Kolkata, Oct 9, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Germany’s World Cup winner Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has sent his F C Bayern Munchen’s two (No 11) shirts with a promise to play an exhibition match next month for the cause of Kolkata’s street children.
FC Bayern chairman Rummenigge, in a letter to Towards Life Foundation of India (TLFI), an NGO that works for street children, said, ”I am very proud that FC Bayern Allstar team will become part of your admirable welfare event, when Paul Breitner and many of my old colleagues play against East Bengal Club Allstars at Salt Lake Stadium (on November 17,2010).”
The TLFI on Friday announced that Federation Cup winners East Bengal Allstars will clash against Germany’s champions Bayern Munich’s All Stars XI in an exhibition match at Salk Lake and funds from ticket sales would go to the welfare of street children.
Rummennigge in the ltter to TLFI founder Dr R P Banerjee said, ”During my visit two years ago I experienced the way those kids are
living, something people in my country cannot really imagine.”
For erstwhile German greats like Gerd Mueller, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Lothar Matthaeus, Giovane Elber, who are expected to be a part of the Bayern squad, this would be the first match on Indian soil.
Both Mueller and Rummenigge, however, have visited India accompanying the Bayern juniors’ squad and for the academy in Burdwan, about a year and a half ago.
East Bengal’s president Pranob Dasgupta, secretary Kalyan Majumder along with coach Trevor James Morgan and former international Surojit Sengupta promised the TLFI to share their best for benefit of street children.
Sengupta, who has been entrusted to pick up East Bengal’s allstars, said all former and present players would be invited to the occasion but preference for pick up team would be in the aged between mid 40s and 60s to match with FC Bayern.
TLFI founder Banerjee also said they would set up a football academy for the street children.