The football team- FC Nirvana- of Nirvana Country in Sector 50 are all ready and pumped up to showcase their talent at Hindustan Times Great Indian Football Action (HT GIFA). The team members said the platform is one of the biggest football celebrations of Delhi-NCR and would give them a huge stage to gain experience.
HT GIFA, an annual football tournament, has given residents an opportunity to play for their condominiums and residential societies and make them proud.
The seven-member team, Nirvana FC, are passionate footballers who have followed the sport judiciously since childhood. The team members, mostly childhood friends and schoolmates, said they are practising at least an hour every day to sharpen their skills.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for the entire condominium. We have been practising a lot to sharpen our playing skills and are hoping to win this time. The team meets every day for at least an hour to practice positioning, improve teamwork and learn new skills,” Akshat Amitesh, captain, Nirvana FC said.
“It is a crucial tournament for the team as we love football. This is our second time in HT GIFA. We are going to try our best to win it. Let’s see how the other teams are,” he said.
The team members, who recently finished with their examinations, said they are challenging their abilities to come up with strong performances. The excited group has also decided the colour of their jersey.
“The colour of our jersey is blue. I think it is important to thank to HT for giving us a tournament of football in this cricket crazy country,” Aryan Joon, another team member, said.
Parents are equally excited about the tournament and are pushing their children to play and practice as much. They said outdoor sports are important for children and HT GIFA is giving them a perfect platform to excel.
Seema Amitesh, mother of Akshat Amitesh, said, “I am very happy to see children, who are generally busy scrolling through the internet, come out and play. The event has created a buzz and the children are again excited about outdoor sports.”