Abhishek Yadav has been appointed as the National Scouts Director by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) wherein he will be responsible for the selection of players into the national team from various age groups.
The Mumbai City FC centre-forward has the distinction of running Football School of India (FSI) for the last three years or so in four cities wherein top class coaching is provided to kids in order to nurture talent at the grassroots.
“Abhishek Yadav will be the Director of Scouts and his name was recommended by our national coach Stephen Constantine and our technical team. He has been already doing commendable work at the grassroots level through his academy. I have known him too and we believe he can do this job ably,” Kushal Das, the AIFF general secretary told Goal.
Das also explained that it is an honourary position and that Yadav will not receive any remuneration as the AIFF wishes to use his experience to good effect.
“This is an incentive-based project wherein if you select a player who is appreciated by our coaches, then you (regional scouts working under Yadav) do get a certain percentage,” informed Das.
He further explained the idea behind the AIFF kick-starting a Scouts programme which shall ensure that India doesn’t miss out on talent.
“At present our coaches have only been focusing on players playing in the national championships at various age groups. This Scouts programme will open new horizons for the technical team to spot talent and also allow players who aren’t part of the national championships to showcase their skills.
“For example the other day Stephen Constantine went for an Under-19 match in Pune and he was impressed with a midfielder of DSK Shivajians-Liverpool International Academy. So this project certainly opens new options for the coaching team,” said Das.