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AIFF Youth Cup: India U-17 coach claims team needs to reduce on-field mistakes

  • India staged a late comeback to draw 2-2 against Malaysia in the opening match of the AIFF Youth Cup on Sunday.
Modified 16 May 2016, 20:51 IST
Nicolai Adam
India U-17 coach Nicolai Adam

India's U-17 football coach Nicolai Adam on Monday said his team needs to lessen on field mistakes to win against Tanzania in the AIFF Youth Cup at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco on Tuesday.

"We also have to be critical of ourselves. A 2-2 draw is not enough for what we have to play in the future," Adam was quoted as saying in an All India Football Federation (AIFF) release.

"The boys made too many mistakes. We need to avoid that. That's how I see it, especially when you are the better Team on the field. You just can't afford that. So we need to improve on that aspect," he said.

Also Read: Youth Cup to evaluate progress of U-17 football team, says AIFF secretary Kushal Das

The coach also said heat and humidity won't be a factor for his boys has they have had enough time to acclimatise.

"But we don't have any problems playing in this heat. We did our training sessions in Goa in the last five weeks in the heat. It's not a problem," he said.

Asked if he has had a look at their opponents, the German said,"The boys look a lot like the players from South Africa when we played there. They are tall but not muscular. They played a very good match against USA. It will be another hard day for us," he said.

Tanzanian coach Bakari Shime, also insisted, that it will be a "hard match" against India.

"India are the hosts. The hosts are always the strongest. On top of that, India have been preparing so long. It will be a hard game," Shime said.

Published 16 May 2016, 20:34 IST
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