Dear Colleagues,

Please find below the report regarding AFC U-16 Championship India 2016.



*By Shoubhik Mukhopadhyay,AIFF Media Team*

*MARGAO:* Former India Captain and local hero Bruno Coutinho was spotted in
the stands on the opening day to cheer for India’s young guns in the
ongoing AFC U-16 Championship India 2016. Come Wednesday (September 21), it
won’t be any different.

"We need to be there to back them. Undoubtedly, it's going to be an
exciting match and a full house will give the boys added motivation,”
Coutinho, an Arjuna Awardee stated

The burly striker who during his playing days was a menace for rival
defenders witnessed the boys' exploits against the UAE on the opening day.

“Obviously, it was heart-rending to see our boys going down 2-3 after
leading 2-1 at the interval. But it's Football and everything is
unpredictable,” Coutinho told at one go.

He continued: “See, Iran's Azadi Stadium is renowned for the tremendous
support to their Team when the National Team plays there. We have to show
them tomorrow what we are capable of."

A 4000-odd crowd thronged the Stadium on the other day when India snatched
a point against Saudi Arabia, thanks to the dramatic last-minute penalty
scored by Suresh Singh.

The prolific striker, who led Indian National Team on several occasions
praised the 'walk-in and enjoy the match for free' initiative

“It's going to lure more and more Football-loving crowd to the Stadium to
enjoy the match. It was really necessary to make the Goan people know
what's happening in their city right now,” he maintained.

“Every day starts afresh.  No Team is unbeatable. If the boys play to their
potential they can have the last laugh,” he stated.

The kick-off against Iran at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on
September 21 (Wednesday) is at 7pm.


Media Department, AIFF.

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