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The young footballers being shown the finer points of the game by FC Bayern Munich team midfielder Philipp Lahm and on his right are Sri Lanka’s Dimukthi Charuka and Upendra Ihalagedara

Two young Sri Lankan football players, Dimukthi Charuka of Nalanda National College, Minuwangoda and Upendra Ihalagedara of Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala, represented Allianz Insurance Lanka at the Allianz Junior Football Camp held in Munich, Germany, held from August 13 to 18. 
The two local players were sponsored by Allianz Lanka, the fully-owned Sri Lanka subsidiary of global financial services giant, Allianz SE, the organiser of the camp.
The two young footballers were chosen from young football enthusiasts around the island. In an extremely difficult selection process, since many applicants were of a high standard, 50 young hopefuls were shortlisted and invited to a screening test based on their knowledge of and passion for the game, as well as for leadership qualities and attitudes. 


Seventy five players from 27 countries in which Allianz operates participated in this year’s camp. Participants trained with the players and coaches of the world famous soccer team FC Bayern Munich and met and mingled with many of the star FC Bayern players. They also watched a match played by FC Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena Stadium in Munich. A tour of the ancient city of Munich completed the memorable experience. 
“This was my dream and I achieved it. I never expected this wonderful opportunity. The experience at FC Bayern Munich will help develop my football career as well as my future,” said Dimukthi Charuka.


“It was an uplifting experience. I thank Allianz Lanka for giving me this opportunity to develop my football skills at FC Bayern Munich, one of the most recognized clubs in the world. Being trained under them is the greatest achievement of my football career,” said Upendra Ihalagedara.
“We are very pleased to have provided two of Sri Lanka’s outstanding young footballers with this golden opportunity to enhance their skills by training with international footballers.  The fact that they found it a memorable experience, were able to meet their football heroes and make friends with football enthusiasts from other countries of their own age will be of great value to them,” said Allianz Lanka CEO Surekha Alles.
Allianz Lanka’s annual sponsorship of two participants to the camp is one of the company’s many social responsibility initiatives. The football camp has been organised annually by Allianz SE since 2009.
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