AFC U16 Championship | India a win away from qualifying for FIFA U-17 World Cup
India coach Bibiano Fernandes has said that the AFC U-16 Championship quarterﬁnal against South Korea will be the most challenging one for his players' careers, overcoming which, will give them a ticket to the U-17 World Cup. The Korea Republic are the favourites to win the championship.
Having qualiﬁed for the knockout stage for the ﬁrst time since 2002, India has will meet the mighty Koreans, already titled as the overwhelming
Speaking about the strength of the Korean Republic team, Bibiano said, "They are tactically agile and have swift players in almost all positions who are capable of catching the opponent
The Indian team has performed really well in the tournament until now. The Indian team has already upset big Favorites Iran when they held them for a goalless draw. They did the same against Indonesia in the final game which confirmed their berth in the knockout stage. Now the Boys in Blue, stand a win away from making it to FIFA's age-group showpiece. The coach believes that many have underestimated the Indian team.
"However, we were underestimated in our 1-0 win over Iraq in the Four-Nation Tournament and we were underestimated in the group stages of the AFC U-16 Championship. But here we are, we will give everything that we have in the match against the Korea Republic," said the Indian coach.
"Everybody in the squad including the staﬀ knows the gravity of our quarterﬁnal. The boys have sacriﬁced a lot for these coming ninety minutes and have worked tirelessly day in and day out for the same. This is the moment that they have been preparing for, almost their whole lives till now. We have always believed that a solid
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