SHILLONG, Nov 23 – The North East Premier League (NEPL) being conceptualised on the lines of the I-League is facing hurdles on the logistic front.
An AIFF initiative, the league if everything goes according to plan, would begin from the 2nd week of March next year.
But, the biggest hurdle the organisers are facing now is how to move teams from one remote corner of the region to another for their home and away matches.
Eight teams from the region would play in the league with a total of 61 matches planned during the whole tournament over a period of nine weeks. There would be seven home matches and an equal number of away matches.
“How can a team travel, from say, Imphal to Itanagar and also get adequate rest for the matches. These are some of the issues that we must look into,” Larsing Ming, general secretary, Meghalaya Football Association suggested during a meeting with AIFF representative, Ankur Dutta here today.
It was also proposed that as an initiative, the winner of the tournament should get direct qualification into the Federation Cup. Dutta said he would consider the suggestion of direct entry during his meeting with the AIFF and also said neutral venues are being identified if the organisers face any obstacles for the smooth conduct of the tournament. Incidentally, Sikkim has been left out from the tournament due to logistic constraints.
Calcutta-based Celebrity Management Group are the event managers and a total prize money of Rs one crore has been proposed.