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‘Delhi 95 per cent ready to host India’s first FIFA event’

India, which is making its debut in a FIFA tournament as a participant as well as the host, will face the United States of America in their opening game and will go on to play Colombia and Ghana in the 58,000-seater stadium in the country's Capital.

By: PTI | New Delhi |
August 4, 2017 7:47:48 pm
fifa u-17 world cup, india football, india world cup, fifa world cup, javier ceppi, fifa, football news, sports news, indian express The FIFA U-17 World Cup will be held in the country from October 6 to 28 this year. (Source: File)

Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee of FIFA U-17 World Cup, Javier Ceppi said the Capital’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is 95 per cent ready to host matches of the mega-event, on Friday.

He also urged the football fans across India to come and cheer for the first Indian team that will play a FIFA tournament.

Ceppi delivered a fresh update on the readiness of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium that will be the first to see Indians rise for the national anthem at a FIFA tournament.

“There’s a lot of work happened at the stadium, some great work. The stadium is 90-95 per cent ready. The fans need to be more enthusiastic, the ticket sales have definitely boomed, but by the standard we have seen in Kolkata, Guwahati and Kochi, we expect a bigger boom,” said Ceppi.

India, which is making its debut in a FIFA tournament as a participant as well as the host, will face the United States of America in their opening game and will go on to play Colombia and Ghana in the 58,000-seater stadium in the country’s Capital.

The Local Organising Committee is leaving no stone unturned to make the tournament a grand success with nation- wide promotional events lined up in the upcoming two months.

Speaking about it, Project Director of the LOC, Joy Bhattacharjya said, “This is the time you will see the LOC as well as all our stakeholders engaging in massive promotional campaigns. Besides the nationwide Mission XI Million programme, we are coming up with Trophy Experience Tour for the fans, which will help the fans get closer to the Official Winner’s Trophy of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.”

The FIFA U-17 World Cup will be held in the country from October 6 to 28 this year.

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