Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

India Face Do-Or-Die Clash Against Ghana

India Face Do-Or-Die Clash Against Ghana

The 2009 tournament saw Colombia finish fourth, tied for its best-ever finish at the World Cup.

India have lost both their matches so far, 0-3 to the United States and 1-2 to Colombia, thus jeopardizing their chances of progressing to the next round.

On the eve of a Group "B" tie at the D.Y. Patil stadium here, chief coach John Hackworth told FIFA.com: "We have prepared to win all games here".

Other players to go on to professional and senior National Team prominence after breaking through with Colombia's U-17s include Cristián Zapata, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarín, Adrián Ramos and Jeison Murillo.

"Ghana are possibly the strongest team in the group and our biggest challenge will be to stop their two wingers from making those risky runs into the box". "We will give it our all and aim to create history", opined Matos.

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. The result does not matter because we will take pride in this moment and will learn from it only to become better".

Ghana like to play fast football, using the pacy flank players Sadiq Ibrahim and Aminu Mohammed.


Ghana will depend on their star striker Eric Ayiah and winger Ibrahim to exploit the weakness in Indian defense. To contain these two will demand superb performances from India's backline of Boris Singh, Namit Deshpande, Anwar Ali and Sanjeev Stalin.

Matos also praised the teenage custodian, Dheeraj Singh, but reminded the contribution of the rest. He provided many balls to the attackers in the Colombia game and with Abhijit Sarkar, and possibly Suresh Singh, making runs into the opposition box, it will again be tasked with maintaining stability at the heart of the midfield.

It is also not clear whom Matos will put up front.

In the lone striker position, Aniket Jadhav, who impressed after coming on as a substitute, might start in place of Rahim Ali, who was almost anonymous in the game against Colombia.

"Against Ghana we will need a lot of support".

Anwar Ali could miss the match against Ghana with an injury, and that would mean Jithendra Singh, who sat on the bench against Colombia, will get back into starting 11. Now we want to show we can win against them. We won't disappoint them.

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