‘Happy to see foot­ball pop­u­lar among youth’

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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

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