India ready for battle: de Matos

| | New Delhi

After a gallant display against Colombia, ranked 10th in the World, the confident Indian U-17 team gear up to face Ghana in their third group stage match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India here at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.

Technically the Indian colts could still qualify for the round-of-16, given a win against Ghana and courtesy other results going in their favour.

With ambition running high in the squad after their impressive outing against Colombia in the previous match, the colts are aiming for nothing less than a win that would eventually propel them into contention for a knock-out berth.

"We will go for nothing less than a win. We have shown the world that we belong on the same page as them and now we want to show that we can win against them," head coach Luis Norton de Matos said on the eve of the Ghana clash.

"Ghana challenge will be physical as well as a mental test for us. They (Ghana) are a strong physical team who are quick on the ball. We would have to be on our toes for the entirety of the match, if we are to secure a win," he added.

"However, the boys are ready for the challenge that will be thrown in front of them. We will give it our all and aim to create history once again."


After having etched his name into the history books, Indian U-17 midfielder Jaekson Singh described his goal scoring exploit as a "great feeling." But the lanky midfielder wasn't willing to bask in glory all for himself. "I'm very happy and I would like to thank my teammates as because of them I got the opportunity to score. "I only played my part. Just because I scored it doesn't mean that I should get all the credit. It was a great feeling for me as well as for the entire team and country," he stated.

"I want to dedicate the goal to my parents. I talked to my mother and she was very proud of me. My father is unwell after having suffered a cardiac arrest but he knows that I've scored for India. I was very excited at that moment; in fact, we all were watching the fans scream. But we conceded immediately and it was quite a shattering feeling. It was such a sweet and sour feeling for all of us. I was happy; we were all happy. But at the same time, it was a disappointment as we couldn't get a result which  we fully deserved," he added. 



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