October 30th 2009 Shuwaikh, Al-Rai Fire Brigade Ground, Kuwait – IFF Goes Live. The weather was perfect for an inaugural ceremony to take off, players along with family and friends gathered in numbers making the event very colorful. Eight teams in total gathered for the opening day. All in their respected team jersey and the club flags. Adding to the event the field authority IFRA was present with their members.
The inauguration began at 8:00 am with the cutting of the ribbon by Rev. Fr. Lourenco Mascarenhas and Rev. Fr. Franco Pereira – sdb. Followed by the National anthems of Kuwait and India that was played by DJ John following the unveiling of the Executive Committee comprising of President – Theodore Pinto, Vice President – Philip Ferrao, General Secretary – Alexandro Gomes, Asst. General Secretary – Kevin Vaz, Treasurer – Martino Afonso, Sports Secretary – Liston Raju, Asst. Sports Secretary – Molvito Mascarenhas, Registrar – Caje Fernandes, Asst. Registrar – Claro Fernandes, Media Relations – Sainath Sarode, Ground Assist – Sylvester Pereira, Remy Fernandes. Other Members of the Executive Committee are Collin Figuera and Louis Morias. In a very special way, the Kuwait Fire Brigade (Shuwaikh) management were thanked for their generous support and cooperation.
All the teams and the committee together took the sports man Oath, recited by Master Lionel Fernandes and Brandon Fernandes. Everyone pledged to play fair and abide by the rules and regulation of the game and the federation. Each team looked eager to get on to the field to display their strength and skills and they were not left disappointed as once the oath ceremony was completed, each team got to play a game of 10 minutes each half just to get the feel of the ground.
The organizing committee of Indian Football Federation is formed of young as well as seasoned members with an aim and objective to promote the game of soccer among the Indian community in Kuwait. The league officially starts next Friday .i.e. 6th November 2009 as announced earlier. The schedule for the games starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Fire Brigade Grounds, Al-Rai,Shuwaikh as follows: Game 1: DHL V/S Don Bosco Oratory; Game 2: Veterans V/S Sky Net (A), Game 3: AVC V/S Domnic Savio.