MIN Khant Thu and Thant Tay
Zar, the selected 12 year old ambassadors
from Myanmar will
be on their way to Russia on
June 8th to participate in the 6th
Gazprom Football for Friendship
International Programme. They
will be joined by kids from over
210 countries around the world,
Min Khant Thu selected in the role of a defender will be a part of the 32 International Teams of Friendship that play against each other in the Gazprom Football for Friendship International Championship. The young footballer will be a part of the “Gharial” team and will undergo a 3 day training camp in Moscow.
The training camp is scheduled for the young ambassadors to get used to the playing conditions and get ample practice with their team, before the start of the championship. Each International Team of Friendship will be trained by 14-16 year old young coaches from different countries. The young footballers will also participate in workshops and sessions, conducted by renowned celebrities.
Min Khant Thu, who hails from Monywa, started playing football at the age of 6. He was scouted by the Myanmar Football Academy who were impressed by his control over the ball. He currently studies and plays for the academy, and dreams to play for a professional football club in the future, like his idol, Lionel Messi. A Barcelona FC fan, this talented, young footballer believes it is important to promote friendship, equality and peace because he believes that we need each of these three things to brighten our world.
Apart from football, this young ambassador also likes to read and sing.
At the F4F Programme in Russia, Min Khant Tu will be accompanied by Thant Tay Zar, who will act as a young journalist and cover all the local and global activities of the program as part of the International Children’s Press Center.
The Press Centre acts as hub for the young journalists who gather information, make reports, write news articles and prepare materials on the initiatives implemented as part of the Programme.
Thant Tay Zar is a football enthusiast who hails from Yangon.
He started playing at the age of 6 and made it to his school football team at a young age. He has participated in inter school football tournaments, playing as a striker for his school team. He was selected as a striker for his team because of his speed and his strong control over the ball.
An avid supporter of FC Barcelona, his favourite player is Neymar Jr. In his free time, he likes to read and play video games.
Min Khant Thu and Thant Tay Zar will also participate in the Sixth Football for Friendship International Children’s Forum in Russia, which will provide the youngsters an opportunity to meet their peers from other countries, share their experiences, and discuss with famous footballers and journalists on how to promote key values of the F4F Programme around the world.
The International Children’s F4F Forum will be participated by famous sportsmen, journalists, and public figures who support the project and provide their thoughts and inspiration to the young athletes.
The young ambassadors will also participate in the Nine Values School programme, where they will be taught about the 9 key values of the F4F programme (friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour) under the guidance of young coaches and the supervision of famous players.