India Under-17 football side to play AIFF Youth Cup winner Minerva FC

The team, preparing for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup slated to be held in India between October 6-28, was scheduled to play the Malian junior team in early April

This will be the first chance for newly-appointed head coach, Luis Norton de Matos, who took over after the removal of German Nicolai Adam, to access the boys, ahead of the European tour.   -  AIFF Media

The Indian Under-17 football side will play two friendlies against Minerva Punjab FC, the winner of the Under-16 AIFF Youth League, later this month. The Punjab side defeated Ozone FC Bengaluru 3-0 in the final on February 10. The U-17 national side will leave for its preparatory tour to Europe in early April.

The team, preparing for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup slated to be held in India between October 6-28, was scheduled to play the Malian junior team in early April. However, the matches were called off following the suspension of the Mali football association by FIFA.

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This will be the first chance for newly-appointed head coach, Luis Norton de Matos, who took over after the removal of German Nicolai Adam, to access the boys, ahead of the European tour.