Standout NGO Players From Day 3 Of KCL


The 5th edition of Rustomjee's Kenkre Champions League (KCL), the Sunday League competition organized by the Kenkre Football Club continued its third week of action this Sunday. Large number of kids from across the city of Mumbai gathered in the early Sunday morning hours at the Don Bosco Football Ground in Matunga.

The third day of the KCL saw teams from U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 categories take to the field across five fields. A total of 40 matches were played on a bright Sunday morning that was perfect for the game of football.

A major feature in this edition of the Kenkre Champions League (KCL) has been the initiative to include teams from various NGOs around the city with kids in the U-12 age category taking to the field. The NGOs that had their matches on the third day of the Kenkre Champions League (KCL) were Rahee Foundation, Oscar Foundation, Just For Kicks and Share. There were a total of four matches scheduled on the day in the competition.

Unfortunately, the team from the Rahee Foundation could not make it on the day and thus, only two matches took place on the day. The two fixtures that were conducted were - Just For Kicks vs Share and Oscar Foundation vs Just For Kicks.

Even though only two matches happened in the NGO group of the Kenkre Champions League (KCL), but there were not short of any action with the teams going all out for the win with great conviction and spirit.

The first match saw the kids from Just for Kicks take on the team from Share, who were playing their first match in this edition of the Kenkre Champions League (KCL). This match was a highly one-sided affair as Just for Kicks won 12-0 against the debutant side Share. The kids from Just for Kicks put on an attacking clinic against the newcomers who were left chasing the ball on the pitch, but never gave up till the end despite the scoreline and kept pushing. The standout players for the Just for Kicks side were the youngsters Daksh Waghela and Karan Rathod. Daksh Waghela was deadly in attack as he scored eight goals past Share with Karan getting his name on the scoresheet as well. Daksh played as the striker up ahead and was great with his movement and clinical finishing in front of the goal. Karan Rathod was the creator for the side with his ball control and knack for finding the right pass for Daksh in the final third.

The second match was a much more close affair but Oscar Foundation turned out on the winning side against Just For Kicks with a 3-0 scoreline. Oscar Foundation's two stars on the pitch were Omkar Talkar and Mohammad Jasim. Omkar, who played as the main man in the midfield was the creator for two goals and scored a spectacular volley to cap off another win for the Oscar Foundation. Jasim, who plays in the defence put in an intense shift as he was all over the pitch for Oscar. He won a lot of crucial tackles and managed to score when Omkar found the tall defender with a sublime pass and Jasim did no mistake to finish it into the net.

The youngsters from the NGOs have showed incredible fighting spirit and grit in the Kenkre Champions League (KCL) taking full advantage of the great initiative by the Kenkre Football Club. They have utilized the platform and have displayed their skills and desire to make the most of it.

By Gaurav Kadam