U-17 World Cup: Five boys shortlisted from overseas trials

New Delhi, June 21: Aiming to scout boys for the Indian U-17 World Cup squad, AIFF Director of Scouting Abhishek Yadav has shortlisted five boys through overseas trials for Indian Passport holders in Dubai.

Out of the 250 plus boys who participated in the two-day trials, the five shortlisted players were Augustas Nixon, Neelakantan Anand, Arjun Sunil, Rixon Lobo and Yuveer Kelkar.

File photo: India's U-17 national coach Nicolai Adam

The selected ones would undergo further trials under U-17 head coach Nicolai Adam at a camp in Germany. The U-17 World Cup is scheduled to be held in India during September-October 2017.

Former India player Yadav said that he was "very surprised" with the talents on display at the Dubai trials.

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"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.

"The onus now lies on the Players to impress Nicolai. It is now Nicolai’s call whether the boys fit into the scheme of things for the U-17 World Cup squad.

"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."


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