Simla Youngs to take India's challenge to Wales

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New Delhi, Jan 11 (UNI) Boys from Simla Youngs Football club are all geared up to represent India on the grounds of Wales where they will compete amongst 100 teams in the Welsh Super Cup that kicks off on July 20.

Manchester United Football Club scout based in Wales, John Owen, is in India and was here to see these budding talents practice for their up-coming tournament.

Owen seemed reasonably satisfied with the way the cricket crazy nation has started treating football. But feels still a lot has to be done to improve the standard of the game in India.

Last year Simla Youngs sent two of its teams for the same tournament but failed to win a single match there. But this time the club is expecting better performance.

Banking on its talented bunch of players, the club has has decided to increased the number of teams to three. These teams will represent the club in under 9, under 13 and under 17 categories.

Owen believes that last time the Indian boys could not adapt to the climate change and their diet was a major concern too but he was impressed with the way they showed their fighting spirits.

''Last time the kids found it difficult to acclimatise to the conditions there but still they played well. They gave their hundred per cent,'' Owen said.

He also had a words of praise for the coaches under whom these boys are being trained.

''I think the coaches are doing a great job and I am pretty impressed with them.'' He also mentioned that the Indian teams might find it difficult to play in the lush green grounds of Wales as here they practice on uneven surfaces where the ball tends to travel faster as compared to the grassy grounds.

The club however, is hopeful that their players' performance will get noticed and one day they will play in the prestigious English Premier League.

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