All India Football Federation‘s top officials, including general secretary Kushal Das, visited I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC‘s academy on Friday, the two parties keeping their bickering aside for a change.
The Punjab-based side which brought the coveted title back to Punjab after 21 years has invested in their youth setup, which was instrumental in them winning the U-15 Youth League trophy for three successive seasons.
“I’m delighted to have visited the academy and participate in the I-League prize giving ceremony. I am fully convinced that right things are happening at Minerva Punjab FC,” Das said.
“The results are there for everyone to see. They’ve won the youth league and now they’ve conquered the I-League. I believe they have the ability and determination to become a premier club in Asia,” he added.
I-League CEO, Sunando Dhar, lauded Minerva Punjab’s efforts to nurture the budding talents. \
“It’s great to see that time, money, energy and above all the passion have been put to develop such a fantastic facility. If only all professional clubs make similar investments, Indian Football will develop. Kudos to Minerva Punjab FC. Keep up the good work,” he said.
Founder of Minerva Punjab, Ranjit Bajaj, was elated to welcome the AIFF officials.