U17 World Cup: Amarjit and Stalin say Ghana the toughest side they have ever faced

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Speaking after the match, full-back Sanjeev Stalin classified the winning team as the strongest opponents his team has played...

India U-17 were at the receiving end of the Ghanaian onslaught as they went down 4-0 in their final Group A game of the U-17 World Cup.

Speaking after the match, full-back Sanjeev Stalin classified the winning team as the strongest opponents his team has played. Sadiq Ibrahim got the better of Stalin at will on the right flank for most of the game.

"This is the toughest opponent we have played. The pace of Sadiq Ibrahim on the right wing was something else."

"The supporters came out in numbers and it was a great feeling to play in front of them." thanked Stalin. "This is only a start and we have a chance to qualify for the U-20 world cup.  That will be a fresh challenge."

"The other teams had played more competitive matches. We need to catch up with them." said the left-back, who also said he hasn't thought about playing football outside India. "About playing abroad, I cant see into the future. I have not thought that far ahead."

Midfielder Amarjit Kiyam highlighted the difference in youth approach in the country compared to other World Cup participants. 

"In our case, the young players get spotted in teenage while in other countries they get scouted at age 4 or 5. The AIFF is doing its best to change that and I hope that helps in the future."

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"It was a great experience for us representing the country in its first ever world cup appearance. The fans were wonderful and we gave our 100%."

India's lack of stamina was evident in the second half and the midfielder said that they couldn't carry out their coach's instructions due to being physically spent.

"The coach had told us during the half time to go for the kill and try to score goals, but we were physically spent and some even had muscle pulls. It's not easy playing three games in seven days."

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