Gangtok: Sikkim Football Association is hosting East Zone round of the 68th edition of National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy for the first time from January 26 to January 31 here at Paljor Stadium.
The East zone has teams from West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, defending champion Services and the host team Sikkim.
This year the championship is being held in two phases. The zonal matches would be starting from January 26 at the respective zones and the final phase will be played at Siliguri in West Bengal.
Addressing a press conference today, SFA general secretary, Menla Ethenpa informed that in the East zone, Sikkim has been placed with defending champion Services and Jharkhand in pool A, while pool B has West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.