The future of first team to represent the country in a FIFA tournament has been a subject of debate ever since the end of India’s campaign in the U-17 World Cup.While some suggest the All India Football Federation (AIFF) should stick to the core team for couple of years, many in the football fraternity think otherwise.Former England and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra has suggested the AIFF should encourage the youngsters to aim for clubs in England to develop their potential.”What India achieved against Colombia (in the Junior World Cup) was great for them. If you look at the game against USA, the boys were nervous. This was a big competition, first in India. But, result didn’t reflect the performance. Now they need to reach the next stage,” Chopra told Mail Today.Citing examples from the time he used to play for the England U-15 and U-17 teams, Chopra added, “When I was playing England, after the games I would go on and train with Alan Shearer, Kieron Dyer and Michael Owen at times. I think it’s time for them (Indian players) to think what they need to do. They have to fulfill their potential by playing with the best in Europe. It’s their opportunity.”Chopra, who enjoyed his yesteryears of football with Kerala Blasters, particularly heaped praise on goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh and defender Anwar Ali.Photo Credit: Indian Football Team Twitter The 33-year-old feels the AIFF should figure out a way to help the boys train and pursue their career with the foreign clubs, stating a tie up with the European federations could prove helpful.advertisement”I am quite impressed with some of the players. You look at Dheeraj, Ali, even Boris, there are lot of players who have potential. The AIFF can’t let this go waste. What they have done for the players so far is fantastic and now these players can be a force for the senior team. In one or two years, these players will try and push for the senior team. AIFF needs to find the best way for them to progress at the best rate. These Indian boys should go to England, AIFF should try to get a connection with some of the clubs abroad.”If you look at the way England have progressed, the academy system was helpful to build players for the future in 10-15 years time. Look at the England players in the U-17 World Cup, Angel Gomes plays for Manchester United while Jadon Sancho plays for (Borussia) Dortmund, an ex-Manchester City player. These players play with the Pogbas and Agueros every week. I think that’s what these Indian boys need,” he added.
Posted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faisal Siraj, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faisal Siraj, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.My 4th month in the Young Champions Program was very busy. The New Year celebration, my birthday, and the visa process for Nigeria made it a little hectic for me but I enjoyed it. I am planning to finally physically join my work office in Nigeria on the 1st of March and have started my visa process. I have completed the 7th chapter of safe motherhood guidelines for training traditional birth attendants and health workers. I tried to gather material for safe childcare guidelines and for that propose I met the maternal and child health coordinator of my town. This meeting was very helpful. The 7th chapter is on the first stage of labour: the condition of fetus. Description of the chapter is as follows.ObjectivesWhen you have completed this unit you should be able to:Monitor the condition of the fetus during labourRecord the findings on the partogramUnderstand the significance of the findingsUnderstand the causes and signs of fetal distressInterpret the significance of different fetal heart rate patterns and meconium stained liquorManage any abnormalities which are detectedThe next chapter, which I am currently working on, is the overall management of the first stage of labour and will be completed soon.Following is the progress of the activities planned in the first quarter of the project.Activities Planned for 1st QuarterAdvocacy meetings with stake holders – Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS (LSACA), Association of traditional births attendant (TBA) Primary Health Centers and community leadersTraining of volunteers (maternal health activist)Training of traditional birth attendantsActivities ImplementedAdvocacy VisitsAdvocacy meetings: this activity is implemented with the objective to increase public commitment to maternal health and awareness for HIV and TB prevention, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, family planning and prevention of other infections.Training of Volunteers (Maternal Health Activists)Date: November 25-26, 2010Venue: WCH Conference HallTraining Goal: To provide the volunteers with reproductive health updates and enable them provide quality maternal health information, non-prescriptive contraceptives and referrals to create a synergy between primary health centers and other agencies implementing programs on maternal health.Facilitators: Eunan Enyia, Emeka Nwankwo, Lucy Attah, Dr. FaisalTopics Discussed: Introduction to maternal health; Safe motherhood; Causes of maternal mortality; Cultural causes of maternal mortality; The impact of maternal mortality in our societyTarget Location: The facilitators and participants identified and discussed about the location for the project activities which include the primary health centers, traditional birth attendants and private hospitals. There was an argument to include churches as part of project sites since it is discovered that some churches claim to have healed their HIV clients and they will restrict their clients to their own clinics without referring them to where they can obtain ARV drug or adequate information that will help them make informed decisions concerning their health, especially maternal health complications and sexually transmitted infections.Counselling and Referral Activities: In this reporting period, young women living with HIV and AIDS came to WCH to seek out information concerning their health. Some were seeking information for family planning, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and adherence information on TB/HIV drugs. They were engaged in counseling. Forty eight clients (38 women, 10 men) were counseled and appropriate referrals made to PMTCT clinics.Challenges: The major challenge was that the training of the traditional birth attendants was rescheduled to take place in January. This is to allow time for people to go on holidays during Christmas period in December.Second Quarter Activities: The following list of activities would be scheduled to take place in the next quarter (2nd quarter):Counseling and ReferralsTraining of traditional birth attendantsAwareness / sensitization in communitiesTraining of health workers (Community Health Extension Workers-CHEWS)Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: