NEW DELHI: Looking to emulate his wonder goal against Brazil in the BRICS Championship last year, on October 06, 2017 when the Indian U-17 World Cup Team takes to the field against USA, the fleet-footed midfielder Komal Thatal and had a detailed chat with AIFF’s official website about the Indian U-17s preparation and the USA challenge. EXCERPTS:

When the Indian U-17s step on to the pitch on October 06, it will be a historic moment for Indian football.

It will be a big and historic moment for not only Indian Football, but for each and every Indian. This will be India’s first ever participation in a FIFA World Cup and we expect the nation the get behind us and cheer for us. Come, support us, fill the stadiums as this (FIFA U-17) World Cup is not only ours, it is every Indian’s.

How prepared is the team?

We are prepared, mentally and physically. We are raring to go and at the moment there is a lot of excitement in the camp. Everyone wants the next few days to fly by and arrive on matchday

How fares the USA challenge?

We respect every team in our group, but we are ready to face them and give them a hard fight.  We will give it our best on the pitch and will fight until the last breath.

Can we see a repeat of the Brazil goal against USA?

I cannot promise that but we play as a team, we win as a team, we lose as a team. Our strength lies in unity and if I can help my team by scoring a goal then so be it. But at the end of the day, it is unity that counts and not individuality.

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