Kohima: Nagaland’s Tseminyu district on Thursday, got it’s first futsal Astroturf pitch at New Terogvunyu village with the inauguration of Riga’s Astroturf by the district’s deputy commissioner Dr Zasekuolie Chusi. 

Inaugurating the new futsal pitch, the district’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) said that the first-ever futsal astro turf in the new district has come as a blessing for the young generation of players. 

Saying that Nagas are in no way lesser than others, he appealed to the Rengma Nagas in the district and Nagas in general to avail the facility. 

Proprietor of Riga’s Astroturf, Benlo Thyu, shared that the new futsal was set up with the hope to provide quality pitch for football players at the grassroot level. 

The football enthusiast said he hopes to promote the sport, promote fitness and also engage with young minds. He hoped to help the youth engage in the sport and divert their attentions from excessive engagement with the digital world. 

Riga’s Astroturf, he said, was named after his paternal uncle. With the inauguration of the much-anticipated Astroturf pitch, he hoped that the facility will be utilized to its maximum capacity. 

Village Development Board (VDB) secretary Kegwaseng said the inauguration of the district’s first astroturf pitch in the small yet new village will bring in more recognition to the village. 

He also highlighted the need to bring in more developmental activities in the village. Further, he encouraged players from across the state to avail the facility. 

Following the inauguration, an exhibition match was played between the DC’s team and Superintendent of Police (SP) team. This was followed by a match between the Kohima District Football Association (KDFA) and Football Association of Tseminyu District (FATD), and Vanguard Old Boys and Vanguard FC Tseminyu officials.

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