Hindustan Times Great Indian Football Action (HT GIFA) gives children of condominiums and sectors an opportunity to showcase their football talent.
Underdawgs, a team from Omaxe-The Nile, a gated community in Sector 49 along Sohna Road is making its debut in the tournament this year.
The team lost to Sbuddyz, a team from Raheja Atlantis, in the pre-qualifiers on August 21. Their fate will now be decided through online voting on GIFA’s official website— www.htgifahindustantimes.com. The result of the voting will be know by mid-September.
The team players, however, have not lost hope and are practising with full enthusiasm.
The tournament will begin next month. The teams have been divided into two categories— Class 5 to 8 and Class 9 to 12.
“The team members and their parents are circulating messages on social media platforms such as Facebook, asking their friends to vote for them. Some players are also making door-to-door visits asking society members to vote for them so that they are able to represent the society in the tournament,” said Yumbisana Meiti, a resident of the colony and the team coach. Meiti is a Delhi University student.
Meiti said the players have not lost hope and are improving their passing and aerial crossing skills.
“We want to make our society proud and get recognition. We are trying our best for another chance to play in GIFA as it gives us a chance to showcase our potential,” said Kevin Jacob, a player of the team who is a student of Lotus Valley International School.
Archit Sharma, team captain, said the simplicity of the game attracted him to the sport.
“All you need is a football. You can make a goalpost using your shoe cones, stones or school bags and play.”