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Ticket sales to begin for I-League

Shillong, Jan. 13: Football aficionados have to shed more money this time to witness Shillong Lajong FC clash with soccer giants, as the I-League is back in the city.

The sale of tickets will begin from Monday in few outlets and also at Polo ground for the Wednesday clash between Lajong and Churchill Brothers SC from Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex. The match is scheduled to start from 2pm.

On January 22, Lajong will meet Dempo Sports Club.

Lajong, which has the onus to oversee the sale of tickets, has fixed the prices at Rs 80 for an open gallery, Rs 150 for covered gallery with cement surface, and Rs 250 for the covered gallery with chairs.Lajong has recruited the Meghalaya Football Association, which will assist the sole outfit from Northeast in the I-League circuit.

MFA vice-president B. Diengdoh said, “People should understand that Lajong has to expend huge amounts in running the team.”

Lajong has chosen three outlets in the city — Manbha Communication (Laitumkhrah), Yogesh Enterprise (Khyndailad) and Aircel store (Iewduh), and Friends’ Communication in Nongpoh, Ri Bhoi district, to sell the tickets. Counters will also be opened in Polo grounds.

Diengdoh said the MFA had written to the Meghalaya government to seek its permission to allow Lajong to play for the I-League matches.

U-19 cricket: A 17-member Meghalaya team has left for Raipur, Chhattisgarh, to take part in the under-19 BCCI Associate and Affiliate member’s tournament tomorrow. The BCCI Associate and Affiliate Member’s Senior Women’s Tournament will be held in Shillong from January 15.