The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) developmental aspect, Indian Arrows, is all set to participate within the 123rd version of the IFA Shield as a part of their pre-season preparation for the Hero I-League marketing campaign, ranging from Sunday (December 6, 2020). Having began in 1893, the IFA Shield is among the oldest soccer competitions on the earth, and Arrows head coach Venkatesh Shanmugam feels that this can be a good probability for the brand new batch to soak in some expertise of taking part in senior soccer.
“The IFA Shield is one of the oldest and most prestigious tournaments in India, a lot of history is involved in this competition. It will be an honour for these young boys to play in the tournament and they are very lucky in that regard,” mentioned Venkatesh. “As a coach, I am very happy to take this team to the tournament.”
The present Arrows batch has come by way of the ranks of junior soccer, having been promoted from the U-17 degree, the place they skilled underneath head coach Shuvendu Panda in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Government of Odisha supplied with the infrastructure and amenities for the boys to coach.
The boys, who’ve now progressed to the Indian Arrows group, will assemble in Bhubaneswar for his or her coaching camp on November 20, earlier than heading to Kolkata for the IFA Shield and subsequently the Hero I-League.
The Indian Arrows are drawn in Group C of the IFA Shield, the place they’re set to play their first match towards Southern Samity on December 6, adopted by a conflict towards George Telegraph SC on December 9. Head coach Venkatesh feels that his costs are ready to face the upcoming problem in Kolkata.
“They can compete with any team in the IFA Shield. But our main focus will be on getting the boys ready for the challenges coming ahead It is a great way to prepare for the Hero I-League,” mentioned Venkatesh.
“We will get to know where the team stands in terms of fitness and togetherness. There are a few teams from the I-League in the tournament too, so it will be good for the boys to get into the mindset to face teams of that level,” he continued.
Venkatesh, who can also be the assistant coach of the Senior Indian Football Team underneath head coach Igor Stimac, feels that having 5 substitutions will assist the reason for the Indian Arrows, as extra boys will get match expertise underneath their belt.
“I can get a good look at all the players in the team during this tournament. Especially with the use of five substitutions, I can gauge the calibre and potential of the players as well. It goes both ways – getting experience under their belt and also a chance for the players to prove themselves,” said Venkatesh.
IFA SHIELD FIXTURES:
December 6: Indian Arrows vs Southern Samity
December 9: Indian Arrows vs George Telegraph SC