FIFA Under-17 World Cup On October 6
Former India striker Abhishek Yadav confident of India acquitting itself well
Dreams wait to be fulfilled when the Indian team takes the field at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on October 6. Watching from the galleries would be Abhishek Yadav, one among the many who would have aspired to experience this alluring platform.
“You need an event to figure out the magnitude of the sport. Young men have dreamt of this and his first appearance in a World Cup is going to transform the way football is perceived in our country. There will be pressure no doubt but I know the boys will perform and raise expectations for the future,” said the former India striker.
Yadav is excited to experience the moment when the kick-off sets the tournament in motion. “This World Cup being hosted by India will trigger a lot of dreams. More and more players and more and more parents will start seeing football as a serious career.”
Yadav was part of the scouting process for the Indian team. “We have a couple of players of Indian-origin (goalkeeper Sunny Dhaliwal and defender Namit Deshpande). Each member brings value to the process. India is a vast country and this team is a collective effort to take the game to all corners.
“I am confident the boys would fight until the last minute. They need the support of the fans and the media in this grand venture,” noted Yadav.
The World Cup experience should boost the image of the game. “These boys have worked hard. Their training and preparation have been top-class. Most of them are natural athletes who have the physique and the attitude to take on the best. They will be competing on the strength of nation’s support. That to me is going to be a vital ingredient of the journey.”
The World Cup, emphasised Yadav, would help football acquire the necessary infrastructure to boost the game.
“After the World Cup, I am sure new players will take up the game. It is going to be a huge moment for India. Indian football has been waiting for such a moment.”