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Intrepid hosts set to create history with World Cup bow

Intrepid hosts set to create history with World Cup bow

Former Black Stars midfielder, Laryea Kingston, has applauded the Black Starlets for their opening day victory against Colombia at the ongoing Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup being staged in India.

Apart from a request for potential support from FIFA for a national centre of excellence, Patel will pitch India as a booming football nation to the FIFA Council, which, beyond the bid for the U-20 World Cup, also wants to land the Club World Cup and, on a continental level, the Asian Cup.

Colombia, however, have no problems when it comes to short passing and maintaining possession of the ball. Don't lose your head thinking too much.

In the 30th minute, United States of America were awarded a penalty and Sargent scored from the spot to give the opponents the lead.

De Matos has no illusions about the tough times ahead.

However, looking past the significance of the momentous occasion, India have a daunting task of pitting their wits against the U.S. for 90 minutes in their Group A opener. They are one of the best teams in their region.

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"My frustration, after I have analyzed the game with a calm mind, is about not scoring a goal seven minutes before the end". Despite that hosts improved their forward play since conceding the first goal.

"It was our first time playing in front of such a large crowd". All those catchphrases about them being "the hardest working team" might have come in handy.

October 8: "We have forgotten the result against the USA". For now, at least. India seems like they're playing just to defend the ball. "I have asked my team to make sure it's a moment they never forget - they will never forget it in their entire life and they must enjoy this - every tackle, the stadium, the people, everything".

Asked about the U.S. game and its side-effects on the team's preparations, Wangjam said the 3-0 scoreline was not good but it was part of the game and that the team had already put that loss behind them.

India next face Colombia in an 8pm kickoff on October 9 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. "It will be a different setting altogether with different tactics and technicalities. So if we focus on that it'll be better". "The strength of the Indian team is their collective ability to play football as a combined unit and we bank on that factor to help us win against Colombia".

Not to forget the football legends of today started their careers with baby steps and they announced themselves on the biggest stage with sensational displays in youth tournaments. But they will have to ensure the opening day disappointment doesn't affect their spirits.