04 October, 2017
With less than a week to go for India to face the United States of America in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, head coach of the Indian U-17 team, Luis Norton de Matos, wants the young colts to enjoy every moment of the mega event.
India will play their first game against U.S., after which they will take on Colombia on October 9 and then two time champions Ghana on October 12.
The Mission 11 million, a football initiative aimed at taking the game to almost 15,000 schools in 37 cities across the country, was set rolling by former sports minister Vijay Goel and All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel at the Nehru Stadium here earlier this year. After that, the Ghanaians did not score again in regulation time, drawing 0-0 with Guinea in their final group game and with Niger in the semi-finals, winning on penalties to reach the final, where they lost 1-0 to Mali.
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Iran, who are placed along with Germany, Guinea and Costa Rica in Group C, will play their first match against Guinea on October 7.
In all, 12 of the 21 players on the roster come from Major League Soccer clubs.
Ceppi has also worked with the LOCs of the previous two editions of the U-17 World Cup, in UAE (2013) and Chile (2015).
The England U17 team, who are now preparing for the Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup at Mumbai, have paid homage to the horrific stampede the city witnessed at one of its suburban railway station that claimed the lives of 23 people and injured countless others. This is the first time India is hosting a football tournament of such magnitude.