New Delhi\/Kolkata: The football fraternity on Thursday described FIFA's decision to award India the right to host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup as a historic development which may change the face of the game in the country. In a landmark development, India was chosen as the host country for the mega event by the FIFA executive committee in its meeting at Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. Describing the development as historic, All India Football Federation president Praful Patel said hosting the mega event would have a huge impact in raising the profile of the game. (India to host Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017)
"This is historic. This is what we have been waiting for. FIFA has been extremely supportive of our ambitions and taking Indian football to world level. Hosting a tournament of such a stature will help galvanise the face of Indian football among the masses and youth of the country," he said.
Legendary Indian footballer Chuni Goswami said hosting the mega event would be a boon for infrastructure development and will also give a chance for youngsters to showcase their talent at the world level.