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In September 2016 the All India Football Federation had launched an overseas scouting portal to get boys holding valid Indian passports represent India not just in the U-17 World Cup but across all age-group Teams.
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 25, 2017
And the All India Football Federation Scouting Director Abhishek Yadav, who is also the COO of the U-17 National Team has recently admitted that the process of recruiting players for U-17 World Cup is presently “still on” under U-17 Coach Luis Norton de Matos in Goa.
As Abhishek Yadav stated, “The Coach wants to give opportunity to all the boys who are on trials as we intend to field the strongest Indian Team in the World Cup,”
“Prior to leaving for Portugal for the exposure Tour, we are in the process of playing some practice matches in Goa and Norton wants to see as many players possible in those matches,”
“The idea is to see how the new boys (who are on trials) react to match situations and that’s the best manner in which you can judge a player.”
And speaking to media-persons the other day, the Portuguese man Matos, who is currently managing the Indian U 17 squad had stressed, “The doors for the India U-17 World Cup stay open till the final day of the registration and I appreciate the efforts of the All India Football Federation in leaving no stone unturned to field the best Indian XI in the World Cup.”
“The efforts are allowing me to see more players and it’s nice to see the Clubs, the League and the AIFF joining hands together for the development of Indian Football,” he added.