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Women cricketers’ show will inspire India’s FIFA U-17 World Cup team: Vijay Goel

Sports minister Vijay Goel said India’s FIFA U-17 World Cup team will draw inspiration from the country’s showing at the ICC Women’s World Cup

football Updated: Jul 25, 2017 19:42 IST
India have been placed alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana in a tough Group A at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, to be held from October 6-28 in India.
India have been placed alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana in a tough Group A at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, to be held from October 6-28 in India.(AIFF)

Sports minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday asked India’s Under-17 football squad to draw inspiration from the national women’s cricket team ahead of their maiden appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by the country for the first time later this year.

India missed the ICC Women’s World Cup title by a whisker last Sunday as they finished runners-up after losing to hosts England by nine runs in a nail-bitting final at Lord’s.

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Terming the U-17 football team as “dark horse”, Goel hoped a fine show from the side in the quadrennial event will do a world of good for the sport in the country.

“The U-17 team looks ready for the tournament. Their preparation has been on the right track. They already toured 10-12 countries in the run up to the event. They will prove dark horse in the tournament,” Goel said during a meeting with the side at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here.

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“The performance of the women’s cricket team in the World Cup should give them (U-17 team) inspiration. The women cricketers were so near to the title. The whole country is proud of their performance,” he said.

The U-17 World Cup will be held in the country from October 6 to 28. India are placed in a tough Group A, alongside Colombia, Ghana and USA.

Currently the U-17 team is preparing for a four- nation tournament in Mexico in August, where besides India, and Mexico, Columbia and Chile are the other participating teams.