FIFA Legends take Mumbai by storm
This Wednesday, An historical event in India’s football story has taken place at the Dr. DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai as world legends such as the most capped Colombian player Carlos Valderrama,Liverpool legend Fernando Morientes,FIFA world cup winner Marcel Desailly, Jorge Campos and Nigeria u-17 coach Emmanuel Amuneke faced the mights of a team comprising of Arjuna awardee Oinam Bembem Devi, Indian women’s national team captain Ngangom Bala Devi, two kids from Mission XI Million programme, vice-president of the Local Organising Committee Babul Supriyo and Bollywood filmmaker Shoojit Sircar.
The match had come to terms as a five a side battle and 10 minutes a half,the common voice and the everpresent face behind the sporting scenes in India Jatin Sapru was the commentator as well as the host of this event.
The first half resulted into a stale mate as Ngangom Bala Devi equalised Fernando Morientes’s opener.However the former Liverpool and Real Madrid hitman came with a hatrick in the second-half to win the match 5-4.
Ngangom Bala Devi showed her brilliance on the field with 2 brilliant strikes and a swift pass to assist Steven Dias for a consellation 4th goal in to an empty net.Indian legend Baichung Bhutia unfortunately missed the event suffering from a back injury.
On the revealing of u-17 world cup great thoughts were shared by the world legends each sharing their perception for betterment of Indian football.Fernando Morientes shared the need for a better infrastructure to channel the kids right from school level while Desaily emphasized on the magnitude of this global platform and enforced players to grab the opportunity.But the most heart felting moment was the encouragement provided by Carlos Valderrama when he gave out his boots in the stands to a youngster.