Assam State Premier League to Commence in Diphu From Friday


Diphu May 25: Organizers of the Assam State Premier League (ASPL) are putting the finishing touches to the venue for the inaugural football match on May 29. The ASPL opening ceremony has been organized at the Karbi Anglong Sports Association ground, in Diphu.

According to the event coordinator, the league will be conducted along the same lines as the Indian Super league. The 60 matches among 12 teams will be played at Tezpur, Sivasagar, Udalguri, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Gilaghat, Tinsukia, Gossaigaon, Dibrugarh and Guwahati.

Local favourite Morning Star Football Club will take on Trinayanjyoti FC of Dibrugarh in the inaugural play off at Diphu KSA stadium under flood lights. A pre-match music and dance show will be presented by Heyy Babyy and Ming, Hustle Pro. The whole league and the other events will be controlled by Calcutta Event Management Group.

I big effort is being made to make the event exciting and professional. The ASPL is the only proficient state football league in the whole nation, which will be played in the home and away format, and this set-up has been accepted as a future model for all state premier leagues in India.

Expense capacity for all the teams has been restricted within 25 lakhs rupees by the planners.

Calcutta Event Management Group and the Assam Football Association are confident of a huge turn up of football fans for the opening bout and the spectacular inaugural event. An extravagant show of lighting and music has been arranged.

“Last time during my visit, I was amazed to see the public response during the CEM’s Gold Cup tournament at Diphu. The whole tournament was an accomplishment for the Karbi Anglong Sports Association. I am confident about the public support here but I am not sure about the response from football fans in Guwahati. In the recent past beside Indian Super League matches, response of Guwahati people was not encouraging,” the chief of Calcutta Event Management Group said.

Sushanta Roy is a journalist in Assam, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora of Assam, and the things that affect them.