MOSCOW: A 15-year-old Pakistani teenager, who conducted the coin-toss for Brazil-Costa Rica match on Friday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has said that he could have never imagined that he would be here.
Ahmed Raza stated, “I could have never imagined that I would be here. I am so happy to be at the St. Petersburg Stadium.”
Raza, who hails from Sialkot, is the son of Shabbir Ahmed, a football-maker whose family has been hand-stitching footballs for the football World Cups for the last three generations.
He is an ardent fan of Neymar Jr and the Brazilian football team.
An emotional time for Sialkot’s Ahmed Raza and a proud moment for 🇵🇰 and all of us here at #socfilms! Thank you @CocaCola & @FIFAWorldCup! #behindthescenes #cointoss #footballwithcocacola pic.twitter.com/le8gnzuYt3
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Coca-Cola has collaborated with two-time Academy Award-winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to document Raza’s journey from Sialkot to 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Pakistan men’s national football team captain Kaleemullah also joined Raza on his journey to Moscow for the mega tournament.
The Pakistani teenager conducted the coin-toss for Brazil vs Costa Rica Group E match on Friday.