FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: New Zealand arrive in Mumbai hoping to replicate last edition's heroics

Mumbai: The New Zealand team on Friday arrived in Mumbai for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup, to be played across six cities in India.

The team arrived in the Maharashtra capital this afternoon and was taken to a hotel in suburban Andheri by the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) president Aaditya Thackeray.

New Zealand are placed in Group B alongside Turkey, Paraguay and Mali.

Representative photo. AFP

Representative photo. AFP

They will play their first two group matches against Turkey (on 6 October) and Paraguay (9 October) at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai before flying to New Delhi for the third game against Mali on 12 October.

The Kiwis will look to replicate the feat of the New Zealand team at the last edition of tournament two years ago in Chile, where they defeated Paraguay 2-1 to make the Round of 16.

They lost in the play-off stages to Brazil (1-0) but showed huge promise on the world stage.

New Zealand announced their squad earlier on Thursday.

Coach Danny Hay, a former New Zealand international, said he named a squad with a plenty of character and quality.


Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017 18:16 PM

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