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All Stars India team to visit Thailand to celebrate 70 years of Thai-India relationship

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All-Stars India team to take on Thai outfit in Thailand to celebrate 70 years of Thai-India relationship.

A rare breed of football tournament is going to take place in Thailand in August. To celebrate 70 years of Thai-NorthEast India relationship, football will be used as the platform where an All Star India team will take on a Thai outfit. The event is organized by a joint effort of the following concerns- Reach Sports Management, TranzPatkai, Askanthi Corp, Football Players Association of India and Ratchaburi FC, Thai Premier League Team.

Th Football tour of the Indian contingent to Thailand will celebrate Thailand’s “Look West Policy” and India’s “Act East Policy”. It will be hosted between 5-9 August 2017. The match will be played on 8 August between an Elite Thai team and the Indian team, made of 20 players predominantly from the North-East States of India.

The tour will comprise of a match, orientation and training sessions led by sports fraternities. The live match will be played in the expansive home stadium of Ratchaburi FC, Mitrphol Stadium. On ground training and orientations will provide international exposure to the participating teams to exchange learnings and enhance game skills and technical knowledge.

The North-East region of India shares a widespread similarity with the South-east Asia. From cuisine, language, lifestyle to overall culture, the similarity between the two parts is deep rooted from time immemorial.

“Football connects people and nations, the idea behind the tour is to spread the message of peace and provide opportunities for social contact between the two countries”- says Bale Takhel, founding Trustee, TranzPatkai Trust and lead to the coordination committee from both the countries.

Former Newcastle, Sunderland striker and Reach Sports Management co-founder Michael Chopra said, “We are happy to bring the best in Indian football talent to Thailand. It’s a relationship on the sporting front that we want to build and strengthen between the two nations, while for the players it is an exposure to the game of the other country.”

Official promoter Reach Sports Management was recently incorporated by former English Premier League player, Michael Chopra and Bale Takhel to help promote football in South East Asia particularly in India. The All India Stars team will be led by Renedy Singh, Former Captain of India and current President of the Football Players Association of India. Singh will be assisted by Michael Chopra.

The lead sponsor for the event is PT Bemi Energi Indonesia and other sponsors include Sivana Hideaways Thailand, Motor World Bangalore Football Club, Sportsbay.in, Blue Elephant Group, Thailand among others.

The tour can be a gateway to promote trade and tourism and more importantly Co-operation between Thailand and India.

All INDIA STARS Squad:

Goalkeepers

Sandip Nandy, Subrata Paul

Defenders

Nirmal Chettri, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Naoba Thokchom Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, Dhanachandra Singh

Midfielders

Prabir Das, Jackichand Singh, Souvik Chakraborty, Renedy Singh, Lalrindika Ralte, Seityasen Singh

Forwards

Jeje Lalpekhlua, Michael Chopr