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FIFA U-17 World Cup: India was physically finished by first 45 minutes against Ghana, says India coach Luis Norton de Matos

Luis Norton de Matos was honest in his admission that the gulf between India and Ghana was too big.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2017 8:54 am
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India U-17 chief coach Luis Norton de Matos was honest in his admission that the gulf between India and Ghana was too big and Thursday result in the FIFA U-17 World Cup was on expected lines.

His counterpart Eric Fabiano also agreed that the hosts were no match for them.

“After two hard games, it was complicated to play a side like Ghana. African teams at this age-group level are very tough. Ghana was the toughest team and today difference was very big. Our best chance was in the first two games,” Matos said. “We had no chance against Ghana.”

“Our team was finished physically by first 45 minutes. There was no energy left in them to match that pace in the second half. If they had to play one more match, they couldn’t have played as they didn’t have any energy left. But this Ghana team can play eight such games with same intensity,” the India coach was honest in his assessment.

India ended their maiden U-17 World Cup campaign in a cry of pain and agony. (Source: Instagram)

The only time he was miffed was when asked if conceding nine goals in three games was a good result.

“Would love to see how senior India teams perform against senior teams of these countries! Had it been Nepal, Bhutan or Maldives, it could be different. But I am proud of this team and we need to invest in them.”

Asked if he would like to coach this team in the I-League, Matos said, “I would like to be a part of this team going into the future, but I still have a few meetings with the AIFF. It is possible.”

Ghana coach Eric Fabino said: “We could have scored more but I am happy with it.”

About the Indian team, the Ghanaian was frank in his assessment. “They didn’t pose any threat and didn’t come to the party like other matches. We played fast-paced football and India couldn’t cope with it.”

Skipper Eric Aiyah, who scored the first two goals, said: “I think in first two matches we were tough and we couldn’t capitalise chances. The coach taught how to maintain composure in the box.”

The parting shot from the coach was a killer one. “India is far better placed than us in terms of infrastructure. But had we lost today, I would have had to take Indian citizenship,” he laughed.

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    Rajendra
    Oct 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm
    Take a page from the Indian cricket and let them help with the development of football. They have done a great job in making Indian Cricket a Powerhouse
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      Param
      Oct 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm
      Comparing the physical endurance required for Football with that required in cricket is absurd.
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      santosh
      Oct 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm
      plzz hard work we are waiting for india winning football world cup
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        Raj V
        Oct 13, 2017 at 3:56 pm
        Work hard young lads. you have a ood future.
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        1. Kaushik Sarkar
          Oct 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm
          Indian sports authority and bureaucrat should be more ashamed than players of U17. You want kids to fight for India and bring glory at home, with not proper nourishment, food, shelter and life. Where in the other hand corrupt engulf our country resources doing and spend luxury life, doing nothing for country. We all should stop, think and then blame kids who played really well with such limited resources. Hats off to them. Comment from Ghana coach “India is far better placed than us in terms of infrastructure. But had we lost today, I would have had to take Indian citizenship,” -- should be good enough to act now if little shame and respect remaining.
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