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Football tourney to start on Feb 24

Siliguri, Feb. 14: The 68th edition of Santosh Trophy, a national championship of football, will commence at the Kanchenjungha Stadium here from February 24.

North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb today said 10 state teams would play in the tournament and there would be two matches everyday, one during the day and the other in the evening.

“Matches of Santosh Trophy, one of the prestigious football tournaments in our country, will start here from February 24. Teams from Uttarakhand and Maharashtra will play the inaugural match. Bengal team will start its quest for the trophy on February 27 when they will face Punjab,” Deb said.

“The Railway team has already arrived and other teams will reach very shortly. We have proved our competence to host national level soccer matches and considering it, the All India Football Federation has allowed Siliguri Mahakuma Krira Parishad to host the event here,” he said.

The teams have been divided into two groups. Group A has the Services team and teams from Kerala, Mizoram, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra and in Group B there are teams from West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Railways, Punjab and Goa.

“The first match will start at 2.15pm and the second from 6.15pm,” Arupratan Ghosh, krira parishad secretary, said.

Tickets cost Rs 20 and Rs 10 for the day matches and Rs 30, Rs 20 and Rs 10 for the night matches.