NEW DELHI: “First thing came to our mind before coming out of the tunnel that we’re back home. Thank You for backing us”, the architect of the thumping 5-0 victory for the USA, Tim Weah lavished his praise for the exuberant Delhi crowd who were backing the USA team right from the start against Paraguay in their Round of 16 encounter at the JLN Stadium, Nw Delhi tonight.
Tim Weah, son of the legendary player Geroge Weah, who was the first African player to be bestowed with the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, scored a pristine hat-trick tonight to take the USA to the Quarter-final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
“First thing came to our mind before coming out of the tunnel that we’re back home. Thank You for backing us. India have always been friendly to us throughout the tournament, we thank you and we love you too.”
Meanwhile, Tim Weah’s thunderous strike in the second half from the top of the box is the talk of the town now, which is being rated as one of the best goals scored in the tournament so far but the PSG-recruitee shares the credit with the entire team.
“I don’t score a lot of beautiful goals so today it was really special. But, it could not have come sans the beautiful assist from Carleton and the run that Gloster made”, Weah stated.
Tim Weah, who practices with the reserve team of PSG now, sounded pretty optimistic about breaking into the first squad of the French powerhouse this season.
“You know, I’m very positive about finding a place in the first squad towards the end of the season. Playing along with Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar will be a dream come true for me. I’m pretty happy practising with the reserve team now and I strongly believe that if coach Unai Emery feels, I’ll be right there”, confidence was oozing from Tim Weah’s voice.
Having bagged 3 goals from 4 matches in the ongoing tournament, revealed that he couldn’t speak to his father before today’s match who is busy for the election campaign in Liberia right now.
“My father is busy right now, but I texted my mother and she is very happy with the result. I thank my parents and the entire coaching team for the wonderful result and we all hope that we can carry on with this”, Weah mentioned.
The USA will play the winners of the Pre-Quarter final between England and Japan in the Quarter-final at the JLN Stadium in Goa on October 21, 2017.