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Football legends, PV Sindhu to attend FIFA U-17 WC draw in Mumbai

July 05, 2017 18:22 IST

Esteban Cambiasso

IMAGE: Esteban Cambiasso celebrates scoring a goal for Leicester City in the English Premier League on May 24, 2015. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Legendary footballers Esteban Cambiasso and Nwankwo Kanu along with Indian sporting icons Sunil Chhetri and P V Sindhu will attend the official draw for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in India later this year.

The draw to be held in Mumbai on Friday will also be attended by officials from the participating teams and the host cities. The event will be telecast live on FIFA.com.

Kanu and Cambiasso are no strangers to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Kanu held the winner's trophy aloft with Nigeria in 1993 while Argentine great Cambiasso participated in the 1995

edition.

Kanu, who won Olympic gold in 1996, was twice chosen as African Player of the Year, and was also part of Nigeria at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 editions of the FIFA World Cup.

Cambiasso, meanwhile, won the FIFA U-20 World Cup 1997 and was part of Argentina's team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"The FIFA U-17 World Cup 1993 really spurred my career – within years of winning the title, I won the Olympic gold and from there as I would like to believe, there wasn't any looking back," Kanu said in a statement released by the FIFA and Local Orgainsing Committee.

"This tournament provides youngsters the necessary stage for development and I believe this year's edition will provide us all with exceptional talent – much like the previous tournaments."

The two football icons will be joined by India national football team captain Sunil Chhetri and Olympic medallist shuttler Sindhu, both of whom will take part as draw assistants.

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