U-17 World Cup: Captain Amarjit Singh Kiyam to lead India
The wait is over.
The fun begins tomorrow!
In what could possibly be the biggest sports event to be held in India, the FIFA U-17 World Cup is all set to rock and roll from 6th October 2017 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Participating in the biggest football event for the first time, team India is grouped with USA, Ghana and Columbia.
Proving why the country is called the biggest democracy in the world, head coach announced Amarjit Singh Kiyam to lead the team in the World Cup after an internal voting by the 27 member squad. This was the first time when a team had voted to choose their captain and in this case, Amarjit was a unanimous choice.
The players could write three names with their first choice earning five points, the second name getting three points and the third choice, one. “From the 27 players who voted, Amarjit’s name featured on the list of 26 players. Most of them had him as their first choice. There were four who named him second choice and he was third on the list of three players. But, there was no doubt that he was the unanimous choice as captain,” a source in the team was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
Amarjit Singh Kiyam is a name any football fan from India is familiar with. Hailing from the state of Manipur, the midfielder had grabbed eyeballs in the U-16 AFC cup where the youngster’s performance was hailed by footballers all over the country. With a story of hardship and poor living conditions, the now Indian skipper has come a long way from his village to lead the team in the biggest event in Indian football.
“We have all worked very hard over the past couple of years. Staying away from home has been hard but no matter what we will try to win.” Said Amarjit to News 18.
Notably, this will be the first time India will take part in a World Cup irrespective of any format of the game and will also be the first timers to host a FIFA World Cup event.