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Big boost for India: Goswami

Calcutta: The football fraternity, on Thursday, described Fifa’s decision to award India the right to host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup as a historic development which may change the face of the game in the country.

Chuni Goswami said hosting the mega event would be a boon for infrastructure development and will also give a chance for youngsters to showcase their talent at the world level.

“It’s certainly a great step for development of Indian football. All the stakeholders will have to work in tandem to make the tournament a success. It will be a lesson for our youngsters to play alongside the best in the world. We have talented young kids on the block. Things will change with the World Cup. It will give us a huge boost,” Chuni said.

I. M. Vijayan felt hosting the mega event may change the face of Indian football.

“This tournament may change the face of football in India. We have the capacity to hold the tournament successfully. I feel at the youth and junior level we can compete at the world level. So, this may bring a beginning of the change in Indian football,” he said.

Subrata Paul felt getting the right to host the tournament was the biggest thing to have happen in the country’s football.

“I think, this is the biggest thing to happen to Indian football. We never ever thought that India would host a World Cup.”

Mehtab Hussain said the under-17 World Cup would lead to a big improvement in football infrastructure.

“I’m over the moon. It’s a great feeling. Indian football will reach new heights. The real standard of football will develop through this. I’m sure many more world class venues would come up,” he said.