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Admin organises football match to diffuse tension between Africans, locals

On Wednesday, Greater Noida will witness an exciting contest between teams of the Sharda University Vice Chancellor and African ambassadors. Both the teams will have a mix of African and Indian students.

noida Updated: Apr 06, 2017 10:21 IST
Vaibhav Jha
A football match will be organized between African and Indian students in order to diffuse tension between the two communities that had erupted after racial attacks in Greater Noida.
A football match will be organized between African and Indian students in order to diffuse tension between the two communities that had erupted after racial attacks in Greater Noida.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

A football match will be organised between African and Indian students in order to defuse tension between the two communities that had erupted after racial attacks in Greater Noida.

On Wednesday, Greater Noida will witness an exciting contest between the teams of the Sharda University vice-chancellor and the ambassadors of various African nations. Both the teams will have a mix of African and Indian students.

“We decided to hold a football match after the district magistrate asked us to organise cultural events in order to promote harmony and understanding between the two communities,” said Ajit, spokesperson of Sharda University.

Race riots had jolted Greater Noida last week after an unruly mob had allegedly attacked Africans in a city mall. The turmoil had started after a 17-year-old Indian student had died due to a drug overdose and a group of residents alleged that the drug was supplied by Nigerians staying in their residential society.

Video footage of the attack shook the African community in India, inviting widespread criticism of the police and the state government.

In the wake of violence, the district administration had asked all educational institutions where African students were enrolled to host cultural events and sensitisation programs.

“Before the match, Indian students will sing an African song and the African students will sing a Hindi number,” Ajit said.

The football match will be attended by representatives of the district administration and diplomats from the embassies of Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan, besides other African nations.