India Under 16 team win AFC qualifier, Media remains silent


Once again, Indian media have shown their ignorance to “other sports”, a category that consists of (almost) every other sport than Cricket. Only the other day, India Under 16 football team thrashed Bahrain 5-0 in a one-sided match to begin their AFC Under-16 football qualifiers campaign. However, not only no channel took the initiative to broadcast it, but they remained surprisingly silent about this too.

Indian coach Nicolai Adam was extremely happy with the team’s performance but he wants to make sure that the team do not become over-confident as the team prepare to face Iran on 18th.

This India Under 16 team are preparing to compete in the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, to be held in India. In the qualifiers, they are in Group E with Iran, Bahrain and Lebanon. Before the match, the coach said that, for sure, India won’t be starting as the favourites in the match. The reality was far from it!

The gate opened for India in the 15th minute only when Gaston blasted the ball onto the roof of the net from a corner, to put India in the lead. Four minutes later, following a long ball, Aman beat the off-side trap and even as the goalkeeper rushed out, he lobbed it over from an acute angle into the goal. It was his first goal.

Aman scored his second shortly after the half-time (in the 47th minute) while India were already 3-0 up, thanks to a goal from Boris. And finally, fifteen minutes before the final whistle, Suresh scored the last one to end the game in style, at the Tabriz Yadegar-E-Emam Stadium in Bahrain.

However, this extraordinary performance by India Under 16 team went entirely overlooked by the Indian media. And obviously this is not the first time it happened.

So far as Indian football is concerned, after several dismal outings in the last few months, it is natural that people will be a bit less interested. However, that can never be an argument to neglect the brilliant performance by India Under 16 football team. Especially, a couple of years from now, India are going to organize the FIFA U-17 World Cup and common media should take the responsibility to inform people about this. Under the guidance of the German coach, India Under 16 team traveled to Germany before the AFC qualifier started and the effect of that conditioning camp is evident from the performances.

India will be facing tough opponent Nepal tomorrow and hopefully they will produce a brilliant display once again. Good luck, India Colts!