Football: Five boys selected for Under-17 World Cup


AIFF Director of Scouting Abhishek Yadav has shortlisted five boys through overseas trials for Indian Passport holders in Dubai. The U-17 World Cup is scheduled to be held in India during September-October 2017.

Around 250 plus boys participated in the two-day trials among which five players have been shortlisted. The names of the players are Augustas Nixon, Neelakantan Anand, Arjun Sunil, Rixon Lobo and Yuveer Kelkar.

The selected players have to do further trials under U-17 head coach Nicolai Adam at a camp in Germany.

Indian player Yadav said that he was “very surprised” with the talents on display at the Dubai trials.

“I was very surprised with the talents on display at the Dubai trials in a good way. One could see that the boys knew how to play football. There were 250 plus boys who participated in the trials over the length of the two days and the quality was impressive as well, Yadav said.

Yadav alleged, “We did an in-depth analysis of them and all of that displayed good potential. We also found a left footer in the squad and that is something which we look forward too. Overall, though it seems the boys have what it takes to play football at the next level it all depends on how hard they work to achieve it.”