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I Saw Spark in All of You: PM Modi Tells India U-17 Football Stars

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the India U-17 team at the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi, on Friday.

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Updated:November 11, 2017, 8:13 AM IST
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I Saw Spark in All of You: PM Modi Tells India U-17 Football Stars
PM Modi meets the India Under-17 football stars. (AIFF Image)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the India U-17 team at the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi, on Friday. The India U-17 team who represented the nation in a FIFA World Cup for the first time in Indian sports history were invited by the PM after they came back from Saudi Arabia following the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers.

"I personally requested for this meeting as I saw some spark in all of you. Based on your performance people have started knowing you so there is a huge responsibility on your shoulders," said PM Modi during his meeting with the under-17 stars.

He further added that the boys must stay together as a team and in a few years time should establish themselves as professional players.

"Consider this U-17 WC as just a preparation for the future. I hope you stick together as a team and in 5-7 years time represent the country with great laurels", he stated.

PM Modi — who has mentioned the significance of sports umpteenth times in 'Mann ki Baat' — expressed that "there is no life without sports".

"There is no life without sports. Football is a very intense game. Hope you can inspire people to inculcate sports as part of their daily lives", Modi added.

The Prime Minister, who was present at the JLN Stadium in New Delhi during India's FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 opener against the USA on October 6, also said that Jeakson's goal against Colombia in their second match was the "biggest reason for all of us to celebrate".

"When Jeakson scored the goal it gave the biggest reason for all of us to celebrate."

The India U-17 team, along with India U-19 boys are now slated to ply their trade in the upcoming I-League 2017-18.
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