Guwhati, Jan 15, 2017: For the first time, Guwahati is going to host the mega event U-17 FIFA World Cup this year during the month of October from 6th to 28th. This is the first time that India will host such an international football event, ever.
So far, Gauhatians witnessed spectacular events like South Asian Games and Indian Super League being held in the city. And they are about to witness another glorious moment, for the first time ever, as India will host the U-17 FIFA World Cup in Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.
Total 24 teams across the world will take part in this event; whereas India being a host will play by default for the first time ever. Till now 5 teams have qualified for the tournament – Iran, Iraq, Japan, North Korea and India. It will be a moment of pride the people of North-East to cheer up for their own youths in an international event.
As of 10 January, 2016, match against Belarus there were total 30 Players, among which 15 players were from North East, 11 players from Manipur, 2 players from Mizoram, 1 each from Assam and Sikkim.
Assam’s pride in this U-17 FIFA is the young kid Aman Chetri, who hails from Maligaon, Guwahati and plays forward for his team. He is the son of Munna Chetri, an Indian Railways employee from Maligaon, Guwahati, Assam.
Aman was selected for the U-17 team by the head-coach Nicolai Adam. He also played in the AFC Championship held in Goa last year. He has been compared sky-high with the senior team captain Sunil Chetri in the 5 best U-16 prospects for the Indian football senior team by Sunaadh Sagar of SportsKeeda.
As Aman is busy with his practice sessions, we had a small chat with the young lad over the Instagram, and this is what we got from him:
Your DoB: 26th July, 2001
Where/How did you start with the football? I started as a young kid when I was in class 4 (four). I trained mostly after my school hours and even practiced with the senior railway team.
You’re inspiration: My Parents. Seeing them work so hard just to fulfill our (me and my two brothers) needs and wishes is what keeps me going. They have always supported me on my decisions and always kept me motivated, which has helped me immensely to reach this milestone of my life. Still a long way to go….
About the proud parents: My mother is a housewife and my father is an Indian Railway employee. He played an important role as he also took me to the field and taught me more about this beautiful sport. He used to take out some time from his hectic life to teach me practically on the field and rhetorically off it as well. He advises and guides me, when I do something wrong.
Aman’s message to the Guwahatians before the biggest football event: I would just like to say that I and my team are working really hard. Twice a day, sometimes even thrice to represent our Country in the World Cup, which every Indian can really be proud of. And for the People of Guwahati, I would just like to say ‘Thank You’ for all your constant support and love. I receive lots of good and motivating messages; no matter I do good or not. You all keep me motivated. Thank you all… again!
Let us all gear up for the event which will put us in the FIFA World map and support & cheer for our Country, and also for those going to represent us for the first time ever in the U-17 FIFA World Cup.
Let’s Bleed Blue Again!!!