KATHMANDU, Feb 16: A Division football teams CMG Club Sankata and Armed Police Force (APF) are set to vie in a friendly match to inaugurate a football ground in Barathwa Municipality of Sarlahi district on Saturday.
The football ground managed and constructed by Buddhi Bikash Ground Development Committee under coordination of District Sports Development Committee, is located at Ward 11 of Barathwa. It will be the first time that A Division sides will be vying in the ground.
Organizing a press conference in the capital on Thursday, parliamentarian Narendra Shah, who hails from Sarlahi, said that the hard work of locals and special initative taken by himself succeeded in transforming a grazing field into the football ground. The ground is spread across 17 bighas of government land.
“We want to prove that sports has great potential in inner belt of Madhes. Infrastructure development and good facilities will definitely provide them platform for development of sports,” Shah said.
Shah, who is also the managing director of CMG Club, the title sponsor of the A Division outfit Sankata FC, said that he took special initiative for development and promotion of the ground through the development fund provided to the constitutncies for mobilization under the leadership of lawmakers.
“Sports is essential for good health as well as for peace in the country. Federalism has brought division in inner Madhes and sports will contribute in sorting out the differences,” Shah said. “The ground could be used for training A Division teams. We are preparing the ground with a view to host national-level tournaments in future and it is yet to be fully complete.”
“There are many things to adore in Madhes. Sports can help develop the culture and civilization of Madhes and we want to expose our art, culture and civilization through football,” he said.
According to All Nepal Football Association CEO Indraman Tuladhar, who is also the president of Sankata Club, the full strength teams of both APF and Sankata will vie in the friendly match.
“Sarlahi has big contribution to Nepali football and it has the history of producing talented footballers in the country. Sarlahi has given gifted players like Jumanu Rai and Aditya Chaudhary to Nepali football. The construction of the ground will contribute in producing talented footballers,” Tuladhar said.