Addressing the inaugural function of the football event 'Nissan Junior cup 2018' here, Roy said he was happy to note that the race course at Polo grounds has now become a hub of different sporting activities in which football is a major event.
Roy urged the young footballers in the age group of 10 to 15 years to learn how to play fair football and accept that like every game, there are losers and winners.
He also said that someday these kids will grow up to play and represent the country in big football events like the FIFA World Cup.
All India Football Federation development officer Andrew Suting said that the future of football in Meghalaya is encouraging and lauded the organisers of the tournament for starting young which he felt is the way forward.
Meghalaya Football Association (MFA) chief executive officer Arki Nongrum said that grassroot football is an important ingredient towards achieving the overall goal of developing the sport in a big way.
Informing that the MFA initiated 'Baby League' which is also another step in the right direction to promote football, Arki expressed optimism that the football loving kids get more of such platforms to hone the skills of these young stars.
The Nissan Junior Cup is aimed at promoting grassroot level football in the state.
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