Imphal: In a continued effort in building a bilateral relationship, the third edition of friendly football match for women between India and Myanmar was held at Mapal Kangjeibung in Manipur’s capital Imphal on Saturday.
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh along with the director of health and sports ministry of Myanmar, U Myo Myint Aung, graced the historic event, which is being organised as part of the ongoing state-level ‘Sangai Festival’ in Imphal.
The two countries have enjoyed growing bilateral high-level engagement and this exhibition is being viewed as India’s one way of strengthening the relationship with its neighbouring nation and improves the engagement with the regional grouping.
Speaking at the event, Singh informed that India’s relations with Myanmar have drastically improved over the years and especially Manipur, sharing a land border with Myanmar, has strengthened its trade links and connectivity.
“Manipur has recently connected with Myanmar through a chartered flight service from Imphal to Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, thrice a month and we are working to have the services on a daily basis,” Singh added.
While interacting with reporters on the sidelines of the match, U Myo Myint Aung expressed happiness on seeing an improvement in road and infrastructure in the state and further said that such development will help in trade links between the two nations.
“I would like to promote not only football but other indigenous sports of the country in the next edition,” he added.
The 27-member team, including 20 players and seven officials from Myanmar, was led by head coach of Sagaing region U Htwe Maung.
Team India, which was represented by Manipur, featured some of the fine women soccer players of the state, including five former national players such as I Prameshwori, A Romi, Th Umapatti, O Roshni and G Radharani.