New Delhi, Sep 6 : The northeastern region is known to have strong potential for football, and in order to harness it, tournaments are organised regularly in the region and in other parts of the country.
The finals of one such event, the 12th Tanghkul Katamnao Long Delhi Annaul Sports Meet, was recently played at the Thyagraj Stadium.
The two Tangkhul teams, representing Kotla and Gandhi Vihar areas of the city, competed for the title.
Baichung Bhutia, a former captain of the Indian football team, was also present at the event.
Impressed with the talent on display, Bhutia said, "In football, there are some players from different parts of the northeast states who can play at the national and international level."
They want to emulate Baichung Bhutia and Sunil Chetri and play for India. However, they underlined the need for better infrastructure.
Interacting with media, Bosco, one of the participating players, said, "There is no doubt that many players in northeast will emerge in coming years, but the most important thing is that infrastructure should be upgraded."
Kongreikham, another player, expressed the need for sponsorship.
"If there is sponsorship for players in Manipur, I expect more players to come up and represent the country," he said.
Sixteen teams from different parts of the city competed in the seven-day tournament that was won by Kotla.
It defeated Gandhi Vihar 2-1 in the finals.
Every year tournaments like Tamchon rophy, Subroto Cup and Independence Cup are organised to identify talented footballers and promote them at the national level.