The new Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal has promised all support to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in making the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 a grand success.

From left : AIFF Ex Co Member Mr. Ankur Dutta, Sports Minister Mr. Sarbananda
 Sonowal and AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das at the Minister’s residence
AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das and Executive Committee Member and Airtel I-League Vice-Chairman Mr. Ankur Dutta paid a courtesy visit to the just-appointed Minister on Tuesday (May 27, 2014), his first day in office.

During the half-an-hour meet, Mr. Sonowal assured all-out support from the Government of India in 2017 when India would be hosting its maiden FIFA World Cup.

“It was indeed a pleasure to meet the Sports Minister on his first day in office,” Mr. Das told

“I briefed him about the U-17 World Cup and he seemed very enthusiastic about it. He has assured full cooperation from the Government in making the mega event a grand success. A more detailed presentation on the U-17 World Cup and AIFF’s football plan in general will be given to the minister soon,” Mr. Das added.

Echoing the General Secretary, Mr. Dutta, who is from the same state of Assam as the Sports Minister added: “The positive attitude of the Minister towards development of the sport will boost the sport as a whole. He is himself a football enthusiast and assured extensive support from the Government during the U-17 World Cup.”