TORRENTIAL RAIN AND flooding have disrupted the early season football competitions across the country, especially in Kerala and Meghalaya.
Yesterday, the Shillong Premier League match between Mawlai SC and Nangkiew Irat SC had to be postponed due to rain that caused the MFA Turf at the Polog Grounds to become waterlogged. The game will be played on a latter date.
This is not the first time a match had to be postponed due to bad weather at the SPL this season. Earlier, Mawlai SC's match against Shillong Lajong also suffered the same fate. The game had to be stopped midway due to heavy rains and lightning risk. The rest of the match was completed weeks later.
Meanwhile in Kerala, rain and stormy conditions have caused flooding situations that led to more than a dozen deaths till Thursday. With disaster relief being deployed in multiple parts of the state, the Kerala Football Association decided to delay the long awaited 4th season of the Kerala Women's League where the Kerala Blasters Women's Team are going to make a long awaited debut, and the history-making Gokulam Kerala FC women's team will return to action for the first time since winning their second Indian Women's League title on a row in May.
The KWL fixtures were scheduled to be released on 3rd August. But taking into account the harsh weather conditions, the KFA announced that the fixture announcement had been postponed to next week.
Weather forecasts predict that that rains in Kerala will continue for almost a week, while Shillong may experience daily rainfall for even longer.
However, the Shillong Premier League authorities remain hopeful that weather conditions will improve enough to allow for today's fixture between Ryntih SC and Mawkhar SC to go ahead as planned.