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Robb Baan has given assurances of the AIFF's progress ahead of the U-17 World Cup in 2017 while stating that the future of the senior national team is in good hands as well.

Rob Baan, the Techinical Director of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), has given assurances of the groundwork being done by the governing body in preparation of the U-17 World Cup to be held in India in 2017. The Dutchman was also optimistic of the future of the senior national team.

"We're active and things are progressing. Yes, there are negatives but I'm here for the last two years and there are a lot of positives as well," the Dutchman pointed out.

"In the last two years there have been four academies where 120 top talented boys of the country have been trained. It means we have a future as the best of these players will end up in the national team.
We've done lots of courses where coaches are given up to date information," Baan said, speaking at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FICCI) convention on football business in New Delhi.

"When we came here the style of play was English but that was not the problem. Kicking without an idea was the problem. We need to play with an idea, be quick, pass and make the right decision," he continued.

He defended the efforts of the AIFF in terms of the progress made at grassroot level stating, "we got six states where the grassroot programme is active. Several programmes for goalkeepers, one for fitness and one pro license coaching course have been conducted."

Baan went on to express the progress made in terms of preparing for the U-17 World Cup saying, "with regard to the boys for the U-17 World Cup, we already have 26 boys in the academy who were scouted last year even before we won the bid and another 20 boys who will be selected in the next national training camp."

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