Lit­tle Deshshiv tri­umphs in Fuleco Friend Search

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TEN-YEAR-OLD Deshshiv Dar­shaan is prob­a­bly the envy of the na­tion af­ter win­ning the once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to walk hand-in-hand with Fuleco, the FIFA World Cup Mas­cot, onto the pitch dur­ing the Semi Fi­nal game in Brazil.

Deshshiv and his mother Usha Rani man­aged to beat some 180 reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants in the run­ning to win the “Fuleco Friend Search.”

The nine other pairs who ad­vanced to the fi­nals re­ceived con­so­la­tion prizes of RM200 each and exclusive Kia mer­chan­dise.

The con­test was open only for a Malaysian child aged be­tween 8-12 years and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing par­ent through on­line pre-reg­is­tra­tion which started early April end­ing with a con­test at Pi­azza eCurve, Mu­tiara Da­mansara.

Naza Kia Malaysia Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Datuk Syed Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar said the global part­ner­ship with FIFA World Cup was a great op­por­tu­nity to deliver the ex­cite­ment of the brand to foot­ball-mad fel­low Malaysians.

“Deshshiv Dar­shaan and his mother Usha will not only ex­pe­ri­ence, but be a part of FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

“This is an ex­cit­ing mo­ment not just for the child but for all Malaysians, to see one of us, live, at one of the great­est sport­ing events in the world,” he said.

Datuk Syed Hafiz said the com­pe­ti­tion would in­spire chil­dren to get into foot­ball as a sport.

The Philip­pines is the other coun­try in South-East Asia that will be send­ing a child to Brazil un­der this ini­tia­tive.

Deshshiv will head to Brazil to be part of the World Cup semi-fi­nals.

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