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CLUB CLASSBoth were exposed to training methods of big clubs

CLUB CLASSBoth were exposed to training methods of big clubs  

FOOTBALL Udanta Singh Kumam and Alen Deory represented India at the Nike All Asia Camp in Australia

If the best practices found at Inter Milan, Manchester United, Barcelona and Corinthians are taught to young footballers, they are bound to emerge as better players. Udanta Singh Kumam and Alen Deory — members of the India under-17 football team — experienced the nuances that make these clubs special. The duo, chosen by Nike and the All India Football Federation to represent India at the Nike All Asia Camp in Australia, underwent training with coaches from each of the clubs.

“It was a brilliant experience because we were exposed to the training methods of all these big clubs. I will try to implement what I have learnt in Australia,” says Kumam, who visited the city with Deory recently. “Each club is known for a different aspect of football — Inter Milan for its tight defence, Manchester United for good finishing, Corinthians for encouraging individual skill, and Barcelona for passing techniques. We got a taste of everything,” Kumam adds.

“The standards there were a little higher than what we find in India, and it was good to play against better players,” says Deory. The icing on the cake emerged when both the 16-year-olds were picked to the All-Star squad from the 60 boys who assembled in Australia from across Asia.

The youngsters — Kumam is from Manipur, and Deory hails from Assam — state that they aim to make it as successful professional footballers soon. Kumam, a midfielder and a product of the Tata Football Academy, supports Pune FC and East Bengal, while Deory, a striker, roots for Churchill Brothers. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could play for the teams that they love? A shy nod of approval arrives from both footballers.

ASHWIN ACHAL

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