AFC U19 Qualifiers: India take on Uzbekistan

Indian U-19 team relaxing at the Pool, Courtesy: www.the-aiff.com

India U-19 will play their third match today against Uzbekistan U-19 in the AFC U19 Qualifiers. India lost their last game against Iran 0-3.

Uzbekistan will be as tough side as Iran if not more, specially considering the fact that six of the boys from the side were a part of the squad that reached the Quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

It is India's third match in 5 days whereas its only the Second for Uzbeks in the same.  For this the team is not getting enough time to recover. Coach Colin Toal, says, "The format of the tournament has been a bit lop-sided ever since Afghanistan pulled out. How is it that we play our third match in five days while others are playing their second on the same day? It’s disappointing; it’s sad; it’s unfortunate. And my boys are bearing the brunt. Football is about recovery -- and here we are dealing with U-19 boys. I don’t see any logic in it".


He also added that the team will be as competitive as they were against Iran. Though Indian colts lost 0-3, but the scoreline hardly reflected their performance.

The match will kickoff at 5:30 PM IST.
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