“I am Proud of This Team,” Says India’s U-17 World Cup Team Coach
India’s U-17 chief coach Luis Norton de Matos was honest in his admission that the gulf between India and Ghana was too big and Thursday's result in the FIFA U-17 World Cup was on expected lines.
His counterpart Eric Fabiano also agreed that the hosts were no match for them.
After two hard games, it was complicated to play a side like Ghana. African teams at this age-group level are very tough. Ghana was the toughest team and today difference was very big. Our best chance was in the first two games. Our team was finished physically by first 45 minutes.Luis Norton de Matos
“There was no energy left in them to match that pace in the second half. If they had to play one more match, they couldn't have played as they didn't have any energy left. But this Ghana team can play eight such games with same intensity," the India coach was honest in his assessment.
The only time he was miffed was when asked if conceding nine goals in three games was a good result.
Asked if he would like to coach this team in the I- League, Matos said:
Ghana coach Eric Fabino said: "We could have scored more but I am happy with it."
About the Indian team, the Ghanaian was frank in his assessment.
Skipper Eric Aiyah, who scored the first two goals, said:
The coach signed off with a cheeky comment.
(With inputs from PTI)
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