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Mizoram: FIFA-certified football ground soon

-Avishek Sengupta

Mizoram, where football craze is high, goes one step closer to realising the dreams of hundreds of the sport’s aspirants, to practice on a FIFA-certified field.

Robert Romawia Royte, the Sports Minister of Mizoram, on Saturday said that the state will soon have a football ground certified by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (or FIFA) in its Kolasib town.

Besides Aizwal FC from the hill district being the only from Northeast to win the prestigeous Hero I-League championship in 2016, Mizoram is also responsible for Lallianzuala Chhangte, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Jeje Lalpekhlua who are key players in India’s National football team and in various teams in Indian Super League.

The sports minister made the announcement while visiting the construction of Sports Authority of India (SAI) sports academy at Kolasib’s Saidan and the laying of artificial turf at the football ground there.

Absence of football grounds is the main problem of Mizoram. I want to make the stadium accessible, available and affordable to the people.”, the sports minister has been quoted as saying to the media.

Moreover, Robert Royte also indicated that all the grounds are constructed as part of a project sponsored by the union government.

Royte was accompanied by supply minister and Kolasib MLA K Lalrinliana and Serlui MLA Lalrinsanga Ralte. He added that the artificial turf, which is being laid at the SAI academy ground at Saidan, was certified by FIFA and is on the verge of completion.

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