The U-16 team is in Nepal competing for a spot in the AFC U16 Championship to be held in 2018. The team has been drawn in Group D alongside Iraq, Palestine, and Nepal.
India played the first match of the qualifiers today and convincingly won 3-0. The first goal came by way of a free-kick from Givson Moirangthem 6 minutes into the second half. Bekey Oram headed in the second, in the 72nd minute and the captain Vikram Pratap settled the match by slotting past the Palestinian goalkeeper with 11 minutes remaining on the clock.
In the same group, the other fixture ended with champions Iraq winning by a one-goal margin against qualifiers host Nepal.
India’s win will give the lads a significant boost of confidence as only the winner of the group is assured of a place in the finals to be played in Malaysia. The teams next fixture, against Nepal, is on 22nd September and we wish them luck for the same.