6 Oct 2007 - 2:15pm | parthachakraborty
Manipur will take on Nagaland in the inaugural match of the First N E Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament which will begin at the Md Tayabulla Hockey Stadium at Vetapara, in the city, on Sunday. Altogether six North eastern states will take part in the Championship.
The secretary of the Assam Hockey Association Tapan Das said that, six participating teams had been divided into two separate groups. Top two sides of the each group would qualify for the semi finals. It may be mentioned here that both the semi finals will be held on October nine while the final is slated on October 10.
As per the schedule host Assam had been placed in group ‘A’ along with Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. Assam will play their first match on the inaugural day against Tripura. On the other hand title contender Manipur is in group ‘B’ along with Mizoram and Nagaland. Das added that matches would be held in both morning and afternoon sessions
The fixture of the meet: October 7: Manipur vs Nagaland and Assam vs Tripura, October 8: Assam vs Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram vs Manipur, October 9: Tripura vs Arunachal Pradesh , Mizoram vs Nagaland and two semi finals. October 10: final.