New Delhi – The Technical Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) held a virtual meeting on Thursday to discuss the appointment of the coaching staff for the India U-16 Men’s national team. Chaired by former India international IM Vijayan, the committee thoroughly reviewed the applications from various candidates and recommended the core coaching staff for the team.
The committee members present in the meeting included Pinky Bompal Magar, Climax Lawrence, Arun Malhotra, Harjinder Singh, and Eugeneson Lyngdoh, along with AIFF’s Technical Director, Shabir Pasha.
After careful deliberation, the committee unanimously recommended the appointment of former India international Ishfaq Ahmed as the head coach of the India U-16 national team. Ahmed, with his vast experience and knowledge of the game, is expected to lead the team with expertise and guide them towards success.
Additionally, the committee proposed Rajan Mani and Feroz Sharif for the roles of assistant coach and goalkeeper coach, respectively, at the U-16 national team. With their expertise in their respective fields, Mani and Sharif are poised to contribute significantly to the development and training of the young talents.
Following the meeting, Chairman IM Vijayan expressed his confidence in the newly recommended coaching staff, stating, “This marks a new beginning for the India U-16 national team, and I am certain that the team will be in capable hands. The coaches we have recommended will do an excellent job in guiding the team forward.” Vijayan further highlighted the upcoming assignment for the U-16 team, which will participate in the SAFF U-16 Championship in Bhutan from September 1 to 11. He expressed his belief that the team would perform admirably and make the nation proud.