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The India international was the guest of honour at the finale of the north and east leg of the prestigious youth tournament…

Syed Rahim Nabi was pleased that youngsters in the country have an opportunity to participate in competitions and thereby make a name for themselves. The Mohun Bagan player was referring to Nike’s annual Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) tournament that is held under the aegis of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and has become a strong platform in India to unearth football talent at the grass root level and to enable young footballers to get an opportunity to represent India at a global stage.

“What I like about MUPC, which is an U-15 tournament, is that the boys are playing top matches at such a young age. The biggest drive about this tournament is you play regionally and thereafter qualify for the India finals. If you win there then you get a chance to represent the country in Malaysia and thereafter at Old Trafford!

“You will get to play in front of some of the best players in the world such as Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs. So obviously it is a great platform for the youngsters. This is a good tournament for youngsters to participate in. We have to think of the next generation of players. What we didn’t get, they must avail. We have talent in India and if given the right guidance, everything is possible,” said Nabi, who was in Jamshedpur to witness the finale between Chandigarh and BMSC (Manipur)

“Nike’s MUPC is a fantastic platform for young footballers to gain experience by competing against the best teams in the country and later the finest teams from across the globe. I wish both the teams’ good luck for the MUPC India finals.”

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