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Ghana aim to silence home crowd to ensure victory against India

12 October 2017, 11:46 | Charlene Valdez

Ghana aim to silence home crowd to ensure victory against India

Manipur Passion for the game! Jeakson Thounaojam once fasted 2 days when told to stop playing football

India chase an improbable dream when they take on a sturdy and tactically superior Ghana in their final group game of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Thursday. We will fight for a win, whether it is possible or not.

The Indian team, on the other hand, is wounded, too.

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. India should also understand that after giving scare to a team like Colombia, which is No. 10 in the world, Ghana will certainly come up with a special strategy against them.

Bhaichung Bhutia believes that it's vital for the team to defend well against Ghana on Thursday evening but they mustn't get into defensive mode altogether. "We would have to be on our toes for the entirety of the match, if we are to secure a win", he said. He even claimed that the "boys are ready to die on the pitch tomorrow".

Skipper Amarjit Kiyam conceded that Ghana is a very strong side. My favourite squad is undoubtedly India, but I definitely feel that Germany and France have a good chance of lifting this year's U17. "The result does not matter because we will take pride in this moment and will learn from it only to become better". "Come and back the blue", he stated.

Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh calls for even more support against Ghana.

"It's Ghana next and it's important to take the game to them".

Jeakson Thounaojam etched his name in India's football history in the 82nd minute when he headed in off a corner to become the first Indian to score at a FIFA World Cup at any age group. They are very fast and strong. It will be a physically taxing battle against Ghana but I reiterate, we are ready. De Matos knows that it is easier said than done with his players lacking in competition experience. We played well against Colombia. "Maybe we need to work harder". 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".

If not for the second spot, Ghana and India be eyeing to finish as one of the best third-placed sides.

Both India and Colombia were looking to find their first victory in the tournament, after losing to the USA and Ghana respectively in their initial fixtures.

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.

"I don't think it was my goal, I think it was the team's goal because it was a collective effort". We were in dominating position against U.S. and should have taken advantage of that. "We have had six clear chances, struck the posts twice and scored once".

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