AIFF U-17 Youth League crucial for players' development, says Corbett FC coach
23 May 2024

AIFF Media Team

NEW DELHI: Corbett FC, though a relatively new club, are no strangers to youth football in India. True to their reputation this season too, at the AIFF U-17 Youth League, Corbett FC leads the cause of Uttarakhand football, having made it to the semi-final of the competition. The academy that received an ‘Elite’ level accreditation from AIFF last year, have been benefiting from the U-17 league’s format so far.

Head coach Mohammed Rizwan says, “We faced a lot of ups and downs during our campaign, but overall, we feel that the current format is one that genuinely benefits the good players.

“Our Group Stage matches were not as difficult, but we have been doing well in the Final Round, which is a good sign for the boys. They are learning,” said Rizwan. “It’s good for us to make it to the Final Round as we get to play teams of higher quality.”

Corbett FC finished top of their group in the Group Stage, which also featured Himalayan FC, Madan Maharaj FC, and K.R. Football Leaders Club. They finished second in the group stage of the Final Round, against Kerala Blasters, RFYS, and United SC, respectively.

Mere participation, however, is not on Corbett FC’s agenda, which was amply clear after their 2-1 victory against Zinc Football Academy in the quarter-finals. They now face Sudeva Delhi FC in the semi-final on Wednesday, May 23, 2024. 

“We have certainly played well so far, but I expect the semi-finals and final to be even tougher, and our boys are relishing the opportunity,” said Rizwan. “They have been extremely receptive of the tactical and technical inputs, and are eager to execute the plans that we set out for them.“Being in competition mode like this will only help them gain invaluable experience right now,” he said.

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