The craze for football has been growing steadily in the country over the last few years. A lot of this has to be credited to the efforts that have been put in by Bollywood to promote the sport. Carrying on this spirit, the ASFC, led by Abhishek Bachchan took on the CISF team for a friendly match in Mumbai.
Ranbir Kapoor, Shoojit Sircar, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Vivian Dsena, Armaan Jain, Vikram Thapa, Raj Kundra, Armaan Rehlan, Antoni Pecora, Sachiin Joshi, Jim Sarbh, Marc Robinson, Utsav Bachani and Mazhar Dalvi were part of this team of philanthropists and football enthusiasts. Ranbir who has been known to be a football aficionado and huge Barcelona fan was the vice-captain of the squad.
The captain and vice-captain of ASFC are themselves proud owners of ISL teams. Abhishek Bachchan owns Chennaiyan FC while Ranbir Kapoor is the owner of Mumbai City FC. So their passion for football is quite evident.
India is proudly hosting FIFA Under – 17 World Cup in October this year. The most lasting aspect will be that Mission XI Million is a grass root programme designed to encourage children to play this popular game.
Keeping in view of the appeal of the Honorable Prime Minister, MHA has desired that in the run up to the Under 17 FIFA World Cup to be held in India in October 2017, State police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) should organize football competition with active engagement of young students, so that a feeling of competition is instilled among them.
With such initiatives being taken up, many talented players will get the chance to showcase their skills.
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