TODAY -
Red carpet rolled out for State players
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, November 27: People of Manipur gave a rousing welcome to the players and officials of the State team which participated in the 60th Air India Express Santosh trophy football Tournament, 2006 held at Kochi, Kerala on their arrival at Imphal today.

Manipur Students’ Federation (MSF) hosted a public reception function in honour of the players and officials at Khuman Lampak main Stadium which was attended by a large number of people belonging to all walks of life.

Team manager L Dinamani, team coach E Ekendra and 10 players, namely Benjamin Kamson, N Uttam, Narakanta, Ingobi, Jimmy, Lungmilien Khongsai, Manimohan, Beni Chiru, Bisheshwor and David Kamson returned to Imphal today.

Seven other players who are playing for various clubs outside the State, however, could not attend the reception function.

They are James, Sukumar, Tomba, Dharamjit, Manitombi, Rajesh, Shyamananda, Samson and Sushilkumar.

Immediately after they landed at Imphal, the team officials and the players were garlanded and accorded a warm welcome by the people.

Later they were escorted from Chingmeirong Khongnang Ani Karak till the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium to the accompaniment of drum beats.

As soon as the officials and the players entered the main stadium, the band of ex-Cannibal belted out the song ‘We shall over come’ touching the heart-strings of all those who were present at the occasion.

Manipur Olympic Association president E Binoykumar, MSF president S Sanjoy Singh and All Manipur Football Association president A Santoshkumar graced the reception function as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.

Team coach E Ekendra, recounted how Manipur exited from the tournament following the wrong call of the centre referee Shaji Kurien during the quarter final match played with Goa adding it was a miscarriage of justice.

Ekendra also objected to showing red card to Sushilkumar within 15 minutes of the match besides booking yellow cards to three other players during the same match.

On the move being made by AIFF to taken up disciplinary action against four players of the Manipur team, Ekendra informed that no official letter in this connection has been received by the team manager nor by the team coach.

Team manager L Dinamani told the gathering that the match commissioner had observed there was some mistakes on the parts of the players during the match when he have gone to lodge a complaint.

Nevertheless, he pointed out the rules and accordingly lodged the complaint.

In his address as guest of honour of the function, AMFA president A Santoshkumar said it was not a defeat for the Manipur team and gave his salutation to all the team officials and players who present during the reception function.

AMFA would continue to groom and produce better footballers, he said, adding that a long term policy would be made so that Manipuri footballers could not been subdued by anybody within the next 10 years.

Chief guest of the function, Manipur Olympic Assn president E Binoykumar observed that India is still at a lower position in the FIFA ranking and it is Manipuri footballers who could only improve the ranking.

Since the majority of the players in the Indian team are Manipuri, AMFA should lodged complaint and write to the AIFF for taking up action against the referee, he said.

In his presidential address, MSF president S Sanjoy contended that India has been suppressing Manipur not only in the field of sports, but also in other areas from the very beginning.

To protest the biased decision of the referee, MSF had organised not only sit-in-protest demonstration, but had also imposed a 22-hour general strike on the day the final match of the Santosh trophy was played, he said.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO!
  • Program: Manipur Sangai Festival 2014
  • Myanmar @ImphalAirport: Gallery
  • Sangai Fest Preparation: Gallery
  • Making clothes of the Zeliangrong #2
  • Look forward to Indian Super League!
  • ADB's Imphal ring road controversies
  • Poetry in the Refugee Camp : Poem
  • Ethical Fashion Event #3: Gallery
  • 'NE environmental knowledge important'
  • Overseas teams arrive for Manipur polo
  • Northeast power grid system approved
  • Main aim is to qualify for Rio: Mary
  • Jobs @HASKEM, Singapore
  • Alimuddin remembered on JNU foundation
  • Fireball 2014 at Guwahati
  • Post Graduate DNB Course at Shija
  • Imphal City at night: Gallery
  • Racism in Delhi/India 2014 : News Timeline
  • Sangai awaits your blessings
  • Hard to find straight answers
  • Health For Unity : Looking up the hills
  • What had happened to Manipur #7
  • A Reporter Is A Private Eye
  • Inner Line Permit Demand :: News Timeline
  • Moreh Market, Moreh: Gallery
  • Welcoming the Sangai Festival 2014
  • Purum Likli Culturals #2: Gallery
  • Transgender & Social Justice in India
  • Inauguration of Shija Cosmetic Centre
  • Consultation on AFSPA held at Kohima
  • ILP: Student-Police Clash #2: Gallery
  • Cycle Tours during Manipur Sangai Festival
  • Consultation on Dams in North East
  • Eema Nupi Thibiro: CD released
  • Jobs @Nirmaan Training Academy
  • PHP Developer @ZTC, Imphal
  • Sanctity of places to care for the sick
  • ILP: Student-Police Clash #1: Gallery
  • Dih kasiam lam Rongmei :: Ooba
  • Environmental concerns with economics
  • Blood tests for allergies
  • Manipur Sangai Festival, 2014
  • This Is My Life : Story
  • Classical Solo Manipuri Dance
  • Miss Kut (Night) #5: Gallery
  • Jiri town & market: Gallery
  • Club Muzik's Power Jam III
  • Multiple Jobs @Hotel Yaiphaba
  • Shreshtha Bharat campaign at Utou
  • Centre eyes deadline for Naga solution
  • Viral Load Testing Machine
  • Posers over budget of Sangai Festival
  • Soma Laishram #4 :: eRang Photo
  • Nationalist writer & Activist NK Sanajaoba
  • Tonshimwon, Nemneihniang, Achong : eMing
  • Tamenglong #22: Wallpaper Download
  • The Farm : Poem
  • Permission under land laws may help ILP
  • NE Riders' Meet #3: Gallery
  • Stalls for Sangai Fest: Gallery
  • Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims
  • Kipgen met UNHCR Chief of Mission in Delhi
  • Rijiju to attend Sangai festival
  • Demands, Dialogues and Development
  • Failure to attract the best
  • Ideology of Yangmaso Shaiza
  • Breathe for health
  • Nightmare in journalism realm of Manipur
  • Tricking The Trickster
  • Basanta Ras LFCA#3 : Gallery
  • Honouring Yangmaso Shaiza: The legacy
  • Deprivation Day Observation: JCILPS
  • National Press Day: Gallery
  • Sharmila @Imphal East Court: Gallery
  • Seri Sector calls for Govt attention
  • Army Act vs sanctity of life
  • Clothes of the Zeliangrong #1
  • The curious case of Sarita Devi
  • Slowly I die : Peom
  • Jiri Hr Sec School : Gallery
  • Miss Kut @Imphal #5 : Gallery
  • Manipur Polo Team: Gallery
  • Reservation: Ensuring right to equality
  • ILP Demand :: News Timeline
  • Library/Study Centre Campaign
  • Fashion Parade at IITF, Delhi
  • School Girls Soccer Fest @Andro
  • Activists ridicule PC AFSPA remark
  • 'NE people not second class citizens'
  • Border alert ahead of Modi's visit
  • Take a bow, Irom Sharmila
  • 'Territorially fragmented' Zeliangrongs rally
  • NE strategically very important: Sushma
  • Ashei Ningthou Garden: Gallery
  • Sports: To Grassroot Prospectives Also
  • Hope for a more academic Students Union
  • World Diabetes Day
  • Lilabati @Bhagyachandra Dance: Gallery
  • Obama visit & Suu Kyi political future
  • Kumhei :Recognition @eNortheast Award
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya @Lamphel: Gallery
  • What had happened to Manipur #6
  • Eyek Tamba: Learn the Manipuri script
  • Bhagyachandra's contribution to Vaishnavite
  • Result of MUSU Election 2014
  • NE Riders' Meet #2: Gallery
  • Software Engineer required @Technodata
  • Chingda Satpi Folk Music Project #2
  • Hotel Yaiphaba inaugurated: Gallery
  • Yangmaso Shaiza as Man of the Mass
  • NE Scholar: Innovative Magazine
  • Repeal AFSPA @Strasbourg: Gallery
  • Mera Houchongba Thabal #2: Gallery
  • Imphal-Jiri Highway #2: Gallery
  • Chairman's Sports Award from NE
  • Yumnam Sanathoi (Wushu) #3: Gallery
  • Laifadibigi Bor : Funga Wari
  • Amukta Ani (Scenes) #3 :: eRang
  • Old Documentary :: eRang Classic
  • Downloadable Manipuri Calendar : 2015
  • eMing 2.0 - Baby Names :: New release