New Delhi, Sep 21: Colombia on Thursday became the first team to arrive for the FIFA U-17 World Cup that is scheduled to start from October 6. The South American tion is placed in Group A and will play two of their group matches here and one match in vi Mumbai.
Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo said: “We’re delighted to be here. The boys and the staff are all looking forward to a competitive tourment where we will put our best foot forward.”
Colombia will make their sixth FIFA U-17 World Cup appearance, though they have not played the last three editions of the tourment with Nigeria 2009 being the last FIFA U-17 World Cup they took part in. The team secured their World Cup berth by finishing third in the South American U-17 Championship that was held earlier this year.
Speaking about the first team’s arrival, Tourment Director Javier Ceppi said: “It is very exciting to have Colombia as the first team coming into the country. With their arrival, the Tourment now enters into the last stage, with the tiol Teams starting their preparations actually on-ground to get used to the conditions in India. We encourage all fans to welcome all the teams that will start arriving from now onwards and to show the hospitality of this wonderful country”.
Besides Colombia and hosts India, the 22 remaining teams will be landing in India over the course of the next two weeks. IANS