India U-16 football team to go on nine-month exposure trip with eye on AFC Finals
The plan of India U-16 football team’s nine-month exposure trip has been prepared keeping in mind the AFC U-16 Finals slated to be held in September this year in Malaysia.football Updated: Jan 24, 2018 17:21 IST
Determined to provide the best exposure to age-group teams, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has arranged for a nine-month long extensive exposure plan for India’s U-16 national team.
The plan has been prepared keeping in mind the AFC U-16 Finals slated to be held in September this year in Malaysia.
Thanking the Sports Authority of India for their support, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said: “I am extremely grateful to the SAI for supporting the exposure trips. We had chalked out a fool-proof plan and presented it to them after which they discussed and gave us a green signal.”
“The All India Football Federation understands the importance of building the next generation of Indian football and after a heart-warming display of the U-17 national team in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, we are hopeful the exposure tours will benefit the U-16 boys and make them more competitive in their quest to qualify for the next edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.”
This is the second successive time that the India U-16 team has made it to the finals of the AFC U-16 Championship and seventh time overall.
The boys achieved it in Nepal last year qualifying as one of the best second placed teams where they held mighty defending champions Iraq to a goalless draw.
Besides Dubai where the team is presently playing a series of friendly matches, the team being coached by Bibiano Fernandes will be travelling to Qatar, Japan, South Africa and Spain amongst others.
The team is also slated to play in some tournaments to help the boys test their skills ahead of the acid test in September.