JODA (Odisha): Ore Mines & Quarries (OMQ) Division of Tata Steel organised an exhibition football match at Central Playground, Joda on September 22, 2017 with an objective to bring forth the national football to the rural India and encourage budding footballers of this region.
More than one thousand people from Joda and nearby areas witnessed the match.
Shirish Shekhar, Chief Khondbond Project inaugurated the function. The TFA XI beat the Odisha XI by a margin of 5-4 and emerged as the winner of the match.
Prior to this match, a similar exhibition match was organised at Noamundi on September 18, 2017 between the same teams.
“Tata Steel has been a pioneer in the development of sports in the country, especially football. Tata Steel nurtures budding footballers through its Feeder Centres and promotes community football in the region.”, company said.
“The academy provides intensive training and all-round developmental opportunities with facilities for formal education and vocational training as well. The Company recently formed Jamshedpur Football Club at Jamshedpur.”, Tata steel said.
The club will compete as a member of the Indian Super League, one of the top leagues of Indian football, starting with the 2017-18 season.
The club was established on May 12, 2017 when Tata Steel won the bidding rights for one of two expansion spots in the Indian Super League.