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Indian sub-juniors for South Africa

Sixteen footballers, chosen from last year’s Mir Iqbal Hussain tournament for sub-juniors, will be part of the week-long Coca-Cola International 2010 football camp at Tuks Village, Pretoria in South Africa beginning on June 15.

As part of this commendable initiative of the soft-drink major, the team will take part in a tournament involving teams from Egypt, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam and Guatemala. The boys will also get watch the World Cup match between South Africa and Uruguay on June 16.

At a function organised in the capital on Monday, country’s goalkeeper Subrata Paul joined former internationals Manoranjan Bhattarcharya, I. M. Vijayan, Jo Paul Ancheri in wishing the team the very best.

The boys were selected from over 1000 schools spread over 400 districts and 31 states that took part in the 2009 Mir Iqbal Hussain tournament.

The coaches Fransisco Jose Burto Da Costa and Satheevan Balan shared the view that it was a great opportunity for these young players to be at the World Cup, watch a match from the stands and interact with other sub-juniors from other countries.

During the camp, some accomplished coaches are expected to share their experiences with the campers.

Speaking on the occasion, the All-India Football Federation general secretary Alberto Colaco said that India should have a long-term plan to qualify for the World Cup. “At best, we can reach the second round (of the qualifying stage) and that too with a favourable draw.

The team: Sukhpreet Singh (Gurdaspur), Budhrai Soren (Patna), Lalnunfela (Bokaro), Mohit Kumar Rana (Varanasi), Shobbam Basnett (Delhi), Samu Hembrom (Patna), Jatinder Singh (Jalandhar), Sanjay Biruly (Patna), Constancio Manuel Rodrigues (Verca, Goa), Suhas Solur Narayanaswamy (Bangalore), Aavesh Rafiq Sheikh (Mumbai), Anto Xavier (Bangalore), Clyde Cyril Fernandes (Mumbai), Ijasali Kunnan (Moorkanand, Kerala), Nadeem Gulam Khwaja (Mumbai) and Rupart Lamlang Mongrum (Meghalaya).

Coaches: Fransisco Jose Burto Da Costa (Goa) and Satheevan Balan (Kerala).

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