The Sikkim boy, who shares his hometown with India great Bhaichung Bhutia, shot to fame with his goal against Brazil in the BRICS tournament.
The two-time Africa champions have been pitted against Colombia, USA and host country India in Group A. One small step for India's U-17 team, one giant leap for Indian football, all that is over now. The American players began with a possessive match.
"They (India) are incredibly athletic and hard-working team". If they were overawed, the fears were dispelled after an agonising first quarter when they hardly touched the ball.
Retaining a qualifying position is going to be a monumental task for the Indian U-17 team as they face fierce competition in their group. The opposition's striker, Joshua Sargent didn't miss the opportunity to score. We will not give up and nothing is impossible in football. This is not the way we play. "We will play to win", Matos said.
Speaking to the media after Saturday's practice session, Wangjam made it clear that even though they were boxed in their own half for long parts of the first period during their opening game against United States, the idea wasn't to keep defending for the 90 minutes. The US looked a bit relaxed in the first half but soon changed gears and took advantage of Indian mistakes. And so with the second goal which came off a deflection. Americans came back in their trademark style by attempting to make it three in the counter attack. The US players again started to play a possessive game to retain their one-goal lead over hosting side. The former Portugese worldwide and Benfica star, 63, said he was happy with the collective effort of the players, but unhappy with the result, grudgingly admitting that there is hug gap between the the teams. "3-0 is a disappointment for us, as we could have done much better. It is extremely good for Indian football", Durkin said. It could have been a different match with the hosts scoring a goal. However what could have been 2-1 soon turned 3-0 as the United States took advantage. They had distributed passes to a few schools in New Delhi, NGO's and Bureaucrats but giving out free passes on a large scale as this was not expected. But the USA needs to figure out how to play the ball into Sargent in the final third.
FULL TIME! India 0- US 3. The Indian side at least tried well in a high-pressure match as this was their first FIFA World Cup game.It wasn't a disappointing night at all for India.
"It's the most hard group of the tournament and it's very important to win the first match". From Africa are Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Niger who reached the semi-finals of the 2017 CAF Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon to take Africa's spots at India 2017.