By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, March 25, 2018:
Soccer loving Meghalaya is all in for yet another round of adrenaline rush, cheers and renewed spirit of celebrating and promoting the game of soccer and women empowerment through the Hero Indian Women’s League which will be held in the North East for the first time.
Seven national Women’s team are all set to battle it out for the top spot of the Hero Indian Women’s League, in Meghalaya, the inaugural ceremony of which was held on Saturday.
From owners of the national league playing football clubs, to recipient of the Arjuna awards, most of them are of the view that the Hero Indian Women’s League will work as a major boost to promote women football not just in the region but the entire country.
“This is the first time that IWL is happening in the North East and we hope that this will further encourage and boost more talents and attract more stakeholders to support women’s football in the country,” said Larsing Ming Sawyan the owner of Shillong Lajong team.
Sawyan further pointed out that the Indian Women’s team ranks 59 in World Rankings and if the team can improve to 30 odd ranking, the Indian Women’s team will actually be playing the World Cup.
Asked, if Lajong will have a women’s team in the near future, Sawyan said, “Our objective is to branch out to women’s football. So far as a club we first entered into national league and we are looking at building a strong base before venturing into women football and once we are in we are in for good”.
Meanwhile, Former Indian Captain of the Women National team and ESU coach O. Bembem Devi said, “Last year only six team now it is seven and it is working as motivation for all of us”.
Devi further stressed that proper sponsors and attention will help improve their ranking and even play the world cup.
Defending champions Eastern Sporting Union will take on Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education on March 26, the first day of the league. The participating team includes Eastern Sporting Union, Rising Student Club, KRYHPSA, India Rush Soccer Club, Sethu FC, Gokulam Kerala FC and Indira Gandhi Academy for Sports & Education.