NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Wednesday refuted reports suggesting it had sacked national under-17 football team coach Nicolai Adam.
The reports had caused much consternation particvularly in the light of the fact that there is now barely nine months to go for the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the country in October.
News reports had emerged late Tuesday evening that the German had been sacked by the Indian football association following a dismal performance at the recently concluded Granatkin Memorial Cup in Moscow, where the Indian team finished last.
Adam, appointed in early 2015, had also come under fire after the colts failed to put up a strong show in the AFC Under-16 Championships and BRICS Cup.
A statement issued by the AIFF Wednesday reads:
All India Football Federation is surprised and denies the news report about sacking of FIFA U-17 World Cup Team head coach Nicolai Adam.
The AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel interacted on Tuesday (January 24, 2017) with the coach and the boys who were on their way back to Goa from the Valentin Granatkin Memorial Tournament in St Petersburg, Russia. The President discussed the performance of the team as well as the way forward towards preparing a more competitive team for the U-17 World Cup.
The AIFF as the governing body is focussed on the development of the game and unearthing new talents in the Country. It is AIFF’s utmost priority to ensure a proper roadmap for Indian Football and the welfare of the boys.
The Team which has been sent on long exposure tours by AIFF to Germany, Dubai, Spain, South Africa, Norway, Brazil, Russia amongst others would resume their practice on February 1, 2017 in Goa.