Five Things to Know: Colombia U-17s


Five Things to Know: Colombia U-17s

Jeakson Singh Thanoujam says India "deserved a result" in their favour after his bullet header against Colombia became the country's first-ever goal in any FIFA World Cup.

India had lost their first two matches against United States of America and Colombia.

"It's Ghana next and it's important to take the game to them". "Against Ghana we will need a lot of support".

As of now, India are the bottom-placed team in the four-team Group A, with the U.S. having already qualified for the next round.

India coach Luis Norton de Matos started with their star winger Komal Thatal on bench. We have shown the world we belong on the same page as the other teams in our group. We won't disappoint them. "We will give it our all and aim to create history again", Matos said on the eve of the Ghana game.

India midfielder Ninthoinganba Meetei, who looked to use the flanks well with his pace and agility was brought down by the physically stronger Colombian players easily.

The coach made many changes to the side after the 0-3 loss against US and it worked wonders. Following his return from one-match suspension, Boris Singh impressed in the last game and he looks to retain the right-back position, while Sanjeev Stalin, who assisted Jeakson's goal from the corner spot, is set to be the left-back.

In the lone striker position, Aniket Jadhav, who impressed after coming on as a substitute, might start in place of Rahim Ali, who was almost anonymous in the game against Colombia. During training on Wednesday, his focus was on saving long range shots and he made two teammates take kicks from outside the box.

Jeakson Singh created history against Colombia when he became the first Indian goal-scorer in the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup - his bullet header left the Colombia custodian stunned and crashed into the back of the net.

India Under-17 football captain Amarjit Singh's is doubtful for his side's third clash against Ghana due to his injury. Both were in deep conversation with the team physio.

"Amarjit and Anwar Ali are now in conditional training and tomorrow we will be able to take a call on whether they will play or not".

The defence saw Boris Thangjam returning to the starting XI. With a win or tie, the U.S. will earn the top spot in Group A heading into the Round of 16. We know Colombia is going to be an excellent opponent and it won't be easy, but at the same time, that's what we're here to do. With three points in their kitty, they need a win to qualify and will pin hopes on their physical superiority and speed to break down India's resistance.