India coach talks U-17 World Cup matchup with Ghana and co.

Coach Luis Norton de Matos speak on being drawn against some heavyweights at the 2017 youth championship in October

India coach Luis Norton de Matos is unfazed by their tough draw for the upcoming Fifa Under-17 World Cup but admits all three opponents start as favourites.

The hosts have been pitted against two-time champions Ghana, Concacaf runners-up the USA and Colombia, who finished fourth at the recent South American championship in Chile.

It will be a tournament to remember for the Indian Colts, who are set for their debut appearance at the competition.

"I like this challenge, even though there are stronger favourites," Norton de Matos told

"USA only missed one U-17 World Cup, Colombia are one of the strongest teams in South America, and Ghana are one of the best teams in Africa. 

"The players are not obliged to win, but are obliged to play to win.

"At the end of each game, I want the young people to feel that they can play against big teams as equals. 

"I feel it is possible with work. I feel I can bring something to Indian football."

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

"I think the first game is the most important," Norton de Matos added.

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"I’m going to prepare very well, as will the players, and if we win, we have a good chance to progress. We will fight for that."

The 17th edition of the U-17 World Cup runs between October 6 and 28.


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