Kolkata: India may have bowed out of the Fifa under-17 World Cup without earning a point, but the home team impressed many; including Branimir Ujevic, Fifa’s head of coaching and player development. ” This was the best possible learning tool for the Indian team. They were physically well prepared with big influence from their coach” said Ujevic, who’s is also head of Fifa’s technical study group for this tournament, during a media interaction on Sunday.
“They have two very good midfield players and the goalkeeper. And one 16-year-old put his footprint in the history of Indian football by scoring the first-ever World Cup goal for his country. There is a lot of room for improvement but they showed great commitment.”
India lost 0-3, 1-2 and 0-4 to USA, Colombia and Ghana, respectively, with Jeakson Thounaojam scoring the only goal. “They played an adaptive game in the opener but they were amazing against Colombia. They were organised tactically, physically well prepared and created some scoring chances. The atmosphere was also incredible and the players shared the joy of scoring with the fans. They then forget to protect the goal, but that is part of the development”, he said.
by Times News Network