It is a proud moment for each and every Indian as two kids from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will be the official match ball carriers for the grand event which is to be held in Russia. Rishi Tej from Karnataka and Nathania John K of Tamil Nadu will be the two OMBC from India to feature at thr FIFA World Cup 2018. One of these kids will be the carrier for Belgium vs Panama game and the other will get the chance to carry the official match ball during Brazil vs Costa Rica match.
Kia Motors India has provided an exciting opportunity for Indian football players as they are the automotive partner of FIFA. They selected young players from age group 10-14 to represent Kia Official Match Ball Carrier (OMBC) in Russia. Sunil Chhetri also played a part in selecting players from trials in Gurgaon last month, where around 1600 children participated in the programme out of which two were selected. Ten year old Rishi Tej and eleven year old Nathania John K were lucky enough to be the two kids selected from final 50 short-listed kids.
FIFA OMBC programme will feature 64 school kids around the world which includes two Indians. These two kids from South India will enter the pitch alongside legends and also will get the opportunity to watch the World Cup game from stands. Nathania John K, 11-year-old girl from First Kick School of Soccer, Coimbatore will fly to Russia. “I found this girl juggling with the ball during day one, when I went to academy to grab a look at the kids. She seemed to be full of energy and electric football passion,” said Joy Gabreil of First Kick School of Soccer.
He added that, “Nathania used to mesmerize the kids with her skills and her freestyle action after the training. She is just 11-years-old and for a girl of this quality in India, I bet she would reach heights and become one of best in the country after returning from Russia.” Nathania will be carrying the match ball on June 22nd in the game between Brazil and Costa Rica.