Goa - After competing against a select XI from northeast India and participating in two charity schemes last week, 1899 Hoffenheim have continued to make waves on their end-of season tour of the Indian subcontinent.
'Provide a bit of inspiration'
Having left Kolkata on Friday, the official ambassadors of the Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH DFL took part in two further social projects in Goa, India's smallest state, on Saturday.
First stop for the Kraichgauer was the city of Vasco da Gama, where assistant coach Frank Kaspari and fitness coach Nicklas Dietrich accompanied first-team stars Andreas Beck, Robin Szarka and Jeremy Toljan to the home of Salgaocar FC. The two coaches guided the Indian first-division outfits' Under-19s through a 75-minute training session, after which skipper Andreas Beck held a short press conference with members of the Indian media.
Later that day, defenders Niklas Süle and Kevin Akpoguma and assistant coaches Frank Fröhling and Ottmar Rösch paid a visit to the El Sheddai Home, a children's home in Goa's capital Panaji, which looks after disadvantaged youngsters. The trip was organised in association with Indian first-division side Churchill Brothers and SAP, the Kraichgauer's official sponsor. While the coaches were informed about the work carried out by the El Sheddai volunteers, Süle and Akpoguma joined some of the youngsters for a brief kick-about. "The children had a good time and so did we," said Süle. "Hopefully we could provide a little bit of inspiration to them."
The Sinsheim club are due to fly back to Germany on Monday.
You can see footage of Hoffenheim's trip to Salgocar FC via the club's official youtube channel (note: audio content in German and English):