U-20 team returns after dismal performance

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Despite All India Football Federation's efforts to implement vision 2010, the performance of teams is not getting any better.

New Delhi:

Despite All India Football Federation's efforts to implement vision 2010, the performance of teams is not getting any better. While the seniors are still to rebound from their loss against Pakistan and Fiji, the latest has been Indian youth's drubbing in the Grand Royal Challenge Cup. The fairly inexperienced Indian under-20 football team was no match for the Myanmar and Bangladesh seniors and conceded 16 goals in three matches - the most shocking result an 11-0 loss to Myanmar. "The team did not perform very badly. The boys were suddenly pitted against the Myanmar national side in the first game. Also the ground was heavy. But we recovered somewhat in the next two games," said Suresh Babu, Assistant Coach, U-20 Team. Poor performances This explanation might well be valid, but given the poor performances of the national team in recent months against Fiji and Pakistan, things certainly look bad for Indian football. "The purpose of having sent us there was to get exposure. The rest were senior sides," said B Dildo, Project Director, U-20 Team. The team's participation in Myanmar tournament was to prepare them for the AFC youth championship next year. The team now goes to Gwalior to join the national camp as they prepare to play an under-20 AC Milan side later this month. Hopefully, they can redeem themselves in this clash and prove that this was indeed a one-off.

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