The hard work of Abhishek Yadav and his team to scout and find boys eligible to play for the India Under-17 team in next year’s Under-17 FIFA World Cup will reach its first climax next week as three of the five selected boys from last month’s open trials in Dubai are set to travel to Germany to join the current India Under-16 boys and present themselves infront of head coach Nicolai Adam at their ongoing camp at Duisburg-Wedau.
Over 250 boys from across the United Arab Emirates, some even coming from neighbouring Gulf countries attended the trials and five boys were chosen for the India U-17 World Cup probables. The boys were Yuveer Kelkar (stopper), Neelkantan Anand (left-back), Arjun Sunil (midfielder), Augustus Nixon (striker) and Rixon Lobo (striker).
Of those five, three boys – Neelkantan Anand, Arjun Sunil, Augustus Nixon – have received their necessary documents to fly to Germany next week to attend a two week trial under Nicolai Adam, where the boys get an opportunity to showcase their talent and convince the head coach that they could be an asset for India at the U-17 FIFA World Cup next year.
The All India Football Federation under Abhishek Yadav in collaboration with the Sports Authority of India has launched the Global Scouting Programme, named the SAI–AIFF Overseas Scouting Project (OSP) which started with on-field trials in Dubai on June 10/11 for born boys in 2000 & 2001, residing in the UAE and nearby States/Countries.
The Programme is targeted at boys currently holding solely an Indian Passport has been conceived by former India striker and AIFF Director of Scouting Abhishek Yadav and with the success in Dubai will move to other countries in the coming months with December 2016 being the cut-off as the newly scouted boys need to adjust to the India junior set-up, get time to gel with their team mates and also be ready for the finals in India.