Thursday, 10 May 2018

Footballer Kivi Zhimomi becomes first naga to sign for ISL club

Kivi Zhimomi sign for Northeast United FC for three years 
Set to become the first player from Nagaland to play in ISL

Indian Super League (ISL) club NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) has signed in Gokulam Kerala FC (GKFC) striker Kivi Zhimomi for three years, Eastern Mirror can confirm. Thus, he became the first footballer from Nagaland to join Indian Super League (ISL) club. He will be joining the NEUFC team in August this year. 
The 22-year-old Nagaland-born debuted in I-League with GKFC in January on loan this year and also caught the attention of the national clubs as he scored two goals in his 11 appearances for the club (starting eleven: 8, substituted: 3,).
NorthEast United FC and GKFC finished at the bottom of the table respectively in the recently concluded leagues. Northeast United FC is owned by John Abraham and based in Guwahati, Assam. 
Eastern Mirror in a recent interview with Zhimomi revealed that he has received offers to play I League and ISL next season. He, however, choose NEUFC saying that he wanted to fill the gap between the other states of Northeast and Nagaland to represent Nagaland for the club as NEUFC was the apex football club from Northeast. 

Kivi Zhimomi said “the first place, I thanked the Almighty God, for this achievement is the result of my trust in Him. I am overjoyed to be the first Naga football player to sign in Indian Super League. I also feel proud for making my state the first entry into ISL history. In fact, it has been my motive since the inception of ISL. I was in a dilemma before I signed for NEUFC as I have been receiving offers from other renowned clubs and finally I chose Northeast United FC. 
“Eight states represent North East India and NEUFC being the apex football club for northeast has no single Naga player. You know, one can find at least a player from each state but sadly until now not even a single player from Nagaland. Then I have decided to sign for NEUFC to fill the gap between the other states of northeast and Nagaland. I also want to establish myself as one of the finest players in the future through NEUFC” said Zhimomi.
Roko Angami president Nagaland Football Coaches Association & AFC ‘B’ Licensee and the first footballer from Nagaland to play in the national league shared his views “I am really very proud to say that our Naga footballer are coming up, to play outside and becoming a professional player, those days our Naga football player never have passion to play outside.
“But I am happy to say that some of our players are coming up, and more players are expecting in the near future, my advice to our boys is passion, hardworking, discipline is a must for the sportsman, be God-fearing and make our state proud,” said Angami.
N. William Koso assistant coach Aizawl FC and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘A’ Licensed Coach said “It is a lifetime opportunity for him (Zhimomi), getting a big break like this one, hope he can maintain himself. It will also boost the morale of other upcoming players; finally, we are on the football map. Kivi is a hardworking and dedicated player, he has a passion and right attitude, and he was with me at Kohima Komets for two seasons.I wish him all the best”. 

It may be mentioned Zhimomi was born and brought up in Dimapur and is the youngest of six children. He started his football career in 2010 from the State Sports Academy in Dimapur. He has also played for Mohammedan Sporting Club at Kolkata and Rangdajied United FC at Shillong.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

2401 foreign tourist visits Nagaland Hornbill festival 2017

Photo credit: Eastern Mirror

A total of 2401 foreign tourist have visited the 18th edition of the Hornbill Festival that concluded 10-day long on Sunday, December 10. To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote the cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The first festival was held in 2000
This year the tourist has recorded an increasing number of domestic (national) that reads a figure of 38700 as per the information provided by Toka E. Tuccumi, tourist officer and statistics in-charge.While 2, 02,113 local visitors of Nagaland have visited the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.
During the last year’s Hornbill festival, due to demonetization, a total of 234113 visitors visited the festival including including foreign, domestic and local tourists. 1144 foreign tourist visited the last year tourist.
The last day of the festival has recorded 129 foreign tourists, 12055 domestic and 54, 290 local visitors.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

KFC comes to state capital of Nagaland

Finally after decades, KFC has started its branch to Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.

The world’s favourite chicken restaurant, is now in Kohima. With the opening of itsnewest restaurant in Nagaland, KFC has brought its world of finger lickin’ good closer to you.
Walk in to the KFC restaurant located at Keziekie Mini Bus Stop in Kohimaand try for yourself the signature KFC Hot & Crispy Chicken and the delicious Smoky Grilled Chicken, the famous Chicken Zinger burger, or the filling KFC 5-in-1 Meal Box. With prices for chicken burgers, starting at Rs 49/-, there is something for everyone.
Commenting on the store launch Rahul Shinde, Managing Director, KFC India, said, “We are excited to announce the launch of our restaurant in Kohima. With this store, we aim to get closer to our consumers across the region and introduce them to KFC’s world ofcraveable and unique food and beverage options.This storemarks yet another milestone in our India success story and is a step towards shaping KFC’s growth trajectory in the region.”
Conveniently located in the heart of the city and spread across 2400square feet, the new outlet seats 70+ people and will be open from 10am to 9pm through the week.

Restaurant Address:Plot No-2046, Ward Number 3, Ground and First Floor, Keziekie Mini Bus Stop, Kohima, Nagaland-797001

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Barak FC wins Nagaland's most prestigious tournament "NSF Martyrs' Trophy 2017"

Barak FC, Peren showed their dominance in Nagaland after defeating the defending champions Nagaland Police (Red) in the final 2-1 to emerge as the champions of the 18th edition of NSF Martyr’s Memorial Trophy, the most prestigious football tournament in Nagaland on October 21.
With the win, Barak has now lifted the coveted trophy for the third year.
The biggest annual football tournament in Nagaland is organised by Angami Students Union in memory of Lt. Kekuojalie Sachü (Kohima Village) & Lt. Vikhozo Yhoshü (Kigwema Village) under the theme ‘Goal for Peace.’
Playing in front of a full-capacity Khuochiezie ground on a clumsy weather, the first half saw two goals from Khweteli  Thopi and Kevi Jimo Sumi from Barak side.  Ninja Golmei of Nagaland Police scored a spectacular goal in the second half but it was not enough for the team as they failed to defend the title.
During the match, Barak started the match brightly and Thopi scored a stunner in the 21st minute to give the team the lead. Minutes later, Nagaland Police should have scored the equaliser but Akum shot hits the woodwork.
Nagaland Police were second best in the match as they failed to breach the defensive line and find the target.
Before the break, Kivi Jimo Sumi scored the second goal in the 45th minute for Barak to double the lead at the end of first half.
 Despite the soggy ground and foggy weather, the final match didn’t disappoint the crowd as the match went more intense in the second half with Barak FC leading with two goals.
Barak defended the score in the second half and was jeered by some section of the crowd for wasting the time, the encounter was one-sided with Nagaland Police in better ball possession and counter attacks but they failed to hit the target.
Nagaland Police managed to pull a goal back in the 74th minute through Ninja Golmei, scoring a stunning long-range kick and send the crowd to jubilation.
Stopper Nganga Zeliang then denied a goal for Nagaland Police as he managed to tap-out the ball in the last quarter of the match. Hard luck for Police team as Barak team holds on till the final whistle to win the match.
With the victory, the champions Barak FC lifted the trophy and also won a cash award of Rs 1.6 lakh, while the runners-up Nagaland Police (Red) received Rs 1 lakh along with a trophy and citations.
The third and fourth places were bagged by Forerunners FC and Tangkhul Students Union Manipur. They both received a cash award of Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively.
Altogether 51 teams from across the state, including four from neighboring Manipur state participated in this year tournament.
Individual awards
Best keeper- Nganga Zeliang of Barak FC
Best defender- Salu Kulimbe of Barak FC
Best midfield- Pirei Shokwungnao of Tankhul Student's Union, Manipur
Highest scorer- Kezhose Mathew of Forerunners 4th NAP Thizama
Player of the tournament- Kekhrieletuo Tsira of Nagaland Police
Fair play award- K.V.N.S

Moko Koza new song 'Puisa' is going viral on internet

The sensational singer Moko Koza after getting acclaimed for his song One Day has once again caught the attention of the Naga youngsters on internet on storm for his new nagamese song Puisa.
Moko Koza releases his new song in nagamese titled Puisa on Friday evening (October 20) after making a mark with his hit single One day (Khunhie Puo), Kohima’s very own Moko Koza has dropped his new rap song in Nagamese dialect. The song is called, “Puisa”.

Sampled beat from Aloe Blacc’s “I need a dollar”, the song humorously talks about our perspectives towards money. Starting off with catchy phrases, he raps about one being broke and in need of money and how it impacts us and the people around. On the second verse, he takes it to a general view and shares his opinions on the present scenario with Nagaland’s crisis.

On the outro of the song, he leaves a strong message stating, “We all need money to satisfy ourselves, but what money cannot buy is Love and Love is priceless”.
The song itself speaks about corruption where money comes into play. We raise our voice against corruptions but, are we actually practising what we are preaching? A change will start from us alone and it is that change that will help bring a better tomorrow.
He extends his greetings to all the people of Nagaland and urges each and every one of us to spread love and not hate.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Neivizonuo releases debut music video "The Beauty of Your Dream"

Neivizonuo Pienyu releases debut music video The Beauty of Your Dream 

Neivizonuo Pienyu, an upcoming artiste released her debut music video titled ‘The beauty of your dreams’ at the Bambusa Express, Kezhohol Complex, Razhu Point, Kohima on Wednesday. The release programme was attended by local musicians, well-wishers and family members among others.
Renowned musician Mengu Suokhrie, a mentor of Neivizonuo, in her address lauded the upcoming musician for the achievement. Suokhrie further said she was inspired and honoured to have her very own student releasing a music video.
It was informed that the new music video will be made available at Indihut and YouTube on Wednesday evening from 6 pm onward.
Neivizonuo Pienyu is a gospel artiste who hails from Kohima village. Through her music, she aims to reach out and save the perishing souls and spread the gospel.
The song is about encouraging people not to give up on their dreams, but to believe in God “for nothing is impossible when we count on Him and trust Him'. It may be mentioned that the new music video was written and composed by the artiste.
Pienyu received her inspiration from celebrated Naga artiste Mengu Suokhrie who was also her music teacher by listening to her songs and her performance. Neivizonuo, the eldest of three siblings, started singing at the age of 11. Apart from singing lessons, she also went on to take Piano lessons and further took vocal training for three years under the mentorship of Mengu Soukhrie.
It may be recalled that Neivizonuo was also a contestant for Kids for Fame Season 4 in 2013, which is being annually organized by Pheto Music Association. She is currently pursuing her theological study at Faith Theological Seminary, Jotsoma.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Aizawl FC: From relegation to resurrection to champion

Photo credit: Aizawl FC Facebook page
Aizawl FC dubbed as the people’s club has become immortal in Indian football history on Sunday evening after the draw against Shillong Lajong was enough for Aizawl to seal the I-League title on the last matchday of the 2016/17 season.  They also created history by becoming the first club from the north-east India to win the I-League title.
A club whose budget is just around Rs 2 crore (Mohun Bagan had spend the same amount in buying Sony Norde, a midfielder).
The Leicester moment for the Aizawl team as their fortunes turned around in just a matter of a year as Aizawl FC won their I-League title only in their second year of top-flight football; they were relegated to the second division of Indian football last year, but after a few Goan clubs pulled out of the country's league, they got a lifeline back to stay.
Photo credit: I-League facebook page

Coach Khalid Jamil with the likes of Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City coach) made some smart transfer moves this year by bringing some experience Indian players like Jayesh Rane and Ashutosh Mehta from Mumbai FC, and foreign players, Nigerian defender Obunmeme, the Ivory Coast forward Bayi Kamo (Vardy of Aizawl FC) and the Syrian midfielder Al Amnah (Kante of Aizawl FC). These transfers proved to be a smart choice as Bayi Kamo provided the much paced in the game and defy the defender opponent with his smart move and Al Amnah, the engine of Aizawl FC was ever present throughout the match to provide the ball. 
Photo credit: I-League facebook page
Before the match, Aizawl players were protesting after finding out that the title-deciding game would be conducted by officials from Bengal. Aizawl protested because Kolkata side Mohun Bagan was also in title contention and playing a simultaneous match against Chennai. The club said that they have earlier requested the AIFF to appoint neutral match officials from other states.
Aizawl were leading the I-League table with 36 points from 17 matches, three points ahead of second-placed Mohun Bagan before the Sunday's game, and needed at least a draw to clinch their maiden title
During the game, a goal by William Lalnunfela that put the Aizawl team on level terms with Lajong was enough for Aizawl FC to win The Hero I-League 2016-2017. The point meant that Mohun Bagan's 2-1 win was meaningless.
In the making of history for Aizawl FC, Mizoram government was an untold story behind the success, as the government took most of the initiative to create the ecosystem to develop young players. Because of the hilly terrain, Mizoram did not have enough football fields. But the government with its initiative introduced artificial turfs across Mizoram and started organizing local tournaments. With no big sponsors, the money spent by the Government of Mizoram in creating the infrastructure played a huge role in the success of both Mizoram in the Santosh Trophy triumph in 2014 and now in Aizawl’s success in I-League.
Photo credit: Aizawl FC facebook page
Currently Mizoram has 58 players playing in the 10-team national league. Mohan Began player  Jeje, East Bengal’s Lalrindika Ralte, and Robert Lalthlamuana, and Bengaluru FC’s Daniel Lalhlimpuia and Sena Ralte to name a few are some of the Mizo players in I league.
"I am really happy for the players. Aizawl are a great team and they have showed that even without big names you can win championships. They were consistent and have got what they deserve," Sunil Chhetri India football skipper and Bengaluru FC’s star striker was quoted on
"Aizawl will play in the AFC Cup and now they will not represent the Northeast, but the entire country as well, they should be ready for that," Chhetri added.
"Aizawl FC's triumph unfurls a new chapter in Indian football history. This victory will encourage the youth of the country and create a self-belief that on the football pitch, you can pull it off with teamwork. Congratulations," All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel said in a statement to IANS. (With inputs from news agencies)