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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India players say presence of families at matches will motivate them

New Delhi: With five days left for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 to kick-off, the Indian U-17 World Cup football team members on Sunday said the presence of their families during the matches will motivate them to perform better.

"On behalf of the team, I can say that the AIFF has already planned to get our families to Delhi and host them so that they can watch our games. Even during the AFC U-16 Championship in Goa (in September 2015), the AIFF had ensured that our parents were present during the matches and that made the occasion all the more memorable for us," India U-17 skipper Amarjit Singh said.

File photo of India U-17 team practising fior the World Cup. Twitter @IndianFootball

India U-17 team practising for the World Cup. Twitter @IndianFootball

The entire India squad showed excitement when they heard that the process to bring their parents to New Delhi has already started.

"This is so motivational, it's a great motivation to have your parents around to watch you play in a World Cup," striker Aniket Jadhav from Maharashtra said.

Sanjeev Stalin, who hails from Bengaluru, said it's a pre-Diwali gift for him.

"The last time, during AFC U-16 Finals, all our parents were here. It's always nice to see your dear ones during the championship," the defender and set-piece specialist said.

Manipur's Mohammad Shahjahan admitted that this was a novel concept for him.

"I wasn't in the squad during the AFC U-16 Finals but since then I have only heard stories from my teammates about their parents cheering for them. On the 6th (6 October, 2017), when I step onto the ground, I know my parents will be the loudest cheerleaders. Nothing can be more inspirational for me," midfielder Shahjahan said.

Published Date: Oct 01, 2017 16:53 PM | Updated Date: Oct 01, 2017 17:01 PM

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