We won't Disappoint India Against Colombia: Midfielder Suresh Singh

The results: Colombia 0 lost to Ghana 1 (Ibrahim 39); India 0 lost to United States 3 (Sargent 30-p, Durkin 51, Carleton 84).

The Indian team could make some impact only in the late second half probably when the United States team got exhausted. Heading into the World Cup India played a few friendlies but most notably participated in the Torneo 4 Naciones in Mexico City.

The wishes of Indian football officials and players came true as thousands of football lovers thronged the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here to witness the world's most popular sport. "It will be a different setting altogether with different tactics and technicalities".

The team members had, on Sunday, said the presence of their families during the matches will motivate them to perform better.

The U.S. must play better to beat GhanaThis was a good win. There is no other alternative for us. With that goal, Sargent gave the usa team a 1-0 lead and has now scored in both the U-20 and U-17 World Cups in the same year. The US players again started to play a possessive game to retain their one-goal lead over hosting side.

The USA U-17 men's national team began its quest for a world title by easing to a 3-0 win over World Cup host nation India on Friday. If there was a saving grace it was in the gutsy show by skipper Amarjit Singh and his boys. The South Americans were bullied into submission by a Ghanain team, who were themselves not having their best day. "But this is a matter of survival for us and we will do everything to be in contention of progression". Winning and losing are part of football.

"We are not ready to host big sporting events", hissed an angry expatriate.

Striker Aniket Jadhav brushed aside pressure saying, "Pressure is always there when you play football".

"Now we are here and everybody will see the stuff we are made of", Fabian told reporters at a press conference for the Colombia clash", Fabin told the press ahead of the opener against Colombia. He has summed it up for all his team, every time he went out to play he wanted to win and said it was hard to digest the loss. "We (midfield) have to give them the ball". India's spirits were crushed when U.S. scored their third on the counter right after the agonising miss. Take the stage, we will take the stands. "We are all set for the next game and we're rearing to give it a shot", Suresh said.

Meanwhile, the sturdy midfielder felt that there is room for improvement in the offensive areas. Matos also has the option of playing Rahim Ali as a striker - Ali came on in the second half against U.S. and was involved in a couple of good moves going forward.

The world's football governing body has sent out a strong warning to the players and football associations that Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment will be used in the tournament.

  • Stacy Allen