Under 17 World Cup : 5 Players To Watch Out For In The Match Between India and Colombia

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India made a bittersweet start at 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.The Blue Tigers faced a 3-0 defeat to the United States in their first-ever appearance in a FIFA World Cup event at any age level. India will be keen to make a comeback in the match against Colombia to stay in the contention for qualifying in the next round. Here have a look at the 5 players whom we have to look for in the match between India and Colombia :

1.Dheeraj Moirangthem (India) :

Among some individual brilliances from Indian players,goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem’s performance under the bars was hailed by many,including the US coach John Hackworth.

“The goalkeeper (Dheeraj Singh) made several saves in the opening 20 minutes. He was exceptional on the night. If he wouldn’t have made those saves, the game would have opened up. One save was off Josh Sargent and he doesn’t miss many. In the second half, we made some tactical adjustment which allowed us more space to play. Durkin finished from a corner-kick and I must say that he doesn’t usually finish as well as he did today,” said coach Hackworth.

Scouts as usual, are here in India,watching the World Cup matches closely, in a bid to find talents in the tournament. As per reports, Dheeraj is one of the few Indian players who managed to impress the scouts.

2.Komal Thatal  (India):

Komal Thatal’s flashy, faux-blond hairdo caught the fancy of the casuals and his many runs down the left flank raised hopes of a miracle at first, and some consolation later.

Hailing from Sikkim — where Bhaichung Bhutia came from — Komal made a quick impression on the incorrigible Delhi crowd. When he would dribble past a bunch of defenders and extricate himself out of those restricting webs, the decibel levels in the stadium would pick up. No matter how newbie the crowd, Komal’s skills would only be missed by those obtuse or simply not looking up.

That had been a gem of a strike for the attacking midfielder who can singlehandedly get a nation hooked to the sport dragging the team along in his wake. He has a knack of going undetected under the defenders — which obviously makes him stand out to the crowd.

Some reports suggest Thatal’s skills at the U-17 level aren’t going unnoticed, with scouts from English giants Manchester United watching him closely.

3. Anwar Ali (India) :

The rocket off defender Ali’s foot slammed into horizontal pole. The dad and his two kids had their hands in the air in unison. The boy shouted “goal”, only to be explained by the father what happened and how close Ali came to being part of history.

The defender from Jalandhar in Punjab idolises Spain’s Sergio Ramos and had his name on most lips analysing the match descending the staircase from various stands.But the ricochet from Ali’s shot hitting the post led to US counter, at the end of which Andrew Carleton made it 3-0 to put things beyond India’s reach.

4.Jaminton Campaz (Colombia) :

Jaminton Campaz (born 24 May 2000) is a Colombian football player who plays as forward for Deportes Tolima in Categoría Primera A.

He has already made four first-team league appearances for club side Deportes Tolima and will be expected to carry the heavy burden of leading the Colombian attack this tournament. He starred with three goals for Colombia in the 2017 South American U17 Championship in Chile and his coach will be hoping he continues his goalscoring touch in India as well.

5. Juan Sebastián Peñaloza (Colombia) :

Colombian outfit is usually seen keeping possession of the ball for most of the game and is also known for their quick touches. In addition to this, the defensive forces form a formidable part of the squad, thanks to their height and remarkable aerial strength. Juan Sebastian Penaloza will be a very important player in the defense for Columbia to perform well in the under 17 World Cup.