Football-crazy Mizo youths, fans of English football teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have been trying to outscore each other in forming fan clubs of these teams.
Remruata Renthlei, one of the ardent fans of Manchester United said the Manchester United Supporters Association Of Mizoram (MUSAM), has more than 1,000 members all over the state and has a branch even in the remote Tlabung village bordering Bangladesh.
“We vowed our utmost loyalty and solidarity with the Manchester United and the members included primary school students and people over 40 years of age,” Renthlei said.
Ramdinthara, a college teacher and another convener of the MUSAM said that the members would contribute for Mizo Manchester United Fan Club in Hyderabad to purchase a TV set as a rival fan club had disallowed the Manchester United fans to watch the television which they purchased for watching football matches.
Football remains the most popular game for the mizo boys even as the state lacked the requisite sports infrastructure.