The Kerala men’s team and the Chhattisgarh Women’s team emerged victorious as champions of the 2018 National Inclusion Cup in Mumbai. Kerala beat Vidarbha 8-3, while Chhattisgarh took the top honours in a closely fought encounter beating Uttarakhand 5-3.
Kerala, who entered the finals beating West Bengal, rode on four goals from Praveen, together with Manikandan and Vishnu shooting eight past the Vidarbha side beating favourites Mumbai. The Women’s final though was a closely fought contest where Chhattisgarh prevailed over Uttarakhand 5-3, thanks to Pranshu’shat-trick.
“While there are winners emerging from every tournament, for us all participants coming from across the country, including from Nepal, were the real highlights of The National Inclusion Cup. This football tournament was played in the true spirit of participation and inclusiveness and that’s what defines our success.” said Dr. Vijay Barse, Founder, Slum Soccer.
Smriti K Singh, CHRO, Sony Pictures Networks India, said, “I am moved by the traction this movement is seeing in impacting more of India’s youth and putting them on a path of change and development via football. We are happy to support this journey and hope for a better India through such initiatives”
Kedar Teny, Sr. VP Marketing & Promotions – Sports, Sony Pictures Networks India said, “Ironic as it may sound, while there will be a men’s teamand a women’s team that will represent India in the World Cup for the homeless at the end of this National Inclusion Cup, the home that slum soccer has provided to these children with little or no hope is amazing and incredible. It’s providing them hope, exposure, love, an opportunity to develop into leaders and most importantly an opportunity to develop into better human beings. It’s the kind of Social engineering that India needs. This is a great example of small actions that make a big difference.”
Slum Soccer commenced the National Inclusion Cup from February 20 – 23 2018. A total of 48 teams from various states across India and Nepal participated in the men’s and women’s category of the league-cum-knockout format tournament at Tiger Play in Lokhandwala, Andheri, Mumbai.
It commenced with the teams from Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Assam, Manipur & Nepal. A total of 480 players will participate in the event across 24 men’s and 24 women’s team.
Mumbai, February 20 2018: Mumbai’s men and women team dominated proceedings on Day 1 of The National Inclusion Cup organised by Slum Soccer here at Tiger Play, Lokhandwala, Andheri on Tuesday.
Opening the day’s proceedings against Jammu & Kashmir, the men’s team of Mumbai beat the visitors 5-3 in the first Group A match. Andhra Pradesh too couldn’t match the intensity home side brought and were handed a 1-4 loss in what was their second encounter of the day.
The women’s team matched their counterparts form. They beat Delhi 4-1 in their opening encounter followed by an exciting 3-2 win over Kerala in the second outing.
The tournament’s opening ceremony opening day saw the presence of superhit film Sairat’s actor Akash Thosar to cheer up the participants alongside Slum Soccer founder Vijay Barse, CEO Abhijeet Barse and CHRO of Sony Pictures Network, Smriti Singh.
Men: Meghalaya beat Punjab 6-5; Delhi beat Telangana 4-1; West Be gal beat Maharashtra 6-2; Tamil Nadu beat Gujarat 7-0; Mumbai beat Andhra Pradesh 4-1; Chhatisgarh beat Odisha 4-3; Nepal beat Uttar Pradesh 6-1; Uttarakhand beat Assam 3-1; Goa beat Manipur 6-2; Haryana beat Madhya Pradesh 5-0; Andhra Pradesh beat Jharkhand 4-2; Vidarbha beat Kerala 4-2; Mumbai beat J & K 5-3
Women: Haryana beat Maharashtra 5-0; Madhya Pradesh beat J & K 8-0; Andhra Pradesh beat Jharkhand 4-3; West Bengal beat Punjab 5-3; Meghalaya beat Tamil Nadu 3-0; Mumbai beat Delhi 4-1; Vidarbha beat Gujarat 3-0; Kerala beat Telangana 2-2 (On Penalties); Uttarakhand beat Manipur 5-5 (On Penalties); Uttar Pradesh beat Assam 1-0; Odisha beat Goa 11-0; Chhatisgarh beat Nepal 2-0; Mumbai beat Kerala 3-2; Vidarbha beat Andhra Pradesh 4-1
Mumbai, February 21, 2018: Former England goalkeeper David James gave a pleasant surprise to the young participants of The National Inclusion Cup 2018) by showing up at the tournament to encourage and motivate the youth. The event has 48 teams participating from 24 different states and it includes two teams from Nepal.
The custodian who made over 50 appearances for England, visited the ongoing tournament and shared his experiences with the youth. The 47-year old was thoroughly impressed with the talent he saw there. “I have been involved with similar organisations in England and have donated loads of kits to charity to help the homeless football players there. These organisations do exactly what Slum Soccer is doing here to represent the country at Homeless World Cup,” said James.
Feb 22 2018, MUMBAI: It was a mixed day for Vidarbha teams as the Men’s team qualified for the finals of the 2018 National Inclusion Cup here in Mumbai on Thursday. The team beat favourites Mumbai 4-2 in the first semifinals. Meanwhile, the women’s team from Vidarbha couldn’t repeat the men’s team’s feat as they lost to Uttarakhand 2-6.
The men’s team meanwhile will take on Kerala in the finals who beat West Bengal 3-2 in a closely fought encounter. But the match of the day was the second semifinals of women’s category where Chhattisgarh and Orissa played out a 4-4 draw for the match to go in penalties. Chhattisgarh women’s team survived the penalty shootout 6-5 to reach the summit clash where they will meet Uttarakhand.
Nepal’s women’s team made their long trip to Mumbai worthy as they entered the finals of Women’s Cup 2 beating Kerala 2-1. The National Inclusion Cup 2018 is a CSR Initiative of Sony Pictures Network.
We thanks the participating states, the main sponsors Sony Pictures Networks India, partners, and all the supporters who helped us make this tournament a huge success .