Churchill ties up with ex-Liverpool midfielder for academy

Panaji Feb 5 (PTI) Goan heavyweights Churchill Brotherswill set up a football academy at Cana Bednaulim near here inassociation with former Liverpool midfielder-turned-commentator Steve McMohan.

The academy will have an Asian Football Confederation(AFC)-approved class ''A'' stadium with 5,000-strong capacity.

The Goa Government has provided land on a 33-year lease forthe institute.

Churchill, who have tied up with the Steve McMohanFootball Academy (SMFA) for the project, plans to select 240boys from all over the country in the age groups of under-8,10, 12, 14 and 16, each consisting of 22 players.

The boys will have to stay at the academy, to be knownas the Steve McMohan Churchill Brothers Football Academy, fora five-year period before moving on. They will be trained bycoaches from the SMFA and their education will be looked afterby the institute.

The boys will be given international exposure and playagainst age group teams in Europe, Latin America and Africa.

The Goa outfit also plans to organise a tournament,Churchill International Cup, once the academy is put in place.

Talking to media here today, McMahon said, "It willtake one to two years to put an infrastructure in place forthe academy."

"Boys from the U-8 group onwards will undergo trainingat the academy. Then only can India can harbour hopes ofmaking an entry into the World Cup," he said.

"A football academy and building a World Cup team isnot a one day job. It requires detailed planning andprofessional execution," McMohan. .

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