India send strong message to Ghana and co. ahead of U-17 World Cup

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The hosts are eyeing a major upset on their maiden participation in the global youth fiesta

India coach Luis Norton de Matos believes his side will be no pushovers at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in October.

On their tournament debut, the hosts have been pitted against two-time champions Ghana, Concacaf runners-up the USA and Colombia, who came fourth at the South American championship.

India open their campaign against the USA on October 6 before taking on Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and 12 respectively.

"All games are winnable in football, there is no game which can't be won. Even if there is a five percent chance of winning, we will fight for it," Matos said, as reported by First Post.

"We want to show that the Indian team is as organized as the rest of the world and if we can show the world that we too can play football, it would be even better.

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"The level of the Indian U-17s is very high but come the Fifa U-17 World Cup, it will be a different ball game altogether. However, if we can prove that the Indian Team can play on the same page as the opposition in the Fifa U-17 World Cup, there is a victory in that.

"It is amazing to be a part of a unique moment in Indian football's history. I am very happy to be a part of it. If the players continue to play with hard work and dedication and chart goals for them, they can go on to be some of the best in the coming years.”

As part of preparations for the upcoming tournament, India lost 5-1 and 3-0 to Mexico and Colombia respectively and held Chile to a 1-1 draw in a four-nation tournament last month. 

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