Messages Galore For India’s Under-17 Team Ahead Of World Cup-Opener
Come 8 pm on October 6, millions of Indians will witness a never seen before spectacle, as India – considered by many as the ‘sleeping giant’ of football – will make its much-awaited World Cup debut when the Under-17 team takes on traditional heavyweights the USA at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
More than 50,000 spectators will attend the historic game. India’s Under-17 side, which was not even there when India was surprisingly awarded the tournament by FIFA, is one of the weakest sides in the tournament and it will take a herculean effort from the colts to progress from the group which comprises USA, Columbia, and Ghana.
However, hope sustains the world and the football-obsessed fans of India are also hopeful of seeing some fireworks from the youngsters. Messages have been pouring in from all the quarters for the boys, and eminent sports personalities of the country also did not remain behind.
Here are some of the messages for India’s Under-17 team which will shoulder the hopes of millions in the coming days:
Meanwhile, head coach Luis Norton de Matos admitted that the upcoming tournament would be India’s first step towards the future and also insisted that anything is possible in football.
“It is a huge moment for India to be participating in the World Cup. But this is only the first step towards the future,” De Matos said on the eve of the match.
“The players know very well what they are facing tomorrow, but football is a game where anything can happen. We have to prepare and know the strengths of our opponents and weaknesses,” de Matos added.
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