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‘United We Play’ completes second day trials in Dhaka

The event witnessed the participation of around 500 footballers aged between 13 and 17, each hoping to move one step closer to 'The Theatre of Dreams'

Update : 04 May 2024, 11:56 PM

Thursday marked an exhilarating conclusion to the second day of trials for the “United We Play” program, an ambitious initiative by Apollo Tyres in collaboration with English Premier League giant Manchester United.

The event, held at Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in Dhaka, witnessed the participation of around 500 aspiring footballers aged between 13 and 17, each hoping to move one step closer to “The Theatre of Dreams”.

Michael Neary, head of coaching at Manchester United Soccer Schools, was present to oversee the trials and select three talented youngsters for the next phase of the trials to be held in Bengaluru.

Sadman Sajid Ayan of Sirajganj, Papan Roy of Joypurhat and Rahat Sheikh of Gaibandha got the opportunity to train alongside other winners from India, United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Nepal in Bengaluru.

Impressed with the Bangladeshi youth’s passion for football, Neary said: “The passion for football here really impressed me, many of them have great potential. If we can ensure their long-term opportunities, it is possible to bring out many big footballers from Bangladesh to play in European clubs”.

The ultimate reward awaits one exceptional talent from Bengaluru, who will earn a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet United stars Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro and Marcus Rashford and visit the iconic "Theatre of Dreams" — Old Trafford and train with academy players at Carrington Training Center.

Jamal Bhuiyan, the captain of the Bangladeshi football team, graced the event with his presence, adding a thrilling boost to the excitement levels among young footballers.

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