AIFF XI to begin campaign on May 17 against Malaysia team

PTI| Last Updated: May 08, 2014, 16:16 PM IST

New Delhi: All India Football Federation`s U-16 Kalyani Regional Academy will be among the twelve teams which will lock horns for top honours in the 2nd edition of the Asia U-16 Champions Trophy 2014, which will be played on a home and away basis.

The AIFF Academy boys begin their campaign in a Group A away-match against Frenz Harimau Muda, Malaysia on May 17, 2014. Besides, the others Teams in the Group are?

The champions would go back richer by USD 100000 while the runners-up will pocket USD 25000; while the 3rd and the 4th placed-Teams would be awarded USD 10000 and USD 5000 respectively.

Besides, there would be separate Awards for the most valuable Player of the Tourament (USD 2500) and the Award for the Golden Boot (USD 2500).

Head coach Gautam Ghosh said the format of the Tournament would be a "wonderful experience for his boys".

"The boys would get to play in five different Countries, that too on a home and away format. I would like to thank AIFF for providing us this opportunity. Such a Championship would further enhance the overall development of the boys," he said.

"In a Youth Development setup, results stay immaterial. But tell me, leaving out AFC age-group Tournaments, when did ever an Indian Team, that too an U-16 bunch of boys, get such an opportunity? This only depicts AIFF`s seriousness to give exposure to our boys," he stated.

"Our boys are very excited to be a part of the Asian Champions Trophy..."

The AIFF academy boys will play all their home matches at the Barasat Stadium under the lights.