Panjab University aims to win gold at KIUG

NEW DELHI, FEB 17 : Over the years, most of the talented football players in India have risen from the northeastern states, Kerala and West Bengal. However, ahead of the Khelo India University Games (KIUG), the tide seems to have turned. Panjab University, who clinched gold at the All India University competition, is aiming to replicate their performance at the KIUG beginning Saturday.

Punjab has produced some of the best footballing talent in the past and clubs like JCT FC have played a major role in this development. Over the past few years, there was a considerable dip in the performance of the state when it came to football, but with the rise of clubs like Minerva FC and its home grown academies there has been a resurgence of sorts and now we have quality football players across universities in the state.

“All the football teams at the University Games will be good, but I think the University of Kerala will pose tough competition for us. We won gold at the All India University competition in December after defeating Punjabi University in the final. We will look to replicate our performance at the Khelo India University Games,” said Jatin Yadav from Panjab University.

Yadav added that the university has provided all the necessary equipment to the players for their training.

“The coaches and the teachers at our university are helping us a lot. We have been provided with all the equipment for our preparations. We carry out our practice sessions at the university,” said the 20-year-old.

Tapas Mazumdar from Kolkata University feels that Adamas University from Kolkata and Panjab University from Chandigarh will pose a tough challenge for them.

“The Adamas University from Kolkata and Panjab University from Chandigarh will be the tough competitors for us at the Khelo India University Games. I have not played in any of the Khelo India Games. However, I have heard a lot about the Khelo India Games. So we will perform well and make a mark in the competition,” said the defender.

Mazumdar added that the KIUG will be a good platform for all athletes to showcase their talent.

“I feel the Games will be a good platform for us to showcase our skills. The competition will help me move forward in my football career. It’s great to see the Indian government starting many initiatives to improve the sporting culture in India,” said the 22-year-old.

Kannur University missed out on a medal at the All India University competition and therefore they are determined to perform well at the Games.

“I think the Punjabi University from Patiala will be a tough competitor for us. We finished fourth at the All India University competition so we are definitely looking to win a medal at the Khelo India University Games. We are confident that we will put up a good performance in the competition,” said Sudhin PV from Kannur University.

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