New Delhi: All India Football Federation (AIIF) said that India, which ranks 117th in world, may be playing in the football world cup in 2014. Indian football federation said they will now be in over-drive to make sure that India is on a fast track. The initiative comes after the FIFA president assured India of more funds and that it will be treated as a continent rather than a country. Though it's a goal that may look distant to all Indian football fans but as the curtains went up on the 18th World Cup, the AIFF promised to see India into the World cup finals in South Africa in 2010. Football's world governing body FIFA, though, considers the next edition in 2014 a more realistic target and that's why have launched India's Project 2010 to 2014. "FIFA has decided for India to be given special projects. They will deploy technical force to bring football back to its glory, right from the school children to the junior and then the national team," said Priyaranjan Dasmunsi, President, AIFF. Strengthen game Â However, the government realises the need to strengthen the game at the grassroots in order to support those targets. "It is not until we are able to find Bhaichung in every village of India that we will be able to produce a world class team in football or other sport," said Mani Shankar Aiyar, Sports Minister. "Hence, the proposal to have a Panchayati Raj Yuva Shakti Khel Kud Abhiyan will be able to reach out to those 100s of young talent, waiting for an opportunity to prove themselves," he added. "I think we need to look into our system, it is just not right," said Bhaichung Bhutia, India football captain. But now with Project 2010 to 2014, there might be some light at the end of the tunnel.
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