MaiDen goal: Ranchi Municipal Corporation
Amateur footballers from the capital have a shot at covering themselves in soccer glory next week, provided the downpour doesn’t wash away the venues.
Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) for the first time, is hosting Ranchi Nagar Nigam Football Tournament, in which teams from each of the 55 wards will take part.
So far, the matches have been scheduled from August 25 to September 5.
But incessant rain has prompted RMC officials to hold a meeting on Friday and take a call on postponing the Ranchi Nagar Nigam Football Tournament.
On the proposed football match, Ranchi deputy mayor Sanjiv Vijayvargiya on Wednesday said: “We thought of organising a soccer tournament to enthuse local youths and also give ward councillors a welcome break from their hectic work schedules. After all, councillors have been entrusted with the task of selecting teams in their respective wards.”
Vijayvargiya added that the RMC wanted to chip in and do its bit for sports.
“The matches at the level of wards in the city will help identify talented players. Moreover, respective councillors will come to recognise them and take care of their needs in the future.”
So far, August 25 has been kept as the date for inauguration of the proposed tie, with the venue being St John’s School playground.
The city has also been divided into four zones and a ground identified for each where the matches would be played.
The first zone will comprise ward Nos. 1 to 4 and 28 to 38. The second zone will have ward Nos. 5 to 14, 48 and 49. Ward Nos. 15 to 27 will fall in the third zone. The fourth zone will have ward Nos. 39 to 55, but excluding 48 and 49.
Grounds chosen for each zone are at RMC-AG Colony, Harmu, RIMS and St John’s School.
The matches will be played on consecutive days at all the four decided venues, with total eight games everyday.
The tournament will be played on knock-out basis. Matches will be held between two wards, with the winning team moving ahead.
“Two winning teams will be selected from each zone for the quarter finals, semi finals and the final to be played at Khelgaon, Hotwar,” the deputy mayor said.
Champions and runners-up will get cash prizes, for which a detailed discussion will take place during the Friday’s meeting.
The civic body hopes to carry on with the tournament as a tradition in the larger interest of the public.