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India U-16 gear up for PVF Vietnam

India U-16

India U-16

The AIFF XI (India U-16), represented by All India Football Federation’s Kalyani Regional Academy boys will take on current Group A Leaders PVF Vietnam in an away match of the Asia Champions Trophy 2014 in Hanoi on Saturday.

While PVF VIetnam sit pretty on 16 points from 6 matches so far, AIFF XI stay on five points from 6 matches. The last time the two teams met at the Barasat Stadium and the match ended 1-1.

The AIFF Academy boys landed in Vietnam on Friday afternoon and stay ‘geared up for the match.’

Head coach Goutam Ghosh told AIFF Media prior the time of departure that the last match victory against Home United, Singapore couldn’t have come “at a better time.”

“We were being distinctly unlucky. We were failing to capitalise on the opportunities and convert them, the result of which we suffered setbacks. Only a win could have brought back our confidence and a convincing win against Home United make us aware of our capabilities,” he stated.

“We are gearing up for PVF Vietnam.”

AIFF XI had routed Home United, Singapore 6-1 in their last match at the Barasat Stadium last Saturday.

This is the first-time that an Indian age-group team is participating in the Asia Champions Trophy. The tournament comprises of twelve U-16 teams playing in two groups with the top-two from each group advancing to the semifinals. All matches, including the semis, the third-place play-off and the final would be played on a home and away basis.

(Report & Picture courtesy AIFF Media)