Chile goes on a cultural jaunt; Iraq trains hard

The Chile side, after watching Chak De India and doing yoga under the guidance of guru Bikram Choudhury  visited city-based Mother House, established by Nobel laureate St. Teresa.

Iraq's prepping hard for its Under-17 World Cup match against Mexico.

The Chilean under-17 side is having a feel of the city's culture and tradition amidst its busy schedule.

The Chile side, after watching Chak De India and doing yoga under the guidance of guru Bikram Choudhury
 visited city-based Mother House, established by Nobel laureate St. Teresa. Perhaps it was part of the value education for the young boys, who are allowed access to smart phones and social media for just two hours a day in order to follow a disciplined routine.

After two days of training, forward Antonio Diaz, a member of the Chile side, said, “The climate here is really different than what we have in Chile. The conditions are really tough here but we are ready to play in any type of condition.

“Proud to have qualified for the under-17 World Cup. We look up to the senior team for inspiration.”

Midfielder Nicolas Aravena predicted that England and Mexico, which are also placed in Group F, would pose tough challenges. “The selection process (in our team) is really difficult, but we are going to give our best.”

Goalkeeper Julio Borquez, who was the best goalkeeper of the South American under-17 championship in March, was optimistic about making the most of this platform and graduate to the senior level. “We have pressure but we are a good team and everyday I have been preparing to get better for this meet,” he said.

The Iraqi boys, who also trained for the second consecutive day, stayed focused on their job.

Following the day's training both Chile and Iraq teams were invited for dinner by the club where they trained for two days.

The England team, which landed here on Tuesday following a few days of training in Mumbai, chose to take a break. The team is positive after knowing that one of its star players, Jadon Sancho, would reportedly join the squad following a bit of uncertainty.

The Steve Cooper-coached team has gathered the maximum information about India from Englishmen, such as Stephen Constantine, Ashley Westwood, Steve Coppell and Teddy Sheringham, who have worked here.

Mexico is scheduled to arrive here on Wednesday.