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With less than a year left for India to host its first ever FIFA World Cup — the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, the All India Football Federation is organizing three scouting camps to find out more talented Players ahead of the ensuing FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, under the Director of AIFF, Abhishek Yadav.
And not less than thirty players showcased their talents in front of the Director of Scouting and also the Director of AIFF , Abhishek Yadav, during the first of the three scheduled camps at Kalyani in West Bengal on November 19 & 20, 2016.
All the teams from Kolkata, Shillong-Guwahati and Rest of India (III), who are contesting in the ongoing U-16 Youth, were asked to send three players from each club for the camp and almost thirty kids turned up for the camp.
As speaking exclusively to www.the-aiff.com Mr. Abhishek Yadav said,
"We kick started the 3-leg scouting program in Kalyani and I must say, we're off to a great start. Most of the clubs sent their players and they were quite impressive on the pitch".
Abhishek added more,
"We had organised 11v11 matches against the U-18 team of United Sports Club and another local team. We ensured that our boys played against an elder team. This gruelling test will make them technically better and superior in coming days, come what may."
"Following the two-day program, we zeroed in on two boys who have the capability to join the U-17 team in Goa."
The second camp will to take place at the Ground 19, Raj Niwas in New Delhi on November 22 & 23, 2016 and all the Delhi-based clubs and others who'll ply their trade in the Rest of India (II) are supposed to nominate their players for the Delhi-leg of the three camps.
"Our next stop is Delhi and we're looking forward to spending two days with a skilful bunch of boys. Our scouting program for the U-17 World Cup is still on and more boys come for the camp, better for us.” Abhishek added.
According to the Director of AIFF, Abhishek Yadav, sometimes it happens with a player when he can't give his 100% during a match, so this is the best opportunities for those players,
As Yadav said,
"From a player's vantage point, sometimes it happens with a player when he can't show his skills during a match. That's why AIFF took up this initiative and on behalf of AIFF, I urge all the clubs to send their best talents in the camp, it's just another opportunity for them to prove their worth."
And lastly Abhishek informed to all those clubs, who couldn't send their players to Kalyani, West Bengal due to unavoidable circumstances, are free to send their wards to subsequent camps in Delhi and Goa also.
"We found that some Kolkata-based clubs and one Shillong-based club didn't turn up in Kalyani. We earnestly request them to send their boys to Delhi or Goa, depending on their convenience"
"There's no hard and fast rule on the geographical location. At the end of the day, we all are looking forward to the best possible combination for the upcoming U-17 World Cup and it's the time when the clubs along with AIFF need to step up to hit the bull's eye."