Pakistani teenager Raza conducts coin toss in Brazil-Costa Rica game

Published: June 22, 2018
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PHOTO COURTESY: PRESS RELEASE

PHOTO COURTESY: PRESS RELEASE

PHOTO COURTESY: PRESS RELEASE

Pakistani teenager Ahmed Raza on Friday conducted the coin toss for the game between Brazil and Costa Rica.

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This marks the first time a Pakistani was present on the pitch of a FIFA World Cup match in an official capacity.

Raza hails from a family in Sialkot, whose older members have been crafting hand-stitched footballs for professional leagues across three generations.

Raza and his father Shabbir Ahmed are both football fanatics and his involvement in the World Cup represents the fulfilment of a dream for both father and son

Raza is a passionate fan of the Brazil football team and their talismanic attacker Neymar Junior and will get his chance to meet his heroes before kick-off.

Coca-Cola is also taking Pakistan’s football team captain Kaleemullah to Russia, with the former FC Dordoi man joining Ahmed on his journey to Moscow.

Coca-Cola has collaborated with two-time Academy Award Winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to document Raza’s journey, with the documentary expected to be released next month.

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  • Muhammad Qayyum Abro
    Jun 22, 2018 - 7:08PM

    Great to see.Recommend

  • shakeel Mahota
    Jun 23, 2018 - 9:11AM

    will a day arrive when Pakistan’s national football team will be participating in FIFA world cup??Recommend

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