"October 6, 2017, 8 pm, will be a tremendous occasion for all of us when India playing their first World Cup match".
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has a special message for the Indian U-17 football team, who are on the cusp of creating history. "With a little bit of host luck, and the entire country's support, I think they are very close to pulling off a surprise in the tournament", Menezes said.
"The boys know the meaning and sentiment of wearing a national team jersey in a mega tournament like the FIFA 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. 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.
Last time in Chile in 2015, United States of America failed to emerge from the group stage for the first time since 2001.
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.
After failing to qualify for its first eight tournaments, Iran competed at their first Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup at Trinidad and Tobago 2001, were they suffered three defeats and finished bottom of their group.
"The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India is a big moment for Indian Football and I am glad to be a part of it", the Portuguese further stated that perhaps, "it was his destiny".
Apart from these two venues, the matches will be hosted in Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Guwahati and Margao, Goa.
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