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Winners to get entry in State-level I-Day Cup & Governor’s Gold Cup
GANGTOK,: The Sikkim Football Association (SFA) is all set to organise ‘All Sikkim Chief Minister’s 2nd Division S-League Championship 2023’ under the aegis of Sports & Youth Affairs department from April 30.
Twelve clubs are taking part in the State’s second-tier football to be conducted at Paljor Stadium, Gangtok and Bhaichung Stadium, Namchi, informed the SFA officials here on Thursday.
SFA president Menla Ethenpa mentioned that there are two groups in the league with six teams in each pool based on districts. Clubs from south and west Sikkim will play at Bhaichung Stadium while clubs from north and east Sikkim are playing in Paljor Stadium, he said.
Each club would be playing five matches in their pool and the group leaders based on points are to play the final at Paljor Stadium, said the SFA president. Date for the final is yet not fixed.
As per the fixture, the Paljor Stadium matches are to kick-off on April 30 with the inaugural game between Sikkim Brotherhood FC and Pakyong United SC. Similarly, the Bhaichung Stadium pool will commence from May 1 with the Sanju FA taking on Kaluk SC.
SFA general secretary Phurba Sherpa shared that out of 12 clubs taking part, six are the 2019 2nd Division teams. Remaining clubs are those who took the top positions in all the six districts during the recently held C-Division championship, he said.
A total of 52 clubs had taken part in the C-Division league conducted by the SFA recently that saw 140 matches being played.
Sherpa added that from this year onwards, the SFA is implementing the AIFF rules wherein all the players and clubs are to be within CRS and CMS. The match officials and referees also have to do registration in the AIFF portal, he said.
All the coaches of the participating clubs should be at least an AIFF ‘D’ license holder.
On behalf of SFA, the general secretary thanked Chief Minister PS Golay for sanctioning Rs. 50 lakh for holding football tournaments in the State. He informed that from the fund sanctioned, more than Rs. 31 lakh was utilized in organising the C-Division league.
The 2nd Division league will be organised by utilizing the remaining balance which also includes the cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh to the winners and Rs. 1 lakh for the runners-up along with trophies, said Sherpa.
It was informed that the 2nd Division S-League champions would be participating in the ‘All India Green Mahotsav Tournament’ at Uttarakhand besides getting a direct entry in the State-level Independence Cup and Governor’s Gold Cup football tournaments.
The 2nd Division runners up will be getting an entry in the State-level Independence Cup.
Meanwhile, as per the AIFF new rules, no foreign players would be allowed to take part in any accredited State leagues including the leagues in Sikkim.
The SFA welcomes this new rule as it will give opportunity to our local players and also help in the development of Indian football, said Sherpa.
By June this year, the SFA also plans to have a women’s league and the State premier league.
The SFA press meet was also attended by vice president (press & publicity) Shyam Pradhan, vice president Chewang Paul Sangdarpa and treasurer Susan Tamang.
PALJOR STADIUM, Gangtok
Sang Mustang FC, Sikkim Boys FC, Northerners FC, Dzongri FC, Pakyong United SC and Sikkim Brotherhood FC.
BHAICHUNG STADIUM, Namchi
Sinolchu FC, Gyalshing FC, Howlers FC (Singtam), Sanju FA, Kaluk SC and Red Panda FC