New Delhi, Sep 15 : India U-16 football head coach Bibiano Fernandes said on Sunday that the team is focussed and will look to qualify in group B ahead of the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers.
“We are happy with how the team’s preparations have gone and we head to the AFC Championship with confidence and a positive mind-set,” Fernandes told the-aiff.com. “The target is to qualify from the group. As a team, we are mentally ready for the challenge.”
The AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers which kick-off in Tashkent from September 18 where India have been pitted in Group B, alongside hosts Uzbekistan, Bahrain, and Turkmenistan. “The Italy trip happened during the early days of our camp. Although it helped to establish the system we wanted to play, the team has undergone a lot of changes since then,” informed Bibiano.
The India U-16 team are also on a similar role in recent months, when they have even managed to surpass their senior counterparts, winning 11 matches on the trot -- the last of which was a memorable 6-3 triumph over Turkish giants Fenerbahce SK.
“Over the course with what has been a really good camp, these players have been able to adapt to the system. We have gone from strength to strength,”said Bibiano.
“We have been telling the boys a very simple mantra – to win games, you need to score goals – and the boys have been doing it well. Hopefully, they can continue the good work.” (UNI)