Luis Norton de Matos demands goals to put early pressure

Jeakson Singh Thanoujam

India lost by a slender 1-2 margin to Colombia in a Group A fixture of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday.

But India are also likely to miss the services of captain Amarjit Singh as well as central defender Anwar Ali due to their respective injuries.

Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. These team's bruised bodies are badges of honour.

Despite having a squad that boasts of quality players in all positions, they have not clicked so far in the tournament.

These boys will have to will their exhausted limbs forward for another hour and a half against Ghana.

"Ghana will be a physical as well as a mental challenge for us". After losing to US 3-0, India have been praised for their performance against Colombia despite being on the receiving end.

On the other hand, skipper Amarjit said Ghana is a strong side and needs to be tackled in special way. India gave a good account of themselves against U.S. and nearly got the better of Colombia on Monday where the hosts eventually went down fighting 1-2 but won a million hearts due to their performance. The two fullbacks are also very fast and support in attack and they have No 18 [Mohammed Iddriss] who [runs the show]. "And their 8 in the midfield (Kudus Mohammed) is excellent", sums up Indian coach Luis Matos.

According to the Newspaper, At this level, teams are more evenly matched and the games are more entertaining. We think Jeakson was very important because he nearly won all the aerial battles [vs Colombia].

Anwar, who has been praised profusely by the U.S. and Colombian coaches, got a few knocks in the previous match but played the whole 90 minutes without any problem.

How do I watch India vs Ghana FIFA U-17 World Cup match live? And that means it is not a question of organisation because they're technically very good. They hit the bar which could have resulted in a goal. "I want to dedicate the goal to my parents". A win against India will ensure their passage to the next round.

"We will go for nothing less than a win".

India need to win against Ghana to have any chance of staying alive.

Jeakson Singh created history against Colombia when he became the first Indian goal-scorer in the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup - his bullet header left the Colombia custodian stunned and crashed into the back of the net.

He is happy with the game plan but has said that the side needs a lot of improvement in the transitional and attacking aspects.

They have displayed guts, nerves of steel and above all, a game sense and fight that belies the fact that this is India's first-ever participation in a World Cup finals. If they start losing, they will lose. There are moments of opportunity he feels his side have failed to seize. "We are creating a lot of chances and will continue to do so". We will play as per our plans.

It is a tantalizing prospect.

Without any point so far, India have conceded five goals and scored once to have a goal difference-which will decide the group rankings if two or more teams have equal points- of minus four, the least among the four teams in the group.

"It gives the game makers the liberty to regulate the game at their will and in today's modern day football it's a luxury". Scoring a goal looked a distant possibility while nicking a point was an impossible dream. We want to confirm the progress we have made.

Both India and Colombia were looking to find their first victory in the tournament, after losing to the U.S. and Ghana respectively in their initial fixtures.



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