The Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) on Monday opened two U-14 pre-academies, keeping in mind the talent pool needed for the U-17 World Cup to be held in India in 2017.
It is for the purpose of producing the talent required for India at the U-17 World Cup that the council has roped in Katz Naidoo the technical director of South Africa, with the aim of making Goa the “Mecca of Indian football”, considering the fact that the state is scheduled to be one of the hosts.
Amongst 70 children who have been selected for the aforementioned pre-academies, 25 will be made a final selection next year.
"The children will be trained and they have time till 2015 to improve. They have to be a part of the transition and only the impressive ones will make the cut. But I request the parents to ensure all this while they excel academically as well. It's a holistic process," elucidated the South African national Naidoo, at the Duler stadium.
"For the last two years we have been identifying talent and trying to take them to the next level. We have to make sure Goa gets the recognition as the Mecca of Indian football. It's these kids who can take India to the World Cup in the future," explained Rufino Monteiro, GFDC chairman, who wants Goa to produce the talent that will elevate India to the World Cup in the future.
Francis D'Souza, the Goan deputy chief minister, has promised to install floodlights at the stadium by next year alongside ensuring the development of new stands on the south and east side respectively.