Gurpreet Sandhu: 'We need to make most of the opportunity'

The senior Indian team's goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandu hopes the World Cup would encourage the fans to turn up at the games and hopefully spread the desired awareness.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has said the U-17 World Cup is a “great honour” for the nation.   -  Special arrangement

With just eight days to go for the biggest football event India has ever witnessed — the FIFA U-17 World Cup — senior national team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu declared the tournament as a “great honour” for the nation.

Speaking to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) website, the Sandhu feels that India has to 'make most of this opportunity' and use it for the betterment of football. “It’s a great honour for us as a country and footballers and football lovers to have something like the World Cup happening in our nation”, he said.

“We need to make the most of this opportunity!”, was how the Punjab player put it.

With six venues across the country hosting the matches, the infrastructure has been revamped and modernised according to FIFA guidelines on a massive scale. But Sandhu thinks it should also encourage the fans to turn up at the games and hopefully spread the desired awareness, “I think the modernisation of the infrastructure will be a plus no doubt, but I hope that it also educates the Indian population about the game even more.”

He had some word of advice for the boys representing the country in the World Cup, “I think the boys are very lucky to have an opportunity like this. I wish I had such a platform. It will certainly help them to develop their careers. I hope they use it in the right way. I wish all the luck to them”, he signed off.

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