‘Happy to see football popular among youth’
1 (Addressing India U-17 players) I personally requested for this meeting as I saw some spark in all of you. Based on your performance people have started knowing you so there is a huge responsibility on your shoulders.
2 Consider this U17WC as just a preparation for the future. I hope you stick together as a team and in 5-7 years time represent the country with great laurels
3 (On his love for sports, and specifically football) There is no life without sports. Football is a very intense game. Hope you can inspire people to inculcate sports as part of their daily lives.
4 Jeakson Singh Thounaojam’s name will be remembered in the history of Indian football forever! This youngster from Manipur became the first Indian to score a goal in a FIFA U-17 World Cup. Proud of him.
5 These bright youngsters displayed tremendous grit and determination through the FIFA U-17 World Cup. I am happy to see football becoming more popular among India’s youth.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi