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Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 WC: India face do-or-die clash against Ghana

Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 WC: India face do-or-die clash against Ghana

"His participation in tomorrow's match is doubtful", Luis Norton de Matos said.

"Amarjit and Anwar Ali are now in conditional training and tomorrow we will be able to take a call on whether they will play or not".

Playing in their second Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup game against Colombia, debutants India had the fancied South American nation at their mercy on more than two occasions in front of more than 46,000 vociferous crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The nation's future hopes rest on the under-17 players developing into a special group, among whom are the young Ayo Akinola, who came in as a substitute and scored the victor against Ghana.

Even a win for India, which is unlikely though not improbable, is not expected to take them to the knock-out stage as U.S. have already booked a round of 16 berth.

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"It's Ghana next and it's important to take the game to them. Ghana is more hard because they have five or six players who can be the difference with their speed and strength and skills", he says. With the expectations now rising, de Matos and his boys would be aiming to show that the performance against Colombia was no fluke and they were worthy competitors in this global showpiece, where they were automatic qualifiers as hosts. With countries like Brazil, England, Germany and France being a part of the U-17 WC, it's certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for followers of the game to watch some top-quality football, and catch the exploits of some world class players from across the globe in action.

In the final minutes of the match, India tried to combine and utilise the precious moments to find an equaliser but failed to do so giving away too many balls to the strong Colombia attack. But we are ready and prepared.

Skipper Amarjit Singh added, "We have the utmost respect for our opponents but we will give them a very tough fight, even tougher than we gave Colombia".

"If we don't go ahead, we want to finish the competition with a good impression".

Like its senior team, the Colombia U-17 squad claimed the fourth and final World Cup spot available for South America. Thanking the fans for their support, Sanjeev Stalin said, "We play for the fans, they are our everything and we thank them for the wonderful support that they have given us".

Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem has been the star performer for India so far. And the next game for us is Ghana. "We deserved a result, and we tried our very best to get it, but in the process we learnt a huge lesson what global football is all about", the 16-year-old Jeakson, who plays as a midfielder, said. I expect all to be cheering for us like they have done for us. "Come and back the blue", he stated.