Manipur Water Resources Minister Awangbow Newmai on Saturday flagged off the 13th Shaheed Manoranjan Singh Memorial, CRPF Football Tournament 2022-23 at SAI Sports Complex in Imphal.
The tournament was organised by 143 CRPF Battalion under the aegis of IGP, Manipur, and Nagaland CRPF. MLA of Saikot assembly, Paolienlal Haokip; director of classic group, Thangjam Dhabalee; mother of (L) Shaheed Manoranjan Ng Mema and IGP of CRPF Manipur and Nagaland, Sandip Dutta, among others, were also present during the inaugural event.
In his speech as the chief guest, Awangbow Newmai expressed gratitude to CRPF for their selfless sacrifices in maintaining peace and tranquillity in the NorthEast region. Highlighting the valiant sacrifice of Ng Manoranjan, he added that Manoranjan was a true son of the soil.
He exhorted people of the state to follow the exemplary commitment of Manoranjan. “People should learn from his unwavering commitment to duty and patriotism”, Awangbow said.
Meanwhile, KLSA FC defeated MPSC, Pangei, in the opening match of the tournament on Saturday. In the first half of the match, KLSA took the lead with 2 goals while MPSC followed with 1 goal. The head-to-head match concluded with KLSA FC securing 5 goals while MPSC failed to recuperate from 1 on the scoreboard.