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Kahn Academy to Start Centre of Excellence in Guwahati

Kahn Academy to Start Centre of Excellence in Guwahati

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 July 2019 9:12 AM GMT

Our Sports Reporter

GUWAHATI: Goalplay, a training academy for former German International Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, is all set to start a centre of excellence for a goalkeeper in Guwahati. The academy will start functioning very soon. Chief Operating Officer Moritz Mattes of Goalplay today called on Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the latter’s official residence in the city and expressed his academy’s desire of setting up of the centre of excellence for a goalkeeper in Guwahati.

During the meeting, Mettes has informed the Chief Minister that as a part of its expansion plan, the academy will set four centres of excellence in India one each in east, west, north and south. Guwahati will be the venue for the eastern region. Chief Minister Sonowal hailing the initiative of Goalplay thanked Oliver Kahn for choosing Guwahati as one of the venues for goalkeeping academy as the government will help in all possible aspects for Goalplay to materialise its plan.

Chief Minister also requested Moritz to convey the State government’s invitation to Oliver Kahn for him to come to Assam and encourage the football playing talents in the state. It has learnt that Kahn may visit Guwahati in October.

Meanwhile, Goalplay will pick two potential young goalkeepers from the state for advanced training in Munich. Informing the news to the media during his visit to Sarusajai Sports complex later part of the day Moritz said, “The selected goalkeepers would get the opportunity to train there for 7-10 days.” Member Secretary State Level Advisory Committee for Students and Youth Welfare Lakhya Konwar, Director of Sports and Youth Welfare Dharmakanta Mili, Director of the Sports Authority of India Subhash Basumatari, two former international footballers Gilbertson Sangma and Debashish Roy accompanied Moritz during his visit to Sarusajai. Lakhya Konwar informed that a trial would be held in September to select the two goalkeepers.”

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