Colombia sealed their entry into the U-17 World Cup in dramatic style with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Paraguay in the last group match of the South American U-17 Championship (Campeonato Sudamericano Sub-17) could be tournament's dark horses and are no stranger to the FIFA U-17 as they previously made it to the FIFA U-17 World Cup on five occasions, their best finish came in Finland 2003 and Nigeria 2009, when they finished third.
The Los Cafeteros U-17 team have already undergone three training camps ever since sealing qualification, with one of them happening in the seaside city of Barranquilla, where temperatures are closest to what the team will experience in India.
Meanwhile Minerva Punjab FC Owner & CEO Ranjit Bajaj fell short of words to express how fortunate he was to have been getting a chance to test his Academy products against the finest talents of International Football.
Ironically, Columbia are placed in Group A with the likes of United States of America (USA), Two-time champions at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Ghana and Host country India which comprises of 5 Minervan players namely defending strong holds Anwar Ali and Narender Gahlot, Midfield general Jackson Singh and strikers Nongdamba Naorem and Shubhan Sarangi.
COLUMBIA REACHED NEW DELHI TO PLAY THE WORLD CUP
KFC NEWS DESK - 21.09.2017: The South American nation Columbia is the first team to arrive at India to participate in the U - 17 World Cup. Columbia is placed in Group A, will play two of their group matches in New Delhi and one match in Navi Mumbai. The team reached Indira Gandhi International airport at New Delhi at around 3 pm in the morning.
COLOMBIA U17 WORLD CUP TEAM
GK Nicolas Gomez Londono
GK Kevin Mier
GK Daniel Melo Cabarcas
DF Andres Balanta
DF Robert Mejía
DF Christian Andrade
DF Thomas Gutierrez
DF Juan Penaloza
MF Gustavo Adolfo Gomez
MF Luis Miguel Lopez
MF Yadir Meneses Betancur
MF Andres Felipe Perea
MF Brayan Gomez
MF Guillermo Tegue Caicedo
MF Etilso MartInez Palacio
MF Fabian Angel
FW Deiber Caicedo
FW Deyman AndrEs Cortés
FW Jaminton Campaz
FW Santiago Barrero
FW Juan David Vidal
COACH - Orlando Restrepo - Colombia
Columbia finished third in the South American U-17 Championship that was held earlier this year and qualify to play the tournament. While interacting in the early morning the Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo said, “We’re delighted to be here. The boys and the staff are all looking forward to a competitive tournament where we will put our best foot forward”.
Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi said, "It is very exciting to have Colombia as the first team coming into the country. With their arrival, the Tournament now enters into the last stage, with the National Teams starting their preparations actually on-ground to get used to the conditions in India. We encourage all fans to welcome all the teams that will start arriving from now onwards and to show the hospitality of this wonderful country".
The other nations will arrive India shortly to play the U 17 World Cup.
FIFA AND AFC DELEGATES VISIT KOLKATA GIANTS TODAY
KFC NEWS DESK - 14.09.2017: A two member FIFA and AFC delegates today visited East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedhan Sporting Club at Kolkata. The delegates had a close view of the current infrastructure of the club. The two member deligation comprises of FIFA Consultant Mr. Nic Coward and Head of AFC-UEFA Affairs Mr. Alex Phillips.The delegation was accompanied by I league CEO Sunanda Dhar and IMGR official Chirag Tanna. The delegation are in a visit before the finalise the roadmap of Indian football.
East Bengal showed a power point presentation and proposed for a one nation league where 18 teams can participate. Red and Gold made it clear that they will not going to pay the franchisee fee under any circumstances but they are ready to pay the entry fee if required.
The finance secretary of Mohun Bagan Debasish Dutta informed the delegates regarding the rich heritage of the club. The delegates had a close view of the ground, galleries, fan zone and other important infrastructures of the club. Mohun Bagan informed the delegation that the club was formed in the pre independence era which was long before the the Fedaration was formed.
The FIFA and AFC officials visited Mohammedan Sporting Club tent and had a round of discussion with the officials. In the meeting the Club has demonstrated it's rich legacy and the recent success in Youth Development. The delegates took note of the points made by the Club and praised for it's efforts in Youth Development.
Earlier, yesterday the delegation had a meeting with IFA Secretary Utpal Ganguly and President Subrata Dutta. The IFA officials clearly stated that the clubs of Kolkata, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting are dominating the Indian football since last 100 years with a huge fan base all over the world. So,it will be impractical if the main league of the country organised without the involment of the these Kolkata clubs. The IFA officials informed the deligation regarding the craze of football in CFL and show the video coveragares in this regard.
It is expected that FIFA and AFC will finalise the roadmap of Indian football in the month of November
FIFA U17 WORLD CUP - INDIA 2017
KOLKATA WELCOMES U-17 WORLD CUP TROPHY
KFC NEWS DESK - 01.09.2017: The winners trophy of the U 17 World Cup today unveiled by Shri Aroop Biswas, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of West Bengal at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, Kolkata today. Kolkata, the venew of the final of the Mega football event unveiled the trophy in presence of the footballers of the yester years along with the current squad of the two giants of Indian football East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.
The champion trophy of the U 17 world Cup will be Kolkata till Sunday for display. The Trophy will be on display at the Mission XI Million festival at South City International School tomorrow. The trophy will be at Eco park on Sunday for the football lovers.
The distinguish footballers who were present at the function today are Pradip Banerjee, Sayed Naimuddin, Shyam Thapa, Compton Dutta, Bidesh Bose, Krisnendu Roy, Aloke Mukherjee and Prasun Banerjee. The trophy will be handed over to the champions of the tournament at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan on 28 th of October.