Indian Super League (ISL) side, ATK Mohun Bagan on Thursday announced that they would be giving head coach, Juan Ferrando the additional responsibility of scouting for three age groups in the form of the Under-18’s, Under-15’s, and Under-13’s.
Ferrando has come in for praise from all quarters after leading ATK Mohun Bagan to qualification for the AFC Cup 2022 inter-zonal semi-finals, with his side finishing the campaign at the top of the group last month.
The Mariners management want to use the Spaniard in further capacity and he will now begin preliminary scouting for three age groups — under-18, under-15, and under-13 — on June 20 at Salt Lake Stadium and he will be joined by his deputy Bastab Roy.
Before making it to the senior team, the selected footballers will have a chance to wear the green-and-maroon jersey in the AIFF’s age-group competition. The Under-18 trials will take place on June 20-22, followed by the Under-15 selection on June 24-26.
The trials for Under-13’s will take place on June 28-30. Youngsters who are interested in participating in the trials, need to bring their Aadhaar card or an age-proof certificate. It will be interesting to see whether Ferrando can help scout out more young talent, considering that players like Kiyan Nassiri, Arsh Anwar, Sumit Rathi, and Fardeen Ali Mollah were all discovered via their youth program.