The Indian U-16 team were down by two goals to nil heading into the last ten minutes of regulation time in their opening fixture against Malaysia in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Youth Cup. However, they earned what could be a valuable point in the context of the tournament.
We look at the top three individual performances from the hosts and how they could pose a threat to Tanzania on Matchday two.
Amarjit Singh Kiyam:
The captain of the India U-16 side, Amarjit Singh Kiyam was at the centre of every move versus Malaysia, as he was the chief playmaker but also operated as a box-to-box midfielder. It was Amarjit who assisted the first goal which was scored by Komal Thatal. The skipper played with a hamstring strain and despite that, he managed to shift gears in the closing stages of the game. Amarjit’s passing range will be up for a test against a robust Tanzania side who don’t allow opposition players time on the ball.
Stalin is a mercurial wide-man who has immense composure on the ball and can pick a pass with ease. He is an ambidextrous attacking midfielder and he used his unique ability to good effect versus Malaysia. Stalin created three opportunities in his 75 minute appearance and will be up against a tough Tanzania right-back.
The industrious forward made some stellar runs down the channels and gave the Malaysia defenders plenty to worry about. Jadhav not only created havoc for the South East Asian side but also made space for the creative midfielders to shoot at goal. Jadhav has good height and his aerial ability could be an edge in this tournament for India.