Panaji: The Asian Football Confederation on Friday gave green signal to the Goa government for hosting the AFC U-16 Championship, which will be held from September 15 to October 2 next year.
A team of AFC officials, which is on a three-day visit to inspect the progress of the infrastructure and ground condition of the two main venues and eight practice grounds, met Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar this morning and gave their go-ahead to host the tournament, All India Football Federation (AIFF) official Savio Messias said.
The AFC delegation comprising Jinho Yu, Chetan Kulkarni, Kumarason Chandran and Darren Stewart had a meeting with the Chief Minister at his residence.
Parsekar promised all his support to the tournament. "We are very happy that Goa has been selected as the venue for this prestigious international football event.
Football is in Goa's blood and the state government ensures all its support, help and cooperation for the tournament. We will make sure that all the requirements for the facilities are complied well before the deadline given to us (June 30, 2016)," the Chief Minister said.
Kulkarni, Head of Operations of AFC, said they were happy with the facilities that Goa has offered and thankful to the government for its "pro-active support".
"We expect a great tournament next year, where all 16 teams will definitely enjoy all the hospitality of the Goans," he said. .