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AIFF eager to host U-16 AFC Finals in 2016

Posted on May 02 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, May 2 : The All India Football Federation (AIFF) recently expressed its interest to host the AFC U-16 Championship Finals in 2016.

The AIFF said that the Championship can serve as a precursor before India host the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup.

The AFC U-16 Finals will not only help the Indian Team gain valuable competitive experience but simultaneously also help in evaluating the organisation abilities of the venues, the AIFF said.

According to reports, Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF had officially approached Dato Alex Soosay, General Secretary, Asian Football Confederation, and Dato Windsor John, Deputy General Secretary, AFC, mentioning India's eagerness.

The AFC, in its reply, has stated they are extremely pleased with the offer.

However, the bidding for the 2016 Competition will officially open after the completion of the AFC U-16 Finals in Thailand in September 2014, and relevant documents need to be submitted by November 2014.

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