In a press conference held today at Siliguri Journalist´s Club, GTA Chairman Mr. Binay Tamang, GTA Principal secretary Mr. Ahmed Baba and General Secretary Mr. Nirmal Gurung addressed the media regarding the upcoming GTA Chairman´s Gold Cup.
While the tournament is all set to commence from the 9thof December, Fixture has been scheduled to be drawn on the 2ndof December 2018 at Hotel Royal Sarovar, Siliguri. The Opening ceremony will be held at Salugara Netra Bindu Ground which will also host the first day and night match of the tournament. The finals however will be held in Mela Ground Kalimpong.
“Tournament like the Brigade of Gurkhas Gold Cup was long overdue in the hills. After decades we now finally have the chance to revive football.” Mr. Tamang stated. He also confirmed about the newly formed GTA Sports Council´s affiliation with the (IFA) Indian Football Association.
“North Point Ground in Darjeeling, Mela Ground in Kalimpong, Chanmari Ground in Kurseong, Mungpoo Ground, Sukna Ground and Salugara Netra Bindu Ground in Siliguri has been shortlisted as the Tournament venues.” The Panel informed.
Mr. Tamang also stressed, ““With 16 clubs participating from all over India, it will be the best and major tournament in West Bengal”. “The winning club will receive INR 3 Lakhs while the runners up will receive INR 2 Lakhs, besides this there will be a host of individual awards for the players.” He further added.
16 Clubs Participating are: Mohammedan SC, Kolkata Customs, NBP Rainbow AC, Kalighat Milan Sangh, Bhawanipur Club, BSS SC, Southern Samity, Aryans Club, UKFC, United Darjeeling FC, Kalimpong XI, Royal FC, Oil India Duliajan Assam, Sikkim United FC, BSF Jalandhar and East Bengal.
With only three foreign players allowed in each club, each club can register a total of 20 players along with 3 officials. The panel also informed that the referees for all the matches will be provided by the (IFA).
“With 16 clubs participating from all over India, it will be the best and major tournament in West Bengal” - Binay Tamang.
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