AIFF technical committee to meet before India’s opening U-17 World Cup game

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Kolkata, Sep 8 (IANS) The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) technical committee will meet in New Delhi ahead of India’s opening FIFA U-17 World Cup game against the US, chairman and former India striker Shyam Thapa said on Friday.

“We want to prepare a team for the U-20 World Cup and so the boys need to be playing together. That’s why we want to meet around October 4 or 5 ahead of India’s first match in the capital,” Thapa said.

“There will a team like erstwhile Indian Arrows comprising India U-17 world team players and other players in the same age group along with U-19 players. They are likely to play their home matches in New Delhi.

“I met the boys in Bengaluru last month and they are very bright. I told the AIFF we should have their home matches in Delhi for the I-League. It is not yet finalised and we will have a meeting for that only,” the former Mohun Bagan star added.

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The Arrows project was disbanded four years ago.

India, under coach Luis Norton de Matos, will take part in their first-ever World Cup in any age group and are placed in Group A alongside USA, Mexico, Colombia and Ghana.

–IANS

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