The Asian Football Confederation have officially confirmed India as hosts of the 2016 AFC U-16 Finals.
It was more than a year back in May 2014 that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) had first expressed its interest in hosting the continental championship. The AIFF believes the championship is a perfect build up to India hosting the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup.
Speaking on the occasion, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said, "The AFC U-16 Championship will enable our national team to gain valuable experience before 2017 while also giving us a great opportunity to test our organisational capabilities before the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.”
Furthermore, the Indian U-16 national team will also be participating in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers in September 2015, the draw for which will be held on 5 June 5 in Malaysia.
"India as host nation have already qualified — but the team will still be participating in the qualifiers to give them maximum international exposure in the lead up to the tournament," a statement on the AIFF website said.
Meanwhile, Bahrain will host the AFC U-19 Championship 2016 Finals.
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Updated Date: Jun 03, 2015 10:07:37 IST