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India U-17 World Cup squad win friendly in Kolkata against IFA XI

India's probable squad for the 2017 U-17 World Cup notched up a 2-0 victory at the Mohun Bagan ground on Monday against a team put up by the Indian Football Organization (IFA), the governing body of the game in West Bengal. Aniket Jhadav and Sanjeev Stalin were on the score-sheet for Nicolai Adam's side.

The idea behind organising the match was to look out for potential talent who could still make the cut for the Under-17 World Cup squad. Former India U-14 international Tarak Hembra, who had played a key role in Bengal's journey to the semi-finals of the U-15 Coca Cola Cup in 2013, grabbed the eyeballs apart from the goalkeeper Soumik Mitra. The two shortlisted players will now have to undergo a medical and should they clear it, they will be part of Adam's squad.

The likes of Bhaichung Bhutia, Abhishek Yadav, Dipendu Biswas, Shyam Thapa alongside All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice-president Subrata Dutta and I-League's CEO Sunando Dhar were in attendance. 

The German coach was unhappy with the state of the pitch and voiced his frustrations. It is believed that the AIFF requested the IFA to move the venue of the game after looking at the condition of the Mohun Bagan ground but the latter couldn't make the necessary arrangements.

"I don't want that any of my players get injured. We can't play matches here unless the ground condition improves," he remarked after the match.

Utpal Ganguly, the secretary of the IFA, responded stating that it was the AIFF who wished to play at the Bagan ground.

"We had proposed that the match should be played at Barasat, but they wanted to play it here," said Ganguly.

The squad will now travel to Guwahati to play a friendly against North East XI before embarking on a tour to South Africa on 4th February.