Kolhapur 15th Dec.:

KUFA CUP- 2013 opening ceremonyKufa Cup – football festival of Kolhapur organized by Kolhapur United Football Association (KUFA) was inaugurated by Shri.Sharad Mali and Shri.Bajirao Mandlik and in the presence of president of Balgopal Talim Mandal and  Patakadil Talim Mandal Srinivas Salokhe and Pandurang Jadhav respectively and district sports officer Navnath Fadtare and the rest of dignitaries in a very magnificent way.

bhaichung butia-birthday cake 2013 KUFA Cup-2013After the opening ceremony two matches from U-10 group were carried out . Watching the first match between Potdar International and Sanjeevan Public School the audience , parents and the rest were just amazed to watch the young boys play so well . In the next match between D.C. Narke and Maharashtra High school the boys won the hearts of the audience by their spectacular game.

happy birthday bhaichung bhutiaIt was the first time in the history of Kolhapur’s football, a tournament of U-10 boys is organized. The team consisted just 6 players each which made it more entertaining for the audience.

crowd for KUFA Cup-2013 opening match of U-10 Meanwhile after the opening  ceremony president of  Balgopal Talim Mandal said “ By looking at the efforts  KUFA is making for development of Kolhapuri football even the talim and mandal’s greats would be ashamed. KUFA’s becoming football university and we all support them .  Shri. Sharad Mali and  Shri. Bajirao mandlik  also congratulated KUFA for their work and gave their best wishes to the players.

Balgopal Talim Mandal's President, Shri. Nivas Salokhe (tatya) guiding the young footballers.

Highlights of KUFA CUP-

1. This year’s football festival of Kolhapur- KUFA Cup is dedicated to former INDIAN Football Team CAPTAIN, Padmshri Bhaichung Bhutia.

2. Bhutia’s 37th birthday was celebrated by cutting special CAKE prepared INDO BAKERY’s MASHU MIRSHIKARI ( former footballer of Bal gopal Talim) .

parents supported the game.3. Parents support and cheering motivated the small footballers.

4. The specially designed  WELCOME ARCH featuring Bhaichung Butia’s photo and dignitaries of the opening ceremony attracted the audiences.

5. The seniors players like Ranjeet Nalawade, Prakash Redekar, Suresh Patil, Pramod Bondge, Sharad Pawar were also present for the ceremony.

6. This is the FIRST U-10 FOOTBALL tournament in the history of Kolhapur’s football which is going on under the rules and regulations of FA.

KUFA Cup-2013 action photo