AIFF President Praful Patel interacts with national teams
NEW DELHI: All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) president Praying patel On Friday he suggested that members of the U-17 World Cup women's team be inspired by each other and also called on national teams to be patient as players wait for the action to begin.
Patel interacted with national teams in all age groups, inquiring about the well-being of the players amidst the forced blockade of COVID-19.
The players, in a video conference, informed Patel about how they had been going through the running of the bulls and Patel wished the U-17 World Cup women's team luck.
Do your best and never be under pressure. I am sure you will do well. New dates have been announced and all of you must stand together as a team and raise the morale of others.
The U-17 Women's World Cup, scheduled for November this year, was postponed to February next year.
Male senior captain Sunil Chhetri , Sanhing Jhingan and Anirudh Thapa together with members of the women's team Bala Devi , Aditi Chauhan and Dangmei Grace were among the players in attendance.
"We are in touch with the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs as to when footballing action can resume in India. Stay safe everyone, and don't rush. This is such a nice platform where the juniors can look up to their idols directly," he said.
"I am sure that getting to interact with the likes of Chhetri, Jhingan, Bala and others will inspire the junior players," Patel added.
Talking to the group, Chhetri urged everyone to eat and sleep well.
"The lockdown tends to disturb your schedule a lot as everyone tends to sleep at awkward times. That also affects your diet. So as players we need to be extra careful and stick to our routines," he said.
The women's national team thanked Patel for planning a solid international program that helped them play 25 friendly matches in 2018-19 as part of their exhibition tours.
The experience helped us mature to become better players, they said in unison.