FIVE DAYS after four players of their club were called for the U-17 football World Cup training being held in Goa, two players of Minerva Academy Football Club, Chandigarh, have been called up for training camp for U-14 India cup to be held in Bhopal.
Minerva Academy FC players Jaskarenver Singh and Vikram Pratap Singh have been included in the Indian probables list for the U-14 camp.
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Both the players played a pivotal role in the club’s title winning match in the inaugural edition of the All India Football Federation U-15 Youth league last month. Goalkeeper Jaskaranver Singh saved a crucial penalty in the tie-breaker against Royal Wahingdoh Club from Meghalaya in the final of the tournament. The team eventually won the final 4-3 on penalties.
“I was waiting for my chance and when I got it, I proved myself. I am really looking forward to the camp and I will give my best to improve myself. It will also give me a chance to prove my worth among India’s best youngsters at the U-14 level. Last month’s title win in the youth league also boosted my confidence a lot,” said the lanky goalie.
Vikram, a product of the Chandigarh Football Academy, joined the Minerva Football Club after passing from the academy and the forward has been instrumental in the team’s fine performance at the national level in the last one year. “I am happy. I always knew if I work hard, I will perform well and that will open a better and bigger door for me. I will use this national team call-up as my stepping stone and work harder to achieve bigger things. Playing with players like Givson Singh and other players who have gone for the U-17 camp also helped my game,” said Vikram.
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Minerva FC to face LoneStar Kashmir FC
Meanwhile, Minerva Academy FC senior side will face LoneStar Kashmir FC in their eighth match of the final round of the second division I league on Tuesday next week. The team needs to win its remaining two matches in the second division to make their way into the first division I league. Minerva FC had scored a 2-0 win over LoneStar Kashmir FC in the first leg encounter earlier this year. “This is perhaps going to be our most important match to date. The result will dictate much of our future. Hence it’s a do-or-die match for us. We have been here before during the zonal round. The match was fantastic and it ended in a goalless draw. The point is, it’s always difficult to play here with the local team enjoying a massive crowd support,” said coach Surinder Singh.