New Delhi: A 20-member football team from the Andaman and Nicobar islands is currently on a seven-city tour across India. A 20-member football team from the Andaman and Nicobar islands is currently on a seven-city tour across India. "They are in a shock because of tsunami and through football, we want to bring them back into the mainstream. We want them to play maximum number of tournaments," said Surjit Ghosh, SAI football coach. "This tour has been organised to boost their morale so that they forget the trauma they went through," he added. Known for the game The Nicobaris are known for their football skills, and school football teams from the region have won the Subroto Mukherjee cup four times. Prior to the tsunami, there were 15 football fields in the islands but only two remain now. The trainees were shifted to Port Blair from their devastated centre in Car Nicobar. "We are facing problems because of the unavailability of any playground. In the absence of any competition, we are playing against each other. We will remain in Port Blair till we get a new ground," said Magnes, Captain, Car Nicobar team. Exhibition matches The football fanatics, who are all in the age group of 17 to 23 years, will play exhibition matches all over the country. The SAI is also planning to rope in the All India Football Federation in a big way to make sure that talent from the region is nurtured properly. "We will make them play tournaments in southern and northern leagues, approach various federations and even sponsor them if they represent any private teams," said B K Sinha, Secretary, SAI.
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