Chennaiyin FC's U-15 forward Liyaakath gets India U-16 nod

Mohamed Liyaakath's fine goal-scoring form for the CFC U-13s in last season's U-13 Youth League led to him being scouted, following which he underwent a successful trial and made the grade.

Chennaiyin FC's U-15 forward Mohamed Liyaakath has been in the national camp for the U-16s at Bhubaneshwar since November 2018 and has subsequently been drafted into the squad traveling to the UAE.     -  Special Arrangement

Chennaiyin FC under-15 forward Mohamed Liyaakath has been named in India's U-16 squad that will participate in a tri-nation tournament in the United Arab Emirates from January 8.

Liyaakath's fine goal-scoring form for the CFC U-13s in last season's U-13 Youth League led to him being scouted, following which he underwent a successful trial with the national setup and made the grade from among hundreds of talented kids from across the country.

Liyaakath, all of 14, has been involved in a national camp for the U-16s at Bhubaneshwar since November 2018 and has subsequently been drafted into the squad traveling to the UAE.  

He scored 23 goals in the U-13 Youth League last season, finishing as top scorer in the Chennai zone, which CFC won with a 100% record in its debut campaign. 

Liyaakath also featured in the CFC U-15 squad that won the DBYC Fr. Mohanraj Memorial U-16 Tournament in August last year.

"Mohamed absolutely deserves this opportunity to represent the India U-16s. It is testament to the hard work he has put in, with the support of his parents who have backed him wholeheartedly from a very young age.

"I believe it has been their dream to see him represent India and it is pleasing to see it being fulfilled so soon in his career. All of us at CFC are really proud of Mohamed and happy to have contributed to this achievement. He should give his best in this tournament and aim higher in the coming months and years," said the CFC first team assistant coach and Technical Director of Youth Development Syed Sabir Pasha, a former India international.

India U-16s' UAE Schedule: 

January 8: UAE vs India U-16

January 12: India U-16 vs Saudi Arabia

January 15: UAE vs India U-16 (Friendly)