In an initiative which might help India`s chances when the country hosts the under-17 World Cup, the Liverpool Football Academy-DSK Shivajians academy has offered to groom Indian players for the mega-event and beyond.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has extended the deadline for submitting bids to buy two new I-League clubs ahead of the next season to May 15, even as six companies have bought the Request for Proposal (ROP).
Rangdajied United FC of Shillong on Saturday became the second team to qualify for next season`s I-League top tier after beating already qualified Mohammedan Sporting 3-1 in the final phase of the 2nd Division I-League here on Saturday.
Indian football coach Wim Koevermans was confidence personified after the national team`s 4-0 drubbing of Guam in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers here on Monday and said they could have scored more than 10 goals.
India go into the tournament after suffering a 2-4 defeat to Palestine in an international friendly match that was played on home soil, before which the Men and Blue had succummed to a 2-0 defeat in another friendly match away to Singapore. Hence the preparations have been far from ideal, though the two week training camp in Pune should mean that the fitness levels are at an optimum level.
Despite India struggling for form in the two international friendlies after the Nehru Cup triumph last year, national football coach Wim Koevermans feels his wards can taste success in the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers, which begins here on Saturday.