NAHARLAGUN, Aug 27: The U-16 boys’ football team this evening left for Imphal to participate in the U-16 National Football Championship, which is set to begin from August 30.
Sending off the team from Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) General Secretary Kipa Ajay asked the players to make the state proud with their performance.
Sports Authority of Arunachal Vice-Chairman G Doke, IMC Councillor Kipa Takum, along with other officials of APFA also gave pep talks to the players.
The U-16 team is being coached by Rocky Ramching and the team manager is Tapi Apa.
Further, Ajay informed that for the first time this year, 13 people have passed the AIFF “D” license course exam and have qualified to become the coach. Terming it as a big achievement, he said this will tremendously help to revolutionize football at grass root level.
“In the future, we will organize more such courses for various levels of coaches in the state. The idea is to make coaches available in every nook and corner of state. These coaches will nurture young talents and it will improve the standard of football in the state”, he said.
The APFA General Secretary also informed that the Association has started two non-residential football academies for U-14 and U-12 players, before going on to share that Capital Complex FC, the winner of this year’s Arunachal State Women’s Football League, will play in the qualifying round in October this year to vie for a spot in the 2nd division of I-League.