AIFF to make logistical arrangements for parents of U-17 boys

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Head coach Luis Norton de Matos said he will look to strike a balance between good football and results and promised that his wards will fight like lions in the mega tournament. "The challenge is enormous, but I believe, the boys have it in them to make a difference." said Savanur whose rimary role is "to provide players with mental skills that can be practically applied on the field to help them push the mental barriers and face tough situations and challenges".

Come Friday, a new chapter will begin in Indian football when they take on US in the first Group A game of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has posted a message on his Twitter handle wishing the Indian team all the best for the upcoming games.

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The FIFA U-17 World Cup is the Football World Championship for male players under the age of 17 and is held every two years.

United States of America open their campaign against India on October 6, followed by matches against Ghana on October 9 and Colombia on October 12. After that, the Ghanaians did not score again in regulation time, drawing 0-0 with Guinea in their final group game and with Niger in the semi-finals, winning on penalties to reach the final, where they lost 1-0 to Mali.

However, such issues have been solved by the FIFA Local Organising Committee, ahead of the World Cup. Most of the players in the Indian team were from poor background and their parents have expressed lack of money to even buy air tickets to be in New Delhi to watch their children play. "My great-grandfather was born here and I always heard about India back in Portugal hence it is an incredible feeling to be here, associated with a keynote in Indian football's history", he added.