The two-time champions reached their first U-17 World Cup for a decade in, at times, stop-start circumstances.
He wished the Indian team luck and said the players should not be too bothered about the results, urging them to give their best shot. The highest overall tournament attendance was in China in 1985 in the inaugural tournament, with 1,231,000 fans flocking to the stadiums, averaging 38,469 fans per game. "Go, get it boys, make us proud", he added. Most of the players in the Indian team were from poor background and their parents have expressed lack of money to even buy air tickets to be in New Delhi to watch their children play.
The Indian Colts face United States of America on October 6, before locking horns with Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and October 12 respectively at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
India face tough competition in the group matches as they take on USA, Ghana and Columbia.
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Apart from these two venues, the matches will be hosted in Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Guwahati and Margao, Goa. The tournament starts on October 6 and ends on October 28 with the final being hosted at Kolkata's Salt Lake stadium.
Although Iran couldnt qualify for the 2005 U-17 World Cup, the 53-year old tactician returned to the helm in 2016 and subsequently oversaw their qualification for India 2017 via the AFC U-16 Championship.
The Kerala football fans are set to witness yet another tournament giant during the World Cup, in a Group C encounter between Guinea and Germany.
The distance between the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi and the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati is of 2,431 kilometres, which sets the world record of farthest venues in a Federation Internationale de Football Association event.
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