AC Milan colts to play under Maldini in India

Renowned Italian coach Cesare Maldini is to accompany the under 18 squad of European soccer giants AC Milan football club to play two matches in India in November as part of the Festa Italiana 2005. Maldini coached Italy at the 1994 World Cup and is the father of star player Paulo Maldini.

The matches will be held in Mumbai and Kolkata on 23 and 25 November, a media release from the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Wednesday.

This will be the first time that Indian footballers have a chance to play against the future stars of one of the world's topmost football clubs. The AC Milan colts tour is expected to be covered in the Italian media by the visiting press contingent accompanying the team, the release added.