The All India Football Federation's (AIFF) official Twitter account were compelled to lay down the facts, on Thursday 23rd March, when Indian football aficionados debated the loss of the Under-17 World Cup participant national side to Minerva Punjab's academy team on Wednesday evening.
The Chandigarh-based team recorded a 1-0 win over the Tiger Cubs in Goa, under the close watch of new U17 team coach Luis Matos. 17-year-old Baoringdao Bodo recorded the only goal of the match.
However, it isn't the nature of the defeat, or the result itself, that seemed to have ticked off a nerve. It is the necessity to set right the number and nature of first team candidates who actually participated in the tie, that seems to be the bone of contention.
Take a look for yourselves from the Twitter exchanges of the I-League side's owner Ranjit Bajaj and the Blue Tigers'.
Many from WC Team were rested as Coach wanted to see 45 players who are on trials. Some 1998-99 born boys also played for @Minerva_AFC https://t.co/MZyB7qNb7h — Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 23, 2017