Trials held for budding footballers in Kohima

Correspondent KOHIMA, March 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/3/2019 12:45:05 PM IST

Delhi-based Sudeva Residential Football School conducted Kohima trials for U-13, U-15 and U-18 at IG Stadium, Kohima on March 3.

Co-owner of the academy, Anuj Gupta observed that Nagaland has natural talents and are skilled in football. He however stressed on the need for proper training at grassroots level and suggested a league structure for players to grow. 

Talking to this correspondent, Gupta said India requires quality strikers and viewed that natural style of playing will suit if given proper training, adding that the state can produce quality strikers.

He pointed out the weather suits players and suggested that the state need academies, youths and grassroots leagues that will give them opportunity to play more matches. 

He opined that league structure will improved the players as it provides players scope to improve and to mature in the game as opposed to tournaments where coaches or the players are scared of making mistakes

During the trials, he observed that youngsters are eaget to learn and hungry for more. He said there is a football culture but footballers need to be trained in professional manner.He also assured that he will produce one quality player from Kohima who will be able to play the youth league in Delhi. 

On being asked about scouting from big clubs in India, he suggested that the football association or the YRS department should provide more push and invite clubs to scout Naga talents during the league tournament.  “If we show them the level, they will only come,” he said. Gupta added that the state needs to start grooming footballers at a tender age for the growth of the football in the state. 

On the selection of players from Nagaland, he said few selected players will be given full scholarship and some  partial scholarship from Kohima . He however pondered on how players will acclimatize to weather in Delhi. “They have to get use to everything, to become a player it is not only playing in the ground, but  about what you do outside the ground and get use to the challenges, but if they (players) stay, they will grow”, he said.

Gupta hoped that Nagaland will be able to produce a club to play in second division team in I-League to make a difference in the country.  

The trials were personally supervised by the co-founders Anuj Gupta and Vijay Hakari in Kohima. The academy are currently conducting trails all over India for different age groups from U-13 to U-18. The selected players during the trials would get a chance to play in Spain or be a part of Sudeva’s Residential Football School, New Delhi and become part of Sudeva I-League teams in their respective age groups

Sudeva Club are currently playing in second division I league and also  owns CD Olympic Xativa - 3rd division club in Spain. It stated that 20 player from across the country were selected by the academy in 2018 to undergo training at Spain.

Altogether, 49 young players registered for the trials on Sunday and 84 players turned up for the football trails on Friday. 

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