Imphal, October 16, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh accorded a rousing reception to eight Manipuri players, who had participated in U-17 FIFA World Cup, at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Boris Singh Thangjam, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Nongdamba Naorem, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Ningthoinganba Meitei and Md. Shah Jahan were specially invited at CM’s Secretariat along with their guardians for the reception.
The Chief Minister encouraged the World Cup heroes with warm hugs apart from presenting them bouquets and shawls.
He also handed over cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to all the players. The cash rewards were earlier announced by the State Government in recognition to the hard work, achievement and performance of the players.
The players also reciprocated CM’s warm gesture by touching his feet amid loud applause of officials, media persons, guardians and friends.
Speaking at the occasion, Shri N. Biren said that it does not matter that one wins or loses, all that matters is the performance and spirit.
He added that the whole population of Manipur, both hill and valley, felt so proud of the eight players who represented the country in the prestigious global sporting event.
Despite some on-field mistakes, the overall performance of the team was satisfactory, the Chief Minister opined.
Stating that the cash rewards do not imply that the State Government is financially sound, Shri N. Biren contended that it was just a token of appreciation and love to the players on behalf of 28 lakhs people of Manipur.
The Chief Minister also wished all the players for a great career ahead and to perform better in future tournaments.
Later, Shri N. Biren also had a photo session with the players and their guardians at the lawn of CM’s Secretariat.
Works Minister Shri Th. Biswajit, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Shri L. Susindro, Chief Secretary Shri R.R. Rashmi, CM’s Media Advisor Shri Irengbam Arun, Commissioner (Youth Affairs and Sports) Shri H. Deleep and YAS Director Shri. N Praveen also joined the Chief Minister in feting the players.



  1. India dadi Cricket sport ki 90% Cricket ta thadadana leire …houjik India Dhoni haikhradi loire …Manipur da Cricket platform amata piyune Dhoni gum Masing thiba ngamdakhei thoklkkani…Manipur se land of Sport and Culture ni haibada haimanba thok oi…adu kiem leitabagi wani …Lafoi charaga champion oiriba meitei ni ….

  2. Its Really Happy that Our C.M Sir is Giving 5 lakh Each player who represent U17 FIFA 2017…Here i wanna ask one question to all the Media, Fb Manipur Pages lky Manipur Times & All the Respected Minister..Y only This time?.There is one boy from our Manipur..His name is Nilakanta Sharma He was part of the Indian Team in U21 Hockey FIH Junior World Cup held at Lucknow 2017..Not only the participat… They are champion of FIH U21 Hockey World Cup. That champion boy Nilakanta Sharma din get anything from the Govt of Manipur or I din see anyone of our Media Talk abt him..except one interview of ISTC…I’m wanna ask to all of our Manipur People’s…Is This Justice to all the Game…This Boy Nilakanta Sharma aslo deserve to get something from the Manipur Govt…He is Champion & He is First Manipur Boy who got the Medal of FIH tournament…I’m requesting to the people of our Manipur people to support this boy too…!!

    • This platform is meant for U17.
      Most people like football.
      Only a handful of people like hockey. The prospects are different , my brother. So, plz don’t be discourage. Can’t compare cricket and football. Or football and hockey.
      I hope you understand

    • Leivon Roland Kom Here we are not compare any game or any sports…. Here we are talking abt fundamental….we have rite to ask the government… Either Hockey,Football,Boxing or any game…if the person participate for the Country & bring the medal of our country…we shld appreciate him/her & State of Government Shld Support him/her to encourage for the Future…Do you think he doesn’t deserved for that…Hpe you better to read nicely… What I’m writing!!

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