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AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers: Bibiano Fernandes Stresses ‘Importance of Keeping Momentum’ – Check Out

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AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers: India U-17 national team head coach Bibiano Fernandes stressed the importance of keeping the momentum going in…

AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers: India U-17 national coach Bibiano Fernandes stressed the importance of keeping the momentum going in the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers following the team’s victorious campaign over the past month. Follow AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers updates with InsideSport.IN

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AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers: India U17 Coach Bibiano Fernandes Stresses ‘Importance of Keeping Momentum’ Ahead of AFC Campaign – Check Out

The Blue Colts arrived in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, from Muscat, Oman, on Thursday, September 29, 2022, before shifting to Al Khobar, where most of their matches will take place. They have been drawn in Group D of the AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers, where they will face Maldives (October 3), Kuwait (October 5), Myanmar (October 7) and hosts Saudi Arabia (October 9 ). .

As a brand new team, the India U-17s started their junior international campaign by lifting the SAFF U-17 Championship in Sri Lanka earlier this month before playing a friendly against the Oman U-17 National Team, which they won by a 3- 1 margin in Muscat.

“The pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone, and it’s also a time when we weren’t able to play many exposure matches. But we have had a good outing in the SAFF Championship and last week against Oman as well,” said Fernandes, speaking to local media in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

“Yes, we made a few mistakes, but that’s what these games are for. We have learned from these and have worked on these topics in training and hopefully we can now give a good account of ourselves in the Asian qualifiers.” he said.

AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers: India U17 Coach Bibiano Fernandes Stresses ‘Importance of Keeping Momentum’ Ahead of AFC Campaign – Check Out

Coach Fernandes at the pre-tournament press conference sounded confident yet cautious about India’s chances against their Group D opponents.

“I feel we are up against some tough teams this time and there will be good competition for places to get to the finals of the AFC U-17 Asian Cup this time.” Fernandes said.

The India U-17 head coach even went on to say that he considers his boys underdogs in Group D.

Yes, our team has done well in qualifying historically, but this is a brand new team that has yet to test itself at this level. So as far as I am concerned, we are underdogs and we will give it our best in every game,” said Fernandes.

India begin their campaign on Tuesday, October 4 midnight (IST) against Maldives at the Prince Saud Bin Jalawi Stadium in Al Khobar.

AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers: India U17 Coach Bibiano Fernandes Stresses ‘Importance of Keeping Momentum’ Ahead of AFC Campaign – Check Out

Inventory:

October 4: Maldives vs India, 12 midnight, IST.
October 6: India vs Kuwait, 12 midnight, IST.
October 7: Myanmar vs India, 8:45 PM, IST.
October 10: India vs Saudi Arabia, 12 midnight, IST.
India U-17 squad of 23:

Goalkeepers: Sahil, Tajamul Islam, Zulfikar Gazi.

Defenders: Mukul Panwar, Manjot Singh Dhami, Suraj Kumar Singh, Chandan Yadav, Malemngamba Singh Thokchom, Balkaran Singh, Ricky Meetei Haobam, Shaiza Ngarin

Midfielders: Vanlalpeka Guite, Danny Meitei Laishram, Boby Singh Yendrembam, Faizan Waheed, Lalpekhlua, Lalhmingchhuanga Fanai, Gurnaj Singh Grewal, Korou Singh Thingujam, Huzafah Ahmad Dar, Phoenix Oinam.

Extenders: Thanglalsoun Gangte, Aman.

Principal advisor: Bibiano Fernandes.

AFC U-17 Asian Cup Qualifiers: India U17 Coach Bibiano Fernandes Stresses ‘Importance of Keeping Momentum’ Ahead of AFC Campaign – Check Out

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