Hills to host soccer friendly with Thai club

The Bengal Post

Reza Pradhan

Darjeeling-With the aim of inculcating the experience of international football among local football players, the Share Football Club (SFC) of Kalimpong is organising a friendly between their club and Bangkok-based Ramkha­mheng Institute of International Studies Football Club.
In a first of its kind effort in the hills, the exhibition match will be held at the Kalimpong Mela ground on April 6. “The main motive of organising such a match is to encourage and promote local players and give them a taste of international football.
The Thai team, which plays football in the third division there, is from a university there and boasts of players from across the world.
Its captain is from Germany while the others are from different places like Africa among others,” said SFC general secretary Norden Michael Lepcha.
According to the SFC, this team from Bangkok has come here as part of its India visit and will be playing its first match in Kalimpong. Lepcha further stated that the 16-member team from Bangkok will arrive in Kalimpong on April 4.
That day, one of the players to wear the SFC jersey will be  alaysian footballer Stevenson Sundara Segaran. He is expected to arrive in Kalimpong and join SFC for training this month. Segaran, who used to play as midfielder in the second league, also boasts of having trained and played with a football academy in Brazil in the past. The SFC maintained that the Malaysian footballer had heard about the club in Kalimpong and wanted to come and train with them.
The SFC, established in 2011, was formed to take up football professionally in the hills with no other club doing so. As part of their endeavour to create a platform for football players, the SFC has taken in players on contract with them also being paid salary.  The club has 18 players, mostly from rural areas in and around Kalimpong and Darjeeling, at present. Besides, SFC has kept a licensed coach from the Football Association of the UK for the team. It also provides kits to the players.

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