MKM Football Tournament will be held at Zawar in Udaipur from 21-30 January, 2023

MKM Football Tournament will be held at Zawar in Udaipur from 21-30 January, 2023

Two teams from Udaipur, Hindustan Zinc and Udaipur District Football Association will compete in the competition with 16 other teams


The MKM football tournament will take place at Udaipur's Zawar village, home to HZL's Zawar Mines from 21-30 January 2023. It is the biggest national level sports competition organised at Udaipur, according to Dilipsingh Shekhawat, Secretary of Rajasthan Football Association. This will  be the 43rd MKM competition and is held as a memorial to former Union Minister for Steel and Mines, Mohan Kumar Mangalam.  It was in October 1972 that the then Union Minister, Mohan Kumar Mangalam visited Zawar Mines. In May 1973, Mangalam expired and from 1976 onwards, the football tournament in his memory is being organised at Zawar Mines by Hindustan Zinc Ltd and the Zawar Mines Labour Union.

Udaipur team will be selected in the first week of January for the tournament to be held after two years. This will be followed by a 15-day camp for the team to prepare for the competition” - Shakeel Ahmed, District Football Association Secretary

Two teams from Udaipur, viz. Hindustan Zinc and Udaipur District Football Association will compete with 16 other teams. Zawar Mines situated in the plains of the Aravalis is famous for the production of lead, zinc and also for this national level football competition. Apart from top clubs from Rajasthan, clubs from neighboring states also participate in this tournament.

List of Teams winning the MKM Football Tournament since 1976 is as follows:

Year Champion
1976 Hindustan Zinc XI
1977 Rajasthan Police, Bikaner
1978 Hyderabad XI
1979 CRPF, Neemuch
1980 Eastern Railway
1981 CRPF, Neemuch
1982 RTBP, Dehdarun
1983 ASC Centre, Bangalore
1984 CRPF, Neemuch
1985 ASC Centre, Bangalore
1986 Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF), Mumbai
1987 BEML Limited
1988 Garhwal Heroes FC
1989 Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF), Mumbai
1990 Students FC, Delhi
1991 Punjab Police
1992 ITI, Bengaluru
1993 Border Security Force
1994 Punjab State Electricity Board
1995 Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala
1996 Border Security Force
1997 Border Security Force
1998 Punjab Police
1999 Punjab Police
2000 Kerala Financial Corporation
2001 National Aluminium Company (NALCO), Bhubaneswar
2002 Border Security Force
2003 Border Security Force
2004 Border Security Force
2005 Indian Air Force
2006 Army XI
2007 Corps of Signal
2008 Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala
2009 Lt. B Choudhary & Zawar Mines
2010 J&K Police, Jammu
2011 Uttarakhand Police, Dehradun
2012 Union Bank of India
2013 RCF, Mumbai
2017 Kerala Police FC
2019 Gorkha Brigade, Lucknow
2020 Sikh Regiment, Jalandhar

Source: Wikipedia

The last MKM Football competition was held in 2020, before the COVID lockdown was imposed. In 2014 and 2016, the approval was not recieved from the Environment Ministry for organising the competiition in Zawar Mines. The MKM Trophy is currently held by Sikh Regiment, Jalandhar, who beat Indian Air Force, New Delhi, in the 42nd edition of the tournament in 2020.

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