Wednesday, February 8, 2023

AIFF president launches FIFA football for schools


All India Football Federation (AIFF) president, Kalyan Chaubey, who arrived Nagaland on a two-day visit, launched the FIFA football for schools at state capital here on Saturday.
Speaking at the launching programme, AIFF boss said the children were the future of state and the country. Chaubey said he was here to help students grow and enable them to play football at the highest level.
He pointed out that Nagaland had produced one of the highest players in the country who led the national team in the Olympics.
In this regard, AIFF chief said Nagas have the talent even though they did not realise it to the full extent.
He described India not representing at the FIFA World Cup 2022 as “pain” since the country was the largest democracy and the 5th largest economy in the world.
Stating that India has the potential, AIFF chief said FIFA football for school would be a game changer.
Chaubey was hopeful to see the collaboration between the stakeholders in making the project a success. He also assured to extent every possible help towards the project.
Sharing greetings, advisor for Youth Resources and Sports, Er.Zale Neikha said the newly launched project, FIFA football for schools was an ambitious programme designed for the students.
Through the programme, he said students of both the genders would be able to gain football skills and become better players.
He pointed out that players should be nurtured from a grassroots level and that education and co-curricular activities should go hand in hand.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Nagaland Football Association president, K Neibou Sekhose while prayer was offered by Gethemgo Sports International director, Dr Viposa Kiso.
YR&S Secretary, Wezope Kenye, delivered the welcome address while school education director, Wonthungo Tsopoe proposed the vote of thanks.
On the occasion, a baby league exhibition match was played between New Market Football Club and Gethemgo students.
Later in the evening Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) felicitated AIFF president, Kalyan Chaubey and treasurer Kipa Ajay.
This was followed by a press conference at NOA Complex, which was jointly addressed by Kalyan Chaubey, NOA secretary general, Abu Metha and NFA president K Neibou Sekhose.
Kalyan informed that AIFF would be sharing its roadmap for the development of football in the country very soon.
He said there was a dire need to nurture children from the age of six years old corresponding with their academic schooling.
Abu Metha said taking cognizance of the importance of football, the state government was giving priority to the game and similarly had come up with number of international standard astro turf football grounds all over the State, adding that more was in the pipeline.
Metha expressed hope that the collaboration between the stakeholders would be a successful and help shape and nurture children to grow up to be better players.

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