Goa, Panaji, May 2 UNI | 3 months ago

Sixteen teams from eight cities in Delhi,Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Shillong, Pune and Goa will battle it for the top spot in Goa, this week end on May 3 and May 4 at Cuncolim, in south Goa in the first-ever IFB Boca Football Champs - a nationwide search for the country's next Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Riquelme and Carlos Tevez launched in December 2013 for school and college students across the country.

Thirty shortlisted players from the tournament will participate in a one week training camp in Goa conducted by coaches from Club Atlético Boca Juniors, of which 14 players will travel to Buenos Aires to train under the coaches of Boca Juniors.

Over the last five months well known former international footballer who also played for top Indian clubs East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting, and Head Scout at the IFB Boca Football Champs, Jamshid Nassiri, has been keeping a keen eye on the players at selections across the country scouting for potential talent.

With selections across eight cities, IFB Boca Football Champs saw over 4560 students and children, all keen footballers participate to get noticed by Jamshed Nassiri and coaches to secure a berth in the training camp.

IFB roped in the very best technical partners to carry out its sports mission - the Argentinian Club, Club Atlético Boca Juniors who have had players like the legendary Diego Maradona and other players including Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Riquelme, Claudio Canigga, Gago and Carlos Tevez.

16 winning teams in all, two from each city (winners of the school and college tournament in each of the cities) have made it to the grand finals in Goa. DAV School and Khalsa College from Chandigarh; CRPF Rohini and Maharaja Agrasen from Delhi; Jangram High School and Barasat College from Kolkata; JN Petit and Bishops from Pune; ASC Boys and Al Ameen from Bangalore; MSPHSS Mallapuram and MES College Mampad from Kozhikode; Shillong College HSS and Shillong College from Shillong and Fr. Agnel School Pilar and Rosary College Navelim from Goa will lock horns on the 3rd and 4th of May in Cuncolim.The tournament saw a total of 270 schools and 186 colleges battle it out to make it to the final 16 teams who are being hosted in Goa this weekend to play the finals.

Mr Govindaraj CS, Vice President- Operations, IFB Industries Ltd, stated that the IFB Boca Football Champs initiative has enabled us to reach out to and bring together talented players from several parts of the country to uncover some of the best and dynamic football talent. Many of the promising players come from economically backward sections of society for whom this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, he added.

(Posted on 02-05-2014)