PUNE: Sujal Kahar from Mumbai was selected as the young ambassador in the fifth season of Football For Friendship 2017 Programme implemented by Gazprom, the Official partner of FIFA and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which concluded successfully in St Petersburg in Russia.
The programme, which took place from June 27 to July 2, brought together young football players aged 12 years from 64 countries.
Sujal, a goalkeeper from Mumbai, attends the tuition-free government school - MCGM Saibabapath MPS supported by Educo. He was shortlisted from over 2,500 kids by Just For Kicks, a school intervention programme working towards developing life skills amongst children belonging to lower income families.
Sujal played in the Yellow Team of Friendship, alongside young players from Pakistan, Iceland, South Korea, South Africa, Slovenia, Armenia and Venezuela. The Yellow Team was just a game shy of reaching the finals, losing 3-4 to eventual winners the Orange team in a tightly contested semi-final encounter.
“I am glad I got to be part of the programme and had the chance to make new friends from different countries. I enjoyed playing the championship,” said Suraj.