National U-17 World Cup probables to play in India

The Indian U-17 World Cup probables will play a match against WIFA (Western India Football Association) U-15 squad at the Cooperage stadium on Monday.

India has an automatic qualification for the 2017 U-17 World Cup and will be looking to make a mark in the world of football.   -  The Hindu

The Indian U-17 World Cup probables will play a match against WIFA (Western India Football Association) U-15 squad at the Cooperage stadium on Monday. Coached by Nicolai Adam, the national hopefuls will be displaying skills at home for the first time, following training-cum-practice games in Germany, Spain and a tournament in Iran.

Captained by Amarjit Singh Kiyam, the probables played 14 games in Germany against age groups squads from various clubs including Red Bull Salzburg, Entrechat Frankfurt, notching eight wins and two draws. Teams in Spain included the likes of Villarreal and Levante FC but India won two matches and drew one as per information from the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The Mumbai practice game will be followed by a match against IFA XI at Kolkata on January 25, 2016, according to Abhishek Yadav, currently AIFF Director of Scouting and ex-India striker who represented Mahindra United, Mumbai FC, besides Mumbai City FC last season in ISL 2014.

German national Adam, who was the former head coach of Azerbaijan and his team are now in United Arab Emirates for an exposure trip. FIFA allotted the U-17 World Cup 2017 to India, the host nation is an automatic qualifier and matches are scheduled to be held in September-October.

Yadav informs that a third match in north-east is a part of the India tour plan, where local talents will get a chance to showcase talent against a team hand-picked according to the national coach’s requirements. Mumbai youngsters Saurabh Meher and Gaston D’Silva, both defenders, are part of U-17 probables.

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