"They boys are mentally fit and are raring to go", said Team's Mental Conditioning Coach Dr Swaroop Savanur "Obviously there is pressure but pressure is part and parcel of any competitive sport".
Kochi is one of the six venues hosting matches in the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup.
India will make a comeback to the finals of a FIFA competition, breaking a hiatus of 57 years since appearing in four consecutive Olympic football tournaments from 1948 to 1960. If they manage to take all three points from the encounter, their chances of making the last 16 will be greatly enhanced. All the players are perhaps going to give their 200 percent and will play to the best of their abilities. The hosts are placed in Group A alongside USA, Ghana and Colombia.
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"The boys know the importance of the game, they know what this could mean for them, Indian football and everybody connected with Indian football".
India are relative minnows and it will be trial by fire for India to play that quality of opposition, especially as they lack the requisite experience. I would like to wish them all the very best for the first game and the rest of the 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".
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has a special message for the Indian U-17 football team, who are on the cusp of creating history.
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The FIFA U-17 World Cup is scheduled to take place between the 6 and 28 October across six venues in India.India is hosting the tournament for the first time.
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