Branimir Ujevic

FIFA U17 World Cup: This is what Branimir Ujevic thinks about India U17 colts performance

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Kolkata: The head of FIFA’s coaching and player development Branimir Ujevic today said that the India U17 players were so emotional after scoring their first goal against Colombia in a FIFA tournament that they almost tried to break the fencing of the stadium to celebrate with the fans.

Jeakson Singh wrote his name in the history books as he scored the first goal for his nation in a FIFA World Cup, though India lost the match 1-2.
"The first game (vs USA) was a tactical game and in the second one against Colombia they were amazing. They were tactically and physically prepared and created chances as well. That's football (the defeat)," Ujevic told reporters.

"They were so emotional. They forgot how to protect the goal after scoring. They wanted to go to the stands and celebrate with fans. They will take a lot of lessons from this tournament," he added.

"India were a very nice team with two midfield players and also the goalkeeper (Dheeraj Singh) impressing me,"

"For me, one interesting thing is that one guy who is 16 years old (Jeakson) put his footprint in the history of Indian football and scored the first goal in a World Cup for India. At just 16, it's a great achievement," he said.

On being asked about the quality of play in this tournament so far, Ujevic said, "This is my first tournament as head of coaching and player development. Teams have come well prepared and are playing in different styles. You have skillfull players in wing and attack.

"Credit to coaches as well as they were making interesting changes during the tournament. The next stage will be more exciting," he added.

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