IFB Boca Football Champs Select Players to Train with Boca Juniors, Argentina
- IFB in association with Club Atlético Boca Juniors from Argentina launched the IFB Boca Football Champs, a football tournament for schools and colleges across India and a scouting camp intended to reward talented players with an opportunity to travel to Argentina, train under the CA Boca Junior coaches and play friendlies with the club.
- Over 4500 school and college players from 8 cities participated in the ambitious program
- 30 shortlisted players from the tournament participated in a one week training camp in Goa conducted by coaches from Club Atlético Boca Juniors, out of which 14 selected players will travel to Buenos Aires shortly.
14 promising school and college level football players have been selected to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina and train with the legendary Club Atlético Boca Juniors from Argentina as part of the IFB Boca Football Champs football scouting initiative. The boys will be leaving for Argentina shortly.
Launched in December 2013 by IFB Industries Ltd, the football scouting initiative included a national football tournament for school and college students across the country which culminated with the finals being played in Goa. Sixteen teams from eight cities – Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Shillong, Pune and Goa – battled it out in Goa for the top spot.
IFB roped in the very best technical partners to carry out its sports mission – the Argentinian Club, Club Atlético Boca Juniors who have had players like the legendary Diego Maradona and other players including Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Riquelme, Claudio Canigga, Gago and Carlos Tevez.
30 shortlisted players from the tournament participated in a one week training camp in Goa conducted by coaches from Club Atlético Boca Juniors, Alejandro Javier Blasco and Alberto Jose Estevez along with Head Scout at the IFB Boca Football Champs, Jamshid Nassiri, who has been keeping a keen eye on the players at selections across the country scouting for potential talent.
Said an official from IFB Industries Ltd, “The IFB Boca Football Champs initiative has enabled us to reach out to and bring together talented players from several parts of the country to uncover some of the best and dynamic football talent. Many of the promising players come from economically backward sections of society for whom this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are happy to facilitate and offer this incredible break to this group of 14 very talented players. We have always believed that India has immense sporting talent. Through our association with one of the world’s best football club Club Atlético Boca Juniors from Argentina and the amazingly talented Jamshid Nassiri we look forward to nurturing football talent in the country.”
Added coach and officials from Club Atlético Boca Juniors, Alejandro Javier Blasco and Alberto Jose Estevez who are down in Goa from Argentina for the final selections, “When we arrived , we had many doubts about the level of the players, but we are very pleased with the results and have seen the efforts the boys have put in. The players can work more on their individual techniques, tactics , strategy and mental strength. In the last week, the players worked hard to improve their level. We are sure that the selected players who will travel to Argentina are prepared to face the next challenge.” They added, “It’s wonderful that IFB is supporting and encouraging football in the country. We appreciate the courtesy and kindness with which we were treated in Goa and look forward to reciprocating the same in Argentina. Thank you Goa and thank you India.
Added Jamshid Nassiri, Head Scout, IFB Boca Football Champs, “The level of football we have seen over the last few months is encouraging. During the course of the selections and trials across cities, we have come across some wonderfully talented football players who could become stars in the future”
The IFB Boca Football Champs initiative kicked off in December 2013 is a grassroots level football tournament organized by IFB Industries in association with Argentinean club, Club Atlético Boca Juniors. The sports initiative drew over 4,000 players from 270 schools and 186 colleges from 8 cities across the country.
List of players selected to train in Argentina :
|Sl No||Name of the player||City||School|
|1||Inonito Zhimomi||Delhi||Genesis Global School|
|2||Liam Bain||Kolkata||Frank Anthony Public|
|3||Cladeo Nongpluh||Pune||Spicer HS|
|4||Domnic Soares||Goa||Fr Agnel School Pilar|
|5||Guru Raj||Bangalore||Parikrma Centre for Learning|
|6||Jishnu Balakrishnan||Calicut||MSP HSS|
|7||Khusen Manger||Shillong||St Anthony’s H.S.S|
|Sl No||Name of the player||City||College|
|1||Nikhil Prashar||Chandigarh||SGGS College (Khalsa College)|
|2||Yohan Confectioner||Kolkata||St Xavier’s College|
|3||Mojaffar Ali||Kolkata||Barasat College|
|4||Banpynkhrawnam Nongkhlaw||Shillong||St Anthony’s College|
|5||Aibormiky Suchiang||Shillong||Shillong College|
|6||Clencio Pinto||Goa||Rosary College|
|7||Subithlal M||Calicut||Zamorins Guruvayurappan|
|8||Akshay Hurria||Delhi||Venkateshwara College|