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All India Football Federation’s inaugural Inter Academy Tournament came in for lavish praise from Asian Football Confederation's Technical Director...

Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) Technical Director, Jim Shelby lauded the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) initiative of having an inter academy tournament.

In an interactive session with the boys of Pailan World School, Shelby said, "You are in no way inferior to your contemporaries who are in Spain or Germany. All you need to do is do practice. If you are not giving your best on a day, it means you will be falling behind your rivals by a day. Then, you will have to play catch up. There can be no compromise as far as practice is concerned. You will determine your own destiny."

Shelby informed that he is aware of the potential that lies within India and is already in talks with India's Technical Director, Rob Baan and FIFA Director for Academies in India, Scott O' Donell.

"The Asian Football Confederation is aware of the potential of success which lies within India. I have had discussions with both Rob Baan and Scott O’Donell and some strategies have been chalked out which will be implemented in 2013. The global trend stays to develop the local instructors," he mentioned.

“I have had a close look at the AIFF Regional Academy boys. As I see boys of such age-groups all over the world, I can tell you they have the potential to compete against the best in the future. But development process takes time,” he opined.

“I commend the AIFF and FIFA for launching this initiative. Developed footballing nations started it some 30-to-40 years back. And they are now enjoying their harvest.”

Shelby praised the Master Plan prepared by Baan and mentioned that the key is to implement the same.

"I have gone through the Master Plan drafted by Rob Baan. Adaptation of the same within different states in India stays the key at the moment," he said.

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