23rd LSU Martyrs’ Trophy 2024 kicks off in Wokha

23rd LSU Martyrs’ Trophy 2024 kicks off in Wokha

The Local Ground in Wokha came alive with excitement and anticipation as the 23rd Edition of the LSU Martyrs’ Trophy kicked off on May 7, 2024. Organised by the Lotha Students’ Union (LSU), this annual sports event pays homage to the sacrifices of Lt. Chumdamo Tungoe and Lt. Thungkhomo Ezung, who dedicated their lives to the welfare of the Lotha community.

The opening ceremony, themed “Whistle Against Drugs,” saw a gathering of dignitaries, including M Daniel Lotha, Chairman of the Nagalim Civil Service Recruitment & Promotion Board (NCSRPB) under NSCN/GPRN (I.M), who graced the occasion as the special guest.

Accompanying him were Joseph Patton, secretary CFMC, Colonel Nrikhon, Dimapur Town Commander, Yanpo Ovung Kiloner, Chumdamo Yanthan Kilonser, and Simon Yanthan, Dy. Kilonser.

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In his inspiring address, Daniel Lotha emphasised the importance of recognising and harnessing the unique talents bestowed upon each individual by God. He urged participants to showcase their abilities with discipline and sportsmanship, aiming to inspire and bring joy to the Lotha community. Lotha also stressed the significance of unity among the youth, portraying them as the future leaders of the community.

Daniel Lotha

Addressing the pressing issue of drug abuse in Wokha District, Daniel Lotha highlighted the detrimental effects of the rising drug menace. He particularly noted the involvement of women in drug sales, appealing to them to abandon their illegal trade out of love for their children and future generations, especially with Mother’s Day approaching on May 12th.

The event commenced with a kick-off by the special guest, followed by the introduction of teams and an oath-taking ceremony led by Ratsurhumo Z Jami, the Games & Sports Secretary of LSU. B. Wonjano Ngullie chaired the proceedings, while Mhabeni Khuvung led the invocation prayer. Lirhonthung E Kithan, President of LSU, delivered a welcoming address, emphasising the significance of the Martyrs’ Trophy. Samuel Ezung, President of the Wokha District Football Association, extended his greetings to the attendees.

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Sixteen teams are competing in the tournament, with the opening day witnessing thrilling matches. Hustler emerged victorious against Youngstar (FC) with a score of 2-0, while New Colony Youth Organisation triumphed over Proper XI with a 4-1 scoreline. Riphyim FC secured a 3-1 win against Vankhsoung Students’ Union, and Baghty Valley clinched a narrow 1-0 victory against Vungoju Colony.

The LSU Martyrs’ Trophy serves not only as a platform for showcasing sporting talent but also as a means to address critical social issues, fostering unity and purpose among the Lotha youth.

As the tournament progresses, it continues to be a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by Lt. Chumdamo Tungoe and Lt. Thungkhomo Ezung, inspiring the community to strive for a better future.

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