Football legends inaugurate FIFA U-17 Winners' Trophy during an exhibition match
The FIFA U-17 World Cup is a month away and India is buzzing with excitement ahead of the first official FIFA event in the country. On Tuesday, five FIFA Legends — Carlos Valderrama, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Jorge Campos and Emmanuel Amuneke — took part in an exhibition game at Dr. DY Patil Stadium and unveiled the Winner's Trophy for the Navi Mumbai leg of the Trophy Experience.
It was a special day for Indian football as the FIFA Legends took on an Indian team comprising Arjuna awardee Oinam Bembem Devi; Indian women's national team captain Ngangom Bala Devi; two kids from Mission XI Million, the legacy programme for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017; Minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprise Babul Supriyo and Bollywood filmmaker Shoojit Sircar.
The FIFA legends beat the Indian team 5-4 as fans cheered from the stands at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai. Former Real Madrid forward, Moientes, scored 4 goals and was the star performer for the legends. Bala Devi scored a brace for the Indian team.
The tournament kicks off on October 6.