Diego’s mission to keep Olympic spirit going as he bids to set up new football club in Fakenham

He was an Olympic torch bearer who is known as 'The Indian Maradona'.

Now Mujibar Rahman is making it his mission to carry forward the London 2012 Olympics ideology, 'to inspire a generation' in his home town of Fakenham.

Mr Rahman, 40, is setting up a new football club in the town and wants to use sport to help people in all aspects of life.

He said: 'Since I took the Olympic torch through Fakenham on July 4 everyone in the town knows who I am. As I had this honour I feel that I now have a responsibility to put something back and help people through sport.

'Sport keeps people fit and focused, it brings people together and often keeps people out of mischief.'

Mr Rahman, who has lived in Fakenham for more than 20 years, organises social 'kick-abouts' every Sunday at Fakenham Junior School. More than 20 people regularly attend.

In recent weeks he has been working to get the club, called Diego's Community Football Club, affiliated to the Norfolk FA. Mr Rahman, who used to play for Fakenham Town, is known as Diego due to his admiration for the Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.

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He will soon submit bids for funding to pay for kit, travel costs and other expenses and is getting advice from Voluntary Norfolk. As part of this, players have filled out questionnaires which ask how being involved with the club has benefited them.

Toby Boyce, 18, said: 'It is a good level of football and friendly people. It has helped me gain confidence and I am now going to join the Armed Forces.'

Bobby Fryer, 18, said: 'I come to improve my football skills and get out of the house and I've gotten to know some top quality lads.'

Mr Rahman wants the team to play friendly matches initially and then will consider joining a league.

To find out more, turn up to Fakenham Junior School at 2pm any Sunday.

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