Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Hoping for a miracle, India take on Ghana

Hoping for a miracle, India take on Ghana

India's performance has gotten better over the last two games - showing lot of heart in the previous encounter against Colombia where it scored its first ever goal - but its biggest test awaits it at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

After two rounds of matches, US lead Group A with 6 points and a goal difference of +4 while Colombia and Ghana have three points.

"India had in the past played against both U.S. and Colombia but never against Ghana; in fact, not that much against African teams as much as we have played in Europe and Latin America". India need not lose hope, but have to win 2-0 today. Yet it is far more likely that the quality of India's opponents and a negative four goal difference weighing against his side will likely prove to be a mountain too hard to overcome. Jeakson Singh Thounaojam etched his name in Indian history books by becoming the first goal-scorer in a FIFA World Cup of any age-group. "I'm eager to see the young players as some of them could actually turn out to be the future stars of world football", he states. We will fight for a win, whether it is possible or not.

"Ghana will be a physical as well as a mental challenge for us".

But it will not be easy for them as Ghana are the most physical side in the group. "We would have to be on our toes for the entirety of the match, if we are to secure a win", he added.

The coach however exuded confidence of yet another sterling performance from his boy saying, "The boys are ready for the challenge that will be thrown in front of them".

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"It is a matter of survival and we will do anything to go into the next round". Ghana's two wingers, Sadiq Ibrahim and Emmanuel Toku, have the ability to decide the game on their own. Captain Eric Ayiah is a risky customer up front. India's goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem will also have to be on guard.

While zealous football follower Suman Sri can't stop showering praise on our desi lads, who are affectionately called the Indian Colts or Blue Cubs, he's also thrilled about getting to watch top blokes from different nations.

Komal Thatal, Nongdamba Naorem and Aniket Jadhav - who have all impressed in bits - are likely to get a look-in while the backline might remain unchanged unless Ali is forced out.

So, India need to score at least three without response against Ghana. It's normal to win if I was coach of Brazil and England, it would be expected of me but this is India and even if we take a point it's great because it belongs to us and I'm part of the process.

"I was very excited at that moment; in fact, we all were watching the fans scream. But at the same time, it was so much of a disappointment as we couldn't get a result which I feel we fully deserved". Their two full backs - left (Najeeb Yakubu) and right (Rashid Alhassan) are very fast and they come out to support the attack.

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