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The U16 Indian football team had a promising chance to make Indian football history when they had qualified for the AFC U16 Championship 2018 quarter-final against South Korea. It was all over the Indian football latest news that should the U16 boys defeat Korea in the QF, they would have gone on to book their seats in the FIFA U17 World Cup for the first time in Indian football history, on merit. However, as Korea defeated the Blue Colts 1-0, coach Bibiano Fernandes has no regrets, as he knows his boys will only get better from here.
The AFC U16 Championship 2018 quarter-final loss came indeed as a tough moment for the Bibiano Fernandes-coached Indian football team. The word of the U16 Indian football team’s loss spread like wildfire in Indian football news, but what warmed the hearts of the Indian fans was the fact that India gave a gritty fight to the Korean side, who are labelled as heavyweights when it comes to Asian football.
Speaking about the loss, the proud coach of the U16 Indian football team, Bibiano Fernandes, said, as reported in Indian football latest news by the AIFF, “The world hasn’t ended for us. We go back and begin again. The U-16 Championship is over and it is time to look forward to the U-19 Championships. This was an experience and we go back enriched.”
“The boys gave their hundred percent in the match. I am extremely proud of their performance. We have showed the world what India are capable of. We pipped Iran in our group and finished ahead of them to qualify for the quarter-finals. The match against Korea proved that it wasn’t a fluke,” quipped Bibiano.
Indian football latest news: Sunil Chhetri is U16 Indian football team’s ‘biggest fan’
Speaking about the response and support that he received after India’s AFC U16 Championship 2018 exit, Bibiano Fernandes informed that even the captain of the senior Indian football team, Sunil Chhetri, messaged him. As reported in latest Indian football news, Bibiano said,
“Yes, he (Sunil Chhetri) messaged me last night after the match. His support means a lot to us, specially the boys. They look up to him and when he has said that he is ‘the biggest fan,’ it’s their biggest inspiration. A big thank you to him from all of us.”
The way the U16 Indian football team performed in the AFC U16 Championship 2018 made waves in Indian football latest news, and also got the attention of many in the International junior footballing circles. Bibiano Fernandes’ team played a total of 4 matches in the competition, in which they conceded just one goal, that too, after 336 minutes of open play.
Speaking about how strong the Indian team has now become, Bibiano Fernandes oozed of only optimism after the match. He said,
“We know how strong a team Korea Republic were and we knew what they can do to us. We played our high pressing game with compact defending, but it was one moment where we fell complacent and Korea scored.”
“But I am very proud of the boys. This team has the potential to go a long way and it is evident with the results that the team has delivered. It is never easy to play Korea Republic nor Iran, but this team showed that not only we can give the likes a hard time but aim for a win,” he concluded.
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