India U-20 football team to take on Argentina & Venezuela in the COTIF CUP
The whole country awaits to witness how the emerging power of Indian Football would perform in such a high voltage match against the international Giants.
They are to face Venezuela U-20 in the COTIF Cup in Valencia, Spain on August 03, 2018. According to reports from the AIFF, the Indian coach Floyd Pinto said: “It is a very big challenge for us to face the likes of Venezuela in a competitive environment and it provides us with an opportunity to grow and develop while experiencing competition of the highest order. Facing teams like Venezuela is the way ahead for us as it speeds up the player development process.”
After facing Venezuela, India would square off against Argentina U20 on August 05, 2018.
On their previous match against Mauritania, the Indians suffered a 3-0 defeat, as they missed five regular starters against them due to injury and suspension.
The head coach quoted:
“We played without Jitender & Anwar who was suspended and missed regular starters due to injuries. It is never easy to play a game without two regular central defenders but Narender and Sahil played well and gained valuable experience”.
After the first half lead, they eventually netted twice in the 71st and 78th minute which sealed India’s fate.
“The boys started off very well but Mauritania were very physical and direct. They took the lead in the first half but we kept pressing for the equalizer and we could have ended the match on level terms had we not conceded late,” Floyd explained.
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