Published on June 27th, 2012 | by Bilal Sulehri1
Zong Kick-Off Champions Return to Pakistan
The 32 players selected at the end of Zong United Kick-Off competition have returned after a dream journey including one week training at Manchester United Soccer School in UAE.
The selected players received extensive training which focussed on various aspects of their game while educating the young players about technical and tactical details which they were not aware of. Two Manchester United trainers were dedicated to train the 32 Pakistani youngsters and were impressed by the skill and commitment shown by the starlets. They tried their best to focus on individual players to help the overcome their weaknesses and consequently improve their game.
We appreciate the effort by Zong but in our opinion a one-week training session will not be instrumental in growth and development of the kids. They will remember this as and excursion trip and a dream come true. If Zong really wants to contribute to the cause of promoting football in Pakistan it shall focus on improving infrastructure and start sponsoring local tournaments and then send handpicked players abroad for graduating from Manchester United Soccer School in order to ensure that talented players live up to their potential.
Former Manchester United player Dion Dublin was there during the visit to motivate the youngsters and give them insight into the challenges faced by a professional footballer while giving them valuable tips to improve their game.
I am impressed with the immense talent that these kids have. All of them have unique qualities which will help in bringing them to the international football scene one day. ZONG has done a tremendous job by providing them this matchless opportunity and I am confident that this training will be the first step of the exciting journey that lies ahead of these youngsters.
We are glad to have done something which will help these talented children further refine their talent. Being a China Mobile’s brand, ZONG has an emotional relationship with the Pakistani nation. Like any good friend, ZONG also wants to promote the talent of Pakistan and Manchester United enthusiastically facilitated us achieve this target. We are thankful to them, the players, all those who participated in this campaign and the Pakistani nation for placing their trust in us.
I had never ever imagined in my wildest dream that I would be able to meet Dion Dublin and receive training at Manchester United Soccer School. I still can’t believe that it has happened and I am grateful to ZONG for not only providing us access to amazing content of MU but also making our dream come true.