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Re: U-17 2017 World Cup in India

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:47 am
by jaydeep
The last year, AIFF launched a website in collaboration with the Sports Authority of India to find young NRI footballers, with valid Indian passports, they need to uploading their videos in an attempt to catch selectors' eye.

Under this, they have found a potential player for the India U-17 World Cup squad in US-based NRI footballer Namit Deshpande ... He is a central defender.

As per the report,
New Jersey based Namit Deshpande applied through the SAI/AIFF Overseas Scouting Portal like more than 50 other boys with his profile and videos. The scouting team liked what they saw, contacted Namit Deshpande and invited him to Brazil for a trial, where he impressed then coach Nicolai Adam, who was sacked a few weeks later. Now Namit Deshpande showed himself to new coach Luis Norton de Matos in Goa and Namit Deshpande impressed the Portuguese, who invited him to join the team in Portugal to see how the centre-back fits into the scheme of things.

US-based NRI in Indian squad for FIFA U-17 World Cup