'India must not get overawed by their opponents reputation'

09 October, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Spain won the European U-17 championship in Croatia and they are one of the favourites heading into the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India

When you are on the same flight as him, what else can one talk about if not football.

The India vs Colombia FIFA U-17 World Cup match will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. In their maiden World Cup appearance, India were blanked 0-3 by the US on Friday, and the coach was not pleased with the result. Where did they lose the plot? We had about three or four chances of scoring and we missed it. Both the teams didn't meet before in any match and it is the first match they are playing. Considered the pride of India's sporting arenas, the venue let the occasion and the nation down.

The Kiwis grew into the match after going behind and their goal came just before the hour mark when Elijah Just took a quick free-kick and found Max Mata alone in the box.

He was absolutely right.

He stated that "It will be also the first time an Indian team will play in a Federation Internationale de Football Association competition".

The defender from Jalandhar in Punjab idolises Spain's Sergio Ramos and had his name on most lips analysing the match descending the staircase from various stands. "Somehow, the Under-17 World Cup matches did not initially capture my imagination and by the time it did, it was a tad late", he said. In a tournament, there are so many things at stake.

When will India vs Colombia match be played? Will this be helpful? He still has a strong connect with India and not surprisingly faces a dilemma for the World Cup opener.

"I'm sure that they'll be fighting until the last second of the match". They had distributed passes to a few schools in New Delhi, NGO's and Bureaucrats but giving out free passes on a large scale as this was not expected. "I could not do anything", he said. The boy shouted "goal", only to be explained by the father what happened and how close Ali came to being part of history. Matos also has the option of playing Rahim Ali as a striker - Ali came on in the second half against U.S. and was involved in a couple of good moves going forward. They initiated their attacks mostly from the left side of the pitch.

Since Aniket was unable to make his desired impact against the U.S. and the absence of a poacher was felt, the duo of Aniket and Naorem could mould the attack for India, and they will be in charge to pierce the Colombian defence.

The AFC President also hailed the fans who watched India's match against United States of America, saying this provided a good start for the Finals, and reflected the growing popularity of football in India.

So it was very hard to stay in touch with our families and while we were leaving for the tournament they were anxious.


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