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Football season to begin by June

Guwahati, May 28: L. Pranab Singh, the newly elected football secretary of Guwahati Sports Association (GSA), is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring a successful season, which is just around the corner.

The season kicks off with the GSA C and B Division leagues respectively at Nehru Stadium from June 15.

Singh said, “This is for the first time we are organising the C and B division league at Nehru Stadium. Players will have the experience of playing in much better conditions. I am quite optimistic that some of these players will show talent and get a chance to represent the teams playing in the Super Division and A Division.”

The N.N. Bhattacharya Knockout Football Tournament, which usually marks the beginning of the football season for some of the top-ranking sides, will be held from July 8 to 22 followed by the Office League from July 23 to 27. The GSA A Division Football League will start from July 28 while the Super Division Football League is scheduled to start from August 1. Despite the last season being marred by some incidents of unruly situations and poor ground conditions at times, the newly elected football secretary sounded quite optimistic about a successful season ahead.

“I do remember the last football season and I will try to ensure that certain things are not repeated,” he said. The much awaited GSA Super Division League will witness the absence of Assam Police Blues for the first time in its history .