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FIFA U17 World Cup 2017: Sports Minister leaves Indian team inspired

The Indian team gearing up for the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 met with the honorary Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

News 03 Oct 2017, 18:13 IST
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The India U17 team
The India U17 team

The Indian U-17 World Cup Squad gearing up for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India, met with the honorary Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today (October 03, 2017) in the capital in attendance of All India Football Federation’s General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das. 

“The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 is a very important occasion as for the first time an Indian team will participate in a FIFA Tournament and thus it is a great pleasure to be amongst them”, informed the Minister. 

Addressing the Indian U-17s, he stated, “You are going to play the game of your life and every moment counts. When you enter the field, you should enter to win.” 

“Every game you play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will be the game of your lives and the games will be etched in your memory forever, so play for your life and play to win.” 

“Each and everyone of you can inspire this nation by what you do on the football field once the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 starts”, Rathore added. 

The Minister also wished the young colts luck and said, “Wish you all a great game, we will be cheering for you. Never give up and play strong.” 

The AIFF General Secretary informed the audience that the, “Indian Team is raring to go and will do us proud.” 

“We are ready for the event (FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India) and this is just a beginning for Indian Football, there is a long way to go.” 

The Indian U-17 World Cup Squad’s COO Abhishek Yadav thanked the Minister and said, “His words left all of us inspired and motivated. Every player in the Indian squad was brimming with confidence and it was an immense pleasure for me and the entire squad to meet him.” 

Meanwhile, the Indian U-17s continue to practice in the capital ahead of their clash against USA on October 06 in their first match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India. India have been drawn in Group A alongside USA, Cololmbia and Ghana.

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