Former captain of the Indian football team, Bhaichung Bhutia has said that India still needs a lot of quality players and there is a need to focus on grassroots development to make the team strong at Asian and World level. He said that it is necessary to conduct international tournaments of Under-17, 19, and 21. During the Instagram live with the All India Football Federation (AIFF), he said, “We are in great need to produce a quality player. That’s very important when I say that I don’t mean we don’t have good players now. But in order to compete in Asia and at the world level we need to produce bigger better players from the grassroots. ”
Under-17 Men’s World Cup a better start for Young players:
India has hosted the Under-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017. To this, Bhutia said, “Hosting the Under-17 World Cup was a good start for us. It is very important for a player of this age to play such tournaments. These things will help a lot. We should continue to qualify for the Under-17 and Under-15 Asia Cup as well. ”
India to host U-17 Women’s Football World Cup next year:
The 7th season of the Under-17 Women’s Football World Cup is scheduled to be held in India from February 17 to March 7 next year. To this, Bhutia said, “Under-17 World Cup is a good decision by the government and AIFF.
Qualifying match to be played for 2022 World Cup in October:
Recently, AIFF Secretary-General Kushal Das said that the Indian team is preparing to set up camp in Bhubaneswar in September before the World Cup 2022 qualifiers. At present, the state government is waiting for its reply. India has to play the 2022 World Cup qualifying round match against Qatar in October this year. After this, India will play against Bangladesh on 12 November and Afghanistan on 17 November in Kolkata.