The first ever Mahindra 2 Wheelers Mizoram Premier League was launched today (24th October) at Aizawl, Mizoram; Chanmari FC and Luangmual FC played a 1-1 draw in the opening match played at the Lammual ground.
However the long awaited Mizoram Premier League has been kicked off by Mr Bhaichung Bhutia at Chanmari YMA Hall, Aizawl on the night of 22nd October. The ‘Kick-Off Programme’ as it was known was an entertainment programme, with singers and dancers performing; the team captains from the eight participating teams paraded with their new jerseys, escorted by models wearing the same jerseys.
In addition to the kick-off by Bhutia, the Mizoram Premier League Handbook, which details the rules and regulations of the league, was also released. The event was broadcasted live by the local cable operator ZONET Cable TV Pvt Ltd.
Bhutia, addressing the gathering, said that Mizoram is fast becoming one of the top states in Indian football with many Mizo players playing in different I league clubs all around the country. The Sikkimese Sniper also mentioned in his speech that Mizoram Premier League will be a hunting ground for the scouts of different I League clubs looking for fresh talents, and a football club from Mizoram itself could soon play in the I League in a few years time.
The first match day of the Mahindra 2 Wheelers Mizoram Premier League was played by Chanmari FC and Luangmual FC in the presence of Mr. Zodintluanga, Hon’ble Minister, Sports & Youth Services Department of Mizoram who was the chief guest and Mr. Rob Baan, the Technical Director of AIFF, who was the guest of honour for the opening match.
Rob Baan praised the Mizoram FA as well as the Goverment of Mizoram in their effort for the upliftment of football in the state, he also thanked the Sports Minister for building three new artificial turf ground on their own expense. The former coach of the Netherlands national team Baan stressed the importance of grassroots football for the growth and development of football and urged the Mizoram FA to set an example to the rest of the country by introducing large scale grassroot development programme.
Before the kick off of the opening game, the Mizoram Football Association organised a big concert at the ground for one and half hour, in which the top singers from the state participated.
Runner Up – Rs. 3,00,000
3rd Place – Rs. 2,00,000
4th Place – Rs. 1,50,000
5th Place – Rs. 1,25,000
6th Place – Rs. 1,00,000
7th Place – Rs. 75,000
8th Place – Rs. 50,000
Best Goalkeeper – Rs.5,000
Best Defender – Rs 5000
Best Midfielder – Rs 5000
Best Forward – Rs 5000
Man of the Match – Rs 1,000 x 56 matches = 56,000
Fairplay: Rs 20,000