India’s U-17 Team which made history when they became the first Indian team to participate in a FIFA World Cup, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at PM Office in New Delhi.
The squad was invited by the Prime Minister after they came back from Saudi Arabia following the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers.
Narendra Modi said, “I personally requested for this meeting as I saw some spark in all of you. Based on your performance people have started knowing you so there is a huge responsibility on your shoulders.”
He added, “Consider this U17WC as just a preparation for the future. I hope you stick together as a team and in 5-7 years’ time represent the country with great laurels.”
The Prime Minister had also highlighted the importance of India participating and hosting the event during ‘Mann ki Baat’, his address to the country.
He had said, “It will evince more interest in Football in every generation. There should not be a single school-college ground in India where we will not see our youngsters at play. Come on, the whole world is coming to play on Indian soil, let us make sports a part of our lives.”
Let’s us take a look at some pictures from the meet and what the PM had to say about each individual.
#1 Jitendra Singh
Ace defender Jitendra Singh has a rich experience of almost 40 international matches. Was happy to meet this youngster today.
#2 Ninthoinganba Meetei
Hailing from Manipur, Khumanthem Ninthoinganba Meetei is a promising midfielder who has been playing since 2012.
#3 Abhijit Sarkar
The talented Abhijit Sarkar has made India proud. He has represented the nation in many matches, including at the U-14 AFC Qualifier, Iran 2013.
#4 Wangjam Suresh Singh
Happy to have met Manipur’s Wangjam Suresh Singh. He has played for India many times, including at the U-16 AFC Qualifiers Iran 2015 and AFC U-16 Championship, Goa.
#5 Komal Thatal
Delighted to interact with Komal Thatal, the stupendous midfielder who hails from Sikkim. He has played more than 30 games for India.
#6 Boris Singh Thangjam
Youngsters like Boris Singh Thangjam bring tremendous pride for India. He pursued his passion for football and is a remarkable athlete.
#7 Sanjeev Stalin
Sanjeev Stalin’s football talent was spotted during a friendly match in Goa & Subroto Cup, 2014. After that, there has been no looking back for the youngster, who played for India at AFC U-14 Festival, Tajikistan 2015, AFC U-16 Qualifiers, Iran 2015 & AFC U-16 Championship, Goa.
#8 Kiyam Amarjit Singh
Interacted with Kiyam Amarjit Singh. This midfielder hails from Manipur and is extremely passionate about football.
#9 Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem
Many teams fail to score against India because of the formidable presence of Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem. He has played 50 matches for India.
#10 Anwar Ali
Lovely interaction with Anwar Ali. This youngster belongs to Punjab and has represented India at the U-14 AFC Qualifier, Iran 2013.
#11 Jeakson Singh
Jeakson Singh Thounaojam’s name will be remembered in the history of Indian football forever! This youngster from Manipur became the first Indian to score a goal in a FIFA U-17 World Cup. Proud of him.
#12 Aniket Jadhav
Aniket Anil Jadhav, who belongs to Maharashtra has distinguished himself as a good striker. He has been playing regularly since 2015.
Picture Credits – Twitter (@narendramodi)