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Kotak Securities, WNS Global win Smaaash Corporate Indoor Soccer Challenger

Smaaash Corporate Indoor Soccer Challenger

Smaaash Corporate Indoor Soccer Challenger

The Phoenix Market City, Kurla, was the centre of attention within the corporate world on August 8 and 9 at the 8th Smaaash Corporate Indoor Soccer Challenger 2015, where close to 50 teams participated in the 4-a-side football tournament.

The matches were played on specially constructed pitches with netting on all sides. The format and rules were revised, so as to make the game faster and with less stoppages.

Over the two days, major corporate houses such as Star India, Morgan Stanley and Marico Ltd participated in the tournament conceptualised and organised by Saran Sports, a leading organiser of sport events in the country. Saturday saw the teams play league matches and Sunday witnessed the knock-out matches with there being six different categories totally.

A special guest in the form of Indian football star Steven Benedic Dias, known as the “David Beckham of Indian football”, also came to witness the festivities, where he interacted with the players and took photos with the fans and families.

The tournament was sponsored by Smaaash; co-sponsored by Garnier Men, Franklin Templeton, Capgemini and Carlsberg. The associate sponsor was Cadbury Bournville; the food sponsor was Mad over Donuts, and was partnered by Alea Global Consultancy and Indusind Bank.

Bowl: McDonald’s (Santosh, Cyrus (2), Anuj) 4–1 JSW Dolvi (Akshay)
Salver: Capgemini (Selvin (3), Pradeep) 4–0 KPMG
Champions Cup: Star India (Sagar, Vivek (2), Sheldon (3), Alvin (2)) 8–3 OMD (Neil (2), Melvin)
Elite Cup: Kotak Securities (Alex (3), Mangesh (2)) 5–2 Asian Paints (Kevin, Wilson (2))
Super Cup: WNS Global (Arnold, Santosh) 2–0 EClerx
Ladies Cup: J P Morgan (Marilyn, Bindiya) 2–0 Morgan Stanley