New Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) Determined to provide the best exposure to age-group teams, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has arranged for a nine-month long extensive exposure plan for Indias U-16 national team.The plan has been prepared keeping in mind the AFC U-16 Finals slated to be held in September this year in Malaysia.Thanking the Sports Authority of India for their support, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said: “I am extremely grateful to the SAI for supporting the exposure trips. We had chalked out a fool-proof plan and presented it to them after which they discussed and gave us a green signal.””The All India Football Federation understands the importance of building the next generation of Indian football and after a heart-warming display of the U-17 national team in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, we are hopeful the exposure tours will benefit the U-16 boys and make them more competitive in their quest to qualify for the next edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.”This is the second successive time that the India U-16 team has made it to the finals of the AFC U-16 Championship and seventh time overall.The boys achieved it in Nepal last year qualifying as one of the best second placed teams where they held mighty defending champions Iraq to a goalless draw.Besides Dubai where the team is presently playing a series of friendly matches, the team being coached by Bibiano Fernandes will be travelling to Qatar, Japan, South Africa and Spain amongst others.advertisementThe team is also slated to play in some tournaments to help the boys test their skills ahead of the acid test in September. PTI SSC SSC
Her daughter collected the dog and took her inside, but Torrance Animal Control officer Shannon Behn impounded the animal for a 10-day quarantine at the county animal shelter in Carson. Crying, Evie Vassiliou placed Xena into a cage on Behn’s truck. It was unclear Friday what will happen to the dog, which is now housed in the same shelter as Chucky, the dog that attacked Choi. Vassiliou’s mother said her daughter adopted Xena about three years ago while volunteering at a Noah’s Bark adoption event. “She was feeling so bad. Nobody wanted that dog,” her mother said. “She said, `Mom, she needs a home.’ She fell in love. She loves that dog.” The daughter declined to comment. The mail carrier said the dog has barked at him for years when he walks by. He considered the dog a threat. Findon sought treatment for his wound at a local medical clinic. His supervisor finished delivering the neighborhood’s mail. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The postal worker, Tim Findon, said the puncture wound on his left hand was not serious, but it was the first time a dog had bitten him in his 13 years walking the north Torrance route. “I don’t like getting bitten,” he said. The attack occurred less than a week after south Torrance residents held a party for recovering mail carrier Moon Choi, who was severely mauled by a pit bull in August. Findon, 42, said he was walking in front of a house in the 4100 block of 180th Street at about 2:45 p.m. when the dog broke free from its leash. The dog’s owner, Evie Vassiliou, had attached Xena to a leash to give her a bath because relatives were visiting Friday, said Vassiliou’s mother, Agnes. When the mail carrier walked by, Xena became agitated, lunged at him and broke the chain. Vassiliou was unable to stop the animal, the mother said. BITE: The postal worker says he feared the boxer mix because it has barked at him for years. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A dog broke free from its chain in Torrance on Friday and bit a mail carrier who said he always feared the barking boxer mix as he walked his route.