PM Modi: Meghalaya have given players who have made Indian proud.
Indian Prime Minister was in Shillong, Meghalaya for the 65th Plenary of the North Easter Council (NEC) on Friday.
After the meet MP Modi went to visit Mawlong where he received a warm welcome and Modi indulge himself in some of the tribal activities and hailed the state of Meghalaya for its contribution to Indian football,
"We are all aware of the love that the people of the North-East, and especially Meghalaya, have for football. Football is a passion here and is played in every nook and corner. We are all familiar with famous football players such as Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Aibor Khongjee, and Marlangki Suting. They have done both the country and the state proud, by representing India in international tournaments, and their clubs in the Indian Super League," PM Modi remarked.
Modi emphasized on the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and said, “Meghalaya has a large number of football clubs and associations. Perhaps, you can organize competitive local tournaments and lead the way for other parts of the country, to build a series of major events leading to the Under-17 World Cup.”
Earlier in the day Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation of a football stadium in Shillong and said he is hopeful the grassroots football will improve with the news infrastructure.
“I am sure that the football stadium being constructed at a cost of Rs 38 crore with the support of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region, will go a long way towards fulfilling this objective,” Mr Modi expressed.
Mr. Modi is the only Primer Ministers of India who is speaking about football development in every possible occasion.