Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 WC: India faces 'strong' Ghana challenge

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Coming off a 1-0 statement win against African power Ghana, the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team concludes group play at the 2017 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup on Thursday, Oct. 12 when it meets Colombia, which fell to Ghana 1-0 in its first match before responding with a 2-1 win against the host nation. We want to be better tomorrow. The US lead the group with six wins, while Ghana and Colombia have three points each.

"Ghana are possibly the strongest team in the group and our biggest challenge will be to stop their two wingers from making those unsafe runs into the box". They (Ghana) are a strong physical team who are quick on the ball.

"However, the boys are ready for the challenge that will be thrown in front of them. We would have to be on our toes for the entirety of the match, if we are to secure a win", he added. "We will give it our all and aim to create history once again". "The result does not matter because we will take pride in this moment and will learn from it only to become better". With Ghana relying mainly on their pacy wingers, de Matos will look to use the same formation. To contain these two will demand superb performances from India's backline of Boris Singh, Namit Deshpande, Anwar Ali and Sanjeev Stalin.

After Abhijit Sarkar's shot from close range was saved by the keeper early in the first half, KP Rahul's left-footed strike hit the post in the dying minutes of the match.

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While zealous football follower Suman Sri can't stop showering praise on our desi lads, who are affectionately called the Indian Colts or Blue Cubs, he's also thrilled about getting to watch top blokes from different nations.

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. You need to feel you are playing in India and let them feel that we are playing in our own country.

Mohun Bagan academy product Rahim impressed with his pressing against Colombia and Matos may field him again from the start against Ghana defenders Gideon Acquah, Gideon Mensah and Abdul Yusif and create promblems for goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim. "I'm eager to see the young players as some of them could actually turn out to be the future stars of world football", he states. We won't disappoint them.

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