With less than six months to go for India’s first FIFA World Cup, the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad is gearing up in full swing for the mega event and currently is on an exposure trip in Europe to bolster ranks.
The Indian U-17 World Cup Squad will face Portugal’s Vitoria de Setubal in their first practice match of the exposure trip in Troia, Portugal tomorrow (April 18, 2017). The kick-off for which is slated for IST 3:30 PM.
After taking on Vitoria de Setubal, the Indian Colts will clash swords against leading Portuguese club sides, Belenenses, Benfica, Estoril and Sporting Clube de Portugal. The Indian Colts had left Indian shores on April 11, 2017 and Luis Norton’s men will be practising in Lisbon till May 15, 2017 before proceeding to France to face Paris Saint-Germain’s U-17 Team.
The Indian U-17 National Team is also scheduled to participate in the Lazio Cup and play a series of practice matches in Italy, France and Hungary amongst others.
Luis Norton de Matos told, “I appreciate the efforts of the All India Football Federation in leaving no stone unturned to field the best Indian XI in the World Cup.”
“The efforts are allowing me to see more players and it’s nice to see the Clubs, the League and the AIFF joining hands together for the development of Indian Football,” he added.
Indian U-17 National Team’s schedule for the practice matches in Portugal are
April 18: INDIA U-17 vs Vitoria de Setubal
April 25: INDIA U-17 vs Belenenses
April 27: INDIA U-17 vs Benfica
May 01: INDIA U-17 vs Estoril
May 05: INDIA U-17 vs Benfica
May 09: INDIA U-17 vs Sporting Clube de Portugal
by AIFF Media