New Delhi: Milan Basumatary and Bidyananda Singh, two cadets of All India Football Federation (AIFF)’s Elite Academy in Goa, will be appearing for trials at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
AIFF general secretary Kushal Das in a statement Wednesday praised the two youngsters and said it was the “objective of the AIFF Academies to develop Players both for domestic Clubs as well as international clubs and academies.”
“We are extremely happy that Milan and Bidyananda have got this opportunity to showcase their talent in one of the best environments and we hope that some Club or Academy in The Netherlands get impressed with their talent and select them for further training,” he said.
AIFF technical director Robert Baan felt the “trials will help the duo a lot.”
“They will train on top quality fields with top quality Coaches and with the best Players from this age group in The Netherlands. The tempo of the sessions will be very high and it will surely take some sessions before they will adapt. But after a few days of training, they will match with the local Players it will give them a lot of confidence,” said the Dutchman.
“We are also hoping that in time to come more Players from our Academies in Kalyani, Goa and Bangalore would get such opportunities to showcase their talent and be picked by top Clubs, International Academies and Clubs for the Youth Teams,” Das added.
“We will be filming their sessions we will show it to the Players who stayed back in Goa to show about the experience and how much more training and matches is needed to compete at the highest-level,” Baan informed.
Basumatary was instrumental in helping Assam win the Mir Iqbal U-15 National Championship 2012 and finishing as the top-scorer and the Most Valuable Player. Bidyananda, who hails from Manipur, has been part of India`s youth team since he was 12.