FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India will be competitive even if chances are small, says coach Luis Norton de Matos
India Under-17 football head coach Luis Norton de Matos on Thursday said that he has not lost hope of the country advancing beyond the group stages in the upcoming World Cup but termed his team's chances in the prestigious FIFA event as "small".
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Navi Mumbai's DY Patil Stadium to host Mali, Paraguay, Turkey, New Zealand matches
Mumbai, which is slated to host Group B matches of the prestigious age group tournament in October, missed out on the biggest names of the tournament like Spain, Germany, France, England and Brazil.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India take on USA, Colombia, Ghana in New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium boasts a formidable seating capacity of 58,000 and fans in Delhi will surely want to make sure they fill each and every seat when the tournament gets going.
After the FIFA U-17 draw, some of the officials spoke exclusively to the media to give their immediate reaction and find out what they think about their opponents and the venue.
Minutes after India had drawn USA, Colombia and Ghana, the hosts' U-17 coach Luis Norton de Matos sounded confident. Almost defiant.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India placed in tough group with two-time champions Ghana, US and Colombia
Hosts India were on Friday drawn with two-time champions Ghana, United States and Colombia in a tough Group A of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday assured that they are doing all they can to ensure a more-than-fair attendance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
At the U-17 World Cup, when all the attention will be focused on the Brazils and the Spains of the world, teams should also be wary of a team like Colombia. After all as history reminds us, they do have a penchant for the dramatic.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: From high-flying Brazil to underdogs like New Caledonia, here's the who's-who
Here's why Firstpost should be your one-stop shop for all things FIFA U-17 World Cup with the prestigious tournament happening in India in October: