Kiren Rijiju from sports ministry has committed to provide “extra financial help” to boost growth of Indian football, according to All India Football Federation.

Rijiju made the statement on the sidelines of the Hero International Cup here.

“We have seen certain improvements in our men’s as well as women’s football in recent times. From the sports ministry, we will provide extra financial help wherever it’s possible to scout, and nurture young talents as well as for the professional training, and other events,” Rijiju said in an interview to the AIFF.

The minister didn’t hide his affinity for football and said his ministry will put more attention to better training, coaching and facilities.

“The ministry of sports will provide whatever is required for better training, coaching, facilities, and other demands and requirements whichever will be placed by the AIFF. I’ll always be there.

“I am very enthusiastic about supporting any kind of sport in India, and football is very special for me,” he added.

He also praised the senior Indian women’s team for its recent rise in the Fifa ranking which was released in July 12.

“I must compliment the women’s team for rising to 57 in the fifa ranking recently. That’s a huge jump. I am very confident that the standard for women’s team will rise further.”

Football is the biggest game in terms of popularity, reach and size. We also have to put a lot of effort to improve our football. Be it a village or a city, football is a game which can played anywhere. I am very hopeful that the standard of Indian football will rise in the years to come.”


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