New Delhi, Sep 22 (Representative) All India Football Federation president Kalyan Chaubey and secretary Shaji Prabhakaran called on Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday to discuss the readiness of Bhubaneswar as one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022. “The two AIFF officials also met with Sports Odisha Secretary Vineel Krishna, to discuss the infrastructural facilities that Bhubaneswar will be providing to the teams that participate in the World Cup,” an AIFF statement said.They discussed the readiness of Bhubaneswar as one of the three venues for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, and thanked the Chief Minister and Krishna for their continued supportto Indian football. “Bhubaneswar looks well prepared to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022. Extremely happy to visit our U-17 Women’s Team in KIIT campus and interact with the girls and coaching staff who are preparing for a historic appearance in the World Cup,” said Chaubey.
Prabhakaran stated, “This visit to Odisha has given us an opportunity to interact with all stakeholders of football in Odisha, and our endeavor would be to further strengthen and broad-base our partnership between the Government of Odisha and the AIFF. “It was an extremely productive visit to Odisha and I would like to express my appreciation to the office bearers of FAO for facilitating us in Cuttack and providing an opportunity to meet with allstakeholders,” said the AIFF president. “FAO is working actively in developing football and through FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Thereis a great opportunity for Odisha to grow in stature as one of the prominent destinations for women’s football in India,” said Prabhakaran. Later the chief minister and AIFF and Odisha football officials met the India U-17 Women’s team players and officials, in order to inspire them ahead of their big campaign.