IMPHAL, Feb 2 � The newly floated Manipur Tourism Forum (MTF), in a move to promote tourism in Manipur, is all set to bring here a foreign football team for a goodwill match with the Manipur XI on February 19.
A 26-member FC Kicker team from Japan will be arriving here on February 18. �MTF is sponsoring the team while All Manipur Football Association will handle selection of Manipur XI and holding of the match,� says N Ibungochaubi, a key functionary of MTF. �The idea is to develop capacity building on sports tourism in the sports capital of the country.�
�MTF�s aim and objective is to promote tourism and allied activities in Manipur. The upcoming goodwill match would be our first tourism promotion activity,� says MTF president Dr Th Dhabali, Managing Director of Babina Healthcare and Hospitality Industries Pvt Ltd.
With the new initiative football loving people of Manipur will have the opportunity to watch a foreign football team playing here after a gap of more than three decades. Manipur football fans still remembers the then All Manipur Football Association (AMFA) sponsored exhibition match played between a Thailand football team and Manipur XI at the historic Mapal Kangjeibung on September 5 and 6,1979.