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2017 U-17 World Cup: India ready to take on the world

3:02 PM GMT 02/10/2017
Luis Norton de Matos India U17 training
The Colts coach talks up his side’s readiness for the 2017 Fifa Under-17 World Cup

India coach Luis Norton de Matos believes his team are well-drilled for kick-off as the 2017 Fifa Under-17 World Cup commences on Friday.

The hosts are set to play in their first ever Fifa tournament at any level when they take on the USA in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

“The team has prepared well and we need to be organized and cannot make mistakes,” de Matos told CNN-News18.

‘If we don’t make mistakes, then we will have a chance, and we will fight to make full use of that.”

“My philosophy is to play for a result no matter what. I don’t believe that losing to stronger teams can be a good thing in anyway. Even if it’s a 1-0 loss. A defeat is a defeat.

“When my team finishes the game, they should be proud of their performance no matter what.

“The team does not have experience of playing at such a high-level, but we will fight no matter what.”

After Friday’s opener, India take on two-time semi-finalists Colombia on October 9 before rounding off their group campaign against two-time champions Ghana three days later.

“The boys know the meaning and sentiment of wearing a national team jersey in a mega tournament like the FIFA World Cup,” de Matos added.

“The sentiment of wearing the national colors and giving your all for the country runs deep in this team.

“All players are going to give their 200% and will play to the best of their abilities. It is evident that they are raring to go.”

The tournament runs between October 6 and 28.