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The draw for Fifa U-17 World Cup which will be staged in India was held at the Mumbai Sahara Star Hotel and Former Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu along with Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri and country’s top-ranked badminton player PV Sindhu were present at the official draw.
This could be the platform where we get to see the first glimpse of the next Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar at the global level. Germany having achieved success at the top level this year would want to make it near perfect year by winning the U17 world cup and they have been drawn in group C while the host nation were given a tough group comprising of USA, Columbia and Ghana.
When Neymar appeared in it he was 3-foot-3, 47 pounds and wore a blanket for a jersey, it holds a high significance in shaping the future but success here at this level doesn’t certainly guarantee you laurels at the highest level. The former champions Nigeria are perfect example of this and despite a rich history of success in this competition they have failed to make a cut to the world cup this time. The likes of Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Argentina are also missing and so the performance of the team entirely depends upon the fresh crop of players it receives at that age group. Moreover results show that performances at the U-17 level have little or no bearing on the performances of national teams at the senior levels.
India has to finish in the top two of their group to advance past the group stage. They could also progress past group play by being among the best four third-placed teams in the six groups. The key player for India will be Aniket Jadhav who broke into the footballing scene as a 14-year-old and went to represent India in the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup in 2014. Being a part of the AIFF setup ever since, the striker has won caps for the nation at all levels and has established himself as Matos’ trusted man up front leading the Indian attack, hoping to be the next Indian goal machine.
Anwar Ali who joined the squad in April 2017 after he caught when his Minerva Academy beat the national team 1-0 in March. An assured presence at the back, Anwar was first called up during Adam’s tenure but failed to make the cut initially.
India’s schedule for Fifa U17 World Cup :-
vs USA (Oct 6, 8pm)
vs Colombia (Oct 9, 8pm)
vs Ghana (Oct 12, 8pm)
All matches at JLN Stadium, Delhi