Panjab FA manager Manraj Singh Sucha has praised the team’s recent West Midlands training camp as “excellent”.
The session, hosted at West Bromwich Albion’s academy facilities on Sunday 21st November, saw players build fitness and match sharpness in order to help them get back into competitive football. The club also have friendlies against local clubs lined up in the coming weeks, with dates and venues set to be announced.
Singh Sucha said: “I think it was good. It was good to see a number of new lads, with two years of lockdown, we’ve had a number of lads who’ve come back from lockdown and not had that match sharpness.
“These new lads, young lads, it’s good to give them a platform and to build our squad further. There are some I’ve just seen that might go straight into the team, so for me it was excellent, and for all of our staff it was exactly what we were looking for from this camp.”
Panjab FA was formed in 2014, with the goal of representing players from the Punjab community on a global scale.
Singh Sucha added: “As Panjab FA we look to represent Punjabi players who are eligible within the empire of Punjab.
“Those guys will come and play for us. We’ve got a game against a Championship under 23s side lined up, so any lads that are under 23 and put in an excellent performance, have an great chance to showcase themselves and potentially have an opportunity there.”
Panjab will be aiming to play in CONIFA tournaments, which is the governing body for footballing associations that are not recognised by FIFA.
“The main thing for us is, with CONIFA competitions, these players are looking at a potential Asia Trophy next year and the CONIFA World Cup next year, and it gives these lads an opportunity to play international football that they probably wouldn’t get otherwise.”