Indian football team gets boost ahead of mega-event

Kheleo mascot for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup

Y.K. Koo, MD and CEO, Hyundai India handed over the fleet of Hyundai cars to Martin Nussbaumer, Marketing Operations Group Leader, FIFA and Javier Cappi, Tournament Director, Local Organizing Committee at a ceremony at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Led by 16-year-old Amarjit Singh Kiyam, the boys have had quite a few exposure tours in the recent past in tune-up to what will be a landmark tournament in the Indian football history.

With less than a week to go for India to face the US in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, head coach of the Indian U-17 team, Luis Norton de Matos, wants the young colts to enjoy every moment of the mega event.

The 1990s were a truly remarkable era for the Black Starlets, winning the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup twice - in 1991 and 1995 - reaching four out of five finals and finishing third in the 1999 edition.

The hosts, who are placed in Group A, will open their campaign against the US on October 6, followed by Colombia on October 9 and Ghana on October 12. The highest overall tournament attendance was in China in 1985 in the inaugural tournament, with 1,231,000 fans flocking to the stadiums, averaging 38,469 fans per game. India is pooled in with former champions Ghana, Colombia and United States of America. Colombia, the first team to arrive in India, were also undergoing a practice session at the same training ground.




"Good Luck boys, make us proud!", Kohli wrote on his official Twitter handle.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi could play host to some mouth-watering fixtures. The final of the tournament will be played in Kolkata.

Apart from these two venues, the matches will be hosted in Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Guwahati and Margao, Goa.

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