Keeping in mind the abundance of potential talent in India, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) offers another opportunity to the invited AIFF U-16 Youth League clubs to send in their three best players. If the invited clubs missed out to send their selected three players for the Scouting Camps in Kalyani (West Bengal) and New Delhi, the clubs can send their talents for the third and final phase of Scouting Camp through the AIFF U-16 Youth League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa on November 25 and 26, 2016.
The move comes on the backdrop of expanding the base of the player pyramid structure for the Indian U-17 World Cup squad gearing up for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
Any player of a respective invited U-16 Youth League Club who was unable to attend the first two Scouting Camps because of unforeseen reasons can attend the last Scouting Camp in Goa to impress the AIFF Scouts. The player, if selected by the AIFF Scouts, will be assessed by India U-17 National Team Head Coach Nicolai Adam, and if found wanting, the selected player can be shortlisted for the Indian U-17 World Cup team.
Speaking to AIFF Media, Director of Scouting, Abhishek Yadav said, “We want to look at every player and if it means that we have to invite some of the players who were unable to make it in the first two camps to the last camp, then we will.”
“We need to assess the ground reality of every player, take a look at them first hand, and decide.”
“Every stakeholder plays a major part in the development of the Indian U-17 World Cup team and we at the AIFF urge clubs to send in their best players for the Scouting Camp”, Yadav stressed.
“The clubs play a major role in helping us zero down on talent. They are very crucial in the setup of the U-17 World Cup squad.”
“We encourage all players who were unable to attend the first two Scouting Camps to come for the final Scouting Camp in Goa.”
“Some of the players that we have looked at during the Scouting Camps have impressed the AIFF Scouts. It is a golden opportunity for players to secure their way into the FIFA World Cup”, he added.
(Report & Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)