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Understanding requirement of team is crucial to scouting - Abhishek Yadav

Abhishek Yadav, a familiar name in Indian football circles as a striker with over 50 international caps and a two-time Nehru Cup winner, is currently in Dubai overseeing the launch of the All India Football Federation's global scouting programme.

Since assuming charge as Chief Operating Officer and Director of scouting for the Indian Under-17 team, this is Yadav's attempt at taking the process of scouting to foreign shores, in an attempt to create a larger pool of players for India's AFC under-16...

India survive scare in playoff to advance in 2019 Asian Cup qualifying

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India fans can look forward to watching their team in next year's third round of 2019 Asian Cup qualifying.

India survived an early scare to thrash Laos 6-1 in the second leg of their 2019 Asian Cup qualification playoff to move into the third round with a 7-1 aggregate win on Tuesday night in Guwahati.

With a 1-0 lead from the first leg five days previously, any thoughts that the return match would be a stroll seemed to be dispelled in the 16th minute as Khonesavanh Sihavong struck to put Laos level.

Two minutes before half-time, however, Jeje Lalpekhlua, the scorer from the first leg, made it 1-1 on...

AIFF launches global U-16 scouting programme

In an effort to scout players for the Indian Under-16 national team, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to launch a global scouting programme in collaboration with the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

This is being done with a view to the AFC Under-16 Championships to be held in India in September 2016 as well as the FIFA Under-17 World Cup exactly one year later.

Named the SAI-AIFF Overseas Scouting Project, the programme kicks off with on-field trials for interested players born...

India win first-leg playoff in Laos to move closer to 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Jeje Lalpekhlua was India's hero in their 1-0 victory in Laos.

India took a step closer to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Thursday evening with a 1-0 win over Laos in the first leg of a playoff for the third round of qualification for the continental tournament.

Jeje Lalpekhlua got the only goal of the game at the Lao National Stadium in Vientiane 10 minutes into the second half.

The Blue Tigers can seal their place in the third round in the second leg in Guwahati on Tuesday to become one of the 24 teams competing for the 12 remaining places at the continental tournament.


Jeje fires India to 1-0 win over Laos

Jeje Lalpekhlua scored the only goal in the first leg of the AFC Asian Cup qualification playoff in Vientiane.

Jeje Lalpekhlua scored a 56th minute goal to fire India to a 1-0 win over Laos in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification playoff at the National Stadium, Vientiane on Thursday. The victory was India's first in the away leg of a qualifier since 2001. 

Jeje's goal was his 13th in India colours, and his first since scoring in India's 2-1 win over Afghanistan in the SAFF Championship final in January.

India, who lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, dominated possession in the first half, but struggled...