizations and clubs affiliated to it, with regard to tying up with the state government for the execution of Mission Football. This ambitious government programme aims at the promotion and development of football in the state in sync with Dr. Sangma’s vision to make Meghalaya a soccer powerhouse.
He also stated that the Indian Government was preparing to create a more favorable atmosphere for boosting football in Meghalaya. He stated that youngsters could dissociate themselves from the pressures and stresses of daily life. He talked about how young girls and boys should enjoy their football and should also draw inspiration to take it to even bigger heights. This was imperative for making Meghalaya a powerful football community globally as per Dr. Sangma’s vision.
The center was inaugurated with great fanfare and a friendly match played between the Garo Hills XI and Bhaichung Bhutia owned Royal Sikkim United Football Club. The match concluded with a 1-1 draw. The Royal United Sikkim FC club is touring the Northeast currently and will be facing Shillong Lajong in their second game.