Two young football enthusiasts of Bangladesh—Md Golam Rafi Khan and Rafat Shams, have been selected as country’s representatives at the global Football for Friendship (F4F) social programme.
The Football for Friendship (F4F) event will be held in Moscow, Russia from June 8 to 15 this year.The boys will be guided by two members of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF). Executive Committee member of BFF Harunur Rashid will lead the Bangladesh contingent while BFF Head of Media and PRO Ahsan Ahmed Amit will act as the team coordinator in Russia.
The F4F programme, supported by Gazprom and FIFA, aims at developing youth football and a healthy lifestyle as well as promoting tolerance, open-mindedness and respect of different cultures and nationalities between children from across the globe. Bangladesh will join the event for the second time and will participate alongside 210 other countries and regions.
The 12-year old Rafi Khan will join young footballers from around the world in Moscow in June this year. The children will be a part of the 32 international teams of friendship and play against each other in the Gazprom Football for Friendship International Championship. The friendly tournament aims to bring together children from around the world and celebrate the unifying spirit of football.
Rafat Shams will act as the young journalist and report on all the local and global activities of the F4F programme as part of the International Children’s Press Center. He will also spread awareness on the nine values (friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour) of the F4F programme.
Rafi and Rafat will also participate in the Sixth Football for Friendship International Children’s Forum in Russia, which will allow youngsters to meet their peers from other countries, share their experiences, and discuss with famous footballers and journalists on how to promote key values of the F4F Programme around the world.
The sixth season of the F4F programme will conclude with a visit by the participating children to the opening ceremony and the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018.Speaking on the selection of the young ambassadors by BFF, Exco-member of BFF Harunur Rashid said: “The selection of the young ambassadors from Bangladesh is an extension of our support to this unique global initiative.”