Argentine Legend and one of most celebrated footballer Diego Maradona spent some quality time with young school kids in a football clinic organised by the organisers. The former world cup winning captain dribbled, showed glimpses of his deft left-footer and even crooned Spanish songs, as the Argentine legend sweated it out with a bunch of school children and bid them adieu with a promise to “bring football” to India.
The workshop was attended by 60 school children including girls, at ASOS in Kadambagachi on the outskirts of Barasat about 35 kilometres from Kolkata.
Maradona, who led Argentina to winning the coveted FIFA World Cup in 1986, was seen interacting with the kids.
Over to the session, and Maradona was seen shouting and making the ‘young guns’ make two queues as he played passes to them for them to shoot from the spot. The boys and girls came one by one and tried out their skills and even few of them were seen dribbling past the 1986 World Cup hero, in some memorable moments.
Maradona was visibly ecstatic and could not control his emotions and tried out his left-footers, enthralling about seven thousand odd crowd and also kicked a few footballs at the stands.
The workshop began around 1 pm with former footballers including the likes of Shyam Thapa, Debjit Ghosh, Sisir Ghosh among others as it the remote place wore a festive look with flags of various nations adorning the streets.
Maradona was also involved in a crooning session. He was seen walking upto the Kochi based Spanish singer Charles Anthony who was singing some Spanish songs and joining him.
However, much to the disappointment of the sponsors and crowds the football match between Sourav Ganguly and Maradona did not take place. Maradona could not take the field due to fatigue and tiredness.
The Argentine soccer legend was seen hugging the former India captain before the start of the exhibition match.
Former India footballers Shyam Thapa, Prasun Banerjee, Dipendu Biswas, Sisir Ghosh, Biswajit Bhattacharya, Alvito D’Cunha were among those who took part in the match along with Bengal cricket captain Manoj Tiwary and fast bowler Shib Shankar Paul. Maradona was seen engaging with the Aditya School of Sports students
It was Maradona’s second visit to Kolkata. His earlier visit to the City of Joy was in December 2008.