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Soccer’s peace goal

Close to 60 underprivileged children of Ranchi’s Sildri village scored the first goal against US midfielder Jeb Brovsky on Friday, flooring the Major League Soccer star with their nifty footwork.

The 22-year-old Montreal Impact player who landed in the capital around 2pm and headed straight for Sildri, some 25km from the state capital, was amazed at the way the children overcame poverty to pursue their soccer dreams.

“Their skill levels are simply superb. The passion shown by them has reaffirmed my commitment towards Peace Pandemic — a Colorado -based voluntary organisation that harnesses the power of soccer to create opportunities for children worldwide. I mean to use football as a tool for social change,” Brovsky told The Telegraph.

The player, who enlightened 40 girls and 20 boys with whom he interacted on issues such as health, hygiene and personality development, also sweated it out for half an hour with them on the turf.

The soccer star, who is in Ranchi from December 9-11, has also collaborated with NGO Yuva to hold a soccer camp at Rukka village in Ormanjhi on Saturday.

He is expected to distribute T-shirts to the budding soccer stars on behalf of Peace Pandemic.

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