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NEW DELHI: India’s U-17 World Cup Team Coach Matos who is in charge of building the ‘generation’ to shape Indian Football was interviewed by where he spoke about his vision, his association with India, the U-17 National Team and much more.



"It is India's first World Cup, and it is a great challenge for us," the 63-year-old Portuguese manager told in a recent exclusive interview. "Theoretically, our chances of success are not big and there is common awareness of this fact. Yet that is what makes this challenge so unique and motivating. Because the team will represent the country, so they should play with dignity and pride. Our primary objective is to win the first game of the World Cup even if the odds are against us.


He added more, “Just as history shows, a team can defeat stronger opponents with determination. One-hundred organised, victory-driven and fearless men can defeat 1,000 enemies. Just as Mahatma Gandhi said: ‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."


The astute gaffer kept on saying, "I have no doubt about the country's enormous potential in youth, It is necessary to build on the scouting plan throughout all regions of the country, such as football schools with an adequate competitive structure that permits game evolution and fair play."


The Portuguese guru is pondering over a real upsurge in the Indian Football after the biggest football extravaganza our country have ever witnessed.


"Indian prodigies will be unearthed during the World Cup, but the real development will start after the World Cup. Media exposure is a tool that must not be ignored or understated. The U-17 team will lay the foundation for a future U-20 national team in the near future, and eventually the senior India team.”



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Posted on : Monday March 20, 2017