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Will play as a unit and as a collective force: India U-17 coach

Will play as a unit and as a collective force: India U-17 coach

New Delhi, Oct 5 (UNI) Ahead of India’s historic first ever encounter in a FIFA U-17 World Cup, Head Coach Luis Norton de Matos today said that the players are completely focused and hoped their hard work will pay off. On the eve of their opening encounter United States tomorrow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, Matos said,"We will play as a unit and as a collective force. We will fight strongly as a unit." Speaking on the opponents, he said,"They are strong on all counts. They have an attacking philosophy and as a coach, I would have to find the solutions. The team has worked very hard in training and I hope it translates onto the pitch." "Sargent, Weah, Carleton are all very strong players. They are physical and work very hard, so we have to try and work harder,” Matos added. Despite defender Boris Singh being ruled out due to a red card, the coach isn’t too much perturbed. "When I signed in as a coach I knew Boris will not be able to play the first game. We will have a player ready to do his job," Matos expressed.


On the other hand, captain Amarjit Singh, the first ever Footballer to lead India in the first ever FIFA World Cup played in the country, said that his side is all geared up for the mega event and the young guns will deliver their best on the ground. "We are ready. We are raring to go. We will give our 110 percent on the ground," the skipper expressed at the pre-match official press conference. "We have our coach to decide the strategy. They (The USA) are a good team, so we can't afford to get complacent anytime. We have to be at the top of our game throughout the 90 minutes," added Amarjit. The 17-year-old further said that representing the nation at such a stage is a matter of pride for him and his entire side. "We have undergone a lot of sacrifices until now. At the end of the day, we're representing the nation and it matters for us. Really, it's going to be a historic occasion for us as well as the entire nation. Everyone is backing us and it's unarguably a proud moment for us," concluded he. Significantly, the boys in blue have been placed in Group A alongwith Ghana, USA and Colombia. The U-17 World Cup will be the first ever FIFA event in the country which will witness the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura and head of FIFA tournaments Jaime Yarza on the opening day of the tournament tomorrow.


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