Talented midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam confident that playing on the home soil will help them do well in the prestigious tournament.
India starts as the underdog in the upcoming U-17 FIFA World Cup. But midfield-lynchpin Suresh Singh Wangjam spirits says otherwise. The young footballer is confident that playing on the home soil will help them do well in the prestigious tournament.
India will face United States of America, Colombia and Ghana in Group A encounters of the U-17 FIFA World Cup. Meanwhile Head coach Luis Norton de Matos has been saying all along that a knock-out spot could be difficult for the home side if not impossible.
The all important U-17 FIFA World Cup will commence on 8th October. The 18 day long eliminator tournament will witness participation from all major football nations. Asked about India’s chances in the tournament, Suresh said, “A football team never prepares to lose a match and we are preparing to win. Also playing at home will boost the morale of the entire team.”
“We are preparing well and we have had exposure tours and competitions abroad. So, we want to do our best. Let us see what we can do,”. Suresh, who led the side in the AFC U-16 Championships and BRICS Cup in 2016 added.
The 17-year-old Suresh said he was ready for the big event and looking forward to the opening match against USA at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 6.
“It is my first World Cup and I don’t know what will happen. But we want the day to come and wear the national jersey in a World Cup,” said the Manipuri, who has significant exposure of international matches in the team.
Hailing from Imphal, Suresh represented Manipur in national Under-14 Championships in 2011. Later his selection was in form of a trial in Goa. The camp, organised by the national selectors, was looking for talented boys for the U—17 World Cup.
“My father is happy now and my mother also. They became supportive once I got selected into the AIFF Academy and represented India. Today, they proudly tell our relatives and friends that their son is a part of the U-17 FIFA World Cup team.” The answer was a response from the young footballer upon being asked about his journey to the U-17 FIFA World Cup team.