Pune’s u14 football talent gets taste of big time with Bhutia football school at I-leagueMarch 20, 2020, Pune
Pune Selected to play in the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Hero Sub-Junior I-League for the Bhaichung Bhutia Football School (BBFS) in Mumbai, eight youngsters from Pune graced the grand stage for the first time in their lives, after playing with local football clubs in Pune.
However, the promising youngsters could only manage to guide their side to a fourth-place finish in a tournament of five teams.
Dealing with a tricky schedule, the city’s youngsters had to balance academics, and travel to Mumbai to play their games in the league.
Playing a total of eight games in the last season, BBFS Mumbai managed to win one, draw two, and lost the rest.
However, the final standings have not dampened the desire of the local boys as they aim for a bigger, better and brighter future in the beautiful game.
Of the eight selected players who were picked last year, five were CMS Falcons’ recruits, while two were from Game of Goals FC and one from Greenbox Chetak FC.
Mitansh Choudhary, Nishit Phadke, Sai Patil, and brothers Abhishek and Rakesh Rawat, were selected from CMS Falcons.
Neev Jain and Aaryan Subramanian were the two who were picked from Game of Goals FC, while Avanish Chandawarkar represents Greenbox Chetak FC.
“I am immensely proud of the kids who got selected for the youth league. It is a huge positive for grassroots level football in Pune”, said CMS Falcons’ coach Prashant Sasane.
“Considering Pune has suffered huge losses in football in the past few years, it is always good to see that clubs and academies pick players from the city. We still have the potential to be the best city for grassroots level football,” added Sasane.
“All the coaches of my academy have the same aim for all the players learning. The aim is to give all our players a platform to play at a national level and in the future, at the international level too”, said Game of Goals coach Sushil Joseph.
“In order to achieve our aim, apart from the players, the coaches and parents have also worked very hard,” he added.
After a disappointing finish in the league, the boys are all set to work on building their momentum and aim for better results in the future.