The stage is set for the first Binga Ete Memorial Football Tournament (BEMFT), 2016, which will kick-start at Aalo general ground from October 7.
The tournament being organized by West Siang district sports association (DSA) is being sponsored by Science & Technology secretary, Gaken Ete, in memory of his father.
Seventeen teams from across the district will slug it out for glory.
We are making all efforts to make the event a grand success, said DSA secretary Karik Lollen.
He expressed hope that the teams would play competitive football over the next twenty days, so that the profile of the tournament is further raised.
The winner will take home a cash prize of Rs 1.25 lakhs and a trophy while the runner-up purse is Rs 75,000, informed Lollen.
He said there are also individual prizes of Rs 10,000 each for player of the tournament and highest scorer.
The fixture for the prestigious tournament has been drawn and the teams have been divided into four pools.
Last year’s DSA champion Jummi Combats FC Bene has been pitted against FC Tadin, Kugi Ao FC, Puakgumin FC and strong contender Kabu FC in pool A.
Gotu TK Darka, FC DPGC Kamki, Sipu FC and Memo United FC are placed in pool B.
Newcomers NEFTU FC, Kombo FC, SFS FC and Sora Bros FC are clubbed together in pool C while pool D comprises of MAE FC, Darka FC, Pakam FC and Ngomdir PH FC.
The inaugural match between Jummi Combats FC Bene against Tadin FC on Friday will set the tone for the tournament.
West Siang deputy commissioner Gamli Padu will attend the opening ceremony of the tournament.
The two semifinals would be held on October 24 and 25 while the final will be held on October 27.
Source: The Arunachal Times