India could be playing its swansong at the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World cup here on Thursday as it hosts Ghana in the final Group A fixture, knowing only a miracle will see it progress through to the round-of-16. We will fight for a win, whether it is possible or not.
Said Matos as the team underwent preparations here, "I had a meeting with the boys this morning and they believe that they can win the game". In the 60s and 70s they were shy playing against foreign teams - a little bit like the Indian players because there is a little complex.
Having given a mighty scare to Number 10 team in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking Colombia, the Indians are praying for just another miracle which will propel them into contention.
If India have to progress to the Round of 16, they have to beat Ghana at least by three goals and hope that the US beat Colombia by at least 2 goals. They have displayed skill and pace which may well be too hot to handle for the hosts.
"Ghana will be a physical as well as a mental challenge for us". They face a physical Ghana in the final Group A match on Thursday. Matos was speaking with the media before a training session and said that his players were so motivated that they were "ready to die" to get a good result against Ghana. "We will give it our all and aim to create history", opined Matos. "My father is unwell after having suffered a cardiac arrest but he knows that I've scored for India", he added. "Come and back the blue", the Indian coach did appreciate the huge spectators support that they have got in first two matches. For me, it is very important. We won't disappoint them.
Any dream that Indian fans may have harboured of making it through to the knockout stages of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup were practically shattered when Juan Penaloza scored Colombia's winning goal just a minute after Jeakson Singh scored India's first ever goal in a Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament.
On the other hand, skipper Amarjit said Ghana is a strong side and needs to be tackled in special way. But we are ready and prepared. "It will be a physically taxing battle against Ghana but I reiterate, we are ready", he pronounced. "It will be interesting to see how we play if we take the lead in the match", he says. "The goalkeeper is a part of the team and we are lucky he is in a great moment at this time".
In midfield, Jeakson was the standout player against Colombia. Thanking the fans for their support, Sanjeev Stalin said, "We play for the fans, they are our everything and we thank them for the wonderful support that they have given us". In India's favour will be the fact that Ghana have been profligate with their chances. If USA defeat Colombia 4-0, India will be placed third.
Nonetheless, the inspired outing in the last match has brought in a renewed sense of hope for the fans going into the final group match, which could very well be India's final match of the tournament.